Healthcare Services

Health worker shortage hits crisis mode—and dealing blows to women, children

Sunday, December 24, 2017

 
Hauwa Lassa worked 35 years as a nurse and midwife. Her retirement package is a camp for displaced people on the outskirts of Maiduguri.
 
In the three states worst hit by the Boko Haram violence in its eight year, health facilities have been damaged and health workers have fled.
 
Estimates suggest nearly 40% of health facilities have been destroyed in the violence, and skilled health workers have had to leave the area entirely.
 

SPECIAL REPORT: HOW GOVT BLEW BILLIONS ON ABANDONED PHCs

Sunday, December 24, 2017

KURAYE is a rural community that is few kilometres off Katsina city. It is located in Charanchi local government near the state capital. It is home to a large population of rural dwellers, mostly farmers and artisans.
 
After spending over 45 minutes on a hired motorcycle, scouting the village to locate the PHC, lo and Behold! The only PHC in the community was an eyesore. The project was a constituency intervention built in 2010 but has never been put to use!
 

Gynaecologists link high maternal, child mortality to traditional delivery methods

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Worried by increase in number of women coming down with fistula health condition in the country, gynaecologists have called for abolition of traditional birth attendance.
 
Rather, pregnant women are urged to attend antenatal care in primary healthcare and other recognised hospitals, as this would help to reduce cases of prolonged obstructed labours, which are the major cause of obstetric fistula.
 

Half of world’s population can’t get basic health services – WHO

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says half of the world’s population is unable to access essential health services and many others are forced into extreme poverty by having to pay for healthcare they cannot afford.
 
The UN said the world population was estimated to have reached 7.6 billion as of December 2017.
 
The UN estimates it will further increase to 11.2 billion by the year 2100.
 

Community Where Pregnant Women Prefer Traditional Birth Attendants

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Shakitat Yakubu is 33 years old. She is a resident of Agboyi, a community in the Agboyi-Ketu Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in Kosofe Local Government of Lagos State.
 
Yakubu, a mother of three, is expecting her fourth child as she is eight months pregnant. But rather than attend one of the numerous Primary Health Care (PHC) Centres that dot the area for her antenatal, Yakubu patronises Mama Nurat, one of the Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) in the community.
 

Health Bauchi launches child spacing roadmap

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Bauchi State government in conjunction with an international Non-Governmental Organisation, Health Policy Plus (HP+) have launched a costed plan to implement child spacing in the state.  
 
The plan hopes to give direction to Bauchi’s child spacing programme.
 
It covers budgeting and interventions in child spacing public health and well being through family planning.
 
Contraceptive prevalence rate in Bauchi is 2.1%, but that's expected to grown by 23.54% by next year.
 

Nigerian doctors admit causing obstetric fistulas, injuries to women

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Nigerian gynaecologists have finally admitted that the growing number of obstetric fistula cases (holes developed between the vagina and rectum or bladder) are as a result of surgical errors caused by doctors and healthcare professionals during medical procedures, most often, during caesarean sections (CS).
 
They conceded to this fact after several hospital-based studies proved that there is now an increase in iatrogenic fistulas, giving rise to more maternal morbidity and mortality.
 

Prof. Adewole Urges Health Professionals To Shun Malpractice

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole has called on healthcare professionals to shun all forms of malpractice so as not to toy with the lives of people seeking medical care.
 
The minister told a gathering of laboratory scientists on Tuesday in Kaduna that the Federal Government would strengthen existing mechanisms to prevent quacks from taking over the health system.
 
The minister spoke at the opening of the 53rd National Scientific Conference of Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria.
 

INVESTIGATION: The terrible state of Nigeria’s Primary Healthcare Centres (PART ONE)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Grace Diashe says has not had a sound sleep since November last year when she started work as a nurse at a rural health centre.
 
The 47-year old mother of three is the only qualified health worker at the only health centre in Edikwu-Icho, a swampy community of about 2,500 people in Apa Local Government Area of Benue State.
 
Dominated by Tiv speaking people, the agrarian community is cut off whenever it rains, as five-foot deep flood water covers the only road that links it with the outside world.
 

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