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Monkeypox in Nigeria: Is There a Case for Vaccines?

The current epidemiology and spread of monkeypoxThe spread of monkeypox to apparently non-endemic countries has highlighted again the inequity in the global response to the infectious disease outbreak. Monkeypox is considered “endemic” in a few countries in Central and West Africa, including Nigeria where the disease re-emerged in 2017 after about 39 years and has […]

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Is Nigeria’s Current Demographic Trend a Dividend or a Disaster?

My great-grand father had five wives and 23 children, 18 of whom were male. It was said that he was deliberate about having a large family because he was a rich farmer who did not believe in hiring others to do the work when he could produce sons who would grow up to work the […]

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#OnlyOneEarth: Making Sustainable Living Our Only Option

Nigeria’s power situation has been at an all time low since the national grid collapsed early this year. A few days ago, Nathaniel Bassey, a Nigerian gospel music icon, shared an Instagram post with the caption, “Generator Empire”, the economic cost of running offices, businesses, and homes on generators. On Sunday, 5 June, we joined […]

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Monkeypox - When the World Did Not Listen to Nigeria

Again, the world is paying attention to another infectious disease outbreak. This time it is monkeypox, a rare disease that many people may never have heard about, until recently. Named after a well-known primate — monkeys, due to the early origins of the disease. Its re-emergence and spread to many countries across the world has led to […]

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Leveraging Digital Health to Improve Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Among Nigeria’s Youth

By Patience Adejo and Kemisola Agbaoye (Lead Writers) Adolescents, who account for about 1.3 billion of the global population, may become sexually active despite their lack of adequate knowledge. This exposes them to the risks of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and possible unintended pregnancies. In developing countries, about 12 million girls aged 15–19 years and […]

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From A Scheme to an Authority - 5 Things You Need to Know About the New NHIA Act

By Dara Ajala-Damisa and Kemisola Agbaoye (Lead Writers) Last Thursday evening, some great news was delivered to health advocates and Nigerians at large. The President had just signed to law an Act to repeal the National Health Insurance Scheme Act of 1999 and establish the National Health Insurance Authority. For many who are keen followers […]

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A Call to Invest in Nurses to Achieve Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria

“I heard that Thursday was World Nurses’ Day, I wish I’d known about it earlier, I would have called Nurse Grace to appreciate her. I gave birth six months ago and honestly, that woman was an angel. What didn’t she do for me? And it wasn’t just me, I saw that she was caring to […]

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African Vaccination Week 2022: Equitable Vaccine Access can Help Build Resilient Communities

By Folakemi Ajala (Lead Writer) From the old (smallpox) to the new (COVID-19), for centuries, vaccines have helped save and promote healthier lives for people of all ages. In the last 2 decades, major gains in the development and production of vaccines have helped prevent more than 20 life-threatening diseases. Africa was declared wild poliovirus-free […]

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HeforShe: Enlisting Men in the Family Planning Discourse

In 2018, on a work assignment to a rural community in Kebbi State, our team interviewed a woman who had given birth to 24 children. Her elderly husband had prevented her from going to a local clinic to get advice about family planning. He did not believe in it and was open to having more […]

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Maintaining Nigeria’s Wild Poliovirus-Free Status: A Critical Step for Long Life for All

By Onyinye Oranezi and Thelma Chioma Abeku (Lead Writers) The launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) a little over three decades ago, which birthed the drive for a polio free world has resulted in significant health advances. Indeed, before the COVID-19 pandemic, polio eradication hinted at what the world could accomplish by working […]

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Breaking the Silence on Domestic Violence in Nigeria: We Must All Be Advocates

By Aloysius Ugwu and Michael Atima (Lead Writers) It can be said that the death of popular gospel singer, late Mrs. Osinachi Nwachukwu opened up a can of worms. Since her death, allegedly as a result of domestic violence, there have been many stories and videos showing incidences of gender-based violence (GBV) or intimate partner […]

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Regulation: Key to Unlocking the Promise of Online Pharmacies in Sub-Saharan Africa

By: Yuen Wai Hung1, Oladunni Lawal1, Remi Adeseun1, Mara Hansen Staples1, Elijah Nurudeen A. Mohammed2 (Lead Writers) Affiliations: Salient Advisory, Canada/Nigeria; Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, Nigeria. The COVID-19 pandemic triggered an extraordinary demand for innovations that enabled the remote access of medicines, creating a unique opportunity to transform healthcare delivery systems using more decentralised approaches, supported by technology. Technological innovation […]

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The True Burden of Antimicrobial Resistance: New Study has Major Implications for Nigeria

By Dr Abiodun Egwuenu (Lead Writer) Editor’s Note: This week’s Thought Leadership piece is a commentary on the Global Research on AntiMicrobial resistance (GRAM) Project written by Dr Abiodun Egwuenu, a Field Epidemiologist and Antimicrobial Resistance Programme Manager with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). It is the first comprehensive global estimate of the […]

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Population and the Dividends of Demography

By Oluwafolakemi Ajala (Lead Writer) According to UNFPA data, Nigeria’s population as of March 2022 was 216.7 million, with a total fertility rate of 5.1 per woman. Population growth should be everyone’s concern, especially policy makers, government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) responsible for the economy, social protection, job creation and infrastructural development. It is […]