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Top Ten News Items on Health out of Nigeria

Punch, 17 October 2016
HIV/AIDS: Nigeria facing antiretroviral drugs shortage, says UN

The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS says it is working to address the growing shortage of antiretroviral drugs in various health facilities in Nigeria.The UNAIDS Country Director, Dr. Bilali Camara, on Monday, described the situation as an emergency. He said that UNAIDS was discussing with the Federal Ministry of Health, Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS and some major donors over the issue.

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The Nation, 17 October 2016
Chibok girls: FG will provide medical care – Minister

The Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole has said that the Federal Government has the capacity to provide quality medical care to the 21 released Chibok girls, and those to be released later.The Minister stated this when he visited the released Chibok girls in Abuja, to assess their wellbeing.He said that the girls were in one of the excellent medical facilities in Abuja, and a team of Medical Doctors, Nurses, Psychologists, Oncologist and other professionals from the Ministry, National Hospital, and Federal Medical Centre, Jabi Abuja are attending to them.

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PM NEWS, 19 October 2016
US re-launches malaria hotline in Nigeria

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has re-launched its “Make a Difference’’ Malaria hotline to make it easier for Nigerians to report stolen and falsified anti-malaria drugs.The “Make a Difference campaign” re-launched in Abuja by Special Agent, Mr. Jonathan Schofield, is expected to encourage citizens to participate in strengthening and protecting malaria programmes within their countries.The initiative is born out of the need to curb the prevalence of counterfeit malaria medicines that undermine worldwide attempts to control the disease.

Pulse, 19 October 2016
Oyo State Assembly passes Health Insurance Agency Bill 2016 into law

The Oyo State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed the Health Insurance Agency Bill 2016, after it scaled through the third reading.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the bill, which was passed into law, was aimed at allowing residents to have financial protection, physical access to quality and affordable healthcare services.

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Business Day, 17 October 2016
Kano distributes N1bn worth of hospital consumables

Kano state government has purchased and distributed hospital equipment and medical consumables worth about N1 billion, to health facilities, recently, the state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has announced. He made this known during the flagging-off of distribution of equipment and medical consumables worth over N300 million, to 131 health facilities across the state. The items include baby incubators, laboratory equipment, and assorted surgical instruments.

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PM NEWS, 20 October 2016
Kaduna to establish emergency medical services

 The Kaduna State Government says it will establish the state’s emergency medical services to improve access to healthcare in the state in 2017. According the 2017 budget sent to the Kaduna State House of Assembly, the project will gulp N62.9 million.Of the amount, N2 billion would also be spent on construction of a 300-bed specialist hospital. A further breakdown of the budget obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) from the state’s Ministry of Budget and planning indicated that the health sector had an allocation of N10.3 billion for capital projects as against N6.6 billion in 2016.
The Nation, 20 October 2016
NAFDAC workers begin warning strike

The crisis threatening National Foods, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) took a twist yesterday as workers declared a two-week warning strike.The placard-carrying workers, who stormed the agency’s headquarters on Oshodi/Apapa Expressway, disrupted activities.Some placards read: “President Buhari, give us Director General in NAFDAC” and “Impunity in NAFDAC must stop”.

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Daily Post, 20 October 2016
Resident doctors call-off 10-week strike in Rivers

Association of Resident Doctors at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital has suspended its two months old strike.The doctors had gone on strike on the 3rd of August, citing poor management, non-payment of full salary for doctors, incessant cases of robbery, lack of consumables, amongst others. Public Relations Officer of the group, Chibuzor Mbanasor told newsmen that the agreement to suspend the strike was reached after series of meeting with the hospital’s management and the intervention of the Chairman, Committee on Health Institutions, House of Representatives, Betty Apiafi.

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The Guardian, 21 October 2016
DESUTH medical workers resume work

Striking medical workers at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH), Oghara has suspended their strike. The suspension follows the intervention of the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa and the subsequent payment of part of the allowances owed them.The Delta State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge disclosed this in Asaba recently during a meeting with the Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara. The commissioner said that dialogue remains the best means of resolving industrial disputes and urged the doctors to always avail themselves of the state government’s open door policy of resolving industrial disputes and to avoid strikes in future.

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Nigeria Health Watch, 18 October 2016
Medic West Africa brings leaders, financiers, innovators of healthcare together at 2016 Exhibition

Last week, Nigeria hosted the fifth edition of the Medic West Africa and MEDLAB West Africa Exhibition & Congress at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos. Organised by Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions and Afrocet Ltd, the annual event is an opportunity for healthcare and medical laboratory professionals from West Africa and beyond to meet face-to-face with the industry’s leading companies. As the largest business platform in the healthcare industry of the region, participants were provided with a unique opportunity to increase their market shares across the health sector.


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