News Updates

Zamfara renovates 147 primary health care in rural areas

Friday, July 27, 2018

Lawal Muhammad Liman made the disclosure in Gusau at the opening ceremony of the 5th annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Zamfara state chapter.

 

Liman who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Dr Habibu Yelwa said one of the top most priority of the governor Abdul’Aziz Yari Abubakar led administration is to make health care available and affordable to the people.

The Trouble With Maternal Healthcare In Nigeria

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Having lost two children to avoidable ailments at birth, Maria escaped from her rural community to Lagos to seek a better delivery opportunity for her child. At 32, Maria cannot afford to feed three times a day let alone, her baby. With her family’s income below N1,000 a day, their feeding and paying rent is arduous. Paying a medical bill they consider outrageous is a lot more difficult. This leaves Maria at the mercy of the hospital, waiting to be sent off when the hospital management tires.
Maria’s grimy case is not peculiar.

Nigeria’s booming abortion black market

Sunday, September 9, 2018

The price of abortion in Nigeria ranges from N250 to a woman’s life.

Although they are officially sold in Nigeria for the prevention and treatment of post-delivery bleeding, abortion drugs are increasingly getting popular and their potential implications are far-reaching, pitching the country’s hard stance on abortion against the stark reality doctors and healthcare providers daily contend with at their clinics. 

SPECIAL REPORT: Why preventable Neonatal Tetanus continues to kill newborns in Nigeria

Sunday, September 16, 2018

When Mama Adekunle, as she is fondly called, heard the news of the birth of a child to her son, she did what most new grandmothers in Nigeria do – she rushed over to perform her traditional duty of taking care of the new mother and child.
This duty includes passing knowledge to the new mother on how to bathe the child and take care of its umbilical cord.
According to Mama, the umbilical cord needs to heal properly, to avoid stomach pain for the child.

Why Family Planning Approval Remains Low

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

With a population of over 180 million people in the midst of scarce resource, there are increasing calls for Nigeria to consider family planning so as to effectively control the number of birth.
Of course there are series of awareness campaigns by government and health related non-governmental organisation aimed at taking the message of effective family planning (FP) across homes in towns and villages.
But in spite of series of awareness programmes on family planning in the country, the uptake remains very low.

#PowerTakwaBay; A community that has never had electricity and quality health care in Lagos State

Friday, October 19, 2018

When you hear of #TakwaBay what comes to mind is beautiful ocean, beach, boat rides but the reality is different when we got to the community. According to Baale of #TakwaBayover 250,000 people lives in this community, men, women and children. But #Takwabaycommunity does not have a nepa/phcn Poll not to talk of having electricity since they started leaving there thousands of years ago. This simply means all the benefits of electricity has never been enjoyed in this community. Women deliver their babies in darkness.

Family Planning: Will Nigeria achieve FP2020 commitment?

Friday, January 4, 2019

In recent times, the advocacy for family planning has become crucial as demand for reproductive, and population reduction, economic, health care grows.
There is no doubt anymore that the benefits of family planning are numerous and if properly executed will go a long way in enabling countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Safe Birth: How Health workers attitude affect birthing outcomes

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

In 2016, Mrs Mummy Nkoronye was full on joy and expectations as she shopped for baby items and made plans on how to travel to the village in December to present her “new’’ baby, as it is customary, to her mother in-law.
But when she went into labour at a health facility in the Ikorodu area of Lagos, no one expected that it would be a tough one.
That was her fourth journey to the labour room; the labour was prolonged and she wasn’t advised to take another alternative or intervention.

We were naive and paying the price!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

It is not unusual to find teenagers being delivered of babies. And Nigeria is not an exception. And sadly, too, the situation seems to be taking on a serious trend among teenagers aged 13-18 in particular. GABRIEL OLAWALE investigated this phenomenon and interacted with some of the affected teenagers. Expressing ignorance and naivety, they described their predicament as their own way out of societal menace caused by poverty, peer-pressure and parental deprivation.

Bassa Kuomo: Village Where Babies Are Buried Alive With Dead Mothers

Monday, February 11, 2019

ABUJA – “I had all my children at home with the assistance of traditional birth attendants (TBAs). Luckily, there were no complications, and so I am alive with my children. However, many women in this community who developed complications and died during childbirth were buried with their children, dead or alive,” said a nursing mother, Hajia Hassan.

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