Doctors urge mothers to practice exclusive breastfeeding

Professor Sa’ad Ahmed, the Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, Abuja, has advised mothers to practice exclusive breastfeeding to their newborn babies. Ahmed gave the advice at the opening of the World Breastfeeding Week 2021, on Wednesday, in Abuja. The the theme of the 2021 celebration is “Protect Breastfeeding: A shared responsibility.” Ahmed, represented by the hospital Head of Clinical Services, Dr. Eziechila Joseph said the benefits of breastfeeding could never be over-emphasised, adding that it was important to inculcate the habit of exclusive breastfeeding, because it was…

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Gombe: Gov. Inuwa flags-off State’s Contributory Healthcare Scheme

Gombe State governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has flagged-off the State Contributory Healthcare Scheme, (GoHealth), with the renewed commitment to ensure all residents of the State have access to quality health service at an affordable cost without suffering financial hardship. The Governor, who revealed this during the flag-off ceremony that took place at the Banquet Hall of the Government House, stated that his administration has equally constituted the Governing Board and posted appropriate and competent staff to the Gombe State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency to ensure successful implementation of the scheme…

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FG to establish Catastrophic Fund to address terminal ailments, others – NHIS

The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is to establish a National Catastrophic Fund to address terminal ailments such as cancer, advanced heart disease, among others. The Executive Secretary of the scheme, Prof. Mohammed Sambo, made the disclosure at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum, in Abuja today. He said that the current contributions to the health insurance pool was insufficient to cater for some packages and programmes of the scheme. He emphasised that if NHIS had enough funds, it would cover the treatment and management of cancer and other…

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Doctors begin indefinite strike in Ondo State over half salary, arrears

Doctors working with Ondo State government, under the aegis of Ondo State Government Doctors’ Forum began an indefinite strike.The Spokesperson for the forum, Dr Olubosede Omolayo, at a press conference on Tuesday in Akure, said that the strike had become imperative, following the payment of 50 percent of members’ salaries by government in November 2020.The forum consists of Association of Resident Doctors, UNIMED THC, Nigeria Association of General Medical Forum and Dental Practitioners as well as Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria.She said that the decision to embark on…

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WHO supports treatment of 301 mental health patients in Borno

World Health Organisation (WHO) says it supported the treatment of 301 mental health patients and referred 12 others for further management in Borno from January to November 2020. Dr Henry Nwanja, the WHO Public Health Officer, Emergency Programme, North East, made this known in Maiduguri while handing over the Borno Psychiatric Hospital, rehabilitated by WHO to Borno Government. The the hospital was vandalised by insurgents in 2013. Nwanja said “ever since then, the hospital has been non-functional and totally dilapidated until 2019 when the government approached WHO to facilitate the…

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Looting: JOHESU seeks FG, others assistance for Psychiatric Hospital

The Join Health Sector Union (JOHESU) and Assembly of Health Professionals, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Calabar branch, has called on the Federal Government and corporate organisations to assist them over the looting of their valuables by hoodlums. The Union made the call in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Mr Daniel Odo, and Mr Ken Bassey and made available to newsmen on Friday in Calabar. The Union said that on Oct. 24, hoodlums made up of women, men and children, heavily armed with guns and machetes, descended on…

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122m Nigerians at risk of contracting Neglected Tropical Diseases – Health Ministry

The Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) says no fewer than 122 million people in Nigeria are at risk of getting Neglected Tropical Disease (NTDs). Dr Chukwuma Anyaike, Director and National Coordinator of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Control/Elimination/Eradication Programme at  the FMoH , made the disclosure on Thursday  at a two-day media dialogue at Ibadan. The dialogue was organised by the Child Rights Information Bureau (CRIB) Federal Ministry of Information and Culture in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Anyaike said that NTDs are a group of 20 disease…

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Hoodlums loot Kogi medical store, destroy equipment

Hoodlums have invaded Kogi Central Medical Store, looted and vandalised medical equipment and consumables worth billions of Naira. Dr Saka Audu, the State Commissioner for Health, disclosed this at a press conference on Wednesday, after he led a team from the ministry and the media to inspect the burgled medical store located along Zone 8, Lokoja. Audu expressed shock over the unfortunate development, saying it would be very difficult for the state to recover from it. He said that the state did not have the capacity to recover what had…

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