Sunday, September 11, 2016

Nigeria Adopts New National Health Policy

The National Council of Health has approved a new health policy for the country. This was stated after an emergency which was held in Abuja on 8th September, 2015.
The council stated that it "noted the efforts of the Federal Ministry of Health in fast tracking the operationalization of the National Health Act 2014; it also debated extensively and approved the guidelines for the disbursement, administration and management of the basic health care provision as presented".

The council further call on the federal ministry of health to develop the second National Strategic Health Development [NSHD] and decried the recent outbreaks of polio virus in Borno state, Lassa fever in Anambra, Bauchi, Gombe, plateau, Rivers and Ondo state.
It also acknowledge the efforts of federal and state ministries of health in curtailinf disease outbreaks and epidemics.

The council will meet again at its 59th meeting in Abia state.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

WAHEB to resumes operation in Ghana

The West Africa Health Examination Board [WAHEB] would soon resumes its operation in Ghana. The body is responsible for awarding certificates to Environmental Health Officers and Public Health Nurses across anglophone countries in West Africa, but due to poor funding, legal recognition and others, its operation in Ghana was stopped.
As a result of these, Ghana was not represented in the board.
Dr Ado H Bello, the chairman, WAHEB Nigeria said the board still considers Ghana as part of it, since there was no formal pulling out from the board, and called on the country to prepare for the next examinations, so that students can enjoy the benefits of WAHEB certificate in the country.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Lassa fever confirmed in five state-NCDC

Five confirmed cases of Lassa fever were reported from four states of Nigeria within the ending of August and early September, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, said.
Two case were reported in Plateau, and one each for Rivers, Gombe and Bauchi states respectively, the agency stated.
The agency said two cases were reported in Plateau State, one each in Rivers, Bauchi and Gombe states.
The agency said public health response commenced immediately in all the affected states under the leadership of the respective state’s Ministries of Health.
“Resources were immediately mobilised from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and its partner, the Nigerian Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (NFELTP), to support the investigation and management of cases in the affected states,” the statement said.
According to the head of NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, “We commend the early detection and reporting of the most recent cases, as it significantly improves the likelihood of survival for the cases and also reduces the risk of further transmission.
“We also urge all States to report cases immediately for Lassa fever while improving on the timeliness of their reporting generally”.
“The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control remains committed to supporting the States to prevent the spread of Lassa fever in Nigeria.
“For further media inquiry on Lassa Fever in Nigeria, you can reach NCDC via Facebook Messenger on m.me/NCDCgov. Our website is currently being redesigned to improve our communication opportunities,” the statement said.