Top Ten News Items on Health, 18th September 2020

NEC, NCDC agree on fixed COVID-19 sample collection sites across states. Bill Gates: Nigeria should invest in PHC, disease surveillance, immunisation. Nigeria Health Watch launches project to advocate for better access to quality maternal medicines and contraceptives in Nigeria.  FG orders schools to conduct weekly COVID-19 assessment. Health insurance scheme: Gov Lalong warns managers against corruption. CiSHAN to get 10 millon Nigerians to know their HIV status through HIV self-testing. SOGON lauds FCTA on reduction of maternal mortality in Abuja.  32% of under-5 in Nigeria stunted, second highest in the…

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Rotary offers free prostate cancer screening

By Adekunle Yusuf No fewer than 105 men have benefited from the free screening for prostate cancer by the Rotary International District 9110 at its District Centre in Ikeja, Lagos. Each screening costs N4,200. Kicking off the event, Rotary International District 9110 Governor (DG), Bola Oyebade, said the event was held as part of activities to mark the World Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. He said similar programmes would follow later in some parts of the district that includes Ogun and Lagos states, stressing that the programme would run for the…

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IMSA graduates specialist gynaecologists in ART

From Moses Emorinken, Abuja The Institute of Medical Sciences Africa (IMSA), a leading non-governmental, not-for-profit medical institution developing human capacity in healthcare in Africa, has graduated its first batch of sub-specialist gynaecologists in Infertility and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). Experts say this is a milestone for Nigeria, as the institute is the first post-fellowship programme that the West African College of Surgeons (WACS) has accredited. In his address during the end of programme for its six graduands, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of IMSA, Dr. Ibrahim Wada, said Nigeria…

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Group targets 10m Nigerians for HIV self-testing

From Moses Emorinken, Abuja To meet the UNAIDS target of ensuring that 95 percent of Nigerians know their HIV status by 2030, the Civil Society for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (CiSHAN) has started a campaign to reach 10 million people with HIV self-testing kits by the end of the year. The campaign will also lead to the identification of the newly-diagnosed HIV positive individuals and link them to treatment in partnership with the Lead Implementing Partners for each state. The Executive Secretary of CiSHAN, Walter Ugwocha, made this known in Abuja on…

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