NMA Takes Measures Against Illegal Medical Centre

Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Ekiti State chapter, has taken steps to clamp down on illegal medical centres and fake doctors.

The Association on Sunday signed a pact with the state government for the introduction of accreditation of health facilities.

Dr Sunday Omoya, the NMA Chairman, said on Sunday at the end of the 2017 Physicians’ Week and Ordinary General Meeting of the medical body.

He said the medical body regretted the activities of some unregistered medical practitioners in the state.

He added that such activities had been affecting medical practice and denting the image of members, saying “this must stop in the overall interest of health security of residents of the state.”

He commended the Gov. Ayo Fayose-led state government for implementing Consolidated Medical Salary Scale (CONMESS) for all categories of doctors in the state, noting however that the policy had not been beneficial, owing to the six months salary owed doctors.

Omoya said a total of 300 people were offered free medical treatment by doctors at Ipole Iloro in Ekiti West Local Government Area during the 2017 Physicians’ Week.

He added that NMA held medical education for rural dwellers on dieting, hypertension, HIV/AIDS and other ailments ravaging the people at the grassroots.

He urged the government to pay members’ salaries and fund health institutions, particularly the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital(EKSUTH), to improve healthcare delivery in the state.

He noted that “we have set up a committee to look into the issue of quackery’’.

We reached an agreement with state government on accreditation and re-registration of all health facilities in Ekiti.

“We are looking into the genuineness of health facilities to know if they go beyond the scope for which they are registered.“If a facility is registered as a maternity or clinic or hospital, it can’t go beyond that scope but in Ekiti, some maternity homes are performing surgeries and this is wrong and dangerous.

“Defaulting facilities will be shut and the owners prosecuted accordingly.”

He commended the state government for being among the five states that met 70% benchmark in immunisation coverage.

On the issue of non-payment of salaries, Omoya said: “We are pleading that even if all the arrears won’t be paid, the government should bring us as per with our colleagues in civil service.

“As we speak now, we are owing government six months salary, while civil servants are owed five months and this is demoralizing doctors in health institutions.” (NAN)

Obaseki Awards Contract To Build General Hospital In Uhunmwode

The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has disclosed that contract for the construction of a General Hospital in Uhunmwode Local Government Area has been awarded to address the healthcare need of people in the local council.

Obaseki disclosed this while speaking with members of the All Progressives Party (APC) at Ehor, the administrative headquarters of Uhunmwode Local Government Area, in continuation of his thank-you-visit to the state’s 18 Local Government Areas.

He explained that his administration has completed the design of a General Hospital to be sited in the council and the contract for the construction of the hospital has been awarded by the state government.

He added that statistics have shown that Uhunmwode Local Government Area ranks poorly in major indices of development, promising to change the narrative.

“I am not happy with the level of progress recorded in Uhunmwode Local Government Area. An area with the largest land mass in the state should be assisted in developing basic infrastructure,” he said.

The governor also promised to provide communities within the council electricity as well as potable water, assuring the people that they would benefit from efforts to attract investors from Indonesia and Malaysia to develop oil palm plantations in the council.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Basic Education and Sole Administrator of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Joan Osa Oviawe and the Commissioner for Health, Hon. Dr. David Osifo, who both hail from the local government, were on ground to receive the governor.

The State APC Chairman, Barr. Anslem Ojezua, commended the members of the party for their support and vote during the last gubernatorial election and promised that the local government would reap the full dividends of democracy as the governor is determined in ensuring that all parts of the state are developed.

The APC Chairman in Uhunmwode Local Government Area, Hon. Harrison Oyegue, praised the governor for the developmental strides in roads and other infrastructural development in the state. He assured the governor of the people’s continued support.

LASUTH, Vision Care Commence Free Surgery For Cataract Patients

Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, in collaboration with a South Korean health provider ‘Vision Care’ had commenced free surgical intervention for indigent patients with cataract eye defect.

Speaking at a Press Conference at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital LASUTH, the Chief Medical Director of the Hospital, Prof. Wale Oke described the collaboration as very beneficial to patients who are suffering from cataract and glaucoma in their early stages.

He disclosed that the South Korean group has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) to undertake free treatment of cataract and make the intervention more regular.

“This partnership is no doubt a beneficial one. LASUTH has made it an annual mission to reach out to those who are really suffering from cataract glaucoma in their early stages before they become complicated and more difficult to handle” Oke stated.

He commended the magnanimity of the group from South Korea for their interest in Lagos State and particularly LASUTH, saying that their undying commitment to restore vision to people who cannot afford the cost of the surgery will go a long way in bringing succour to the beneficiaries.

He added that the Hospital has over the years been exploring both local and international windows in its quest to make health care delivery more accessible to the people of the State and also upscale the health status of Lagosians who have financial constraints through creative innovations and meaningful collaborations with relevant stakeholders.

The delegates from the South Korea led by the country’s Consul-General, Mr. Lee Young Hwan and Team Manager of Vision Care, Mr. Song Daeyong expressed delight in the working relationship with the medical personnel of LASUTH, noting that the ambience provided by the hospital made the team to choose it as the preferred place for the medical intervention.

While informing that Vision Care is visiting the hospital the third time, Daeyoung maintained that the team would also provide training to medical personnel of LASUTH before their departure.

“We will also seek better ways of providing services through a transfer of skills to LASUTH doctors on the treatment and surgery of cataract”, he stated.

He averred that apart from the surgical operations, drugs would also be provided for the patients depending on their needs while LASUTH would follow-up on the patients as well as monitor the improvement in their health status afterwards.

The Head of the Department of LASUTH Eye Clinic, Dr. Modupe Idris said that the hospital has put in place necessary technical and personnel support to make the surgery a hitch-free experience to all the beneficiaries.

She said that the Vision Care team is expected to perform the free surgical operation on 100 cataract patients for a start, adding that the number could be exceeded based on needs and capacity of the group.

“As the leader of the vision care said, it is our hope that this partnership would help initiate a technical transfer of knowledge to the hospital and provide support to people living with cataract in Nigeria such that when the expatriates from Korea return to their country, our doctors will continue with the process”, Dr. Idris reiterated.

WHO Sacks Mugabe As Ambassador

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been removed as a goodwill ambassador, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Sunday following outrage among Western donors and rights groups at the appointment.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus named Mugabe to the largely ceremonial post at a meeting on chronic diseases attended by both men in Uruguay on Wednesday.

At the time, Tedros praised Zimbabwe as “a country that places universal health coverage and health promotion at the centre of its policies to provide healthcare to all”.

But Tedros said in a statement that he had listened to those expressing concerns and heard the “different issues” raised.

“Over the last few days, I have reflected on my appointment of H.E. President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs (non-communicable diseases) in Africa.

”As a result I have decided to rescind the appointment,” Tedros said.

The decision had been taken after consultation with the Harare government and was “in the best interests of the World Health Organisation”, he said.

Jeremy Farrar, a global health specialist and director of the Wellcome Trust charity and the NCD alliance, representing health groups combating chronic diseases, welcomed the reversal.

“Dr Tedros deserves all our support to ensure he and WHO build a global health movement that is inclusive and works to improve health for everyone,” Farrar said in a statement.

Zimbabwean Member of Parliament Psychology Maziwisa, of Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF party, tweeted.

The tweet said:“A very, very disappointing decision by WHO but not an entirely unexpected one, given the well-known political position of its donors on ZW.”

Several former and current WHO staff had said privately they were appalled at the “poor judgement” and “miscalculation” by Tedros, elected the first African head of WHO in May.

Mugabe was head of the African Union when the bloc endorsed Tedros – a former health and foreign minister of Ethiopia – over other African candidates for the top post, without any real regional contest, they said.

Mugabe, 93, is blamed in the West for destroying Zimbabwe’s economy and numerous human rights abuses during his 37 years leading the country as either president or prime minister.

Britain had said Mugabe’s appointment as a goodwill ambassador was “surprising and disappointing” and that it risked overshadowing the WHO’s global work.

The United States, which has imposed sanctions on Mugabe for alleged human rights violations, also voiced disappointment.

“He (Tedros) has to remember where his funding comes from,” said one health official who declined to be identified.

The Trump administration, which is already questioning financial support for some United Nations agencies, is WHO’s largest single donor.

WHO is struggling to recover a reputation tarnished by its slowness in tackling the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa from 2014-2015 under Tedros’ predecessor Margaret Chan.

The agency is grappling with a massive cholera outbreak in Yemen that has infected some 800,000 people in the past year and a plague outbreak in Madagascar that has killed nearly 100 in two months.

Monkey Pox: Imo Is In God’s Hands – Okorocha

Because Imo State is in the hands of God, the Monkey Pox virus will never come close.
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State stated this in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo where he debunked claims that the virus was in the state.

The virus which started from Bayelsa State has spread to six other states viz a viz: Rivers, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Ogun and Cross River.
Okorocha said, “The attention of the Imo State government has been drawn to the wicked and unfounded rumor being spread by the wicked ones over the monkey pox virus which created undue anxiety in Owerri, the state capital especially among some parents, on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

“The state government wants to inform Imo people in particular and the general public that the monkey pox virus is not in Imo and will never be in Imo in Jesus Name.
“The federal Government has named few states that have had one or two cases and the states that should be monitored closely and Imo State is not among any of the groups. So these wicked rumor mongers in the state will surely reap the ugly fruits of their ugly acts.

“Again, no child or pupil or student has been immunized or is being immunized as part of the rumour had carried, because there is no need for such action.
“However, the government is on the alert and will take the necessary action if the need arises and Imo people will duly be informed. But for now, there is no cause for any alarm. Imo is in the hands of God.”

Pollution Causes One In Six Deaths - Report

Pollution has been linked to nine million deaths worldwide in 2015, a report in The Lancet has found.

Almost all of these deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries, where pollution could account for up to a quarter of deaths. Bangladesh and Somalia were the worst affected.

Air pollution had the biggest impact, accounting for two-thirds of deaths from pollution.

Brunei and Sweden had the lowest numbers of pollution-related deaths.

Most of these deaths were caused by non-infectious diseases linked to pollution, such as heart disease, stroke and lung cancer.

"Pollution is much more than an environmental challenge - it is a profound and pervasive threat that affects many aspects of human health and wellbeing," said the study's author, Prof Philip Landrigan, of the Icahn School of Medicine, at Mount Sinai in New York.

The biggest risk factor, air pollution, contributed to 6.5 million premature deaths. This included pollution from outdoor sources, such as gases, and in households, such as burning wood or charcoal indoors.

The next largest risk factor, water pollution, accounted for 1.8 million deaths, while pollution in the workplace was linked to 800,000 deaths globally.

About 92% of these deaths occurred in poorer countries, with the greatest impact felt in places undergoing rapid economic development such as India, which had the fifth highest level of pollution deaths, and China, which had the 16th

In the UK, about 8% or 50,000 deaths are estimated to be linked to pollution. This puts the UK in 55th place out of the 188 countries measured, placing them behind the US and many European countries, including Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Denmark.

Dr Penny Woods, of the British Lung Foundation, said: "Air pollution is reaching crisis point worldwide, and the UK is faring worse than many countries in Western Europe and the US.

"A contributing factor could be our dependence on diesel vehicles, notorious for pumping out a higher amount of poisonous particles and gases.

"These hit people with a lung condition, children and the elderly hardest."

In the United States, more than 5.8% - or 155,000 - deaths could be linked to pollution.

The authors said air pollution affected the poor disproportionately, including those in poor countries as well as poor people in wealthy countries.

Study author Karti Sandilya, from Pure Earth, a non-governmental organisation, said: "Pollution, poverty, poor health, and social injustice are deeply intertwined.

"Pollution threatens fundamental human rights, such as the right to life, health, wellbeing, safe work, as well as protections of children and the most vulnerable."

The results were the product of a two-year project. The authors have published an interactive map illustrating their data.


Monkey Pox: Residents Reject Polio Vaccines

Some residents of Gwagwalada Area Council, have prevented their children from receiving polio vaccine being administered on children in the ongoing immunisation in the FCT.

A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who monitored the exercise on Tuesday in Gwagwalada, reports that some parents prevented health workers from immunising their children.

They cited the outbreak of Monkey pox in some states as their reason for preventing their children from receiving the polio vaccine.

One of the parents, Mrs Mariamu Alli, said she was not disposed to granting access to health workers to vaccinate her children due to the rumour about the outbreak of monkey pox.

The rumour in town is getting us scared; we don’t want to take any chances,’’ she said.

Mrs Oluwadera Wisdom said that though her children had received polio vaccine in the past, the news about the outbreak of Monkey pox was scaring her from presenting her children for immunisation.

However Mrs Ezeonu Chizaram, who dismissed the outbreak of monkey pox as rumour, allowed health workers to vaccinate her children.

“This vaccine is for our children and the government has spent a lot of money to make it available.

“People are rejecting the vaccine out of ignorance,’’ she added.

Reacting to the development, Dr Adeyemi Adeniran the council’s Head of Health and Human Services department, told NAN that the vaccine was essentially meant to eradicate polio.

“This is not a vaccine to reduce the number of a certain sex in the society, but to eradicate polio.

“By our status we shouldn’t be among countries with polio,’’ Adeniran said.

On his part, the Supervisory Councillor for Health, Alhaji Usman Noma, promised that the council would continue to sensitise parents on the importance government attached to immunisation.

“The vaccine will help in eradicating polio from the society.

“The rumour is wrong and it will not help our children. That is why we are out to talk to our people not to reject the vaccine”, he said.

NUC Approves Rivers State University Medical College

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the establishment of a Medical College at the Rivers State University.

This approval will lead to the full training of Medical Doctors and other health professionals at the Rivers State University, which is one of the major campaign promises of Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.

Commenting on the approval of the setting up of the Medical College at the Rivers State University, Governor Wike reiterated the commitment of his administration to the training of high class medical professionals at the state-owned university.

The governor said that his determined investments in the construction and equipping of the College of Medical Sciences at the Rivers State University stems from the fact that more Rivers people need to have access to specialised education.

" For close to four decades, the then Rivers State University of Science and Technology never had no College of Medical Sciences. The immediate past administration frustrated efforts to establish one at the institution.

"We have ensured that this is a dream come true for the people of Rivers State. We will ensure that this College of Medical Sciences grows to be one of the best in the country, " Governor Wike said.

He stated that his administration will continue to invest in education as it is a tool for poverty eradication.

It will be recalled that for all the years that the University of Port Harcourt existed , it never had a Faculty of Law until Governor Wike as Supervising Minister of Education approved the setting up of a Faculty of Law at the Federal University.

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