Our foundation is poised to prevent new cases of sickle cell disease.- Adeyemi

The Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Hafeez Adeyemi Sickle Cell Foundation, Mr. Hafeez Adeyemi has said his foundation is determined to prevent new cases of Sickle cell disease by creating more awareness on the importance of genotype testing and also providing free testing for the most vulnerable in the society. Adeyemi disclosed this during his foundation sponsored free testing and counselling to residents of an Internally Displaced Camp, in Apo area of Abuja, Nigeria’s Capital.   He said taking the message to the most vulnerable, to those who…

We’ll sustain collaboration with UCH to improve health sector—Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, has indicated the readiness of his administration to sustain the collaboration and cooperation between the State and the University College Hospital, Ibadan. The Governor, who made the disclosure while hosting the Board of Management of UCH during a courtesy visit to his office, said that the collaboration would help raise the bar of health care delivery in Oyo State. A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the Governor as saying that the Government of Oyo State would make the UCH…

How NHIS squandered over N6.8 billion on illegal allowances – Audit Report

The staff and management of Nigeria’s Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) between 2016 and 2017 helped themselves with several ‘irregular’ and unapproved allowances totalling N6.8 billion, a recently released audit report has revealed. These infractions were recorded during the reign of Usman Yusuf, the controversially sacked NHIS Executive Secretary, according to the 2017 Annual Audit from the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation (OAGF). The report adds a new layer to the barrage of allegations of fraudulent activities that tainted Mr Yusuf’s trenure. ILLEGAL ALLOWANCES The 2017 report, which is the…

Stop using paracetamol, bleach to cook, process Gaari – Osun Govt warns …begins state-wide campaign

The State Government of Osun has called on caterers and food vendors in the state to stop the dangerous act of using paracetamol to tenderise meat and also the use of ‘hypo’ a bleaching detergent for cassava processing to induce ‘whiteness of fufu and gaari.’ The warning was issued in Osogbo during a joint press conference, addressed by the Special Adviser on Public Health, Pharmacist Siji Olamiju and the state Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs. Funke Egbemode on the harmful effect of the illicit acts on vital organs…

26,039 Babies Born on New Year Day in Nigeria – UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund says an estimated 26,039 babies were possibly born in Nigeria on New Year’s Day. UNICEF’s Nigeria Representative, Mr Peter Hawkins, said on Wednesday in a statement Nigerian babies would account for almost seven per cent of the estimated 392,078 babies to be born on New Year’s Day globally. Hawkins said this figure is the third highest number of babies in the world, after India with 67,385; and China, 46,299. “The beginning of a new year and this year, a new decade, is a chance for…

OSUN HEALTH SECTOR REVITALISATION: imports and takeaways By Samson Owoyokun

Adegboyega Oyetola has been in the saddle as Governor, state of Osun, one of the most peaceful and economically viable states in Nigeria for 388 days out of the 1,461 days constitutional duration for his first term in office. Throughout this period, Oyetola has served the state with rare spirit of purposefulness, patriotism and commitment.   The state is still in the mood of the first year anniversary of the Governor with his many salient, remarkable and impressive scorecards including prompt payment of salaries and wages, expansion of the state…

We’ll ensure improvement in Primary Health Care Budget implementation – Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Wednesday said the Senate has mandated its relevant Committee to ensure an improvement in the implementation of the budgetary allocation to the nation’s primary healthcare system. Lawan made the promise while receiving in audience the Global Alliance for Vaccination Initiative (GAVI) high level mission to Nigeria. Lawan said, “Let me start by appreciating you, GAVI, for so much care and concerns for Nigerians having spent about a billion dollars helping us in the areas of vaccination and immunisation. “You deserve serious commendation by…

Diseases Outbreak: Senate moves to establish medical centre in Rigasa

The Nigerian Senate, on Tuesday, took a bold step to push for the establishment of a Federal Medical Centre in Rigasa, Kaduna state, to control the spread of communicable diseases and reduce mortality rate. Rigasa, a satellite town in Kaduna state, has been without functional and well equipped medical facility to cater for the ever growing population. This has accounted for many avoidable deaths, with children and women, (especially during childbirth), being the worst hit. In order to establish an accessible and affordable medical facility, the Senate, on Tuesday, passed…

Senate Moves To Include Poor Nigerians In National Health Insurance

The Senate on Thursday began moves to regulate Health Insurance in the country in a way that would allow poor Nigerians access to quality healthcare. This, the upper chamber stated, can be realized by seeking the establishment of the National Health Insurance Commission. The Upper Chamber while considering a bill For an Act to repeal the National Health Insurance Scheme Act, 2004, said the passage of the National Health Insurance Commission bill, 2019 under consideration by the National Assembly would guarantee the effective implementation of the country’s health insurance policy.…

NYSC To Review Collaboration with NHIS on Free Healthcare for Corps Members

The National Youth Service Corps has reiterated its determination to review the existing collaboration with the National Health Insurance Scheme on the provision of free healthcare service for Corps Members. The Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim stated this today while playing host to the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Mohammed Nasir  Sambo in his office. The synergy between the two establishments dated back to year 2017 when the Federal Government directed that all Corps Members must be enrolled in the NHIS. The DG, who re-echoed the…