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Journalists' Psychotherapy Sessions Initiative

How being a journalist in Nigeria can impact mental health

Evidence suggests that excessive demands of the occupation coupled with low income, job insecurity, low status and physical fatigue contribute to mental health occupational hazards.

Special Report: How personnel shortage, ‘internal brain drain’ threaten primary healthcare in Niger

An investigation by PREMIUM TIMES shows how primary healthcare centres in Niger State are gradually losing their usefulness due to the dearth of personnel and abandonment.

Variety of beer used to illustrate the story. [Photo credit: nigerianbrands]

South-south leads Nigeria’s huge alcohol consumption, NBS data shows

The seven states of Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Kano, Sokoto, and Zamfara, making up the North West zone, have the most restrained drinkers.

Silent dangers in methods of bleaching Nigerians adopt

“While bleaching is being promoted overtly or covertly by the media, the regulatory agents appear to be running against the wind in terms of control.”

Pregnant woman used to illustrate the story

How lack of spousal consent deters Nigerian women from family planning

According to a recent report on family planning in Nigeria, only 13 per cent of women aged 15 to 49, currently married or in a union, use FP method.

Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), Makurdi. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Facebook account of BSUTH]

How stigma is affecting HIV treatment in Nigeria

People living with the ailment narrate their experiences, and those at risk fear to test for fear of discrimination.

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INTERVIEW: How Universal Health Coverage led to Algeria being Malaria-Free – WHO Representative

Algeria is now the second African country after Mauritius to be officially recognized by the World Health Organisation as malaria-free.

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)

INTERVIEW: Meningitis: What we’re doing to keep Nigeria’s death toll low this year – NCDC Official

Health agency explains how to treat a disease which is currently in season in Nigeria

Sex workers used to illustrate the story. {PHOTO CREDIT: Daily Post Nigeria]

Arrest Of Women In Abuja: What Nigerian law says about prostitution

Authorities of the Nigerian capital have used prostitution as a justification to arrest women at nightclubs.

Treated mosquito nets help prevent against malaria.

Can Nigeria achieve Malaria elimination?

Over 70 years after the Malaria control programme began in Nigeria, the country still has the highest burden of the disease in the world.

Refuse dump along Gadamaza, Abuja

Refuse dumps take over major parts of Abuja

In many parts of the Abuja municipality and satellite towns, illegal dumps are becoming a common feature of the landscape

A human Liver used to illustrate the story. [PHOTO CREDIT: ThoughtCo]

Studies show hope for millions of Nigerians with Type 2 Diabetes

Research indicates type 2 diabetes can be reversed.

Mr Nse Ntuen on hospital bed after the fracas at Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly

Patients’ Bill of Rights: Making health a human right in Nigeria

The Nigerian government launched the Patients’ Bill of Rights about eight months ago, many do not know how to put the instrument to use 

Cross section of the general auditorium during a section in Kigali convention centre.

Views from Rwanda: How African countries can achieve Universal Health Coverage

1500 participants from over 40 countries gathered at the Kigali Convention Centre between March 5 and 7 for the second edition of the Africa Health Agenda International Conference.

Breastfeeding Photo: The Guardian

How to feed right in first 1,000 days of life

How breastmilk and the right combination of locally sourced foods can prevent stunting and chronic diseases in children.

Snake used to illustrate the story.

How Nigerian govt’s inaction causes death of hundreds annually from snakebite

During one of such peak snakebite periods last year, 250 victims died within three weeks in Plateau and Gombe states.

Photo used to illustrate the story. [Photo: Artem Bali]

Keeping fit: how to do the right exercise for your age

The effect of exercise on health is profound. It can protect you from a range of conditions.

Participants at the cancer awareness march in Abuja

World Cancer Day: How to avoid, detect, treat cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) says 70,327 Nigerians died from cancer in 2018, while 115,950 new cases of the disease were recorded the same year.

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

INTERVIEW: How we’ll disburse N55bn fund across Nigeria, implement health act – Minister

Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) is a major provision of the act for health funding which government, included in the budget.

Muhammed Umar, Fatima’s father and the chairman of Damangaza unofficial IDP camp.

Pneumonia: Why vaccine-preventable child-disease still kills thousands in Nigeria

UNICEF estimates that Nigeria records 6.7 million cases of childhood pneumonia every year, with about 200,000 under-five deaths.

Abuja City Gate

Blindness: How health researchers failed Abuja community

The authorities are yet to get to the roots of a strange eye disease that has blinded 15 residents of Ruga in the Wuye Ruga community or city gate.

sanitary pads used to illustrate the tory. [PHOTO CREDIT: Saathi Pads]

With govts failing, Nigerian youth take over fight against ‘menstrual period poverty’

Advocates want women sanitary pads to be given out free like condoms.

Snake used to illustrate the story.

Harmattan: How to keep snakes away from your home

It is estimated more than 10,000 people are bitten by snakes each year in Nigeria

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ANALYSIS: How government failure renders Nigeria’s Health Act ‘ineffective’ (2)

The Act, though signed into law in 2014, has been largely unimplemented.

Man defecating in an open drainage

World Toilet Day: Experts worried Nigeria may overtake India as number one in open defecation

The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2017 reports reveal that 28.5 per cent of the Nigerian population practise open defecation, while 110 million citizens lack access to improved sanitation.