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Round the media on health

It was interesting listening to Dele Olojede – Founder of 234Next speak on Inside Africa on CNN. He spoke about the apathy in our society about the big issues, such as  ex Governors that have become king makers despite 234Next showing Nigerians evidence of convictions that should make us very angry. So why are we not?

How can we read stories like those below on the state of affairs on our health system and shrug her shoulders..and move on.

…waiting on good news on primary health care

ThisDay Editorial – We urge the Ministry of Health and other public health agencies to brace up with the challenge of reviving the comatose Primary health care institutions in such a way that they will, once again, restore the hope of the people not only on the healthcare delivery system but on the government as a whole.

…and we learn from China what happens to people that poison others for a profit….(remember “My Pikin”?…its been long forgotten by after all the initial gra – gra)

Punch  China has portrayed itself as a nation that is serious about ridding its landscape of adulterated products, while exposing Nigeria as a country that is unserious about issues relating to the welfare and security of lives of its citizens. Zhang Yujun and Geng Jinping were executed recently after being sentenced to death in January 2009 by a court for their role in the impure milk scandal that sent six children to early graves and got over 300,000 hospitalised in September 2008.

Ebonyi State gives up on proving healthcare itself and gives money to private sector

Champion – Determined to ensure the availability of adequate healthcare facilities to the people and at affordable rate, the Ebonyi State government has disbursed N.6 billion to six rural private health institutions in the State.

Anambra buys ambulances but no idea where the emergency care will come from!

Thisday Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State. has vowed to take affordable healthcare delivery to all parts of the State. He said the launching of 36 ambulances comprising 32 conventional ambulances and 4 water ambulances for the local Government areas in the State.

A member of our House of Representatives calls Makurdi Federal Medical Centre a death zone

Vanguard  ‘ The House of Representatives Committee on Health has declared the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, in Makurdi, Benue State, a death zone, with some of the worst facilities in the world.

…and finally the Public Relations Officer of the Kaduna Ministry of Health says that with the resources in our health sector, there is no need for Nigerians to seek medical attention abroad if our doctors were giving their best – now we know why our President is in Saudi – Doctors not giving their best!

234Next  The Kaduna State Government yesterday charged medical doctors in the country to be more patriotic and committed while performing their duties…saying “No amount of investment in medical equipment, facilities and recruitment could significantly improve our health care delivery system without a positive attitudinal change by doctors, nurses, midwives and other health personnel,” he said.

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.

1 reply on “Round the media on health”

re How can we read stories like those below on the state of affairs on our health system and shrug her shoulders..and move on Aristophanes once wrote, roughly translated; “Youth ages, immaturity is outgrown, ignorance can be educated, and drunkenness sobered, but STUPID lasts forever.” What is wrong with our people?

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