Promote Breastfeeding rights for mothers, Ikpeazu appeals to Lawmakers   The wife of the Governor of Abia State, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu, has urged stakeholders in the health sector to partner government in promoting exclusive breastfeeding of babies between zero to six months in order to achieve optimum growth and quality health for children.  In a statement released to mark this...... read more
Doctors embark on indefinite strike over kidnap of colleague in Calabar The Cross River State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, on Friday, suspended their services in all hospitals in the state following the kidnap of a medical consultant with the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH).   Dr. Marcus Asuquo Inyama was abducted by gunmen on his way home from work...... read more
One in three Nigerians lack access to drinking water — UNICEF The United Nations Children’s Fund has said that one in three Nigerians does not have access to basic drinking water services, adding that on the average, each of the people living in rural areas of the country has access to only four litres of water daily. UNICEF specialist on sanitation, Bioye...... read more
Asaba FMC plans mass burial for over 50 abandoned corpses Plans by the management of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba, Delta State to give mass burial to over 50 corpses purportedly abandoned at the morgue of the hospital have been uncovered. The decision, it was discovered, was taken to decongest the 100-capacity mortuary to create spaces for fresh corpses. Majority of...... read more
Abia govt to train military personnel on emergency medical skillset A team of certified instructors from the United States under the American Heart Association’s HeartSaver CPR AED programme have been engaged by the Abia State government to train selected officers of the Nigeria Army, Nigeria Navy and the police in an emergency medical skillset that include cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated...... read more
Crisis looms in FCT hospitals as Doctors decry stagnation If the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, does not act fast, then a major crisis is brewing in the territory’s health sector following an ultimatum by the Association of Resident Doctors, ARD, on their promotion. The ARD has warned of “looming crisis” across hospitals owned by the Federal Capital Territory Administration...... read more
FG accuse 14 state Govs for abandoning health sector The Federal Government, yesterday, named 14 states that have refused to access the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund, meant for provision of primary healthcare services to Nigerians. Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, who made the disclosure, yesterday, when he appeared before the Senate, to address issues affecting the country’s healthcare system, said...... read more
NMA replies Ngige, says his position on Doctors leaving Nigeria is unfortunate The Nigerian Medical Association, the National Association of Resident Doctors, the Socio-Economic Right and Accountability Project and human rights groups on Wednesday took a swipe at the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, over his comment that the country had enough medical doctors. Ngige, had on Channels Television’s Sunrise...... read more
FG urged to employ more Doctors to tackle emerging health issues Dr Innocent Ikpe, a general physician with Maitama District Hospital, FCT, has urged the Federal Government to employ more doctors to tackle emerging health issues in primary healthcare delivery. Ikpe told Journalists on Thursday, in Abuja, that Nigeria currently had a dearth of doctors which fell below the acceptable ratio of...... read more
Plateau confirms 28 new Lassa fever cases, records 10 deaths – Commissioner Dr Kunden Deyin, the Plateau Commissioner for Health says the state has recorded 28  new cases of Lassa fever with 10 deaths. Deyin told the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos on Thursday that 64 cases were taken to the laboratory for confirmation out of which 28 were confirmed to be Lassa fever....... read more
SOML initiative: Abia wins $660000 fund from World Bank Abia State wins $660000 (Approx N237million) additional funds from World Bank following a successful implementation of the Saving One Million Lives (SOML) program in 2018. SOML initiative is a broad-based investment program with six distinct health pillars – immunization, malaria control, nutrition, prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV, delivery...... read more
11 people reported dead after eating toxic rice Eleven people have died after eating rice that had likely been contaminated with a toxic substance at a Hindu temple ceremony, a health official said Saturday. Another 29 people were critically ill and undergoing emergency treatment across various hospitals in Mysore, a city in the state of Karnataka. “11 people have...... read more
LUTH detains baby, mother for four months over unpaid bills   The husband of a patient at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, Surulere, Mutiu Busari, has said his wife, Busayo, and their baby, Fikayo, have spent over four months in the hospital over unpaid medical bills. The 32-year-old lamented that his family owed LUTH about N387,200 after Busayo was...... read more
World Sickle Cell Day: Vicar Hope Foundation moves to curb sickle cell disease The Vicar Hope Foundation with support from Abia State Ministry of Health and relevant agencies will mark this year’s World Sickle Cell Day on June 19 2018.  A release signed by Eze Ajuzie Chief Press Secretary to the Wife of the Governor says the event with a theme “Working Together to...... read more
All you need to know about AbiaSMS   Abia Safe Mothers’ Scheme (AbiaSMS),is a mini scheme within the Abia SOML is designed using incentive-based intervention model. This program that is currently going on in the state effectively answered all the four questions below. Incentive-based interventions vary considerably along several dimensions, including the following, 1) Who is targeted in...... read more
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