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Health Thought Leadership Series

Our bleeding wound: Are Nigeria’s doctors justified for leaving? OpEd

Editor’s Note: A U.S news politics report that recently trended online showed how Nigerian immigrants have carved a niche in the United States as highly skilled workers. The numbers are impressive, with Nigerians ranking highest in the percentage of immigrants with a bachelor’s degree, at 59%. The applause for this is commendable, yet it also […]

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Health Thought Leadership Series

Ageing but not infirm: Getting Geriatric care right in Nigeria

Editor’s Note: This week’s Thought Leadership Piece comes from Nigeria Health Watch Editorial Assistant Beti Baiye. She explores the world of geriatric care in Nigeria and seeks to understand both how we as a country are taking care of our elderly and what we need to do to ensure that age is not a detriment […]

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Top 10 Health News

Top Ten News Items on Health, 29th September 2017

Six million Nigerian under-five children stunted due to malnutrition – UNICEF. FG to Provide ARV for 50,000 Additional People Living with HIV Yearly. JOHESU Strike: Deadlock as Nigerian govt, health unions fail to agree. Malaria: Cases Drop To 27 % In Nigeria – Minister. Nigerian govt appoints Ademola Magbojuri as acting NAFDAC DG. Mimiko at Chatham House, advises FG to […]

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Health Top 10 Health News

Top Ten News Items on Health, 11 August 2017

Nigeria Records Poor Outing as Only 23% of Children Get Immunised. Revamp PHCs in your states, Health Minister urges governors. FG plans relocation of Lagos drug markets. Lassa fever: Lagos urges calm as three test positive, 22 More under Surveillance. Nearly 900,000 Children in Nigeria Receive Anti-Malaria Drugs. America commits $85m to HIV prevalence survey in Nigeria. Heritage Bank Partners with […]

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Top Ten News on Health, 04 August 2017

FG set to achieve 50% exclusive breastfeeding by 2018. Counterfeit drugs: Nigeria sets up coordinated centres for drugs distributors. NCDC advises on prevention of infectious disease outbreaks during flooding. Nigeria will Eradicate Fistula in 10 Years, Says Adewole. Poor breast-feeding costs Nigeria $21bn yearly – UNICEF. Gates Foundation, U.S. varsity praise Nigeria for accurate immunisation data reporting. Nigeria needs 10,605 new […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Three reasons Strikes will continue in Nigeria’s Health Sector

No part of public service in Nigeria has experienced more strikes than the health sector. Right now, public tertiary hospitals in Nigeria are struggling to get back to life after another series of strikes. The University College Hospital, Ibadan, was crippled for 108 days by a strike called by the Association of Resident Doctors. At […]

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Demonizing Nigerian Doctors – an Agenda for Change

Reflecting on the recent doctors strike, and the threat by other health sector workers of further strikes, we took a fresh look at a piece that Ike Anya wrote 11 years ago, and were surprised how relevant it still is today! Judge for yourself….   Date first published 27/03/2003 In the past month or so, […]

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Another MANSAG meeting in the UK

Each year, the umbrella group for Nigerian Doctors in the UK, MANSAG, holds an annual conference. The 2012 conference held recently in Leeds and there was a good turnout from Nigerian doctors, nurses and medical students and their families from across the UK as well as key speakers from Nigeria and the UK.  IKE ANYA […]

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A lose, lose, lose situation…

Doctors employed by the Lagos State Government have been on strike. Subsequently 788 of them were sacked by the Lagos State Government, then recalled, now they have refused to go back to work until the recall is put in writing. In all the articles written about the strike, sack, recall one thing has been extremely disturbing. […]

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To protest, or not to protest – a doctor's dilemma

The protests on the withdrawal of petrol subsidies in Nigeria has provided doctors with an ethical dilemma. Do they join the protests on the petrol subsidy removal and “close shop”, or stay in their clinics and hospitals since the service they provide is  an essential one? In many cases, this is a rhetorical question as […]

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GMC withdrawal of recognition from some Nigerian medical schools: a lesson in poor information management

The General Medical Council in the United Kingdom recently posted on its website a list of medical schools whose primary medical qualifications were no longer accepted for registration or licencing. Graduates from these schools from certain dates were advised that they were not to apply for the PLAB examinations which are the main route for […]

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My visit to UNTH – a dream deferred

I was recently in Enugu, and visited my medical school – the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH).  I had lunch in the residents’ common room with a colleague from our medical student days who is now a senior registrar (the final stages of specialist training). I’ll call him Emeka for the purposes of this […]

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How did it get to this full blown crisis in our health sector?

The simmering crisis in our public health care sector has now become a disaster as staff working in hospitals managed directly by the Federal Government have closed shop. If you have been following us on twitter you would have seen as more states joined strikes, all most on a daily basis. The Guardian reports that medical personnel are […]

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Crisis in the health sector – but who cares?

We have spent the last few months in the Nigerian press quarrelling about “zoning”. Almost no airtime is given to the issues that challenge our country. The political landscape appears to be an issues free zone. Even at the best of times, health hardly makes it on the political agenda. I have often wondered what […]