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WHO, Partners Need $26m For Ebola Response In DRC

The WHO and partners will need $26m for the Ebola Response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the next three months. WHO said on Monday that funding had been received from Italy, UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), and Gavi – the Vaccine Alliance. The others are the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Wellcome Trust and UK Department for International Development. WHO said it had also released two million dollars from its Contingency Fund for Emergencies, to scale up the Ebola response. The Government of DRC,…

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2018 Budget: NASS Explains Inclusion Of More Funding For Primary Healthcare

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Senator Lanre Tejuoso, has explained why the National Assembly, included funding for the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) in the 2018 Appropriations Bill. In a press statement delivered to newsmen in Abuja, Senator Tejuoso stated that: “While the Executive did not include the BHCPF in the 2018 Appropriation Bill submitted to the National Assembly, the Senate embarked upon a phenomenal task of ensuring the inclusion of BHCPF in the 2018 appropriation and its effective implementation. “The Senate mandated its Committee on Appropriation to work…

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Court Adjourns Melaye’s Case Indefinitely On Health Condition

The trial of the senator representing Kogi West senatorial district in the senate, Dino Daniel Melaye in the alleged false information dissemination brought against him by the Federal Government suffered a major setback in Abuja. An Abuja high court trying the senator in the alleged offense adjourned the trial sine die (indefinitely) following the confirmation by the National Hospital, Abuja, which the lawmaker was on admission at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital. Dino was billed to appear for trial yesterday but his lead counsel, Mr Rickey Tarfa (SAN),…

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NDDC Donates N50m For Malaria Research Programme

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has donated N50 million to fund Commission’s Professorial Chair on Malaria Elimination and Phytomedicine Research programme at  the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT).   The commission’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Ibitoye Abosede, said in a statement in Port Harcourt on Wednesday  that  NDDC’s Managing Director, Nsima Ekere, inaugurated the governing board for the research programme.   Ekere, who was represented by Mr Samual Adjogbe, the commission’s Executive Director of Projects, said the fund would be used to fight malaria in the region.   He also said…

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Ebola: WHO To Assist DR Congo For Vaccine

The World Health Organization (WHO) says it hopes to be able to send an experimental Ebola vaccine as early as this week to deal with an outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It’s thought 4,000 doses will be sent to the remote north-western province of Equateur. WHO’s Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has visited the region, where 35 suspected cases have been reported so far – more than half of them fatal. Congolese and United Nations agencies have begun sending emergency teams of specialists to the area to try to…

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Unilorin Produces 4461 Medical Doctors Since Inception – Provost

Provost, College of Health Sciences, University of Ilorin, Prof. Abdulwahab Johnson, says the institution has produced 4,461 medical doctors since its establishment in 1977.   Johnson said this at the induction of 20 members of the Batch ‘B’ 2018 medical graduands of the college on Monday in Ilorin.   According to him, 3,446 of the medics are male while 1,015 are female, and had been inducted since the inaugural event in 1983.   He noted that under his tenure from August 2014 to date, the college had produced 541 graduands,…

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Exodus: Influx Of  Nigerian Doctors To Work In UK ‘Doubles’

The number of Nigerian doctors working in the United Kingdom has been sharply increasing, according to research by fact-checking organisation Africa Check. Last year, the number of Nigerian doctors registered with the UK General Medical Council nearly doubled, an increase of 89%. “In 2016, a total of 245 doctors registered in the UK. The number sharply rose to 439 last year, taking the number of doctors to 5,060,” Africa Check said. So far this year, on average 12 Nigerian doctors were being registered every week, bringing the total number to…

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Birth Registration: Betty Akeredolu, Stakeholders Chart Way Forward

The wife of the Ondo State Governor, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu reeled out the successes attained in improving reproductive and maternal health in the last few months in the state. Speaking at a stakeholders meeting which took place at the government house, Alagbaka, Akure and which had in attendance key players from the Ondo State Primary Heath Care Development Board (ODPHCDB), National Population Commission (NPOpC) among others, Mrs. Akeredolu observed that the Accelerated Birth Registration (ABR) a project initiated through the Olori Connection Programme and aimed at improving the state of…

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JUTH Gets N110m Heart Surgery Equipment, Begins Operation May 26 

The Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), on Monday received heart and lungs surgery equipment donated by Project CURE, an NGO based in Denver, United States.   Chief Medical Director, Prof. Edmund Banwat,  who received the items, told newsmen that they were worth “far more than 300,000 dollars’’. He said that the North-Western University, Chicago in Canada, offered to pay the 20,300 dollars shipment cost to Nigeria. “In these days of under-funding, these are innovative ways of bridging that gap,’’ he explained. Banwat said that the gesture had fitted into JUTH’s…

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