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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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SOLD – Rochas and the privatisation of Imo Hospitals

Something interesting is happening to the public hospitals in Imo;  the State Government appears to have concessioned  them out to a private firm. While one newspaper reports that that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed with a British company to manage the hospitals, others report that the beneficiary for the concession is a certain […]

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Nigerian banks throwing money at medical practices

We are not quite sure whether we should be celebrating a new trend we have noticed emerging in Nigeria or not. In many Nigerian newspapers there are financial products targeted at medical institutions. At the typical interest rates of over 20%  per annum for borrowing in Nigeria , we wonder how the operations of a typical medical […]

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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 […]

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Patients suffer as Nigerian healthcare workers continue strikes; who cares?

This piece is contributed by Chima Onoka. Chima is a friend and colleague. In this honest piece he contributes his thoughts about the ongoing strike that has paralysed public tertiary centres across Nigeria. I wonder how many other colleagues are thinking the same. As we remain quiet…and watch our hospitals deteriorate further, I cannot help but to agonise about […]

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Radio, bucket, and a bicycle – improving healthcare provision in Nigeria

by ndubuisi edeogaI have been reading through Sonia Shah’s book “The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years”. She discussed a survey that was designed to collect data about the use of insecticide impregnated nets, and about what most people would want if given the choice in a rural setting (one of their […]