Newspapers Rate Health Minister’s Performance (1)

A Nigerian newspaper, The Nation, has published it’s performance ratings of the outgoing ministers. In the scorecard, in which it rated the Health Minister, Professor C.O. Chukwu’s as “good”, the newspaper said: Against the achievements of his immediate predecessor, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu was able complete some ongoing projects like the acquisition of cancer screening machines for […]

Senate Passes National Health Bill, So Now What?

Several reports from Abuja today indicate that the Senate has given final approval to the National Health Bill that had languished for 2 years after initial passage by both chambers of the National Assembly. The billed passed more than 6 months after a deadline given by President Goodluck Jonathan, as the ANPA Blog was told  […]

Bill Gates Praises NPHCDA Director Muhammad Pate’s Efforts to Eradiate Polio in Nigeria

At the ongoing 64th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Mr. William Gates, Microsoft Founder and Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, praised Nigeria’s Dr. Muhammad Pate for his efforts to help eradicate polio in the country. Pate was an ANPA Member before he returned home to head the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency […]

ANPA Participates in Secretary of State Clinton’s Global Diaspora Forum

ANPA has been invited to participate in the Global Diaspora Forum, organized by the U.S. Secretary of State’s Office of Global Partnerships, in collaboration with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Migration Policy Institute (MPI). The Forum which opened today, will take place over three days (May 17 – 19) and is […]

Finally, Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Mandatory for Nigerian Doctors

Until now it was possible for a Nigerian doctor or dentist to practice for decades with no requirement to improve their knowledge or skills on a regular basis. We are pleased that this is about to change, if the plan by Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) should become a reality. Beginning this year, according […]

Countdown to ANPA 3.0……

The long-awaited refresh of the ANPA Home Page will be live at noon EST on Friday April 15, 2011. Integrated with the new site is an exclusive section for members (“Members Zone”) that provides access to the new discussion board (“ANPA Forum”). Members can also update their passwords and view the profiles of other registered […]

ANPA Signs Agreement with Nigerian Government

The ANPA President, Dr. Fiemu Nwariaku has issued the following memo to members: April 8, 2011 From the Office of the President Dear Colleagues, I would like to use this opportunity to provide you with information that is relevant to our organization as it begins to engage the leadership in Nigeria. That Nigeria has some […]

Budgetary Allocation to Health: Shame of a Nation

The lack of commitment on the part of the federal government of Nigeria to increasing the budgetary allocation needed to improve the health of Nigerians remains a disturbing one. Recently, it was reported that Nigeria earmarks 3.5 per cent of its national budget to the health sector. With the well documented intrigues surrounding the release […]

The African Woman: A Priority in Medicine?

Researchers link preparation of smoked fish to lung diseases! For my fellow fanatics, this recent article in The Guardian will undoubtedly be a disheartening revelation of the hidden cost behind the savory goodness that is smoked fish. My initial thoughts after reading the title were admittedly, selfish. My mind skipped through the numerous pulmonopathies that […]

Reassessing the Notion of Brain Drain

The idea of a drain hardly ever evokes a positive reaction especially in the context of the siphoning of intellectual capital from developing countries. The impact of the “brain drain” phenomenon has been hotly debated in development circles, particularly in relationship to the flight of health care workers who emigrate from countries facing incredible public […]

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