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Top Ten News Items on Health, July 28 2017

FG committed to elimination of viral hepatitis in Nigeria by 2021. NHIS controversy worsens as Reps reject agency’s budget. Nigeria sets up task force to reduce maternal mortality. No ‘’killer’’ Anti-Malaria medicines in Nigeria – NAFDAC. HMCAN urges FG to establish health fund. Lagos confirms two deaths from acute diarrhoea. Plateau confirms another case of Lassa fever. Ogun doctors threaten strike over […]

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Muhammad Pate’s resignation, a profound loss for Nigeria

On Tuesday 23rd July, the health sector in Nigeria was rocked by the resignation of the Minister of State for Health, Dr Muhammad Ali Pate. It was announced that he was resigning to take up a position as Professor for Global Health at Duke University in the USA. It was also reported by Mr Reuben […]

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Nigerian Ministers of Health communicating with new media tools

Communication is critical to leadership, critical to management, and extremely critical to health care; from the nurse to the Minister. Communication lies at the heart of every aspect of health; including disease prevention, health promotion, treatment and care. Therefore; timely, accessible and credible health information is critical for improving public health outcomes. Yet, in our Nigeria, […]

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Call 999 – ABUJA

Once again, as Nigerians, we bow our heads in shame. On the 1st of October 2010,  there was a bomb blast right next to Eagle Square, at the heart of the Nigerian Government, then there was another one, inside Moghadishu Barracks, Abuja at the heart of the Nigerian military, shortly after another inside the headquarters of the Nigerian […]

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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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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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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. […]