‘Nigerians spend estimated $1bn yearly on medical care abroad’

Medical tourism

Nigerians spend an estimated $1 billion yearly on medical care abroad for conditions that can be effectively treated within their country, the Chief Consultant Orthopeadics Surgeon and Chief Medical Director of Alliance Hospital, Abuja, Dr. Christopher Otabor, has said. Otabor spoke after he was conferred with an ‘African Medical Practice and Leadership Excellence Award’ for his outstanding investment in Nigeria’s healthcare system by Africanstride International magazine, in Abuja at the weekend. He said there was the need for increased investment in healthcare infrastructure in the country if the nation was…

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World Health Organisation announces global resurgence of cholera, as 1,900 die from disease

WHO on cholera

The World Health Organisation, (WHO), has announced a rapid rise in cholera in several regions of the world, with almost 195,000 cases and over 1,900 deaths reported in 24 countries since the start of this year. WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean region reported the highest number of cases, followed by the African Region, the Region of the Americas, the Southeast Asia Region, and the European Region. The organisation, in an issued statement on Thursday, stated that there are no reported cases in the Western Region, according to its bulletin released on Wednesday.…

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Resident doctors threaten strike over allowance

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The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, (NARD), has issued a two-week ultimatum to Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) and Managing Directors (MDs) to pay the accoutrement allowance owed to their members, saying failure to meet this demand will result in a nationwide strike. This directive was part of a communiqué released following NARD’s general meeting in Kaduna. The communiqué was signed by its President; Dr. Dele Abdullahi Olaitan, Secretary-General, Dr. Anaduaka Christopher Obinna, and  Public and Special Secretary, Dr. Egbe John Jonah, Key points from the meeting include: Ultimatum for Allowance…

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‘700 newborn babies die daily in Nigeria’ – Uba Sani 

Kaduna APC candidate Uba Sani votes in Kawo

Kaduna State governor, Uba Sani, said estimated 700 babies die every day in the country, underscoring the urgent challenge of high maternal and child mortality rates in Nigeria. He stated this yesterday while commissioning a newly-built Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) oxygen plant and Neonatal Unit at Yusuf Dantsoho Memorial Hospital, aimed at reducing the State’s contribution to neonatal mortality. Governor Sani, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, said these projects are a direct response to the State’s efforts to address the alarming neonatal mortality rates. He said,…

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Lassa fever: NCDC records 832 cases, 152 deaths in four months

Lassa fever

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), says it recorded 5,669 suspected Lassa fever cases and 152 deaths, with a Case Fatality Rate of 18.3 percent. According to the ‘Lassa Fever Situation Report’ posted on its website on Monday, the NCDC said 832 cases were confirmed from the suspected cases from 27 states across 126 local government areas from January to April 14, 2024. According to the World Health Organisation, (WHO), Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic illness caused by the Lassa virus, a member of the…

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‘44 out of 100 new-borns die in Sokoto’ – FG

The Federal Government has raised the alarm over maternal and infant mortality in Sokoto State, saying 44 out of 100 newborn babies in the State die. The Special Adviser in-charge of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Health, Salma Ibrahim, made the recommendation on Thursday, during a courtesy call on Governor Ahmed Aliyu. She disclosed that Sokoto State still has the highest burden of maternal and infant death in the country; and therefore, sought home-grown solutions to maternal and infant fatality in and across the State. “Most of the new-born deaths…

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FG to sign Executive Order to curb rising drug prices – Minister

Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Muhammad Pate, has said the Federal Government will soon issue an Executive Order to curb escalating drug prices in the country. Prof. Pate, who disclosed this yesterday, explained that the Executive Order is a short-term goal in reducing drug prices. He added that the Federal Government’s mid to long-term goals in reducing drug prices involve the domestication of imported drugs within the next three years in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. Prof. Pate, who disclosed this at the…

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“Over 75% of Nigerians can’t afford imported drugs” – Medical agency laments

The importance of integrating indigenous medicine with orthodox health practices for community health and economic development has been emphasised by the Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency, (NNMDA), which at the weekend lamented Nigeria’s over-dependence on imported drugs and other healthcare products. The Director-General of the Agency, Prof. Martins Emeje, raised the concern at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka during a Community engagement meeting on importance of Integrating Indigenous Medicine with Orthodox Health Practices for Community Health and Economic Development, in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Emeje regretted…

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Narcotics Abuse: NAFDAC deploys ‘track-and-trace’ mechanisms

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has put in place effective mechanisms to ‘track and trace’ narcotic products right from production, the manufacturing plant, to the end user. A statement issued by the agency, at the weekend, said its Director General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, made the disclosure while commissioning the narcotic drugs serialisation pilot project in Lagos. Prof Adeyeye said the move was geared towards tackling the menace of drug and substance abuse in Nigeria, particularly amongst the teeming youth population. She said that narcotics…

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FG to issue Executive Order to lower pharmaceuticals’ costs – Health Minister

Minister of Health, Ali Pate, has disclosed that the Federal Government will soon issue an Executive Order to control pharmaceutical pricing and lower the cost of necessary medications in Nigeria. Pate stared this on Wednesday, while interacting with State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Bola Tinubu. He explained that the Executive Order aims at enabling local drug manufacturers to thrive, while ensuring fair pricing of essential medicines. According to the Minister, the decision follows the exit of major multi-national pharmaceutical companies from…

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