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Nigerians deserve better oral health; Here’s what we must do to get it

By Toluwani Oluwatola (Guest Writer) Globally, March 20 is set by the International Federation of Dentists to celebrate oral health and raise awareness about oral health. Since its inception in 2013, every year has been marked by a theme to call individuals and governments to take action for oral health. This year’s theme is ‘Be Proud […]

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Poor Quality Maternal Medicines: The slippery slope to maternal deaths in Nigeria

By Olajide Adelana – Lead writer Balarabe Danladi Zakariya, a resident of Gabari, Kano State thinks he is jinxed and the reason is not far-fetched. He was married twice and lost both his wives in childbirth. His first marriage had a sweet beginning until his wife, Lami, died of breast cancer months after giving birth […]

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Valuing Water: Nigeria must tackle climate change to protect its water resources - WWD21

“Climate change is the environmental challenge of this generation, and it is imperative that we act before it’s too late.”- John Delaney. Life is not possible without water. As one of the most important substances on earth, water is an element that is useful to living and non-living things. It is used for agriculture, recreation, […]

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There is no U(HC) without Me(ntal Health)

“Without mental health, there can be no physical health”- Dr Brock Chisholm It is not an uncommon sight to see naked or half-clothed persons roaming the streets of villages, towns and cities in Nigeria. Commonly called ‘Ototolo’ (madmen) by the Ugep people of Cross River State, they live on and eat off the streets and […]

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Access to kidney care critical for Nigeria to “live well” with kidney disease: World Kidney Day 2021

By Gabriel Oke and Hadiza Mohammed (Lead Writers) World Kidney Day is celebrated every year to create awareness about kidney diseases and advocate for care towards people who are living with any stage of kidney disease. The day serves as a day to drive conversations and communicate the benefits of healthy living. Over 2 million […]

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We must bridge the funding gap for family planning in Nigeria’s 2021 budget

By Aloysius Ugwu and Gabriel Oke (Lead Writers) Jack Lew, former United States Secretary of the Treasury described a budget as ‘’not just a collection of numbers, but an expression of our values and aspirations’’. Unfortunately, Nigeria’s health budget has poorly reflected the values and aspirations of its citizens. Healthcare financing in Nigeria has so far […]

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What you should know about the new COVID-19 variants in Nigeria

When 2020 drew to a close, public health experts warned about a highly transmissible variant of SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — first detected in the United Kingdom (UK) in September and since documented in over 80 countries worldwide. “It would be naïve of us to think that we will not get the new variants of SARS-CoV-2 […]

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Assessment of WASH services in FCT and Niger State PHCs reveals huge gaps

By Atinuke Akande-Alegbe and Bashar Abubakar (Lead Writers) Healthcare, according to the Alma-Ata declaration of 1978, is a basic human right of all people regardless of race or socioeconomic status. The declaration went further to identify primary health care as a gateway to achieving optimal healthcare for all. Primary health care is so important that […]

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Ten lessons from Ogun State - from first COVID-19 case in Nigeria to building a resilient response

On the day marking one year since the first COVID-19 case was reported in Nigeria, this article reflects on the experience and lessons learnt from the Honourable Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker as she led the response in Ogun State. What a difference a year makes. Three hundred and sixty days that changed our lives […]

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Drug-Resistant Malaria: A Public Health War Nigeria Cannot Afford to Fight

Editor’s Note: In today’s Thought Leadership Piece, Dr. Okonkwor Oyor of Hygeia HMO explains the looming threat that ACT-resistant malaria poses to the long global struggle to “roll back malaria”, and shares insights into what Nigeria must begin to do if we are to stall the spread of drug-resistant malaria today.  Malaria has been with […]

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Through our Hands: Collaborating for a cancer-free world for children and adolescents in Nigeria

By Olubunmi Oyebanji (Lead Writer) On the 15th of February every year, the world observes the International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD). It is a global collaborative campaign designed to raise awareness about childhood cancer and to express support for children and adolescents with cancer, as well as the survivors and their families. A cancer diagnosis […]

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Conspiracy theories and COVID-19 vaccine introduction in Nigeria

Editor’s Note: This week’s piece comes from researchers Dr. Chizoba Wonodi, Chisom Obi-Jeff, Dr Carleigh Krubiner, Elana Felice Jaffe, Dr. Ruth Karron, and Dr. Ruth Faden. They analyze the rise of conspiracy theories during public health crises like the current coronavirus pandemic and explore who is most vulnerable to conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines and […]

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Preparing Nigeria for future pandemics will require building our scientific and research capacity: Views from six leading Nigerian scientists

By Vivianne Ihekweazu & Atinuke Akande-Alegbe (Lead Writers) “Is Nigeria no longer the GIANT OF AFRICA? Why are we not producing the Covid-19 vaccine yet or we’re waiting for free doses of vaccine from foreign aids?” This sentiment was shared on Twitter in December 2020 and has been echoed in multiple forums since the onset […]

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World Leprosy Day 2021: Making life count for people affected by Leprosy in Nigeria

By Kenneth Ibe and Onyinye Oranezi (Lead Writers) Mrs Aisha Yunisa, a fifty-year old woman from Niger state, got married in her early twenties and was living happily with her husband and their beautiful daughter. When she started noticing patches of discolouration on the skin in her hands and legs, she thought it was a […]