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Community Health Watch

Danbare Community Seeks the Opening of a ‘Newly-Built’ PHC

Danbare community has a well-constructed Primary Health Center (PHC) however, community members have not been able to access the facility as it has remained closed since completion, about a year ago. Although Danbare is one of the most populous communities in Kano State’s Kumbotso Local Government Area (LGA), most residents, particularly pregnant women, have nowhere […]

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Community Health Watch

NiCare and The BHCPF Give Edokota PHC a New Look

After years of wear and tear, the Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Edokota, a farming community in Gbako Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State was renovated in 2022 with funds from the Niger State Contributory Health Care Management Agency (NiCare) and the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF). Before then, the PHC which provides […]

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Community Health Watch

Human Resource, a Critical Need for Dawakiji Health Clinic

Dawakiji Basic Health Clinic in Dawakiji community of Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area (LGA) of Kano State provides healthcare services to the residents of Dawakiji and neighbouring communities. According to Idris Bashir Kode, the officer in charge of the clinic, the community members, especially women, patronise the health facility for antenatal care (ANC). The building […]

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Community Health Watch

Emi Umaru Clinic Where Health Inequity Thrives

Adamu Jiya is the only health worker in the only health facility in Emi Umarua rural community in Gbako Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. But having only one health worker to attend to all their health needs is not the only challenge residents of the community have to contend with when it comes […]

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Community Health Watch

Matandi PHC: Only a Total Renovation will do.

It is not hard for a first-time visitor to Matandi Primary Health Centre (PHC) to imagine it as the well-built, well equipped health centre it once was, positioned to meet the health needs of the people of Matandi community in Magama Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. But that was in the past. The […]

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PHC Thought Leadership

A case for an effective “Roof” over Primary Health Care in Nigeria

We were on a road trip to Jos, capital city of Plateau State, famous for having the most temperate climate in Nigeria. The ride had been smooth and uneventful, so nothing prepared us for the enchanting sight of rock and boulder formations flanking the road. The Riyom rocks delicately arranged one on top of the […]

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Thought Leadership

Money for Midwives: Will the BHCPF solve Midwifery’s Funding Woes?

Nigeria’s Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, recently made waves when he asserted that he was not worried about doctors leaving Nigeria, because the country has a surplus. The comment spurred outrage and extensive commentary about whether Nigeria actually has enough health workers. In an interview on Arise TV, Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor, Nigeria Health Watch […]

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Polio Thought Leadership

Is this Nigeria’s Last Lap to Polio Freedom?

In about six months, Nigeria will achieve what will arguably be one of her recent greatest public health achievements; being declared polio-free. The journey has been lengthy and tough, and required sustained efforts of all stakeholders; from frontline workers identifying and reporting cases in states like Kano and Niger, to volunteer community mobilisers ensuring every […]

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Thought Leadership

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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Nigeria

Is this the breaking of a new dawn in Nigeria’s health sector?

Last Friday’s news flash that President Muhammadu Buhari had appointed new heads to five public health institutions took the Nigerian health sector by surprise, with social media bursting with what could be likened to a collective shout of excitement. The news came without any political musings or rumblings or rumours in the background. The five […]

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Africa Diaspora Health Health Policy Nigeria

As the Health Minister’s 10,000 PHC transformation agenda starts, we urge him to keep primary health care under ONE roof

We are in May. Later this month we will mark one year into the tenure of the Buhari administration, a quarter of its four-year mandate. Also in May, we anticipate the kick-off of the Minister’s promised “one newly functional” primary health centre per day. The appointment of Professor Isaac Adewole as Minister of Health was […]

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Africa Diaspora Events Nigeria Thought Leadership

Professor Eyitayo Lambo’s ‘Tour de Force’ and Call to Action

On December 9th 2015, we gathered in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, for the first Public Service Lecture of the Nigerian Primary Health Care Development Agency.  Despite starting three hours behind schedule, we waited. There were two primary reasons for this patience: firstly Professor Eyitayo Lambo belongs to an extremely small group of leaders in the […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership

What you need to know about the Yobe eye drops Story

This is a follow up story to the public service announcement concerning the misuse of Chlorhexidine digluconate 7.1% solution packaged as eye drops in Yobe State, Northern Nigeria. A chilling weekend email On Sunday we sent out an urgent public service announcement on the misuse of Chlorhexidine digluconate 7.1% solution (CHX). The solution, which is […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership

Urgent Public Service Announcement: Product withdrawal to save the sight of our children

Early in September 2015, in Yobe State in Nigeria, a three-week old baby was brought to a doctor with corneal ulceration leading to immediate blindness. The doctor took a detailed history, and the only possible cause that he could find was the use of what the mother described as “eye drops”, given to her as part […]