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Voter Registration vs Immunization cards: Missed opportunities in Nigeria

by ndubuisi edeogaWe are all still lamenting the use of our money for frivolous independence celebrations. Now we are stuck with the bill for the voter’s registration touted to be the “MOST EXPENSIVE” in the world, see here. Compare the cost of voter registration in India,one of the so-called emerging economies. According to a publication […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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A new book by Professor Adetokunbo Lucas

If you read this blog, you have no excuse not to knowing Professor Adetokunbo Lucas. Professor Lucas needs no introduction, the picture on the right, taken about 5 years ago is one of my prized possessions. “Prof” is one of the most accomplished physicians Nigeria has produced, yet he also carries himself with humility that […]

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Falana sues FG over state of public hospitals

We are highlighting this article about Femi Falana’s prosecution of our Federal Government, as it is of critical importance in our journey as a nation. We are 50 years into our existence, and most public hospitals in Nigeria have regressed over this period. Just like most Nigerians do not expect justice from their police stations, electricity in […]

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Bill Gates in Nigeria – lessons for us?

I have been following Bill Gates on Twitter for some time, and one recent “tweet” caught my eye. “Incredible trip to Nigeria – determined and getting closer to eradicating polio. Government, partners and Nigerians are committed and inspiring” Then I searched around a bit for more information on his trip to Nigeria….not too difficult! On […]

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Final reflections on AIDS2010

It has been my pleasure to share with you some of my reflections from AIDS2010, from a Nigerian perspective. I have not covered in detail a lot of the interesting scientific issues emerging from the conference. The hope of new vaccines, microbicides, and the relative success of programmes from around the world, and emerging epidemics […]

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On the regulation of Nigerian health professionals

An anonymous commentator on the last post mentioned that the next Minister must put in place a regulatory body to which health professionals are accountable, to deal with cases of negligence and breaches of professional ethics. The commentator mentioned the General Medical council in the UK as a possible model. The truth is that these […]

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DFID Programmes in Nigeria

Have you ever wondered what health programmmes and projects are ongoing in Nigeria, what their aims and objectives are and how well they are doing (or not)? We have often looked forward to a situation where the national health strategy and programmes were put in the public domain in order to enable Nigerian citizens to […]

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Ember months and Road Traffic Accidents

It’s December, the season of the so-called “ember months” in Nigeria when road traffic accidents (RTAs) seem to occur with increased frequency. Nigerians have often put forward various reasons for the death toll on the roads during this season (from the presence of “blood-sucking witches on the roads” to other less exotic reasons like the […]