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Random good news stories…

    ….as the year gradually comes to an end and we take stock, find here a few good news stories. Enjoy…

    • Our new Minister for Information, Professor Dora Akunyili is reported by The Punch as making statements that has brought smiles to our faces…

    “Today, we live in an information age where access to information should be made readily available, and yet information about Nigeria from Nigeria is not easily accessible. I find it disheartening that the Ministry of Information and Communications does not have a website. It is also very discomforting that our flagship corporation, Nigerian Television Authority, does not have a website. It is unfortunate that the official government website, which was launched in 2005, has been shut down for many months. This website, which serves as a gateway to Nigeria, must be reactivated”.

    Every parastatal must have an active and vibrant website up and running before the end of March 2009!”…..YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!

    The only small issue Madam did not mention was that the excellent NAFDAC website…has been down for almost 1 year….

    • We are often critical of the quality of health reporting out of Nigeria…but here is one piece I would recommend. I am not sure what the circulation of Daily Trust is but I found this article very good. It is written by a colleague; Dr Dahiru of the Dept of Community Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria…details here: Nigeria: Why Country Cannot Achieve the Health MDGs

    • Some State governments are evolving new ways of working…finally. The Kaduna State government says its roll back malaria programme has been successful due to its collaboration with NGOs. Details here in the Daily Trust:

    …..who says there are no good news stories out of the health scene in Nigeria….

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has…Margaret Mead

    By Chikwe Ihekweazu

    Chikwe Ihekweazu is an epidemiologist and consultant public health physician. He is the Editor of Nigeria Health Watch, and the Managing Partner of EpiAfric (, which provides expertise in public health research and advisory services, health communication and professional development. He previously held leadership roles at the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the UK's Health Protection Agency. Chikwe has undertaken several short term consultancies for the World Health Organisation, mainly in response to major outbreaks. He is a TED Fellow and co-curator of TEDxEuston.

    2 replies on “Random good news stories…”

    Dear Chikwe,
    Another useful post as usual and thanks for the link to the Daily Trust article.It was a well written opinion piece.
    I do not agree the NAFDAC website has been down for more than a year. I recall successfully visiting the site a few times during the year and this moment in particular as I am posting this comment.


    Here is a reason NHW is the Best Nigerian Blog and until more people recognise that they are the ones in the dark.

    The problem of generating accurate and reliable health data in Nigeria is a chronic one. The country’s health information management system has gradually grounded to a standstill.

    Please keep up the excellent effort. Happy New Year.

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