Health Care Federation of Nigeria

pr328 pic2Yesterday 25th November 2014 started the first two-day meeting of the Technical Experts on the Establishment of the African Medicines Agency at African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The meeting is taking place in a context of a Global Public Health Emergency due to the largest Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak ever, affecting West Africa particularly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and the fact that there are weak and disorganized health systems in most of the African Countries to tackle the potential outbreaks in future.

Screen Shot 2014-11-27 at 1.39.17 AMGSK today launched its first call for proposals for its Africa NCD Open Lab, to support much-needed scientific research into non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Africa. Up to £4m will be available in this first funding round, to support successful proposals from researchers in Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Ghana, The Gambia, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Malawi. 

The Africa NCD Open Lab was established by GSK earlier this year, with a commitment of £25m funding over five years, as part of a series of strategic investments in sub-Saharan Africa. In this region, and across developing countries, non-communicable diseases, such as cancer and diabetes, are becoming more prevalent, and we need to learn more about how – and why – these diseases manifest differently in this setting.

The Makurdi Federal High Court in Benue state has lifted the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC’s) long ban on Dr Jeremiah Abalaka’s HIV vaccine.

The judgement by the presiding Judge, Justice Binta Nyako will also prevent the federal government and NAFDAC from interfering with the progress of the drug research and use.

All health professionals can now rise to the level of consultants in their different fields. This is coming as the federal government continues in its quest to resolve the dragging controversies between the different major health regulatory bodies in the country. A circular has already been passed to that effect to inform the public and relevant authorities about the development.

Following the need to positively influence health care in Ogun State in particular and Nigeria in general, the Healthcare Federation of Nigeria (HFN), an association which brings together all stakeholders in private sector health care, recently inaugurated its state chapter.

The inauguration of this chapter precedes the introduction of the Ogun State Community-based Health Insurance Scheme (CBHIS) which has been inaugurated in the State just at the weekend.

The HFN is an umbrella bodyof all Nigerian Private healthcare practitioners with the objective of ensuring access to quality and affordable healthcare for all nigerians.
The participants at a stakeholders forum organzed by the federation in lagos to discuss the ongoing strike by the Nigerian Medical Association and the disharmony between doctors and other health workers.

The Medical Director of Eko Hospitals, Lagos, Dr Sunny Kuku, on Friday urged the Federal Government to set up an intervention fund for the private health sector to boost healthcare delivery.

Kuku made the call at the ongoing consultative forum organised by the Healthcare Federation of Nigeria (HFN) in Lagos.

He said that the intervention fund would help to enhance capacity and support infrastructure in the private sector, which handled over 60 per cent of the health needs of Nigerians.

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