The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has solicited the support of the World Bank in establishing an effective medical emergency transportation network in rural communities.
Ehanire, who made the appeal in a statement issued by Mrs Enefaa Bob-Manuel, Head of Press and Public Relations of the ministry on Sunday, in Abuja, said this would help in addressing challenges of medical emergencies in Nigeria.
Bob-Manuel said the minister spoke when he received a World Bank team on mission for the Multi-phased Programmatic Approach (MPA): Improved Child Survival for Human Capital, Nigeria State Health Investment Project (NSHIP) and Polio.
He said plans were underway for the establishment of an emergency response outfit by the ministry to tackle emergency cases towards curbing preventable deaths due to abject poverty.
“There is need for collaboration and partnership to ensure the realisation and sustainability of this type of project, as it will go a long way in reducing the number of lives lost on daily basis, especially in rural areas,” he said.
Ehanire disclosed that a committee would be set up to work-out modalities for the establishment of the project.
He also commended the World Bank for its giant strides in delivering quality healthcare services in Nigeria, and urged it to do more to ensure the elimination and control of diseases in the country.
The minister assured the team of Federal Government’s readiness to do everything within its power to ensure that collaborations and partnerships were maintained for effective, result- oriented healthcare delivery.
Leader of the Team, Dr Wole Odutolu, intimated the minister with the progress report on World Bank health projects in Nigeria.
Odutolu congratulated the Federal Government on attainment of three years Polio-Free Status. (NAN)
Edited by Chioma Ugboma/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
Doctors map out measures to forestall litigations over management of patients’ ailments
In a bid to forestall litigations that may arise from the management of patients’ ailments, medical practitioners in Nigeria, have mapped out strategies to sensitise members.
Dr Ayokunmi Sowade, President, Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Ebute Meta chapter, made this known on Saturday in Lagos.
Sowade spoke on the sidelines of the first Scientific Conference of the association with the theme: “Health Practices and Medical Jurisprudence”.
She said that doctors had all concluded and agreed that it was better to stay in harmony with their patients than to resort to legal actions.
“In order to achieve this, doctors will ensure there is adequate communication in a language that their patients understand to avoid litigations against them,” Sowade said.
She said doctors had also made it a point of duty among members to “write down all discussions between them and their patients in black and white to ensure that they are free from legal action”.
Contributing, Dr Victor Fakunle, Vice President of ARD, said it was no longer news that there were many legal actions against doctors in Nigeria in the course of management of their patients.
Fakunle said that many patients were now aware of their rights, and often times, doctors found themselves in the court room answering questions about how they managed a patient.
He said that because of the numbers of litigations against many doctors nowadays, “we felt it’s time for us to sensitise them.”
According to him, this is to let them know what should be done for a patient, so that they won’t infringe on his rights in the course of caring for him.
“To avoid losing our hard earned licences in the course of trying to care for patients, we felt this is the time to bring up this kind of discussion to enlighten our doctors.
“This is to let them know how to manage a patient in order to prevent undue litigation,” he said.
Also, a Public Health Physician, Dr Deji Esan, said that there had been a lot of issues concerning healthcare, doctors, patients and generally, the whole public.
Esan said that theme of the conference was very important, because doctors had seen a lot of cases whereby the hospital was sued for act of negligence.
“This is why doctors should also be aware of the law and what they should do in trying to prevent legal actions.
“Also, the healthcare system in Nigeria is being over worked and doctors are humans.
“They also face the same challenges the society is facing: poor salaries, the economy and that is why we need an improved workforce in the country.
“Improved packages and salaries for doctors also; so they should be able to give their best, which makes the topic very apt,” he said.
Esan said that the topic was to help prevent legal actions in the health sector.
Edited by: Olagoke Olatoye
NMA lauds Gov. Ganduje for appointing 4 medical doctors as Commissioners
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has commended Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State for appointing four medical doctors in his cabinet as commissioners.
This was contained in a statement by Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to Ganduje and issued to newsmen in Kano on Friday.
According to Anwar, NMA President, Dr Francis Faduyile gave the commendation while presenting an Award of Excellence to Ganduje after the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the association tagged “Kano 2019”.
“Ganduje is an achiever in the overall health sector, who agrees to enlist the sector among key top most priority areas of his administration.
“Permit me to congratulate Kano state for its various positive contributions to commerce and agriculture in the country over the years, and the contributions of the he governor towards effective healthcare delivery in the state.
“I also want to congratulate the governor for appointing four medical doctors in his cabinet as commissioners. I believe our members will greatly contribute to the success of the administration,” faduyile said.
The NMA president, said part of the reasons for the special award to the governor, included his unflinching support and concern for the health care delivery system.
He also commended Ganduje for completing the Ultra Modern Specialist Hospitals of Khalifa Isyaku Rabiu Paediatric Hospital, Zoo road and Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Giginyu.
In his response, the governor appreciated the association for choosing Kano state to host the NEC meeting.
“We are doing our best to strengthen our health care delivery system in the state. That is why we allocated 16 per cent of our budget to the healthcare sector, “ Ganduje said.
Some of the dignitaries at the event were Dr Tanko Yusuf-Sununu, Chairman House Committee on Health, and Dr Nasir Gwarzo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health.
Edited by: Chioma Ugboma/Ali Baba-Inuwa
Aisha Buhari urges governors’ wives to advance community health
Aisha Buhari Foundation (ABF) under the aegis of Future Assured programme has urged wives of Governors to actively encourage community health in their respective states.
Buhari also urged them to encourage their husbands to invest more in health care services.
Mrs Buhari said that upgrading community health would ensure better healthcare in facilities, adding that her outreach programmes were aligned with her vision of assuring health and well-being of communities in the country.
She said that food items and packs of provisions presented at Mile Four Maternity Hospital and Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital (AE-FETH) both in Abakaliki were for patients at the hospitals as part of the foundation’s vision of support.
“It gives me pleasure to be in Ebonyi for a mercy mission outreach organised by Aisha Buhari Foundation under the future assured programme as a gift for the benefit of people in the hospital.
“I call on governors’ wives to promote community health in their respective states for better life and well-being of people,” Mrs Buhari said.
She, however, commended Gov. David Umahi on the attention being given to health care in the state and his wife for being a pillar of support for the women.
Hajiya Mariam Hadi, leader of the delegation appreciated the hospitality witnessed in the state while she commended the numerous achievements made in the state.
Mrs Rachael Umahi, while commending the delegation and the kind gesture from the Buhari Foundation, expressed satisfaction with her encouragements to the state that had been regular.
“I am delighted over your frequent support given to patients in the state and assure more upgrade in healthcare services, ” Umahi said
Dr Emeka Ogah, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of AE-FETH, said the governor and wife had been supportive in offsetting medical bills of indigent patients as well as procurement of equipments and vehicles for the hospital.
Ogah who was represented by the Chairman, Medical Advisory Council (CMAC) of AE-FETH, Dr Robinson Onoh, said the visit of the foundation was unique as it aimed at giving attention to patients in the state.
“For us, the visit to the hospital and gift to patients is unique. We appreciate her coming and support,” Ogah said.
The Hospital Administrator of the Mile Four Maternity Hospital, Sister Charity Munonye, commended the advocacy of the foundation and its support.
Munonye explained that since 1946 the hospital had been focused mainly on health care of mothers’ and children’s well-being and other services rendered for humanity.
She also applauded numerous supports from the governor’s wife project, Family Succour and Upliftment Foundation, in upgrading and advancing the well-being of people in the state.
“We have been looking forward to her coming because she has been coming to the hospital with support,” Munonye said.
Edited by: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu
Abia Assembly pledges legislative support to universal health coverage
The Abia House of Assembly has expressed its readiness to ensure that the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) becomes functional in the state through effective legislation.
Mr Stanley Nwabuisi, Chairman, House Committee on Health and Women Affairs, made the assertion on Friday at a press conference held at the assembly complex in Umuahia to commemorate the 2019 Universal Health Coverage Day.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the event, which is celebrated annually on December 12, aims to raise awareness on the need for strong and resilient health system and universal health coverage with multi-stakeholder partners.
He said that the universal health coverage would help to ensure that people had access to health care they needed without suffering financial hardship.
Nwabuisi, who described health as a foundational investment in human capital and economic growth, pledged the Seventh Assembly’s resolve to ensure the success of UHC in the state through its legislation and oversight.
The lawmaker, representing Ikwuano State Constituency, said the house was committed to performing its statutory responsibility by creating a strong enabling regulatory and legal environment responsive to people’s needs.
Also, the House Committee Chairman on Appropriation, Mr Kennedy Njoku, described the issue of health as very important, not only to the state but the entire nation.
Njoku gave the assurance that his committee would give priority attention to the health sector with respect to funding during the consideration of the 2020 Appropriation Bill.
Earlier, Mr Sebastine Ikejide, the Team Leader of Health Policy Plus in Abia, said that their mandate was to support the state government to carry out the necessary reforms in the health sector to the hinterlands.
(Edited by: Chidi Opara/Sam Oditah)
NYSC to consider amputee member for Presidential Award
Ibrahim disclosed this on Friday when he led other officials of the NYSC to visit the corps member, Mr Nuruddeen Tahir at his family house in Gwarzo in Kano state.
According to him, the award will give the corps member the opportunity to get automatic employment with Federal Government.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Tahir was involved in an auto crash on his way back home after the 2019 Batch B stream ll orientation course in Taraba resulting in the amputation of his right arm.
Tahir had ealier lost his left arm to a grinding machine at the age of 16.
The DG said that the NYSC had also paid N32 million to provide artificial limbs for the corps member.
He added that the artificial limps would enable him do things like writing and lifting of objects without problem.
Also speaking, the father of the 27 year old corps member, Alhaji Dahiru Dalhatu expressed gratitude for the gesture.
Dalhatu also commended the NYSC for paying for the replacement of his son’s limbs.
NAN further reports that the doctor who was expected to administer the limbs, Dr Rufus Arumugam, said an order had already been placed for the artificial limbs in Scotland.
Arumugam added that the limbs would be delivered in a few days.
According to him, the limbs would come with remote control which would be used to move the hands based on what actions the patient wants to perform.
Edited by: Dorcas Jonah/Ali Baba-Inuwa
Psychiatrist suggests measures to reduce stress, depression, suicide
A Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Olurotimi Coker, on Friday called on Nigerians and the Federal Government to adopt measures to reduce stress and depression to avoid suicides and other outcomes.
“There is the need for Nigeria to pay more attention to mental health through a signed bill; the mental health budget should also be increased.
“Adequate medication, as well as family, psychological, financial and environmental support should also be in place, because these are pathways to recovery for every individual with mental challenge.
“Again, measures for psychological first aid, as advocated by the World Health Organisation, should be in place,” Coker, who works at the Lagos State University College of Medicine, said in Lagos.
The medical expert spoke with the Nigeria News Agency.
He said that there was the need for the Federal Government to provide more social amenities to reduce stress and depression among Nigerians.
According to him, suicide and other outcomes of mental ill-health are in the increase among Nigerians.
Coker said that Nigerians were facing some socioeconomic challenges that included business failures, high cost of living, poverty and lack of basic amenities.
“This is taking a toll on the mental health of Nigerians; it makes people vulnerable to suicidal tendencies, aggression, violence, indiscipline, corruption and other anti-social behaviours.
“The statistics may not be there, but by observations, people are bottling up their emotions and challenges instead of speaking out.
“There is need for people to speak out; let us not be intimidated and bottle up our anxieties, challenges and frustrations.
“We should learn to share our worries, speak out and seek help, because a problem shared is half-solved,” he advised.
The psychiatrist also said that there was the need to identify individual stressors to deal with among the day-to-day stressors of life, adding that it was important for people to engage in activities that would modulate stress.
“These positive activities include exercise, sporting activities, acquiring additional skills, hobbies such as dancing, gardening, music, reading, story-telling and going on vacations,” he said.
Coker said that the first line for depression management would be therapy and counselling from family members, friends, religious leaders and medical experts.
According to him, an individual should not to wait until he or she is battered, injured or gets nearer to committing suicide, before seeking help.
Edited by: Victor Asije/Ijeoma Popoola
NGO calls for a youth-centred drug policy
Youth Initiative for Drug Research Information Support and Education (YouthRISE) Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation, has called for a youth- centred drug policy to address the rate of illicit substance use in Nigeria.
Mr Adeolu Ogunrombi, Project Coordinator of the organisation, said this on the sideline of a one day national symposium and open house event in Abuja.
The event was organised in collaboration with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, PITCH and Open Society Foundation.
The theme for the event is ‘Drug Control Beyond the Rhetoric: Focusing on What Works’.
Ogunrombi said that an effective drug policy must be youth-centred as the effect of any policy adopted by a country directly affects the youth.
He added that the tagging of young people who used drugs by the law as “criminals is inappropriate.
“The current drug law does not make a clear distinction between a person who is involved in the use of drugs and those involved in trafficking.
“The incessant arrests and incarceration of young people who use drugs, by the police under guise of drug control often result in recidivism, extortion and series of human rights violation.
“Stigma and discrimination against young people who use drugs is causing more harm than good.
“This is one of the reason why some youths are sent out of their homes by family members who cannot bear the stigma.
“The drug laws in the country are those developed mainly to counter drug trafficking and diversion of controlled drugs.
“The development of the laws can be said to be reactive rather than being proactive taking into account the realities of the issue and how it affects the growing population.
“There is therefore need for young people and political leaders to reform these laws for an effective drug control response in the country,” he said.
Edited by: Kayode Olaitan
NYSC partners FRSC to protect corps members
The Ondo State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Rotimi Adeleye, has said that the FRSC has received marching orders to protect corps members nationwide.
According to the commander, the directive came from the Corps Marshall, Boboye Oyeyemi, after he met with the Director-General of the scheme, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the NYSC director-general had visited Oyeyemi to solicit for assistance to curb unnecessary journeys embarked upon by corps members.
The visit was also aimed at mapping out strategies to end persistent accidents that had claimed the lives of some corps members.
Oyeyemi promised to visit the camp before the end of the ongoing orientation course, to sensitise corps members on the need to resist the urge to embark on unnecessary journeys.
The FRSC sector commander said that he had briefed his men to ensure that all corps members in the state were adequately monitored to ensure that no life was lost during the festive season and beyond.
He appealed to the NYSC coordinator to encourage the corps members to join first responders’ team so as to immediately report any untoward occurrence that could threaten human lives.
“I want to appeal to you to encourage your corps members to act as first responders immediately there is any traffic gridlock or accident.
“The NYSC management is worried that some of our children, who are serving the nation, are losing their precious lives to road traffic accidents, which could be averted,” he said.
Earlier, Akpabio had said that NYSC management had resolved to make the relationship between the two federal agencies more robust so as to achieve no loss of corps members’ lives.
Akpabio thanked the FRSC for the roles it had been playing in ensuring that corps members serving in the state received priority attention always.
The state coordinator promised to mobilise her field officers to address corps members during their weekly community development meetings not to travel late in the evening or overnight.
She urged the FRSC to always liaise with the various road transport unions to assist corps members navigate the state rather than extort them.
“I want to enjoin you to encourage the transport unions not to take advantage of the corps members serving in the state to extort them, as majority of them are visiting this part of the country for the first time,” she said.
Akpabio stressed that the scheme would be grateful to the FRSC if it could enforce night travel ban on corps members and apprehend the recalcitrant ones.
NAN recalls that the NYSC had expressed concern over the rate at which corps members were losing their lives during needless trips.
Edited by: Emmanuel Okara and
HIV: NGO to capture, place 22,000 persons on drugs in Nasarawa
An NGO and an Implementing Partner (IP) for programmes — Achieving Health
Nigeria Initiative (AHNi) — on Friday, announced plan to capture and place 22,000 unidentified persons living with HIV on drugs in Nasarawa State.
The group made this known at the end of a five-day workshop in Akwanga, Nasarawa State, to develop 2020 Annual Operational Plan on AIDS
and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD).
Nigeria News Agency reports that AHNi is one of the IPs supporting the fight against the spread of in the state.
It is an indigenous non-profit affiliate organisation of Family Health International (FHI 360), registered in Nigeria in 2009. It
aims to provide technical assistance to the government and people of Nigeria in the implementation of public health and
Dr Terfa Kene, the Institutional Capacity Strengthening Adviser of AHNi in charge of North-Central, said the group
was working to identity the 22,000 persons living with the virus but failed to avail themselves for testing.
He added that once such persons were identified, tested and placed on drugs, it would go a long way in stopping the spread of the scourge.
He said “if we are able to stop the spread, it means that we are moving toward achieving zero per cent spread.”
Kene, therefore, appealed to those who knew their status to come out to access drugs and desist from self inflicted stigmatisation.
He also appealed to the public, especially health personnel, to avoid disclosing peoples’ status to the public.
Mr Olukunle Daramola, the Zonal Team Leader of AHNi North-Central, said the workshop was aimed at developing the
2020 plan to tackle HIV scourge in Nasarawa State.
He said that with the strategic plan for 2020, areas of challenges and difficult terrains that needed more attention would be given
priority “to see that HIV is eventually tackled in the state.
“With this, we will know where to intervene more through sensitisation, drugs and partnership with other stakeholders toward
ending the spread of HIV in the state and even beyond.
The Nasarawa State Commissioner for Health, Ahmed Yahaya, had at the opening ceremony of the workshop announced that
government would boost the fight with N1.8 billion.
Edited by: Abdullahi Mohammed/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
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