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Could a new typhoid vaccine end the most misdiagnosed disease in Nigeria?

Editor’s Note: This week’s Thought Leadership on Health Series comes from Pharmacist and Public Health Specialist Chijioke Nwosu. He writes about the exciting release of a new typhoid vaccine approved by the World Health Organisation that could prevent typhoid fever in children and also reduce the misdiagnoses of fevers in Nigeria. -By Chijioke Nwosu “Typhoid […]

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The State of the Nigerian Health Sector in 2017

The year 2017 rounds up this week, and we at Nigeria Health Watch reflect on what has been a challenging year for the Nigerian health sector. There have been set-backs, but also notable triumphs, and below are prominent themes that dominated the Nigerian health sector in 2017. The critical role of leadership Leadership has always […]

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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 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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Africa Diaspora Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

A mighty Iroko in the Nigerian health sector has fallen: A tribute to the late Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

“I shall not mourn you! Not at all. You were a blessing. Your footprints are large but your humanity much larger. First, I shall thank you for all you have done, not only for me but for so many others. Then I shall celebrate you for what is left of my life and work. A […]

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Top Ten News Items on Health, 17th February 2017

FG approves new National Health Policy. FG Signs Seventy Million Euro EU Support For Health . Nigeria to benefit from MacArthur foundation’s global reach projects. Nigeria, eight others to halve MNCH deaths by 2022. Drug insecurity persists as customs implements 20% duty on imported medicines. Nigeria’s crowded camps fuel disease fears from open defecation. Kano […]

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Is the Nigerian government one step closer to evidence-based decision making in health?

Editor’s Note: This week’s Thought Leadership Piece was contributed by Olusesan A. Makinde, Senior Health Information Systems Advisor with MEASURE Evaluation project, Abuja, and Kolawole A. Oyediran, Senior Monitoring and Evaluations Advisor with the MEASURE Evaluation project in Arlington, Virginia. They highlight the recent inauguration of the National Health Data Governance Council, evaluating how critical […]

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Top Ten News Items on Health, 20 January 2017

Lassa Fever: NCDC confirms cases in 7 states, advices on preparedness by hospitals and healthcare workers. NHIS covers cancer, other tertiary ailments – Prof. Usman. Melinda Gates commends Kaduna Govt on child health, others. Borno Government spends N1bn on hospital equipment destroyed by Boko Haram. FG, UCH to provide free treatment to Oyo residents. Doctors […]

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Top Ten Health News Items in 2016

Government of Nigeria reports 2 wild polio cases, first since July 2014. Lassa Fever Outbreak: 41 Nigerians killed in 10 states – Minister. Full impact of devastated health services in north-eastern Nigeria revealed by WHO report. Global Fund Investigation in Nigeria. EFCC Reopens Probe Of GAVI Report On NPHCDA. We have no accurate data of […]

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Top Ten News Items on Health, 07 October 2016

FG releases N9.8bn for polio eradication. WHO provides medical supplies to 15,000 Boko Haram victims. Children below one-year-old to get new pneumonia vaccine. ‘Nigeria needs $16m to boost reproductive health services’. Kano approves N48m to fight malaria. Anambra Govt to establish medical equipment centre. Ebonyi to provide healthcare centre in 171 wards. Adamawa health workers […]

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Lack of trust in health sector: the underlying cause of the large Lassa Fever outbreak in Nigeria

Strange deaths in a community in Niger State in 2015 left the community confused, this was followed by a period of uncertainty and anxiety, and they reached out to the only rational explanation they could imagine – the supernatural. By the time the public health authorities were informed and a diagnosis of Lassa Fever was […]

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The Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program

Those that read our blog regularly will remember the early days when we called for a Field Epidemiology Training Programme in Nigeria to train health professionals in Nigeria on the response to outbreaks of infectious diseases in Nigeria. We were delighted to meet a team at the Emerging Infectious Disease Conference in Atlanta last year that introduced themselves as […]