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medicalAccess to basic health-care services in Nigeria remains an uphill task owing to stag­gering inadequacies in the nation’s health care system. Issues of lack of access to quality healthcare, prevalence of quack hospitals and doctors, fake or substan­dard drugs, poor funding and inadequate health resources, inefficient utilisation of scarce health resources, poorly performing health systems, among others persist. As a result, Nige­rians continue to die of treatable illnesses.
 
Part of the problem is that about 40 percent of doctors who train locally go overseas to practice after graduation because of better remuneration and better working environment. Medical schools in the country graduate between 2,500 and 4,000 doctors annually, which is rather too low for a country with a population of over 170 million.
 
Nigeria’s medical personnel-to-patients ratio falls far below the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recommendation. As at 2013, Nigeria’s doctor-to-patient ratio was 1:6,400 as against the WHO standard of 1:600. The WHO recommends a nurse-to-patient ratio of 1:700, but the total number of registered nurses in Nigeria is less than 150,000, according to the Open Journal of Nursing 2014.
Olugbile attributed this partly due to high rate of poverty, lack of social welfare and high rate of endemic infectious diseases. 

In this photo, chained mentally ill patients sit within Ahlu Khayr mental health centre in Mogaidshu, Somalia. Somalia may be the worst place on earth to have a mental illness. A 20-year civil war has increased mental illness numbers and simultaneously destroyed any health care infrastructure.File: AP.At least 20% of Nigerians are prone to mental illness, this is according to  Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Femi Olugbile. In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, the former Chief Medical Director, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital said "at least 20% of the population will at some time in their lives experience at least one episode of mental disorder”

Olugbile attributed this partly due to high rate of poverty, lack of social welfare and high rate of endemic infectious diseases. Adding that at any point in time, 2 to 5% of the 20% population would manifest the symptoms of mental disorder at early stage. 

agedThe largest and most in-depth study of global health trends to date finds that more than 95% of the world's population has health problems, with more than a third of us experiencing five or more conditions. An older man in a hospital bed Researchers identified an increase in the number of years lived with a disability among the global population, which they attribute to population growth and aging.

The results of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 (GBD 2013) were recently published in The Lancet. Lead study author Prof. Theo Vos, of the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle, and colleagues set out to calculate up-to-date estimates of disease and injury incidence and prevalence among 188 countries between 1990 and 2013, usingdata from more than 35,000 sources.

stikeWorldStage Newsonline—The aggrieved health workers under the aegis of the Nigerian union of Allied Healthcare Professionals (NUAHP) has suspended its three week long strike with members ordered to resume work on Wednesday.

However, the local strike in FMC Owerri is to continue until all the local issues and demands are addressed.

Comrade Dr. Obinna Ogbonna, National President of the Union at a press conference on Tuesday called on members across the country to return to work, saying the National Administrative council of the union on 4th of June, 2015, having assessed the impact of the strike through responses from the unit branches across the nation agreed that it was very effective nationwide and had drawn the attention of President Buhari to the pending issues in the sector that the immediate past government left unresolved

NACAThe Federal Ministry of Health has concluded arrangements with the National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA) to destroy malaria and HIV drugs worth N417m.

According to a PUNCHNG report, the drugs will be destroyed because they were left to expire without distribution at the stores of the Federal Ministry of Health located in Oshodi, Lagos state. The drugs had different expiry dates and were purchased between 2011 and 2012. They comprised of different medications for HIV, tuberculosis and Malaria as well as antibiotics, children’s drugs and HIV test kits. 

enuguThe mood at the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Enugu was very tense today as the management of the hospital led by the Medical Director, Dr. Jojo Onwuekwe unleashed actions best described as tyrannical on the members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) who commenced an indefinite strike action to agitate for many anomalies in the hospital.

A staff of the hospital spoke exclusively and anonynously to HealthNewsNG.com. The staff who is also a first witness to the whole incident said JOHESU embarked on the strike for many reasons including:

fasolaThe bill is pro-poor in nature recognising that the poor and vulnerable will need to have subsidised premiums from the state government.

It's a new dawn for health care in Lagos state as Governor Babatunde Fashola has signed into law the Lagos State Health Management Agency Bill, which will mandate Lagosians to have compulsory health insurance. According to Business Day, the bill is pro-poor in nature recognising that the poor and vulnerable will need to have subsidised premiums from the state government.

Speaking on the bill, Fashola said: “For those who cannot afford the scheme Lagos State is not saying there is no free health anymore, but we know that there are things that are covered under the free health like malaria treatment and antenatal. For those things that are not covered by the health scheme and cannot be afforded by the less privileged, it will be paid for.”

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