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Health in the News in August: Beautiful, Bad and Ugly

The press was full of interesting health related news articles out of Nigeria in August. Find a summary attached. Maybe there is a role for you some where? Think…and maybe …do something positive about your health, or your neighbour’s today!…enjoy! Guardian – Professor Adenike Grange decries the very poor health status of Nigerians despite the […]

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Grange unveils plans

The optimism surrounding the recent appointment of Professor Adenike Grange as health minister seems justified looking at recent reports. In her first meeting with key stakeholders in the Nigerian health sector, she has emphasized that it is time to move from a focus on policy to implementation and evaluation. To kick this off, she is […]

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Is your health digging an unhealthy hole in your pocket?….

The provision of private health care in Nigeria is changing. This change is most profound among staff and dependants of the public and organised private sector. Previously …this was the deal. A company would have a “retainership” with one or more private hospitals. The hospital would bill the company for services provided at the end […]

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Why you should give blood

Found this extremely important posting on Naijablog. Just as important is to ask Nigerians and Africans in the Diaspora to become organ donors. I know quite a few country men on waiting lists for kidneys etc. No easy wait…our people do not donate blood, and do not sign up to be organ donors. Who pays […]

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NIGERIAN CITIES DROWN IN MOUNTAINS OF GARBAGE

Things have never been this bad. Our epileptic industrialisation is leaving problems we cannot cope with. If I told my son that as early as 1970s a refuse disposal van drove past our neighborhood in the campus of the University of Nigeria Nsukka collecting refuse, and that the Estate Department would come round once a […]

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MCDN awakes…Kerosene explosions continue

NTA news….reports the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria is holding its annual congress in Abuja and has made a strong statement against the advertising by alternative medicine practitioners promising a treatment for every possible ailment. They also made some positive noise about medical education and the importance of medical schools not to admit more […]

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In memory of Dr Ihekweazu, health centre controversy and health as cash cow

Avid followers of this blog would have noticed that Chikwe was off to Nigeria for a while recently. This was due to his bereavement, his father Dr Umelobi Ihekweazu having passed on a few weeks ago. I’m sure our readers join me in expressing our condolences. There’s a tribute to the late Dr Ihekweazu here […]

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1st Set of Graduates from a Private Medical School in Africa

On the 31st of July 2007, the Igbinedion University , Nigeria’s first private university graduated its first set of 29 medical students. Established in 1999, it is located in Okada, 30 minutes by road from Benin City. Having been granted their first accreditation for the basic medical sciences in 2002, these 1st set of students […]

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Testing is free, drugs are free, go for voluntary counselling and testing!

Flipping through the dailies in Nigeria, it is good to note how HIV/AIDS prevention messages have evolved and developed ….from the days of “AIDS KILLS!”. Kudos to NACA…and their communications department. http://www.nigeriahealthwatch.com/ Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has…Margaret […]

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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 […]