Journalist Section

In search of healthcare, Igbologun pregnant women risk their lives at sea

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

By Franka Osakwe

 

Igbologun is one of the riverine communities in Amowo-Odofin Local Government Area, Lagos, where pregnant women and children pay stiff price to stay alive, although maternal services are free in Lagos State.

 

This island community also known as Snake Island, with over twenty thousand people, largely child bearing women and children, has only one poorly functioning Primary Health Centre (PHC), which is not patronized for maternal services.

 

Pneumonia/meningitis: OYSG to vacinnate 1million children

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

By Bayo Akamo

 

Governor Abiola Ajimobi has hinted that Oyo State Government is set to protect at least one million children below one year from being killed by pneumonia and meningitis.

 

The governor dropped this hint while speaking at the inauguration of the use of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) in the state.

 

248 WARDS HAVE FUNCTIONAL PHC CENTRES IN LAGOS- DIRECTOR

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

BY LARA ADEJORO

 

The Director of Medical services, Lagos State Primary Healthcare Board (LSPHCB), Dr Sanni Fausat Oluyombo has said 248 wards out of the 376 wards in Lagos have functional Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs).

 

She made this known at the 9th quarterly civil society media forum on strengthening the health systems in Nigeria through Strengthening Health System in Nigeria through PHC Under One Roof: Progress, Challenges and Way Forward (PHCUOR) organised by Development Communication Network (DevComs).

 

Finance minister withholds immunization funds

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

…over 7.2M Nigerian children at risk of death

 

Franka Osakwe

 

The lives of over 7.2 million Nigerian Children are on the line as the Minister of Finance withholds the release of N12.8bn approved for routine immunization, five months after the President’s accent to the 2016 budget.

 

This was revealed during a CSO/Media training by Community Health and Research Initiative (CHR) with support from the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFaH).

(Interview) Abortion Law in Nigeria Needs to be Reviewed- Ipas Nigeria Boss

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Updated

 

The trauma of rape and unwanted pregnancies forces victims to procure unsafe abortion, resulting in death and reproductive health complications. In order to address this challenge, Gender activist and Country Director, Ipas Nigeria, Hauwa Shekarau, in this interview with Franka Osakwe, calls for a review of the nation’s abortion law and increased freedom for women to make healthy choices.  Excerpts:

 

Is it right for a woman to abort an unwanted pregnancy?

Underage family planning risky – Doctor

Monday, October 17, 2016

Family planning for underage girls poses a serious health challenge says Dr Gbolahan Oyebambi of University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH).

 

Speaking with newsmen in Ilorin, Oyebambi  warned against the common practice of underage family planning in the country.

According to him, some girls under the age of 18 are  fond of taking measures to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

 

He added that such measures are safest when carried out in the institution of marriage where it ois legalised.

 

Nigeria requires $12m yearly for family planning, lifesaving drugs

Friday, October 14, 2016

By Emeka Anuforo

 

 

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says Nigeria requires between $12 million and $16 million yearly to procure family planning commodities and lifesaving drugs.

 

 

Of this figure, the Ministry of Health has pledged to budget $3 million for next year.Executive Director of the UNFPA, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin stated this in a statement at the end of his visit to Nigeria.

 

 

Mimiko urges voters to insist on candidates’ maternal health policy

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has urged the voting populace to ensure that candidates for political office present in clear terms their manifestoes to improve the status of maternal health in the state.
 
Mimiko made the call in his keynote address at the ongoing ceremony of the 50th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of The Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON) holding in Akure, so that the feats achieved over the years are not relegated to the background when they assume office.
 

Experts challenge Ambode on pro-poor health initiatives

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Medical experts in Lagos State‎ have called on the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode to ensure that pro-poor health services for common health problems initiated by the Partnership for Transforming Health Systems II (PATHS2) are sustained.
 
The experts who also also lauded the Lagos State government for trailblazing efficient health service delivery in the country, said successive administration in the state had been able to implement one reform or the other, which according to them, distinguished the state health service delivery from other states in the country.

How Poverty, Unskilled Care Fuel Maternal Deaths

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Two months after the traditional marriage ceremony between Mr. and Mrs. Anthony and Nkechinyere Agbasi was formalised, Mrs Agbasi conceived. The entire Agbasi family received the news with excitement. Considering the African culture that perceives children as divine gifts from God, families, relations, friends and colleagues looked forward to the save delivery of the baby.
 

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