The Punch: Nigeria orders swine flu vaccine to all children under the age of five years, pregnant women, health workers and old people. The Minister’s spokesman explains… ”The expected 15million doses amounts to more than 10 per cent of our gross population. Given the biology of the influenza, the nature of its transmission and the diverse physical nature of our land mass, it is more than sufficient quantity for now, especially against the background of non-availability of the vaccine the world over. Notice how nothing is said about the public health capacity required to make this accessible to the people. But rest assured – there will be task force set up…..
Daily Trust: THE Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Dr. Peter Alabi, yesterday disclosed that an estimate of N400 million is needed for the ongoing expansion of the Accident Emergency/Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.
Details on 234Next – Know the rules I recently took my 2 year old daughter to a well known hospital here in Lagos. It must be that I have been away from Nigerian healthcare for a long time, but I was shocked at the medical staff’s lack of etiquette. I had paediatric doctors walk up to my child’s bed, while I was right there, and begin to speak with the nurse on the round with them without first introducing themselves….
Daily Trust: Still building our way to health as Sokoto State Government is to establish a 50-bed capacity orthopaedics hospital worth N600 million in the state.
And finally in the article below published in 234Next, Ogun State is apparently distributing “Monitoring and Information Equipment” (which I hope translates to computers) in order to collect data from its Local Government areas. I really hope that they have the people and expertise as the equipment itself will not solve the problem….but its a start.
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