Health Care Federation of Nigeria

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of the Healthcare Federation of Nigeria (HFN), we want to thank all the participants who made time to be at our stakeholder consultations on the role of the private sector in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of the Government of Nigeria on 23rd of June at the Renaissance Hotel, Lagos.

We want to thank all our financial members, our partners and event sponsors the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Kainosedge Consults for a great outing.

woman with stomach painThe United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday stressed the need for adolescent girls to avoid the use of herbs during menstrual pain. Prof. Nkadi Onyegbegbu, the National Coordinator of UNICEF Wash In Schools For Girls Project (Wins 4 Girls) in Nigeria, said this at a 4-day Menstrual Hygiene Management Workshop organised for adolescent public school girls in Iragbiji, Osun.

Onyegbegbu said many adolescent girls in the country are becoming victims of kidney problem due to intake of herbs during menstrual pain.

NMA PresidentTHE President of the Nigeria Medical Association, Prof Mike Ogirimma, on Tuesday decried the adoption of a democratised  procedure for the appointment of Chief Medical Directors in Nigeria teaching hospitals, contending the development was responsible for the poor performance of the health sector.

He made this known at the second anniversary of the doctors time out family titled, “Doctors as Heads of Tertiary Health Institutions in Nigeria: Problems and Prospects” and held recently at Ile-Ife, Osun State.

Lassa fever1 620x400The Anambra Government on Monday confirmed that a nursing student was killed by Lassa Fever, while 65 others were being monitored. Dr Emmanuel Okafor, the Director of Public Health, State Ministry of Health, told newsmen in Awka that the deceased (name withheld) was a student in one private nursing school in Nkpor, Idemili North.

Okafor said that the lady was admitted at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka, on June 11.

lassa fever 300x200No fewer than five people have reportedly been infected with the deadly Lassa fever in Ondo State. According to the Permanent Secretary in the state’s Ministry of Health, Dr. Taye Oni, who spoke with journalists in Akure on Tuesday, the disease had affected two people in Owo Local Government and two people in Akoko North-West Local Government.

Similarly, a student of the Achievers University in Owo has also contracted the disease. Oni said, “Of the cases recorded by the state government, we have a 56-year-old  male, a 47- year-old female and another two people in Akoko South-West. This is not the usual time it occurs in Ondo State. It usually occurs during the dry season but limited to Owo and Ose local governments.

downloadfileThe Federal Government and the Health Maintenance Organisations, on Wednesday, traded blame over the alleged “fraud” in the utilisation of the N381bn spent on the implementation of the National Health Insurance Scheme since inception in 2005.

The blame game took place before the House of Representatives Committee on Health Services which conducted a public hearing on the ‘Compliance Rate of HMOs to the NHIS Contributions and Utilisation of Funds by Healthcare Providers and Inhuman Treatment of Enrolees’.

NHIS1The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has recommended 223 health facilities for the take-off of Kano State Contributory Healthcare Scheme (KSCHS). The NHIS’s Zonal Coordinator in-charge of Northwest “B”, Alhaji Shu’aibu Ahmed Indabawa, made the disclosure in Kano on Tuesday at a sensitization workshop organized for Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs).
 
Indabawa said registration of workers would commence next month, while accessing healthcare services would kick-off in August this year.
A child taking oral polio vaccineHe nearly collapsed when the news got to him. Still reeling in pains from events of previous days, it wasn’t the type of announcement he wanted to hear.
 
At only 27, Nuru Umar had witnessed more tragedies than people three times his age. After first losing two sisters to the deadly meningitis outbreak that ravaged some parts of the country a few weeks back, losing Amina, his eight-year-old sister and only surviving sibling, was a pill too bitter for him to swallow.

UNICEFThe UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have commended the 1.2 billion dollars funding initiative to eradicate polio disease in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, and WHO Director-General, Margaret Chan, gave the commendations as global health leaders reaffirmed their commitment to fund the eradication of polio in the countries.

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