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Nigeria takes on tobacco companies

I’ve blogged before about the challenges of tobacco control in Nigeria. The fact is that with the increasing effectiveness of anti-smoking policies in the Western world, the tobacco companies with their usual level of sophisticated and not-always-ethical marketing have turned their attention to developing countries. With Nigeria’s huge population, it’s not surprising that it has […]

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Ember months and Road Traffic Accidents

It’s December, the season of the so-called “ember months” in Nigeria when road traffic accidents (RTAs) seem to occur with increased frequency. Nigerians have often put forward various reasons for the death toll on the roads during this season (from the presence of “blood-sucking witches on the roads” to other less exotic reasons like the […]

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Nigerian Doctors in the UK meet

The Medical Association of Nigerian Specialists and General Practitioners (MANSAG) is holding its annual conference and general meeting this weekend. For details click here In other news, the health minister proposes a Tertiary Hospitals Commission suggesting that she acknowledges the need to improve tertiary health care while focusing on primary health care as a priority […]

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Health minister calls for probe of donor funds

Without wanting to sound like an inveterate praise singer, Professor Grange gets it right again, calling for a probe of her ministry’s finances, especially donor funds. The Ministry of Health has largely been seen as an unattractive posting as it does not obviously command the huge resources of say Petroleum or Finance, and yet because […]

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Grange unveils plans

The optimism surrounding the recent appointment of Professor Adenike Grange as health minister seems justified looking at recent reports. In her first meeting with key stakeholders in the Nigerian health sector, she has emphasized that it is time to move from a focus on policy to implementation and evaluation. To kick this off, she is […]

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In memory of Dr Ihekweazu, health centre controversy and health as cash cow

Avid followers of this blog would have noticed that Chikwe was off to Nigeria for a while recently. This was due to his bereavement, his father Dr Umelobi Ihekweazu having passed on a few weeks ago. I’m sure our readers join me in expressing our condolences. There’s a tribute to the late Dr Ihekweazu here […]

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Challenges for the new team, radiation in Niger Delta & Covenant University

The appointment of Professor Grange as Minister of Health continues to draw plaudits as many commentators compare her appointment to that of another paediatrician Professor Olikoye Ransome-Kuti in 1985. Professor Kuti, brother of the iconoclastic Nigerian musician Fela, was deeply committed to primary health care. I remember him particularly for leading by example, giving up […]

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Welcoming Adenike Grange and Gabriel Aduku

Finally after nearly two months of waiting, Nigeria has a new Minister of Health, Professor Adenike Grange. Dr. Grange has served as the President of the International Paediatric Association, a non-governmental organization with a membership of National Paediatric Societies in 136 countries and 10 Regional Paediatric Societies. Prior to joining IPA, Dr. Grange worked at […]

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Notes from Nigeria: Akunyili @ 53, Luxury suites subsidising care for the poor in Garki Hospital and BUPA partners with Nigerian Hospital

From Chikwe in Nigeria: Being in Nigeria at the moment, I picked up the papers to catch up on what is going on (online versions of Nigerian newspapers provide a small selection of featured articles everyday). Most of the papers over the weekend were filled with congratulatory messages to Prof Akunyili at 53!. I join […]

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Feedback on Restoring Health

The Nigerian Public Health Network published this just before the new Nigerian government came into power as a discussion document. As we still wait for President Yaradua’s cabinet to be announced,here’s a response from a Nigerian health professional based in Abuja which provides food for thought for the incoming health minister. Thanks for this wonderful […]

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Big Tobacco on trial , updates on Pfizer and Friends Africa

It’s good to see that Nigeria is finally moving against British American Tobacco. A report in The Independent states that the Kano State Government has sued the tobacco giant over allegations that its marketing strategy deliberately targets children. This may be the wake up call that effectively challenges the image of tobacco companies in Nigeria […]

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Measles outbreak update, civil society oversight and some cheering notes

The death toll from the measles outbreak in Borno continues to rise with 80 deaths reported by Thisday newspaper as at yesterday. There is still little evidence of an intensified immunization campaign which is critical if control of the outbreak is to be achieved. That the outbreak has occurred should not surprise anyone in the […]