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Rumors of Ebola in Nigeria: the blind leading the blind?

The piece below was contributed by Anja Choon, who is joining the Nigeria Health Watch Team. The Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa is currently (i.e. in March and April of 2014) in the news. The information one gets in Nigeria is however worryingly little and vague, sometimes simply false. As early as 22 […]

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Nigerian Minister of Health delivers his midterm report – judge for yourself

In his recent widely publicized “midterm report“, our President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, GCFR, BNER, GCON barely mentioned the health sector, other than a few references to the “achievements” of his SURE-P programme. So, we were excited when we gathered that our Minister of Health, Professor C. Onyebuchi Chukwu was asked to brief the press […]

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Killing the Health Bill….slowly

Leadership. What is leadership? Not a question we will explore in detail in this blog, but suffice it to say that the barest minimum expected of a leader is to take decisions. Sometimes it is as simple as yes or no, sometimes it is more complex but leaders are there to make decisions. That is the […]

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My Chief – The Honourable Minister of Health

In 1996, I started my one year housemanship programme in an unlikely location;  Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH), Aba. While not necessarily renowned for its academic or clinical excellence at the time, the hospital in its early years of becoming a teaching hospital had sought some excellent, young, enthusiastic consultants to drive its clinical […]

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Four Ministers in four years: can our Ministry of Health find the leadership it so desperately needs?

This article first appeared in the new country edition of AFRICA HEALTHIn the last four years of the Yar’Adua/Jonathan presidency, Nigeria had four Ministers of Health. It all started with Professor Adenike Grange, who had an impeccable reputation as a paediatrician and academic. Nigerians had a lot of hope in her leadership. But, her service hardly […]

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The Minister of Health, Resident doctors and strikes

Minister and Perm Sec of FMOH Since resumption of office, the Minister of Health has faced challenges of industrial disharmony in the health sector, largely inherited, all protracted and mostly on issues relating to the payment of doctors. Presently, a strike by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors has paralysed tertiary care centres across the country. […]