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National Health Insurance Authority Act: Senate Passes Bill to Make Health Insurance Compulsory for Every Nigerian

The Nigerian Senate has passed the National Health Insurance Authority Act

Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe the Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, has revealed that the Nigerian parliament is finalizing the National Health Insurance Authority Act – a bill to make health insurance mandatory for all Nigerians.

Senator Oloriegbe made this public at the inauguration of Group Individual and Family Social Health Insurance Programme (GIFSHIP)  in Abuja.

He said: 

“We have passed it in the Senate. Two Committees on health from Senate and the House of Representatives worked on the bill, so the bill is before the House of Representatives just for concurrence.

“Also, the National Assembly has passed the National Health Insurance Authority Act. It will not be National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) again, it will be National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) . A scheme in NHI(S) means only one scheme. That is what has been happening.

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“The NHIA will be authority that will cover all schemes and everything will be brought together. The most important aspect of it is to make health insurance mandatory for all Nigerians,’’

The said the National Assembly had been supporting NHIS by appropriating the needed funds for its implementation.

“Without funds for it, it cannot work, when we considered the NHIS 2020 budget, we fully made provision for achievement of the e-NHIS; N1.5 billion was provided for that’’

Dr Niyi Oginni, the Chairman, Forum of CEOs, State Health Insurance Agencies in Nigeria, said the states had been restructured to achieve the Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

“For many years, Nigeria has struggled to achieve UHC and this necessitated the establishment of state health insurance agencies.

“The agencies have a comprehensive health insurance package including GIFSHIP,’’

At the event, Dr Adeyeye Arigbabuwo, President, Healthcare Providers Association of Nigeria (HCPAN) expressed readiness to partner with NHIS to achieve the objectives of the GIFSHIP.




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What Do You Know About Postpartum Hair Loss ?

When a woman gets pregnant, her hormones’ literally go haywire.  One of the first to spike is human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG. That’s the hormone your pregnancy test measured and its rising levels indicated that you were pregnant. Pregnancy also causes several other hormone levels to rise, including estrogen, progesterone, oxytocin, and prolactin. Your blood volume also rose during pregnancy, to as much as 50 percent greater volume than normal by your due date.

Immediately after your baby is born, several of your hormone levels drop quickly, including estrogen and progesterone. Those hormones will be almost back to normal levels within 24 hours after birth, although prolactin will stay high as long as you’re breast-feeding. Your blood volume also decreases, but its drop is more gradual. It gets back to normal a few weeks after your baby arrives.

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Ways To Mitigate Postpartum hair loss

Avoid blow-dryers and curling and flat irons if you can

Skip all the straightening, heat drying and styling sessions till shedding stops. Also, avoid chemically based treatments like highlights, perms and so on.

Talk to hair experts for product recommendation

If the shedding is much, we’ll advise you to talk to an expert who can recommend products you can use to reduce it and also share other hair care tips with you.

Be Gentle with your hair while brushing

If you are in your hair shedding season, you should shampoo only when necessary and be gentle when brushing to prevent excess hair loss.

Wear hair ornaments

Headbands, scarves, and bandannas are fun and stylish ways to disguise hair loss. They’re especially popular with new moms who have little time to devote to hair care!

Try a new cut and color

First and foremost, pay a visit to a stylist for professional advice, says Scuoppo. It may be time to get a different hairstyle that will incorporate those fine hairs in the front. If you previously had long hair, or a layered cut with pieces that came down to the chin in the front, you may need to shorten that hair into long bangs that frame the face.

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Lagos State Government Says COVID-19 Vaccination Will Begin This Weekend

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced  that COVID-19 vaccination will be rolled out all across the state this weekend. The Governor also announced a steering committee has been set up for the deployment of the vaccine, and the distribution of the vaccine.

On Tuesday, March 9, 2021, Lagos State received the first consignment of 507,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the federal government.

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The Governor said:

“We have instituted a steering committee for the vaccine administration, which comprises health practitioners in the public and private sectors. They have designed a robust vaccine implementation strategy and they have identified various segments of our citizens who need to get first and in what order,” 

Of all the states in Nigeria, the nations commercial capital has been most hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, recording more cases and deaths than any other state in Nigeria.

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There Will Be No COVID Vaccination For People Under the age of 18 – FG

The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, and the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has said that Nigerians under the age of 18 years will not receive the COVID-19 vaccines.

The Federal Government has said it plans to cover 70 per cent of Nigerians within two years. Four million vaccines will be arriving Nigeria on Tuesday, according to the Health minister Mamora. The PTF has approved the TEACH strategy and the electronic management immunization system as the method for administering the COVID vaccines.

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The TEACH approach harnesses all the benefits of traditional, electronic, assisted and concomitant house-to-house registration to optimize the use of innovative technology. Mamora said that the TEACH approach entails traditional method of vaccinating target populations using desk review of available data sources, identifying the vaccination sites and roll out.

The health minister has also warned against private importation of vaccines and emphasized that only the approved health agencies had the right to administer and distribute this vaccines.

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