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Lagos State…really leading the way

Much has been written about the new Government of Lagos State under its unlikely Governor Babtunde Raji Fashola. Much has been said about the intriguing circumstances that threw up this non-politician to governance…and how this act of fate seems to be transforming Lagos State. But the health sector, its never really been on any one’s […]

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DFID launches PATHS II in Nigeria

The UK Department for International Development has just launched the second phase of the Partnerships for Transforming Health Systems in Nigeria. The project has been running for the last six years and has been credited with supporting some of the achievements of NAFDAC, the drug control agency and supporting the introduction of better health information […]

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Nigeria still on our minds: even in Iceland

I hear you asking “Iceland?…Yes! The same thought crossed my mind when I saw that this year’s International Symposium on Pneumococci and Pneumococccal Diseases was holding in Reykjavik. It was definitely not top of my list of “must-visit” destinations…and I must confess that their national hobby; whale watching, will not exactly send my adrenaline pumping…but […]

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Masters in Public Health

by chikwe ihekweazu Have you noticed how many Nigerians are doing MPHs these days? I teach a specific module at a few MPH classes in Universities in the UK and have noticed and increasing number of colleagues from Nigeria. Always proud of the few that have chosen this career path, we have often stayed in […]

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Read the new National Health Bill

Quoting Prof Grange, our last Minsiter of Health: “….the absence of a National Health Act to back up the National Health Policy has been a fundamental weakness which needed to be tackled frontally. This weakness means that there is no health legislation describing the national health system and defining the roles and responsibilities of the […]

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Pls Mr President…Give us the Minister of Health we deserve

by chikwe ihekweazuToday is the 29th of May. In Nigeria it is called “Democracy Day” and celebrated by 140 million Nigerians staying at home. While June 12 is still fondly remembered and celebrated by most Nigerians as the day we conducted our most successful election to date…we are all forced to celebrate the 29th of […]

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Why are we not all celebrating?

by ndubuisi edeoga The National Health Bill finally came to life after a very long gestation…good…APGAR (used to assess children’s health imediately after birth) score on the low side…..still good! Gushing with excitement I called one of my colleagues at one of our tertiary hospitals to learn more about this bill from the horse’s mouth……. […]

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Finally…National Health bill passed

The National Health bill seeking to enact a comprehensive health policy for Nigeria was finally passed by the Nigerian Senate yesterday after playing with if for nearly 3 years. We have blogged severally about how this bill has been stalled and its effect on the delivery of health and health care in Nigeria. Problems of […]

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Letter to the Inspector-General of the Nigerian Police Force, Sir (Dr.) Mike Mbama Okiro CFR, NPM, mni, following the death of CP Haz Iwendi

by chikwe ihekweazuDear IG, It is with a heavy heart, but total submission to the Almighty that we write to express our heartfelt sympathy over the sudden death of the Comissioner of Police for Kaduna State, Haz Iwendi. The papers variously report that he died following a massive heart attack or a stroke depending on […]

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Remembering the Children I lost…

by chikwe ihekweazu The 25th of April just gone was the World Malaria day. Round the world there was the usual awareness raising campaigns, and even some innovative new ones….as I joined thousands of others in blacking out our images on Facebook. But I spent most of that day reflecting on my time on a […]

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Can we walk the walk: Yes we can?

Charity they say begins at home, have we covered our bases as we go on in the fight for equitable distribution of health and attempt to address all that is wrong with our healthcare system….which obviously leaves much to be desired. I work on a project using Hip Hop music and cartoons targeted at children […]

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Walking the walk….

Over the years, I have become sceptical about the roles of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOS) in assisting the delivery of health care in Nigeria. Very often colleagues have proudly told me that they “own an NGO” …apparently totally oblivious to the contradiction in terms. Several NGOs in the Nigerian context have become single-individual enterprises with expertise […]