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Photo News Dr. Awele Elumelu 2nd right recently named Gavi Champion for Immunisation in AfricaProminent African business and healthcare sector leader, Dr. Awele Elumelu has been appointed as a Champion for Immunisation in Africa by the Global Vaccine Alliance, Gavi. Dr. Elumelu is the wife of frontline businessman and philanthropist, Mr. Tony Elumelu.
Accepting the appointment, she expressed interest in Gavi’s childhood immunisation initiative in Africa. “Childhood immunisation is a critical intervention and I am honoured to play a role in this important programme, targeting almost 10 million African children, who are not fully immunised,” said Dr. Elumelu during the announcement at the Gavi-hosted breakfast meeting at WEF-Davos 2018.

HEALTH3The Federal Government has completed plans to engage 100,000 agents under the Community Health Influencers, Promoters and Services (CHIPS) Programme, Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib disclosed.
 
This was in order to reduce high rate of maternal and child mortality in Nigeria. CHIPS, a community-based programme was designed to allow traditional institution to select individuals who will administer basic medical needs ,such as diagnosing and referring of people in their communities to required medical facilities when necessary.
Minister of Health1Health Minister, Professor Isaac Adewole have stressed the importance of a comprehensive electronic health information management system that links all hospitals to boost healthcare delivery in Nigeria
 
Professor Adewole spoke at 58th annual Alexander Brown Hall, College of Medicine week symposium entitled “Using technology to Solve Nigeria’s Health Care problems” in Ibadan.

DRUGA recent study has shown how substandard drug used to stop post partum haemorrhage (PPH) fuels maternal deaths in Nigeria. Earlier studies had identified PPH as the leading cause of maternal mortality across the country.

To address this menace, the National Agency for Food Drug Administration (NAFDAC) with the support from United States Pharmacopeia (USP), two years ago, conducted a post market surveillance of some maternal and child health products in the country. The study revealed a failure rate of over 70 per cent of the oxytocin injection samples analysed.

Cover NHIS Hospital e1486400914588Medical practitioners in the private health sector have decried the dearth of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in the country. They opined that the insurance scheme, which was meant to drive the nation towards achieving the universal health coverage, has been the front burner in medical politics.

The private doctors stated this during the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN), National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.

UNICEFThe United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has alerted that global deaths of newborn babies remain alarmingly high, particularly among the world’s poorest countries.

UNICEF, in a new report on newborn mortality, noted: “Every year, 2.6 million newborns around the world do not survive their first month of life. One million of them die the day they are born.”

Nnamdi azikiwe universityThe Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University(NAU), Awka, Prof. Joseph E. Ahanaku has urged the Federal and state government in Nigerian to apply the measures used in eradicating guinea worm disease, to fight other tropical diseases bedevilling the country.

Prof. Ahanaku made the recommendation while speaking at a public lecture yesterday in Awka, organized by department of Parasitology and Entomology, NAU with the titled, ‘Guinea Worm Eradication in Nigeria: lessons for researchers and policy makers’, stressing that the citizenry faces a lot of health challenges in recent times.

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