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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Seven out of ten Nigerians not confident in Capacity of their local Hospitals to manage Ebola

We will be surprised if there is a Nigerian out there that has not yet heard about the Ebola virus. It’s on Radio, TV, Facebook, Twitter. There are jokes, rumours of cures and miracles and, sadly, a few real deaths. Our government has responded by providing daily updates. State governments all over the country are […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Five inconvenient Truths that the Ebola Outbreak has revealed

  As at the 18th of August 2014, there are 11 confirmed Ebola cases in Nigeria and 4 deaths. About 190 contacts of cases are still under surveillance. A new isolation ward with a 40-bed capacity is now functional at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba. Things are not looking too bad. It is too early to […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Hospitals at the Frontline of the Ebola Response

Hospitals have been at the heart of the spread of the Ebola virus from the first outbreak ever reported; but they are also at the heart of successful responses. A few days ago the Director of the CDC in the US said that the chances of the Ebola Virus spreading the US were virtually “zero”, […]

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Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Ebola in Nigeria: should we be worried?

Prologue We are putting up this post as a result of increasing demand for information on this disease. As of today, the 7th of August 2014 there have been 9 cases (2 probable, 7 suspect) on Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria and 2 deaths. All nine cases have been known primary contacts of the index […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series Visits to Health Projects

An island of hope: Visiting the Obio Community Health Insurance Scheme

There have been many calls for universal health coverage recently. Nigeria is one of the signatories to the universal health coverage plan which states that citizens must be able to access health facilities without payment at the point of getting that service. One of the models through which this can be delivered is community health […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series Visits to Health Projects

Do medical missions really help? We joined Pro Health International on one to find out.

Medical missions have grown in relevance in Nigeria over the past 20 years. This is largely as a consequence of the failure of the health system to serve the poor. In the conventional sense, medical missions usually involve a group of physicians and other health workers travelling to a foreign country for the purpose of […]

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Events Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

The Public Hearing of the Tobacco Smoking Control Bill and nine others

A Nigeria Health Watch team attended a public hearing of 10 health sector bills by the House of Representatives, joint committee on health on Wednesday the 16th of July. It was our first time at the national assembly, and it was an enlightening experience. Firstly, we wondered whether it was a good idea to have […]

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Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

NOIPolls – Asking Nigerians what they Think about Everything, including their Health

Did you hear that smoking in public places is now banned in Lagos? According to a recent poll conducted by NOIPolls, nine out of ten Nigerians support this law, which is aimed at protecting their health from second-hand smoking. “And this result of our poll might be used to support the expansion of the anti-tobacco […]