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malarFollowing more than 8 years of conflict in Borno state in north-eastern Nigeria, some 3.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and all are at risk for malaria. WHO estimates that every week, around 8500 people are infected with the disease in Borno State? With the high transmission season for malaria lasting through October, WHO expects these numbers will increase.
 
In Borno State, WHO estimates more than half of deaths recorded are currently due to malaria, more than all other causes of death combined, including cholera, measles and hepatitis E. A highly vulnerable population, consisting largely of children (58.8%), is at risk of disease outbreaks.
NHIS logoExperts have urged the Federal Government to provide full coverage of the management of sickle cell disorder under its National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, against the fact that over 100,000 infants die from the disease annually.
 
Making the call at the Crimsonbow Sickle Cell Initiative, CSI, Project, Keep A Warrior Warm Phase 2, in Lagos, a general medical practitioner, Dr. Ameze Odia, said provision of a discounted treatment in NHIS will guarantee access to prompt and quality treatment, even to the poorest patient across the country.
Isaac AdewoleThe Nigerian Government through the Ministry of Health has spent over N 4 billion on the humanitarian crisis in the North-east region of the country. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, disclosed this at the commemoration of the 2017 World Humanitarian Day in Abuja.
 
Mr. Adewole said the money was spent on purchasing relief materials, drugs, medical consumables, hospital equipment and on capacity building and deployment of volunteer health workers. He said the ministry adopted a two-pronged approach to provide basic medical services to the affected population and strengthen the pillars of the health system in the region.

President Mohd BuhariThe Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to replicate in Nigeria the facilities he benefited from in the hospital that attended to him in London. The president of the association, Mike Ogirinma, urged the federal government to invest more in the health sector to remove the need for Nigerians having to travel abroad for health care.

According to a Channels Television news report, Mr. Ogirima made the call at the end of the National Executive Council meeting of the association in Kaduna on Monday.

2017 8large Abakaliki fistulaObstetric fistula is the abnormal hole that forms in the vagina caused by prolonged, obstructed labour during childbirth. Teaching hospitals and federal medical centres will be required to waive surgery charges and laboratory test fees for women who present for fistula treatment, health minister Isaac Adewole said in Ogoja, Cross River at the start of the latest pooled repair women living with the condition.

Speaking on behalf of the minister, Ogunmayi Peters, national coordinator of fistula care at the federal health ministry, said: "The letter has been signed and is being dispatched right now to all the teaching hospitals and Federal Medical Centres.

2017 8largeimg22 Aug 2017 170453100Kano state government has distributed drugs, malaria test kits and treated mosquito nets worth over N350m to 748 healthcare facilities across the 44 local government areas of the state. It also engaged the services of 1000 sanitation workers and procured 11 motorized fumigation machines for regular fumigation of the environment against mosquitoes.

Speaking yesterday during the distribution of the materials at the government house, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje charged the public on cleanliness saying it is the only way to guard against infection by malaria parasite.

2017 8largeimg21 Aug 2017 183950197The Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire has said there is urgent need to review actions taken before and during the outbreak of Lassa fever so as to improve the country’s level of preparedness and response to epidemic outbreaks.

He disclosed this on Monday in Abuja at the 2016/2017 Lassa Fever Outbreak After Action Review and Preparedness meeting held to review and strengthen the preparedness and response measures of Nigeria to combat Lassa fever.

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