Thought Leadership

What the Minister said …contd.

Recently we blogged on the unfortunate state of reporting health in the Nigerian press without context, without nuance and without analysis. In the last few weeks…nothing much has changed. Below are some reports of in the press ….unedited for your reading plaeasure.

The Independent – Medical Workers’ Demand Beyond Our Ministry -Osotimehin

The Sun – 1.2m Nigerians blind, 4.8m visually impaired – Osotimehin

Triumph – Osotimehin wants more tax on cigarette, alcohol

Thisday – FG Moves to End Overseas Medical Treatment – Osotimehin

Vanguard – FG to stop tobacco smoking – Osotimehin

Vanguard – Osotimehin seeks better response to epidemics

GuardianNigeria would not continue to be in the polio belt for long.

Thisday – Malaria – Country, World Bank Sign $100 Million Pact: Osotimehin – we will show results and ensure that there is transparency and acountability in our way of doing business.

If we are to believe our press…lots of challenges, lots of promises …lots.

In the next blog…we will share with you our thoughts on Hajia Turai Yar’Adua’s new pet project

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has…Margaret Mead

By Chikwe Ihekweazu

Chikwe Ihekweazu is an epidemiologist and consultant public health physician. He is the Editor of Nigeria Health Watch, and the Managing Partner of EpiAfric (, which provides expertise in public health research and advisory services, health communication and professional development. He previously held leadership roles at the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the UK's Health Protection Agency. Chikwe has undertaken several short term consultancies for the World Health Organisation, mainly in response to major outbreaks. He is a TED Fellow and co-curator of TEDxEuston.

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