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Nutrition in Children: Getting it Right Early

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” ― Ann Wigmore Malnutrition is one of the leading drivers of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and it can be linked to poor dietary intake and nutritional deficiency in childhood and adolescence. According to the World […]

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What It Will Take to Prepare for Future Pandemics- CEPI CEO Shares Insights During Visit to Nigeria

Benjamin Franklin wrote “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes”. However, COVID-19 has reminded us that we can be certain that pathogens will continue to emerge and re-emerge. What we cannot be certain of though is where these pathogens will emerge from, who the host may be or […]

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Overcoming the Challenges of Financing Routine Immunisation Beyond COVID-19

Vaccines remain an invaluable investment and one of the most cost-effective ways in preventing diseases, especially for new-born babies. When children have their routine immunisations, they are protected against diseases that once caused disability and even death. Access to sustained financing is, therefore, a critical part of ensuring that children continue receiving life-saving vaccines. Discussions […]

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Poor knowledge and practice around oxytocin could put women in Nigeria at risk during childbirth

By Chioma S. Ejekam, University of Lagos and Chimezie Anyakora, Pan Atlantic University Severe bleeding after childbirth — postpartum haemorrhage — is a leading cause of maternal morbidity and mortality in middle-income countries. Oxytocin is an affordable and effective drug that’s recommended to prevent postpartum haemorrhage. But there are concerns about the quality of oxytocin available for use by […]

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Mental Health: Vital for Overall Health and Total Well-being

By Ramatu B. Hassan (Lead Writer) It felt like no time at all had passed as the ‘Happy New Year! New Year, New Me’, social media posts transitioned into ‘Valentine is coming, where is your boyfriend?’ The great build up to Valentine’s Day had begun as people became besieged on all sides by the holiday […]

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World Leprosy Day 2022: Highlighting the Pressing Needs of the Inhabitants of Alheri Special Village, FCT

By Thelma Chioma Abeku, Kenni Ndili and Kenneth Ibe (Lead Writers) World Leprosy Day is observed on the last Sunday of January every year, to increase the public awareness of leprosy or Hansen’s Disease.  Leprosy is an infectious disease that causes severe, disfiguring skin sores and nerve damage in the arms, legs, and skin area […]

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The Need for Urgent Digital Disruption in Healthcare

By Mike Lawal (Lead Writer) As countries undergo a demographic and epidemiological transition, the healthcare demands of the citizen change. These transitions are triggered by improvements in public health and medicine which has meant that some countries have an increasingly ageing population, as children are surviving into adulthood (thanks to improvements in public health). The […]

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How e Consign Me? Obesity, a Growing Concern in Nigeria

When most people hear the word ‘malnutrition’, they often think, undernutrition. But malnutrition, in all its forms includes undernutrition (wasting, stunting, underweight), inadequate vitamins or minerals, overweight, obesity, and resulting diet-related non communicable diseases. Every country is affected by one or more forms of malnutrition. Tackling malnutrition in all these forms is one of the […]

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When a Virus ‘Outstays its Welcome’: Lassa Virus found in the Semen of Survivors 9 Months after Recovery – implications for public health management

Editor’s Note: In this commentary Professor Sylvanus. A. Okogbenin, the Chief Medical Director of Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, discusses the significance of a new ground breaking study just published by his team in the pre-eminent medical journal, The Lancet, in which they describe the persistence of the virus in patients after recovery from acute Lassa […]

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Fire on the mountain: How Private Hospitals in Nigeria Can Respond to the Medical Brain Drain

By Ayoola Oladipupo (Lead Writer) Editor’s Note: In today’s Thought Leadership Piece, Ayoola Oladipupo, an early career consultant with an interest in private sector engagement for African development, particularly in the healthcare sector, writes on the effects of the medical brain drain on private hospitals in Nigeria and shares insights on how private hospitals can […]

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Rural Communities Also Deserve Quality Healthcare: Spotlight on Maito and Bankogi PHCs, Niger State

“I attended all my antenatal at the health facility”, said Aisha Alhassan, a resident of Maito community narrating her experience at the Maito Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Wushishi Local Government Area of Niger State (LGA). “However, when I started labor around 5 am, the facility was closed. No health worker was present. We were […]

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The African Medical Centre of Excellence: If You Build It They Will Come

By Oluwafolakemi Ajala (Lead Writer) On the morning of December 7th, 2021, as we walked into the tent set up for the ground-breaking ceremony of the African Medical Centre of Excellence (AMCE), in the Apo-Kabusa area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the beat of the local drums invited us to move to their beat. […]

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2021 in Review – COVID-19 Still in View and Refocusing on Pressing Health Issues

From new and emerging health challenges occasioned by everchanging socioeconomic conditions, to dynamic shifts in healthcare delivery, 2021 has been a year of new lessons learnt. The shockwaves of the COVID-19 pandemic have continued to resonate around the world, effectively diverting global attention away from other health challenges that countries were facing. By January 31, […]

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Community Health Watch: Listening to the Voices of Community Members in Niger State to Improve Access to Primary Healthcare

In August 2021, Nigeria Health Watch initiated a community engagement project with the aim of monitoring and reporting on the state of healthcare delivery in rural communities around Nigeria. Primary healthcare is the bedrock of any health system, and the hope is that this project will enable the voices of community members to be heard, […]