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Still on Covenant Univerity's compulsory HIV testing

The insistence of Covenant University, believed to be Nigeria’s best private University to justify their policy of pre-graduation compulsory HIV and pregnancy screening as a pre-requisite to graduation has continued to generate fury on Nigeria’s foremost HIV/AIDS egroup; hosted by JAAIDS. The Vice Chancellor Bishop Oyedepo is quoted by Thisday newspapers to have said that […]

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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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Good news…Birth Registration Strategy! Health Minister – Not yet!

Good news for public health planning, evaluation and research. The Federal Government has said it would on July 24, formally launch a nationwide child birth registration strategy. OK…its just the strategy….but that’s great. At least the government now seems to be planning. We still await eagerly a new Minister of Health. Looking at the list […]

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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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Proudly Nigerian at TEDGlobal

Having been recommended by a friend, I ended up with 99 other young Africans that received a fellowship to attend a conference called TEDGlobal in Arusha, Tanzania. Not being quite sure of what to expect, I spent quite a while on their website listening to powerful inspirational speeches from past TEDs, but these only became […]

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Pfizer and the 1996 meningitis outbreak in Nigeria: Who is lying?, and 9 other questions

It is now common knowledge that Pfizer used a drug trovafloxacin (commonly called Trovan) to treat Nigerians in a 1996 cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM) outbreak in Nigeria’s Kano district. This drug was not licensed for use for meningitis. The critical issue has been the company’s possible breach of global ethical guidelines on pharmaceutical trials. Of the […]

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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 […]

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Another Measles Outbreak

The Nigerian Guardian reports that 60 children have died from a measles outbreak in Borno State, northeastern Nigeria. 400 other children are said to be infected. If we are to believe these figures we should be very angry! Angry that 40 years after the measles vaccine became available, at the cost today of less than […]

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Blogging Nigeria's Health Scene

Why start a blog about health and health care in Nigera, who has time to read them…and really who cares? Questions we asked ourselves. Ike Anya and I have frequently commented on health issues relating to Nigeria in various conventional media as here, here and here. Just before the last elections, with our colleagues in […]