Health in Nigeria

  • Healthcare Property holds benefits for Africa

    CANADA, 2017/08/20 As Africa tries to build up a listed real estate industry, healthcare real estate investment trust (REITs) become additional attractive on the continent. They would formalise an industry with much potential, advises Ortneil Kutama, Africa Property News Media Director. “REITs are well structured and provide investors with tax benefits and regular gain in theory as long as they make consistent profits,” Kutama said. Nations like South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Morocco and Nigeria, which have growing populations, improving hospitals and healthcare industries, could gain capital boost. If the hospitals in these nations were listed, investors could bring that major capital boost.
  • Buhari Among African Presidents Who Lack Faith in Own Health Systems

    ANGOLA, 2017/08/18 The Presidency, yesterday, drew back from joining the fray next President Muhammadu Buhari was listed by the BBC part African presidents who have "an apparent lack of faith in the health systems at home." The other presidents listed included Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe), Patrice Talon (Benin), Abdelaziz Bouteflika (Algeria), and Jose Eduardo dos Santos (Angola).
  • WHO lauds Africa’s progress in malaria, HIV control

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/29 The World Health Organisation (WHO), has commended the African region for making significant evolution in malaria control in the last five years. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, said malaria incidence and mortality rates had declined by 42 % and 66 % respectively between 2000 and 2015. Moeti made the commendation in Kigali, Rwanda, while speaking at the Initial Africa Health Forum, launched by WHO, Africa and the Government of Rwanda.
  • WHO Africa Health Forum App Leads the Way

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/16 You can meet the majority interesting people at conferences. If you can make your way through the sea of people to get to them. The initial Africa Health Forum organised by the World Health Organisation African region was no different - hundreds and hundreds of enthusiastic participants filling the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda, determined to find their way to universal healthcare (UHC) on the continent. The forum promised to examine WHO AFRO's vision for health and development across the continent, explore concrete ways for partners to contribute to the work of the organization, meet the challenges that young people face, and provide a platform to talk about innovative strategies for the public health challenges that Africa just can't seem to shake.
  • Malaria drug could cut women’s risk of other infections

    NIGERIA, 2017/04/30 A drug used to combat malaria in pregnant women could as well treat sexually transmitted infections (STIs), a study shows. Results of the study by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine, a medicine recommended during antenatal care visit for intermittent preventive treatment (IPTp) of malaria in pregnant women in malaria-endemic areas could cut the risk of getting STIs such as gonorrhoea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, and bacterial vaginosis.
  • Nigeria vaccinates 25 million children from polio in areas freed from Boko Haram

    NIGERIA, 2016/09/06 An emergency polio vaccination campaign aimed at reaching 25 million children this year has begun in parts of Nigeria newly freed from Boko Haram Islamic extremists, with fears that a lot of additional cases of the crippling disease will likely be found. Two toddlers discovered last month were Nigeria's initial reported polio cases in additional than two years, putting the world on alert just months next the African continent was declared free of the disease. One member of the Rotary Club's "End Polio Presently" drive said he almost cried at the same time as he got the news. It was a major blow to world efforts to stamp out polio, which persists in only two other nations, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
  • Only complacency can stop Nigeria – and Africa – from finally conquering polio

    NIGERIA, 2016/07/25 In Nigeria, if we’re diligent and careful, we may at no time see an extra child lose the use of their legs to polio. Thirty years ago, millions of children went unvaccinated against a preventable disease that persisted and paralysed in nearly each country in the world. Since again, the number of unvaccinated children has dropped precipitously. While we still have work to do to ensure not even one child is missed, the biggest challenge Nigeria has to contend with presently is complacency. On 24 July 2016, Nigeria reached two years without a case of wild polio. That is commendable. But if reaching this landmark has left a lot of euphoric, total eradication would be historic. If Nigeria and the rest of Africa can make it to July 2017 without a case of polio, we will be officially polio free. To do this, we have to consolidate the evolution we have by presently made, and vigorously invest in our collective capacity to contain and wipe out the disease wherever it may linger.
  • AIDS still number one cause of death in Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2016/07/20 The United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has disclosed that despite successes chalked in the fight against Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), a lot additional needed to be done particularly in Africa. UNICEF’s Executive Director, Anthony Lake, revealed that adolescents were generally dying of AIDS at an alarming rate and that the disease remained the leading cause of death in Africa.
  • NIGERIA Senate orders review of universities admissions policy

    NIGERIA, 2016/01/12 Senate, the upper chamber of Nigeria’s legislative body, has directed the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board – JAMB – to extend the validity of university entrance exam results to three years, and to stop assigning students to institutions for which they have not applied. Senators believe that holding – in a well-secured data bank – the results of would-be students who write the exam but do not fasten a place, would allow tertiary institutions to shop around for strong students and reduce the costs for candidates who sit the exam year next year.
  • Nigeria remains polio-free

    NIGERIA, 2015/10/31 On the heels of historic success against polio in Nigeria and across the continent of Africa, Rotary gives an additional US$6.9 million boost to Nigeria to support immunization activities and surveillance spearheaded by the World Polio Eradication Initiative. This was the year at the same time as three became two, with the World Health Organization removing Nigeria from the inventory of polio-endemic nations, leaving just Afghanistan and Pakistan remaining. With no case of wild poliovirus (WPV) reported since 24 July 2014, additional than a year has passed with no samples testing positive for WPV across all country. This succcess is a tribute to the hard work of countless health care workers, traditional leaders, over 400,000 volunteers and the government who managed to turn the programme in Nigeria around by reaching over 45 million children repeatedly with polio vaccines.