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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April 22 2014

From Nigeria Health Watch Tue Apr 22 2014, 04:30:00

Earlier this year, we wrote a blog wondering aloud about the N701Million (USD5M) allocated to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that year. We wrote at the time; "we could neither find a physical address nor a website". We were criticised by some colleagues for not doing enough due diligence to establish the existence and functioning of this institution. So, we recently went in search of the office and found the headquarters on 50 Haile Selassie Crescent Asokoro, Abuja. When we announced this on twitter the first reply we got was:

@nighealthwatch wow! Great i was wondering too if this agency actually exists in Nigeria but they need to be more active. Kudos guysWe can also confirm that the NCDC has a new office as well as a reference laboratory, soon to be completed in Gadua ...

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April 8 2014

From Nigeria Health Watch Tue Apr 8 2014, 04:30:00

The Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa is currently (i.e. in March and April of 2014) in the news. The information one gets in Nigeria is however worryingly little and vague, sometimes simply false.

As early as 22 March, the Voice of America gave details of an Ebola outbreak in Guinea. A report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) outlines the cases and casualties of the outbreak up to 1 April. The report refers to the Ministry of Health of Guinea,; stating that the country has seen 127 cases of which 35 have been laboratory confirmed and 83 deaths. The disease also showed up in neighbouring Liberia. Its Ministry of Health and Social Welfare gave the number of 8 cases and 5 deaths. Another 2 deaths were reported in Liberia.

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March 28 2014

From Nigeria Health Watch Fri Mar 28 2014, 12:00:00

The World TB Day passed quietly in Nigeria. The government probably prefers it this way. Nigeria is among the 22 high TB burden countries in the world and ranks 2nd in Africa. The national response is led by the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme located within the Department of Public Health in the Federal Ministry of Health. On a day like the World TB Day - one cannot help but wonder, why they were all so quiet.

At least our colleagues at the Association for Reproductive and Family Health took the advocacy campaign on TB to radios stations around the country.

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March 10 2014

From Nigeria Health Watch Mon Mar 10 2014, 08:23:00

Over the past few months, there have been various reports in the media about a dramatic fall in maternal mortality rates in Nigeria. This has been carried by a few newspapers and blogs quoting various government officials...

Premium Times: The Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, has said that the maternal mortality rate in Nigeria dropped from 704 per 100,000 live births in 1990 to 487 per 100,000 live births in 2011. Daily Time: Maternal Mortality Rate Drops by 30%, Says President The Eagle online: Maternal mortality in Nigeria has reduced by 50 per cent, says Maternal mortality rate has reduced to 224 deaths per 100,000

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February 28 2014

From Nigeria Health Watch Fri Feb 28 2014, 04:30:00

On the front cover of Save the Children's latest report ""Ending newborn deaths" is a newborn baby at a clinic in northern Nigeria. But this is about the only positive thing in the report out of our beloved country. The rest makes for very painful reading;

The NGO, "Save the Children" invited different stakeholders working on maternal and child health issues to a meeting in Abuja on the 25th February 2014 to launch their new report. It contained data that does not surprise.

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February 21 2014

From Nigeria Health Watch Fri Feb 21 2014, 04:30:00

Our friend and colleague; Dr Femi Sunmonu, Director of PurpleSource Healthcare, a healthcare management and investment company transforming the mass market private healthcare space in Nigeria recently attended the launch of Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria. These are his reflections.....

I recently attended the inauguration of the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PHN) in Lagos two weeks ago. It was launched by Bill Gates and the patrons of the Alliance to contribute to the SAVING ONE MILLION LIVES movement. Its goals are to advance progress in meeting the health Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) by focusing on innovation, partnerships, advocacy and impact investments. Some eyes may already have begun to glaze over as yet another platform promises to catapult Nigerians ...

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February 14 2014

From Nigeria Health Watch Fri Feb 14 2014, 06:00:00

As our public health sector continues to deteriorate, it is impossible not to notice the absence of any sustained advocacy. This is most obvious in the HIV/AIDS arena. Nigeria has the second highest number of people infected in the world, over 3 million of us! Less than 500,000 are on treatment - all funded by donor funds despite N2.1B being allocated to the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) in the 2014 budget....and we are all quiet. Very quiet....

To remind us what is possible with powerful targeted advocacy can achieve.

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January 27 2014

From Nigeria Health Watch Mon Jan 27 2014, 04:00:00

Recently the Minister of Health called the press together and presented the WHO certificate of elimination to the President. He is reported to have said during the ceremony that "The Guinea Worm free certificate will further spur his (Jonathan's) administration's commitment to fight against many endemic diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis and of course polio" and that "The certification by WHO is a global recognition of how far we have come and the success of the work that has been done to rid our nation of this scourge. Iruka Okeke contributes this insightful piece to put it all into context. Enjoy!

Was 2013 the year of the 'Almost Eradicated'?

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January 15 2014

From Nigeria Health Watch Wed Jan 15 2014, 07:00:00

It has been circulating through the rumour mill for quite some time, but now it is confirmed. The Minister of Health has declared that he is ready to serve the good people of Ebonyi State as their Governor, if he is invited!

Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, Nigerian Minister of Health (culled from Punch Newspapers)

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December 24 2013

From Nigeria Health Watch Tue Dec 24 2013, 05:40:00

N262B (1.7Billion USD) has been allocated to #health in Nigeria's 2014 budget; of which 82% is going to recurrent expenditure. All the detailed allocations to the Ministry of Health can be found here. We urge you to go to the website, download a copy (who knows how long it will be up) and use it to hold our health sector organisations accountable. Remember that we do have a Freedom of Information Act in Nigeria and we cannot blame government if we don't use it.

Health Allocation in 2014 Nigerian Budget

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