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Don't Avoid Vasectomy for Fear of Prostate Cancer: Study

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Men considering a vasectomy shouldn’t worry that the procedure will increase their risk of prostate cancer, researchers say.
 
In a review of past research, they did find a slight increase in the risk of prostate cancer among men who had vasectomies, but the study’s lead author said the finding might be due to other factors and should not be a concern.
 
“It shouldn’t stop you from gaining something that is otherwise very effective for family planning purposes,” said Dr. Bimal Bhindi, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
 

‘Declare family planning national emergency’

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

NO less than 214 million   women worldwide that want to prevent pregnancy have  access to modern contraceptives, the UNFPA has stated.
 
Making the declaration in Abuja during the  commemoration of the 2017 World Population Day (WPD), the body remarked that the day should be reviewed to reflect essence of Family Planning.
 
In the views of Country Director, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mrs Mairo Mandara,  who spoke at the event,  “Family Planning should be declared a National Emergency.
 

UNICEF, E.U. donate N1.2 bn health equipment to Adamawa state

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The United Nations Children’s Fund in partnership with the European Union have presented health equipment and other materials worth 1.2 billion naira to the Adamawa State Government.
 
The Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Nigeria, Bauchi, Abdulai Kaikai says the measure is in line with the second phase of the E.U., UNICEF, Federal Government Maternal New-born and Child Health project.
 
He says the project also covers Bauchi and Kebbi States, and in Adamawa State, it is being implemented in 226 Primary Health Care facilities in 21 Local Government Areas.
 

FG spends only N1500 per year on each Nigerian’s healthcare – Minister

Monday, July 17, 2017

Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has decried the inadequate attention the government is paying to health and the overdependence on foreign donors to fund health initiatives in the country.
 
Mr. Adewole, who spoke at the Maiden Edition of Health Communication Conference organised by Association of Nigeria Health Journalists, ANHEJ in Abuja on Thursday, said despite the improvement in budgetary allocation to the sector this year, it was still a far cry from global standards.
 

FAMILY PLANNING: Nigeria allocates $4m annually for contraceptives

Monday, July 17, 2017

NIGERIA has restated its commitment towards ensuring access of women to family planning services and commodities with a pledge to achieve a modern contraceptive rate of 27 per cent among all women by 2020.
 
Nigeria also committed to increasing its annual allocation for contraceptives from $3 million to $4 million while ensuring total disbursement of $56 million to the states through  participation in the Global Financing Facility and  international development assistance loans.
 

Wife of Cross River Governor, Linda Ayade laments death of pregnant women in prayer house

Monday, July 17, 2017

The wife of the Cross River State Governor, Dr Linda Ayade has said that unskilled labour claimed the lives of two women that died in a prophetess home during delivery in Ikom local government area of Cross River State, explaining that the traditional birth attendant that attended to the women was professionally incompetent.
 

OAU prof asks FG to expand NHIS

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Olabisi Loto, a professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAU) Ile-Ife, has asked the federal government to expand the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
 
Speaking while delivering the 305 inaugural lecture of the university, entitled: ‘Give Me Children…Let Me Live: Combating the Misery of Infertility and Preventing Maternal Mortality’, Loto said there is need to cover more of the populace and provide more “therapeutic interventions to reduce the crippling out of pocket expenditure by patients”.
 

Phcs and budget politics

Sunday, July 16, 2017

In few months time, WHO will be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Declaration of Alma-Ata on Primary Health Care. In one of its reports on Primary Health Care, WHO explained that though, the global health context has changed remarkably over seven decades, the values that lie at the core of the WHO constitution and those that informed the Alma-Ata Declaration have been tested and remain true.
 

UN bids Osotimehin farewell, calls for renewed advocacy on HIV/AIDS

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The UN Resident Coordinator, Mr Edward Kalllon, has called for a renewed commitment to champion advocacy for persons living with HIV/AIDS in the country.
 
Kalllon made the call at the Memorial Service organised  by the UN system in Nigeria on Friday in Abuja to honor late Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin.
 
Osotimehin, who until his death was the Executive Director of UN Population Fund (UNFPA), died on June 4 in Harrison, New York, at the age of 68.
 

No improvement in newborn survival in Nigeria—Toyin Saraki

Friday, July 14, 2017

Wife of the  Senate President, Mrs Toyin Saraki has scored Nigeria low on newborn survival, saying the level of improvement in reducing deaths in newborn babies globally has not played out in Nigeria.
 
Mrs Saraki, in a keynote address at the 10th annual general meeting and scientific conference of the Nigerian Society of Neonatal Medicine (NISONM), stated that there has been little improvement in reducing deaths in newborns.
 

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