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isaac adewole health ministerThe Federal Government has inaugurated a National Steering Committee on Basic Health Care Provision Fund to advocate for more resources and ensure smooth operation of the fund. Former President Goodluck Jonathan signed the National Health Act (2014) which stipulates that one per cent of consolidated fund be set aside for health care provision.

Mrs Boade Akinola, Director of Media and Public Relations of the Ministry of Health, made this known in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja. She said Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, inaugurated and chaired the committee.

breastcancer africanamericanwomen 631A Medical Oncologist, Dr Bisi Ademuyiwa, has said that about 27,000 to 30,000 women are diagnosed of breast cancer annually in Nigeria. She also said about half of these women die every year while informing that breast cancer remains the most common causes of female cancer in the world.

Dr. Ademuuyiwa, who stated this at the Breast Cancer Seminar, organized by AXA Mansard/AWEP in partnership with Alliance Hospital in Abuja, noted that while about 80 per cent of women diagnosed of breast cancer survive in the developed world, it is almost a death sentence in developing countries, including Nigeria.

americaThe Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Professor Mojisola Adeyeye has sent a warning signal to all importers of substandard foods and drugs related products into the country, saying the agency will not allow the country to be a dumping ground for such products.

Prof. Adeyeye, who spoke during a Breakfast Meeting  organised by the American Business Council, noted that it will no longer be business as usual for all foreign countries, especially the Asian countries, whose inferior and adulterated drugs and foods have flooded the Nigerian markets hitherto, adding that the agency will soon commence prosecuting any nation found culprit of this act.

adewole health minister 418x215The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said the reason the federal government is unable to successfully plan and coordinate health service delivery has to do with its weak governance structures, poor human resource capacity and inefficient core processes.

He also expressed sadness at the inability of the Health Ministry to demonstrate expected results and ensure value for money in the delivery of health services.

download 3Nigerian private medical doctors have raised the alarm over the state of healthcare in Nigeria, saying “the promised Eldorado of Universal Health Coverage by the Federal Government has remained a mirage.” doctors The doctors observed that apart from  ineffectiveness of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, budgetary allocation to healthcare  has become thinner and reduced disposable out of pocket income of patients.

medical education The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has urged its members to boycott today’s re-sit examination for foreign-trained medical and dental graduates. The examination is to be conducted by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).

The NMA President, Prof. Mike O. Ogirima, and Secretary General, Dr. Yusuf Tanko Sununu, disclosed this in a statement yesterday. MDCN is the professional health regulatory agency for medicine, dentistry and alternative medicine professions in the country.

Lassa Fever Plateau 1Nigeria is suffering its worst outbreak of Lassa fever, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, as local health officials said 72 people had died since the start of this year.

“Nigeria’s Lassa fever outbreak has reached record highs, with 317 laboratory confirmed cases,” the WHO said in a statement, quoting figures from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

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