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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.
 

Education big factor in maternal mortality, says Briggs

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Uneducated women are more likely to die during pregnancy or child birth, a professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has said.
 
Emeritus Professor Nimi Dimkpa Briggs said, while delivering the first annual lecture of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), a pregnant woman who stayed in a slum and also not properly educated was more likely to lose her baby because of lack of education.
 

‘Give us traditional medicine commission’

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Traditional and alternative medicine practitioners have canvassed its integration into the nation’s primary healthcare delivery system.
 
They spoke under the aegis of Nigerian Council of Physicians of Natural Medicine and the Centre for Research in Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine of  Nigerian Institute of Medical Research(NIMR) during the African Traditional Day celebration in Lagos.
 

UNICEF Engages Journalists On Child, Maternal Health

Monday, May 15, 2017

The UNICEF has charged journalists in Kebbi State to propagate child survival, development, protection and child rights effectively.
 
This is part of a communiqué issued at the end of a four-day workshop on child and maternal health care organised by the fund in Birnin Kebbi.
 
A copy of the communiqué signed by Messrs Adebayo Ismail, Tamany Yusuf and Adamu Kanya, was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
 

Niger Agency says 70% of population lacks good healthcare

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Niger State Primary Health Care Development Agency says about 70 per cent of the people in the state lack access to adequate health care services.
 
Yahaya Na’uzo, the Executive Director of the Agency, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Thursday.
 
Na’uzo said that only people living in urban areas of the state like Minna, the state capital, Kontagora, Suleja and Bida were privileged to have good health care services because general hospitals are located there.
 

Jigawa: Health centres, few personnel

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Theirs is not lack of facilities as Jigawa State boasts a number of medical facilities even at the grassroots, but the problem is that the facilities have far too few personnel and too little equipment and drugs to be of much help to the residents.
 
Buji Local Government Area with a population of 92,371, made up of crop farmers and Fulani herdsmen, is an example. Its headquarters, Gantsa, hosts local, state and even federal agencies such the police and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), among others.
 

“WE USE BROKEN BOTTLES TO CUT THE UMBILICAL CORD IMMEDIATELY THE WOMEN DELIVER” | STORIES FROM TRADITIONAL BIRTH ATTENDANTS

Monday, February 13, 2017

After losing her fourth child during delivery at the house of her regular traditional birth attendant (TBA), 42 year–old Kemi Ariyo contracted spiritualists to get to the root of her problems. “I was widely accused to be a witch as a result of the demise of my babies,” Kemi said. “So I approached the spiritualists who pray for pregnant women and see to the delivery of their babies”.
 

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