Blog entries from: Nigeria Health Watch

Informed commentary on the Nigerian health scene. Hard questions, honest answers, always in good conscience…

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June 24 2014

From Nigeria Health Watch Tue Jun 24 2014, 05:33:00

14 June 2014 was the "World Blood Donor Day". Members of the NHW team recently visited the Nigerian National Blood Transfusion Service and subsequently joined them on one of their blood drives. We bring you an account of our visit which was followed by donating blood ourselves. Read our story and go off yourself to donate blood. 

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June 17 2014

From Nigeria Health Watch Tue Jun 17 2014, 06:46:00

Did you hear that smoking in public places is now banned in Lagos? According to a recent poll conducted by NOIPolls, nine out of ten Nigerians support this law, which is aimed at protecting their health from second-hand smoking.

"And this result of our poll might be used to support the expansion of the anti-tobacco law beyond Lagos," communication officer OJ tells me enthusiastically during my recent visit to the headquarters of NOIPolls, West Africa's number one for country specific polling, in Maitama, Abuja. They do opinion research on topics as diverse as football and health and put their findings, apart from some that are commissioned by paying clients, freely online on their website.

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June 10 2014

From Nigeria Health Watch Tue Jun 10 2014, 12:14:00

A tribute by the Nigeria Health Watch team to Professor Dora Nkem Akunyili, a rare symbol of courage and public service.

"Segun, my conscience can no longer allow me to keep quiet on this issue of the president's absence from the country." Prof DORA AKUNYILI 1954-2014

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June 6 2014

From Nigeria Health Watch Fri Jun 6 2014, 13:54:00

Vanguard, 3 June 2014

Doctors' Strike Paralyses Health Services Nationwide

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June 3 2014

From Nigeria Health Watch Tue Jun 3 2014, 06:00:00

We have offered our Tuesday blog this week to Florida Uzoaru, an independent public health consultant. She reflects on some tough questions about the advocacy role of civil society in the health space.

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May 30 2014

From Nigeria Health Watch Fri May 30 2014, 13:08:00

Leadership, 24 May 2014

Patients, Hospitals and the Blood Bank Racket

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May 27 2014

From Nigeria Health Watch Tue May 27 2014, 09:25:00

This blog post is the result of of the first of a series of joint polls by the NOIPolls team and the EpiAFRIC team. The I-narrator is Dr. Ike Anya.

I was at work in London, that afternoon, in 2009, when in between meetings, my phone buzzed and I picked it up to glance at it. The text was from my younger brother and it contained devastating news- one of my oldest friends, someone I had been at secondary school with, someone I had shared a room with in our first year at university was dead. He had been found slumped at his desk in his office in Lagos, an otherwise healthy husband and father, not yet forty.

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May 23 2014

From Nigeria Health Watch Fri May 23 2014, 11:39:00

This Day, 22 May 2014

Insecurity in Northern Nigeria Affecting Health Care, Experts Warn

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May 20 2014

From Nigeria Health Watch Tue May 20 2014, 05:00:00

This thought-provoking piece was contributed by Ifeanyi Nsofor who has just joined the NHW team. Pls share it with every one you know....its worth thinking about before you need to think about it. Please share your perspective on the comments section or by tweeting us @nighealthwatch

Our beautiful daughter was born in August 2009 and weighed 3.4kg. No abnormalities were discovered at birth. However, at 4 weeks of age, we noticed bluish discoloration of her inner lips, sweating while breastfeeding, poor feeding, weight loss and failure to thrive. After a series of investigations which included echocardiography, it seemed certain that she had been born with congenital heart defects ("holes in the heart"). However, we received conflicting diagnoses from a tertiary medical centre and a ...

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May 14 2014

From Nigeria Health Watch Wed May 14 2014, 10:14:00

The Association for Good Clinical Practice in Nigeria (AGCPN) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Association Control (NAFDAC) invite you to the 2nd Clinical Trial Summit holding 26-29 May 2014 in Lagos.

If you want to learn how to start clinical trials, how your facility can become a clinical trial site, how to write proposals and apply for funding, then this conference is for you.

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