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river blindnessThe Acting Director of Neglected Tropical Diseases Division (NTDs), Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Ifeoma Anagbogu has told News Agency of Nigeria that over 50 million Nigerians were at risk of being infected with Onchocerciasis commonly called blinding disease. Out of this number, only about 30 million are accessing treatment she said.

The director also revealed that about 20 million people who are supposed to be on treatment are not currently accessing it and in an effort to control the disease, Nigeria has been applying the mass administration of a medicine from a donor agency for the management of the disease website reported. 

polio vaccineThe continued fight to stamp out polio will receive an additional $40.3 million boost from Rotary to support immunization activities and research carried out by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

Rotary grants these funds to the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF for polio immunization, surveillance and research activities in 10 countries.

The funding commitment comes at a critical time as Nigeria – the last polio-endemic country in Africa – approaches one-year since its last case of polio, which occurred in Kano State on 24 July, 2014.

If the current progress continues, WHO may remove Nigeria from the list of polio-endemic countries as early as September. In addition to the notable progress in Nigeria, no new cases of polio have been reported anywhere in Africa since August 2014.

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. 

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