Kwara launches “Harmonised Primary Health Care Campaigns” across 16 LGAs



The Kwara Government on Monday launched the “Harmonised Primary Healthcare Campaigns” on series of health interventions aimed at reducing maternal and child mortality across the state.

Mrs Olufoluke AbdulRazaq, the Wife of Kwara Governor said the launch would usher in another round of health intervention packages to take-off on Nov.16.

She said that this round of intervention programmes include campaigns against measles and meningitis for children of  nine months to five years.

According to her, these diseases are generally acclaimed to be among the leading causes of severe illness and deaths among the target population.

“The Maternal and Child Health Week is a week set aside to deliver high impact, low cost but life-saving interventions to women and children.

“This will be observed finally with the last round of the sub-National Immunisations Plus Days (SIPDs) for vaccinating all children below the age of five years to protect them against the paralytic polio disease,” she said.

Abdulrazak said that another round of Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week that would afford mothers and caregivers opportunity of packages of interventions free of charge in all health facilities would soon take off across the state.

Dr Rhoda Ajiboye, the Permanent Secretary, Kwara Ministry of Health said that the state government had provided the requisite leadership and ownership in the state health sector.

Ajiboye said that this had propelled the ministry to ensure quality health services was made available and accessible to all people in the state.

According to her, the foundation for the Isolation and Disease Control Centre in Sobi Specialist Hospital was laid on Nov. 11.

She said that the facility would be an observation unit for  treatment of infected patients during disease outbreaks.

Dr Abimbola Folorunso, the Executive Secretary, Primary Health Care Development Agency, Kwara Ministry of Health said that the state had earlier in the year contended with polio virus as eight children were paralysed from the disease.

Folorunso said that efforts were already in place to continue fighting the disease by penetrating into hinterlands to get to people in remote areas of the state.

She said that some settlements were yet to see any health interventions for the past five years, adding that the state government intervention was now yielding positive result.

Folorunso said that the intervention programmes would  include vaccines for measles, prevention of anaemia for pregnant women and anti-malaria drugs among others.

Edited by Grace Yussuf


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


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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


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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.

Wife of the President made the call in her speech, read by Hajiya Bilkisu Halilu, on Friday in Abakaliki during her visit to the state for a mission outreach organised by the foundation.

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


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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)


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NYSC to consider amputee member for Presidential Award



The Director General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim says the scheme may consider a serving corps member who lost his limb 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


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