Apply for Alert Officer Position

Are you Smartphone savvy, Community healthcare/Mobilization freak? Are you residing in Lagos or knew it very well. The here is an opportunity for you….


EpidAlert (formerly EbolaAlert) is currently running a pilot project for a health promotions project in Lagos, Nigeria.

For the success of the project, we would require driven individuals who would be involved in community mobilization and data handling. For this project, we have titled these individuals,”Alert Officers” and would require 20 – 30 of them over the next 10 months. We are looking for candidates who would fill these Alert Officer roles.

The ideal candidate would be an individual who is interested in Data Handling, Community Mobilization and is passionate about improving Community Health access. He/She should also be comfortable with digital technology (using smartphone apps, handling mobile gadgets, etc) and should be available for the entire period of the project.

The Alert Officer position is a paid position and it’s a full time job. Chosen candidates would receive premium training and certification that would be a valuable contribution to their professional development.

We hope you would be interested in this position or at least, perhaps know someone who does (you can help share the email with them in this case).

To apply for the Alert Officer Position, please click the button below;

How To Make Lemonade

The weather has been unbearable and I have been super tempted to start taking soda again but mercy said no.  Lemonade is an awesome ‘hot weather tasty’ drink and really easy to make, perfect for any sort of occasion. Here is all you need to make your own lemonade drink.
All you need to make the perfect lemonade drink

  • Sugar (Because we love you please let’s use honey for this)
  • 10 lemons
  • Mint sprigscollage-lemonade-Truppr1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and ½ cup water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved; let cool.

    2. In a jug with the Mint sprigs, combine the syrup with the lemon juice and 2cups of water. Serve with ice.


What Colour Is Your Pee?

This a golden opportunity to know or rather learn what the colour of your pee truly says about your health. Nothing wrong in looking to see how it turns out when you pee.


You are super hydrated. Possibly even over-hydrated. If it’s crystal clear, chill on the water.

Pale yellow or Transparent yellow
You’re drinking enough water. Keep up the good work!

Dark yellow
The more concentrated the yellow gets, the less hydrated you are. Seeing honey or marigold tints? Focus on drinking more water so your body can do its thing (you know, keeping you alive and healthy) to the best of its ability.


Amber or Honey
Your body isn’t getting enough water. Drink some water If you notice that your urine is often amber-colored, consciously try to drink more water to help your body get rid of waste more effectively.

There might be old blood in your urine, or you could have a serious liver infection.

Red or pink
This is a sign that there’s fresh blood in your urine, which is a warning of infection or potentially something more serious, like kidney issues or even cancer.

So, what colour is your pee?

Nigeria signals normality by putting Buhari’s deputy in charge

Nigeria signals normality by putting Buhari’s deputy in charge

Nigeria's Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo flags off the clean-up in Ogoni land Bodo, Nigeria, during the start of an exercise to clean up pollution in Ogoniland, June 2, 2016.  REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

By Ulf Laessing

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigeria’s deputy leader is making wide use of powers granted by President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on extended sick leave abroad, as the country seeks to avoid a debilitating power vacuum while it confronts its first recession in 25 years.

The West African oil-producing nation was gripped by instability in 2010 when then President Umaru Yar’Adua spent three months in a Saudi hospital while his aides shrouded his illness in secrecy. His deputy Goodluck Jonathan only took over after he died in the midst of a constitutional crisis.

The Nigerian stock exchange, already hit by recession, has fallen to a nine-month low on the uncertainty over Buhari. But officials are keen to avoid the mistakes of the past and drive home the message that government work will continue whatever happens.

Before Buhari left home almost a month ago to be treated in Britain for an undisclosed illness, the 74-year-old appointed his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, as Acting President.

“The nation came to a political standstill because of the failure of Yar’Adua to submit a letter transferring power to Vice President Jonathan,” a government official said, asking not to be named.

“In this present scenario this is not the case. No vacuum was left because President Buhari sent a letter to the National Assembly,” he said.

Osinbajo has thrown himself into his work, holding cabinet meetings and travelling to the Niger Delta in an attempt to end militant attacks on oil facilities which cost up to $100 billion in lost revenues in 2016.

Investors welcome the fact that the government will not postpone a long-awaited reform plan intended to stimulate an economy hit by low oil prices.

“Obviously the fact that the president is away creates uncertainty, but we believe Vice President Osinbajo is capable of running things in the meantime,” said Cobus de Hart, senior economist at South Africa’s NKC African Economics.

Officials refuse to disclose what is ailing Buhari, saying only that he has been having tests and is not in a serious condition.

Diplomats say Buhari has made several visits to Britain to see his doctor, routing official trips even to destinations as far afield as Asia via London so as not to have to declare medical leave all the time.

In contrast to Yar’Adua, whom officials cut off from the world on his sickbed in Saudi Arabia, the presidency publishes almost daily pictures of Buhari receiving visitors in his London drawing room. He took a phone call from U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday, both administrations say.

In an indication that his British stay might drag on, the speakers of both of Nigeria’s chambers of parliament flew to meet Buhari at Abuja House, a Nigerian government residence in west London, according to an official picture.

“I thanked them for visiting. I am also grateful to Nigerians, Christians and Muslims alike, for their prayers and kind wishes for my health,” a smiling but thinner-looking Buhari said, according to an official tweet late on Wednesday.


Some Nigerians have been getting worried.

“Nigerians are supposed to know the health condition of the president, just like the head of the family is sick and the doctor is holding back the health condition from his family,” said Olugbolahan, an engineer from Lagos.

The arrangement with Osinbajo ensures the day-to-day running of government business. But the long-term risk is that the Muslim north, where Buhari hails from, might not accept Osinbajo as a permanent solution if the president became incapacitated at some point.

Osinbajo is a Christian lawyer from the commercial capital Lagos in the south. He has shown conspicuous loyalty to Buhari and given no sign that he plans to run for president himself.

Traditionally in Nigeria, the leadership rotates between north and south to ensure a balance in a country evenly split between Muslims and Christians. The capital, Abuja, is placed right in the centre as symbol of unity.

Jonathan, a Christian from the south, upset many northerners by refusing to give way to a northern candidate. Northerners felt there should have been another northern presidential term after Yar’Adua’s death. Hundreds were killed in riots after Jonathan’s election in 2011.

“The politics of rotation is always delicate in Nigeria,” said Anthony Goldman of Nigeria-focused PM Consulting. “But Nigeria has quite a good record of managing the worst crises in leadership.”


For now investors and Nigerian firms hope Osinbajo will enforce reforms to drum up badly needed investment.

He took advantage of Buhari’s absence abroad last year to float the idea of a more flexible foreign exchange policy, which paved the way for an overdue devaluation of the naira.

Osinbajo has been always been in charge of the economy but Buhari has left him little space, subscribing to the view that a strong country needs a strong currency.

Keeping the naira artificially high has deterred investors, who assume Nigeria will have to devalue again. This week, the naira hit a new low at 516 to the dollar on the black market, where importing firms need to go for their dollars, in contrast to the official rate of around 305.

“Some of his (Osinbajo’s) statements have conveyed a more liberal approach to economic policy, which is a good sign,” said de Hart.

Over the past few weeks, Osinbajo, 59, has been pursuing the economic recovery plan required if Nigeria is to obtain a World Bank loan to fund its record deficit.

“We are doing some fine-tuning and during this period we also do some final consultation before the president launches the plan,” budget minister Udoma Udo Udoma said after a cabinet meeting chaired by Osinbajo on Wednesday.

Osinbajo this week also proposed legalizing illicit oil refineries in the Delta, where an army campaign against them has been fuelling tensions. Makeshift facilities refining stolen crude oil are often the only places young men can find work in the impoverished region.

“Within that week he (Buhari) left, there have been a lot of meetings, a lot of committees were being formed by the vice president,” said Oloyede Kamoru, a Lagos businessman. “So why are we complaining that we want to see the man (Buhari)? His absence is not having any impact on the economic issue.”

(additional reporting by Felix Onuah, Nneka Chile and Joanna Achoba; Editing by Giles Elgood)



The Hon. Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has inaugurated statutory committees of the 2014 National Health act to ensure adequate coordination and implementation of the provisions of the act.

The statutory committees include National Health Consultative Forum, National Tertiary Health Institutions Standards, National Health Research Ethics, National Health Research, National Drugs Formulary and Essential Drugs Review and National Independent Tissue Transplantation.

The committees were to drive the process of achieving Universal Health Coverage by making healthcare services accessible, affordable and available for Nigerians in an equitable manner.

In his remarks during the inauguration on Thursday 16th February, 20 17 in Abuja, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole said that the Act has seven parts and thirty two sections.

Prof. Adewole pointed out that the act provided key actors of the health system with clearly defined roles and responsibilities. It also provided minimum package of healthcare service for all Nigerians with a predictable and sustainable financing stream. He added that the basic healthcare package would be funded from the 1% consolidated revenue funds and any other sources provisions for innovative financing of the health sector.

He informed that the act would equip the health system to play major role in emerging fields in the sector both locally and at the global level, it would also encourage research and structures that would address ethical issues around research in the country.

In his response on behalf of the Committees, the Chairman of the National Health Consultative committee, Prof. Eyitayo Lambo, pledged that the committees would carry out their mandate satisfactorily and work assiduously towards moving the health sector forward.

In her vote of thanks, the Permanent Secretary, FMOH, Mrs. Binta Adamu Bello appreciated the members for accepting to serve in the various committees and urged them to work hard to achieve the set goals.

Boade Akinola

Director, Media and Public Relations.

APPLY: 2017 CRIBAP Media Partners Seeking Media Personnels In Nigeria (kaduna, Oyo, Kano, Kebbi and Sokoto States)

Do you have passion for depending child and adolescents rights? Are you working with any form of media or you have passion for media? Then here is an opportunity for you.

APPLY: 2017 CRIBAP Media Partners Seeking Media Personnels In Nigeria (kaduna, Oyo, Kano, Kebbi and Sokoto States)

The Child Right Bill Advocacy Project  CRIBAP seeks Media practitioners/Influencers to join the 2017 CRIBAP media Partners.

The CRIBAP will utilize the strength of the local media and the local organizations involved in advocacy in 5 states in Nigeria to push for the passage and enforcement of the child Right Bill in 5 States in Nigeria.
35 journalists (bloggers, print, radio, and television) and civil society organizations will receive training and compete for mini-grants to both carry out activities and also develop media contents that will be used to create awareness and advocate for the Passage and enforcement of the Child Right Bill in 5 States.


  • Two (2) fully paid training workshops  within the next 12 months
  • Opportunity to compete for mini-grants valued at N160,000
  • Opportunity to be part of the CRIBAP (Child Right Bill Advocacy program) in Nigeria


In order to apply, applicants must:

  • Be a media personnel working in either print, electronic or online media
  • Be working in any of these 5 states:
    • Oyo State
    • Kaduna State
    • Kano State
    • Kebbi State
    • Sokoto State
  • Be between 18 and 40 years of age

 DEADLINE: 12noon, Tuesday, 28th February 2017

To apply and for more information visit here


Health Minister Reiterates Commitment to Deliver Quality Healthcare Services to Nigerians

Health Minister Reiterates Commitment to Deliver Quality Healthcare Services to Nigerians

Chairperson House Committee on Health Institutions Hon. Benty Apiafi and the Hon. Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole exchanging pleasantries during the budget defence at the House of Representative in Abuja

The Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole has reiterated his Ministry’s commitment and determination to work with National Assembly to provide quality healthcare service to the citizenry.

The Minister made this known on Friday 17th February, 2017 while presenting the Ministry’s 2016 budget performance and also defending 2017 budget to Joint House Committees on Health Institutions, Healthcare Services and HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria.

Adewole expressed his determination to work with National Assembly towards achieving quality healthcare to all Nigerians, adding that the Ministry was ready to provide detail information on how the 2016 budget of the Ministry was executed.

He said the Ministry had two working documents National Health Act and National Health Policy, guiding the activities in the Health Sector.

Adewole said “I am delighted to inform the Hon members that the National Health Policy 2016 had been passed by Federal Executive Council and to me it is an important document that would guide all we shall do in the health sector.”

“Two things are happening concurrently, we have the National Health Act passed by National Assembly, we have National Health Policy and both of them would translate into new era in the health system”. Adewole said

Speaking on Residency training, the Minister said that the Committee inaugurated recently on residency training had submitted its report and the Ministry would soon come out with the white paper on residency training.

The Chairman House Committee on Healthcare Services Hon. Chike Okafor,Chairperson House Committee on Health Institutions Hon. Benty Apiafi and the Chairman House Committee on AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (ATM) David Emmanuel Ombugadu expressed their willingness to work with Federal Ministry of Health to improve the Health of all Nigerians.

Boade Akinola (Mrs.)

Director, Media and Public Relations


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