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FG to raise retirement age of health workers from 60 to 65
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FG to raise retirement age of health workers from 60 to 65

The federal government has proposed a new retirement for health workers in the country. Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige who spoke at a meeting between the presidential committee on salaries (PSC), relevant federal government stakeholders, health sector professional associations, and trade unions on Tuesday May 11, said the federal government is proposing to increase the retirement age for doctors from 60 to 65, and 70 for health workers and consultants in the country.   According to the Minister, the proposal is aimed at improving the conditions of service of Nigerian health workers.   He said;   “We have taken their proposal. The government side will firm up its own proposal and we are reconvening June 1, so that we can have an agreed hazard allowance for...
N186bn For Health Sector Omitted As Revised 2020 Budget Approval Suffers Setback
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N186bn For Health Sector Omitted As Revised 2020 Budget Approval Suffers Setback

The Senate on Tuesday stepped down consideration of the N10.509trillion revised 2020 budget forwarded to it for consideration by President Muhamnadu Buhari due to omission of N186billion proposed for the health sector. The upper legislative chamber had given expeditious consideration of the revised 2020-2022 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper ( FSP). The revised 2020 budget was expected to be passed by the Senate on Tuesday before it was jettisoned during plenary. Trouble for the revised budget evolved when, as listed on the Order Paper, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, called on the Chairman of the Appropriation Committee, Jibrin Barau ( APC Kano North), to lay the report . Senator Barau also stunned the Senate by informing his coll...
NCP Approves Draft Health Sector Reform Bill
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NCP Approves Draft Health Sector Reform Bill

The National Council on Privatization (NCP) Tuesday approved a draft legislative instrument to enact the Health Sector Reform Bill and associated legislation. The council approved the instrument at its meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr Alex Oko, said the document would be presented to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Executive Council (FEC). He said the proposed legislation makes it imperative for millions of Nigerians, who can’t afford to pay for it, to receive efficient healthcare services. The BPE boss, who is also the secretary of the NCP, said the council “took a major decision to adop...
Health Minister: What We Discussed With Buhari In Aso Rock
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Health Minister: What We Discussed With Buhari In Aso Rock

The health minister, Osagie Ehanire has revealed the context of his discussion with President Muhammadu Buhari during his visit to the presidential Villa on Saturday. Speaking with newsmen shortly after exiting the presidential villa on Saturday, he revealed that their discussion centred around the coronavirus pandemic. “It is to answer a few questions that his excellency had about the health sector which we took the opportunity to explain further. The takeaway is that we have been able to clarify a few things in question regarding the state we are in on the coronavirus disease outbreak in Nigeria,” Ehanire said. “Well, I explained those problems, the situation and what the projection would be going forward and the measures we think would be very necessary at this time.” There ...
Lagos State Govt Announces Recruitment Health Sector Workers
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Lagos State Govt Announces Recruitment Health Sector Workers

The Lagos State Health Service Commission, on Thursday said it has commenced mass recruitment of health sector workers to bridge the deficit in manpower requirement across the state’s public health institutions. Dr Ademuyiwa Eniayewun, the Permanent Secretary, Health Service Commission (HSC), made this known on Thursday in Lagos. Eniayewun said Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had approved recruitment of a large number of health workers, while also directing that exit replacement be done when due, NAN reports According to him, the directive was imperative to ameliorate the effects of brain drain which often occurs and affects performance in the health sector. ”The recruitment process commences immediately and will continue in phases in the next few months toward bridging manpower gap ...
Nigeria’s President Kicks Against Dependence On Foreign Medical Treatment
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Nigeria’s President Kicks Against Dependence On Foreign Medical Treatment

President Muhammadu Buhari, Thursday, in Daura, Katsina State, said Nigeria must reduce dependence on medical treatment abroad. He, however, assured that the efforts by the Federal Government will be redoubled to improve health facilities, equipment and services in the country. The President spoke at the commissioning ceremony of Nigerian Air Force Reference Hospital in Daura. He said the Federal Government had, in the last four years, invested resources in the health sector, with increased budgetary allocation moving from N259 billion (Two hundred and fifty-nine billion naira in 2015 to over N340 billion (Three hundred and forty billion naira) in 2018. President Buhari said dependence on foreign countries for medical treatment can be reduced by turning around the health sector...
2000 Medical Workers Leaving Nigeria Annually – NMA
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2000 Medical Workers Leaving Nigeria Annually – NMA

The Nigerian Medical Association has said that about 2000 medical workers leave the country annually to developed countries. The National President of the Association, Francis Faduyile, said this in Abakaliki during the opening ceremony of the Annual General Conference/Delegates meeting of the association in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. He said the exodus necessitated the theme of the meeting which is ‘Skill Repatriation in the Health Sector: Turning Nigeria’s brain drain to brain gain’. “The theme is apt at this point in time when brain drain in the health sector is at its peak, with about 2,000 health practitioners leaving the shores of Nigeria annually,” Mr Faduyile said “We believe that this ugly situation can be turned to an advantage hence the need to bring this to the fr...
It’s Time Nigerian Health Sector Adopts Euthanasia – Nigerian Lawyer Says
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It’s Time Nigerian Health Sector Adopts Euthanasia – Nigerian Lawyer Says

A  conversation started by a Nigerian lawyer which many find uneasy on twitter. It is about Euthanasia aka mercy killing where patients with terminal illness ask medical doctors to help hasten their death so as to relief them of the pain they suffer. @suntalkeredo believes it is high time the Nigerian Health sector adopts Euthanasia. Some Nigerians however believe it might never see the light of day here because of our religious belief, IgbereTv reports. Read and tell us if you agree that Euthanasia should be allowed in out health sector; "i have a question. why isn’t Enthanasia (mercy killing) allowed in Nigeria. Haven’t we gotten to a point where we need it. A patient that’s terminally ill and in pains should be allowed to tell the doctor to put them down without The doctor incurr...
Why isn’t Euthanasia Allowed in Nigeria – Twitter User Asks
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Why isn’t Euthanasia Allowed in Nigeria – Twitter User Asks

A Nigerian lawyer has started a conversation many find uneasy on twitter. It is about Euthanasia aka mercy killing where patients with terminal illness ask medical doctors to help hasten their death so as to relief them of the pain they suffer. @sultankeredo believes it is high time the Nigerian Health sector adopts Euthanasia. Some Nigerians however believe it might never see the light of day here because of our religious belief. Continue to read his argument and tell us if you agree that Euthanasia should be allowed in out health sector
My Re-Election A Done Deal – El-Rufai
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My Re-Election A Done Deal – El-Rufai

GOVERNOR Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, yesterday, said though his re-election for a second term did not occupy top priority in his scheme of things, as available indices from a scientific point of view indicated that his victory at the poll in 2019 was “almost a done deal.” Speaking in Kaduna as the special guest of honour at the 2018 National Council on Finance and Economic Development, NACOFED, conference, Governor el-Rufai said despite the risks he took by embarking on far-reaching reforms in various sectors, the people of the state had confidence in his leadership and the sustai-nability of his reforms. He said, his immediate and utmost priority was to put the state on the right track and sound footing, while his achievements and reforms in all sectors would naturally take care o...
FG Ask Nigerian Doctors in Diaspora to Come Back Home
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FG Ask Nigerian Doctors in Diaspora to Come Back Home

The Senior Special Adviser to the President on Diaspora and Foreign Affairs Hon. Abike Dabiri Erewa has reiterated that the present administration is committed to improving the nation’s health care system through liaising with Nigerian doctors in Diaspora. She said this at the Nigeria Health Watch annual Future Health Conference themed ‘The Diaspora as Nigerians Brain Gain’ in Abuja. She noted that Nigerians in Diaspora are very relevant to Nigeria, adding that “they possess immeasurable resources as they present expertise in their related area of profession.” “They are usually the top performers in their fields in any country, so leaving us for a while has value as they present credible resources and experience that can propel the development of our nation and project the image of ...
2017: Sad Year In Nigeria’s Health Sector; Over 1,000 Die From Preventable Diseases
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2017: Sad Year In Nigeria’s Health Sector; Over 1,000 Die From Preventable Diseases

Nigeria started 2017 with the news of outbreak of Meningitis which lasted for months and was followed by other rare and uncommon diseases. There were also new policies and the launch of primary health care centres to improve the health sector. During the year, doctors and health workers also embarked on strikes, while many global health reports were released. PREMIUM TIMES compiles some of the major health events that headlined 2017. 1,166 people died of meningitis in six months Between December 2016 and June 23, 2017, a total of 1,166 people died as a result of meningitis outbreak in the country. Children between five to 14 years were most affected accounting for 6,791 cases out of a total 14,513 cases reported in 24 states. Zamfara was the most affected state in terms o...

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