Health Care Federation of Nigeria

gelbfieber whoThe World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised alarm over imminent ‘deadly’ epidemic of Yellow fever in Nigeria. The WHO, last month, warned that yellow fever cases throughout Nigeria are escalating concerns about the risk of large, costly, and difficult-to-control outbreaks in urban areas requiring huge supplies of life-saving vaccines and increasing the potential for large-scale national and even worldwide spread.

Fears that the situation in globally connected Nigeria could soon mirror the massive 2016 urban outbreak in Angola, during which cases were exported to neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and as far as China, are raising urgent calls for quick containment.

Mojisola AdeyeyeThe National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC says it will in March this year commence a nationwide campaign against falsified and substandard drugs in Nigeria.

Stating this in a meeting with staff in Lagos recently, the Director General of the Agency, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye said the campaign will start from six states of the federation, and would be aimed at sensitizing school children and people at the grassroots on the consequences of drug abuse and substandard products and medicines.

doctors protest with mock coffinThe crisis in Jos University Teaching Hospital, deepened on Wednesday when about 400 Resident Doctors protest on the streets with a mock coffin. As early as 8:30am, the aggrieved doctors had laid siege to the complex of JUTH complaining about the dictatorial tendencies of its Chief Medical Director, Prof. Edmund Banwat.

As of the time of this report, the Chairman, National Association of Resident Doctors, JUTH Chapter, Dr. Paul Agbo, had assembled the doctors at the Pharmacy Checkpoint of the Hospital with the mock coffin.

Akinwunmi Ambode1THE constant training and retraining of medical practitioners has been identified as a strategy that would effectively curb medical tourism the State and in Nigeria at large. Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode It is on record that the nation loses an estimated one billion dollars annually to medical tourism mostly as a result of  inadequate investment in the nation’s healthcare system.

The failure of the health system is often attributed to the penchant for medical tourism embarked by prominent Nigerians, a major  contributor to the current  spate of brain drain, loss of confidence in the sector along with patient drain  and capital flight abroad. No less than 37, 000 Nigerian doctors are in the diaspora, with about 30, 000 in the United Kingdom.

Infant death ECD 2018Thousands of babies are still dying daily from preventable causes – and pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria and malnutrition are killing millions of under-fives in the developing world.

Progress is being made on young children’s health, with the under-five mortality rate almost cut in half since 2000. But sadly millions will still never reach their fifth birthday. In fact, children in sub-Saharan Africa are 10 times more likely to die before the age of five than children in high-income countries.

LassaThe National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed that Ebonyi State has notified it of a cluster breakout of Lassa fever in the state. The health agency in a press statement on its website on Monday said it was notified of four cases of Lassa fever among health care workers in the state on Sunday.

“Three of the four cases have subsequently passed away,” it stated

2017 12largeimg01 Dec 2017 002756703Minister of Health Isaac Adewole, has alerted the Nigerian public of cases of food poison with listeriosis in South Africa. Listeriosis is food  poisoning from eating  food items such as meats, dairy products,  fruits and vegetables contaminated with the bacteria listeria monocystogene.

In a statement from the Federal Ministry of Health, Adewole advised the Nigerian public to wash their fruits and vegetables properly, and ensure meats are well cooked before consumption. 

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