Video: How Nigeria has succeeded in containing Ebola

According to the latest report (September 18) by the World Health Organization, there have been 21 cases of Ebola and 8 deaths in Nigeria. The WHO has declared the Ebola outbreak effectively controlled and contained in Nigeria, a remarkable feat in a country of 170 million people, where there were widely expressed fears of rapid and uncontrolled disease spread. In this video featuring Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, PBS outlines how Nigeria achieved this feat.

 

Critical Gap in Global Healthcare – by Ron Sconyers

Five years ago, I was in Nigeria with a team of Physicians for Peace medical trainers. We were teaching a group of 50 health practitioners the basic skills in neonatal resuscitation – an essential skill as more than one million babies die each year when they don’t breathe on their own immediately following delivery. At the end of our first training day, a pediatrician with 20 years of experience walked up to me with tears in her eyes and said, “If I had known what you taught me today, my own baby would still be alive.”

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Q&A: How a Private Health Outfit is Helping to Improve Healthcare in Nigeria, One Kidney at a Time

Tucked away in a sprawling suburb of Ikeja, the capital city of Lagos State in Nigeria, the staff of KidneySolutions®  work tirelessly to bring smiles to the faces of Nigerians with all forms of kidney disease, many of whom suffer from end-stage kidney failure and who require life-sustaining dialysis treatments. KidneySolutions® represents part of a growing trend of foreign-trained Nigerian medical specialists who have taken decisive steps to bring their knowledge and expertise back to their home country.

The scarcity of doctors with specialist training in Nigeria remains a vexing topical issue. Currently there are not enough nephrologists in Nigeria to provide specialized kidney care and dialysis to people who need them. We recently met with Dr. Emmanuel Anekwe, a US-trained interventional nephrologist and one of KidneySolutions® ’ proprietors. He was very glad to share some of his experiences with HealthBlog Nigeria in a brief interview.

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The Difference Between Health care and Disease Management – by Natasha Deonarain

Editor’s note: In this piece, Natasha Deonarain MD, MBA, argues that the expertise of the conventional doctor at disease management is not totally in congruence with the World Health Organization’s definition of  health. She has used the American health care system to drive home her arguments.  Parallels can however be drawn with what exists in other parts of the world, particularly in developing countries.

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