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"Good" health news out of Nigeria

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When we started this blog we regularly posted news stories on health out of Nigeria.

It was and is a difficult experience as there is hardly positive news to report. We hope that there are positive things happening and not getting reported rather than the lack of any positive activity in the health sector.

Yes…we do not have a Minister…


Yes…our President might have some health challenges…


But…this cant be the reason we can find only the following stories in the Nigerian press on health in Nigeria. If you do find positive stories…please send them in. We need them desperately. These are the ones we found….

1. Fire guts NACA headquaters in Abuja
“With the fire gutting most of the paper documents and stored data on the damaged computer systems, the fight against the AIDS scourge in the country may have suffered a terrible blow….”

2. Health situation in Nigeria getting more precarious -NMA Secretary
“Our health indices are among the worst in the world despite our endowments. In the 2008 state of the world‘s children report by UNICEF, Nigeria is pitiably ranked among the 12 countries with the highest under-five mortality rate. Highlights of the report for Nigeria include under-five mortality rate of 191 per 1000 live births, infant mortality rate of 99 per 1,000 and life expectancy at birth of 47 years….”

3. Hostility to polio immunisation persists despite rising cases
“Our health indices are among the worst in the world despite our endowments. In the 2008 state of the world‘s children report by UNICEF, Nigeria is pitiably ranked among the 12 countries with the highest under-five mortality rate. Highlights of the report for Nigeria include under-five mortality rate of 191 per 1000 live births, infant mortality rate of 99 per 1,000 and life expectancy at birth of 47 years….”No fewer than 578 Nigerian children are reportedly infected with wild polio virus cases across 23 states of the federation, a figure representing 88 per cent of the world polio virus cases.


BUT…..we also did find some “GOOD” news


Nigeria: Sokoto Sponsors Medical Training Abroad

Sokoto State government is sponsoring 30 of its students to United Kingdom to study medicine and pharmacy. Special Adviser to the Governor on Scholarship and Students Matters, Dr. Muhammad Ali Inname made this known while briefing newsmen in Sokoto. He said the state government had approved about N300 million as tuition and allowances to the beneficiaries drawn from the 23 local government areas of the state. Twenty of the 30 beneficiaries would study medicine while the remaining 10 would study pharmacy.

Nigeria we hail thee….

http://www.nigeriahealthwatch.com/

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has…Margaret Mead

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