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Nigeria’s Healthcare System Under Threat

Nigeria’s Healthcare System Under Threat

Health
It is hard to believe that the healthcare sector is becoming a ghost of itself, no thanks to the fine structures all over the country without adequate medical facilities. The outcry from several quarters urging successive governments to treat the healthcare sector specially has been near universal and its intensity striking. Yet, in the ears of government, it seems like beating a drum for a deaf person to dance. Therefore, the sector has hitherto remained grossly incapacitated because of paucity of fund and doctors pass through a lot of stress to achieve success in performing simple dialysis. It is disheartening to learn that when doctors try to press home their demand to equip the hospitals through a strike action, they are labelled and called several uncanny names. Most times, if not in...
MTN, Garmin Introduce Health, Fitness Devices

MTN, Garmin Introduce Health, Fitness Devices

Health
Garmin, a wearable technology and lifestyle products company, has collaborated with MTN to introduce a range of health and fitness devices to help boost fitness level of Nigerians. According to Garmin, the devices include a range of smartwatches, which enable users to track, monitor and record daily health activities and on selected devices, pair with smartphones to receive current weather conditions, weather forecasts, voice call/text message notifications, e-mails, among other functions. The company’s Business Development Manager, sub-Saharan Africa, Mr. Mike Clarke, stated that Garmin’s collaboration with MTN would deliver the ultimate digital experience to Nigerians and provide a platform for people to adopt healthy lifestyles. He said, “We are excited to extend our footprint into
Trump Seeks To Rally Support For Health Reform As Doubts Grow

Trump Seeks To Rally Support For Health Reform As Doubts Grow

Health, News
US President Donald Trump’s deal-making was put to the test Wednesday in his first major legislative battle, as Congress hotly debated a health care replacement plan opposed by several lawmakers in his own party. Two committees in the House of Representatives began reviewing a sweeping bill that unwinds and replaces the Affordable Care Act, the emblematic health care reforms implemented under Barack Obama. After seven years of Republican efforts to rip up Obamacare, it remained unclear whether Trump has the necessary votes to get the controversial replacement measure across the finish line — even with Republicans controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress. Trump and his team are “in full sell mode” regarding the plan, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said. Re
It’s Time to Stop These Preventable Deaths of Mothers and Children

It’s Time to Stop These Preventable Deaths of Mothers and Children

Health
The day of a child's birth should be a day filled with joy, but for many Kenyans, it is a day of fear. For the most unfortunate, it is a day of tragedy. For Atieno, a woman living in western Kenya, the fear lasted for days. She laboured for more than 72 hours at home in her rural village. There was heavy bleeding and when Atieno finally delivered her daughter, it was without the help of a skilled birth attendant or life-saving products such as oxytocin to stop bleeding. Both mother and baby were fortunate. They survived one of the riskiest experiences a woman and her child will face: childbirth. While Atieno and her baby survived, too many others do not. As doctors, we hear and see these stories every day. One in 38 Kenyan women is at risk of dying from childbirth complications su...
Nurses Protest Over Unpaid Salaries In Ondo State

Nurses Protest Over Unpaid Salaries In Ondo State

Health
The aggrieved nurses have made the announcement on Monday they would not resume work until their outstanding salaries, entitlements and bonuses were fully paid by the State government  shortly after a meeting called by the Chairman of the Ondo State Health Management Board (OSHMB), Niran Okunrinboye, which was almost disturbed by some of the protestors. According to reports, One protesting nurse said that they would continue to strike and block the entrance to the facility until the State government pays their salaries and benefits. It was also reported that some of the health workers had supposedly ignored the”negotiating meeting” arranged by Mr . Okunrinboye. It was also repported that, the visiting government team condemned the actions of the Account Manager of the hospital for de
Mexico Sees Spike In H1N1 Swine Flu Cases, 68 People Dead

Mexico Sees Spike In H1N1 Swine Flu Cases, 68 People Dead

Health
Mexico has seen a sharp jump in cases of the virus H1N1, popularly known as swine flu, killing 68 people so far this flu season, according to health ministry data. The overall number of flu cases and deaths has also risen, but the H1N1 statistics are striking. The Mexican government has detected 945 cases of H1N1 this season, compared with just four cases and no deaths last season. But the Mexican government emphasized schools should not shutter their doors due to the flu. "We are not facing an epidemic that would justify closing schools," Education Minister Aurelio Nuno said at a news conference this week. While swine flu cases comprise only one-third of all flu infections this season, the virus has proven particularly deadly, with 69 percent of all flu deaths attributed to H1...
Zika virus spread may draw stock market investor attention

Zika virus spread may draw stock market investor attention

Capital Market, Economy, Health
As the Zika virus spreads from Brazil through the Americas, so too may investor attention spread to U.S. companies developing treatments, vaccines or other products tied to the mosquito-borne disease. But resulting share price improvements may be fleeting. With no vaccines or treatments for Zika, which has been linked to a surge in babies born with unusually small heads, a scramble is on to find ways to quell the threat. Shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc (INO.O) appear to be benefiting. The company is collaborating on a vaccine that could be ready for emergency use this year, one of the product's lead developers said on Thursday. Inovio's chief executive, Joseph Kim, told Reuters he believed the company was "ahead of the pack" in the race for a vaccine. The company's shares ...
FG to Undertake Reconstruction of Health Facilities in North East – Minister

FG to Undertake Reconstruction of Health Facilities in North East – Minister

Health
Healthcare facilities destroyed by insurgents in the North-East will be reconstructed by the the federal government, the minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole has said. Adewole, who disclosed this while visiting the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Pompomari which has 3,011 people, also announced the donation of a porter – cabin to the state as a temporary infrastructure for medical consultation and short term admission of patients at the camp. He also employed the healthcare providers at the camp to develop a cordial relationship with the pregnant women so that they could inform the healthcare workers at the onset of labour. Alhaji Abubakar Haliru who represented the state governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, expressed the state’s joy at the visit which presented an oppor
JCIN Ikeja to Conduct Lassa Fever Sensitization Via Online Media

JCIN Ikeja to Conduct Lassa Fever Sensitization Via Online Media

Health
Determined to bring joy and sensitize Nigerians and Africa in Diaspora about the deadly disease, “LASSA FEVER”, Junior Chamber International Nigeria, Ikeja THE LEGACY BUILDER, will on Friday January 29th, join hands with renowned Nigerians and world health authorities to educate on good health and well being. The interactive segment is scheduled on Twitter for easy communication. In its commitment to expand global sensitization of Lasa Fever, contribute good health and well being according to SDG GOAL, the Local Organization President of Junior Chamber International Nigeria, Ikeja, Olamide Akin Balogun Confirmed that#KickLassaFeverOutCampaign Online Campaign is being hosted by JCI, Global Impact Ambassador, Medicaid Diagnostics, Bring Back our Girls Group, Kebbi State, Host (health matter
Dangote to Build N7 Billion Diagnostic Center in Kano

Dangote to Build N7 Billion Diagnostic Center in Kano

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Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, through his Dangote Foundation, is building a N7bn state-of-the-art operating theatre and diagnostic centre at the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital in Kano. The Chief Executive, Dangote Foundation, Ms Halima Dangote, said during a visit to the Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, that the project would be completed next year. She attributed the earlier delay to technical hitches and said the new contractor, Dantata and Sawoe, had returned to site. Halima also said that the routine immunisation programme of the Foundation was being extended to Bauchi, Yobe, Maiduguri and Katsina. She added that the Foundation’s business school’s project at the Bayero University, Kano had gulped N524m, even as it had injected N500m into Kano School