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Day: May 24, 2018

#JOHESUStrike2018: NMA Accuses JOHESU Members of Harassing Doctors at OAUTHC

#JOHESUStrike2018: NMA Accuses JOHESU Members of Harassing Doctors at OAUTHC

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The Nigeria Medial Association (NMA), Osun State branch has accused members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) of harassing medical doctors who were doing their jobs at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife, Osun State. Addressing a press conference at the NMA Secretariat in Osogbo, the state capital, the Chairman of the association, Dr Tokunbo Olajumoke said the doctors were ready to work and provide proper healthcare services to patients and cautioned the striking JOHESU members to desist from intimidating doctors. Olajumoke said the JOHESU members were violent in the manner they were going about their strike as they were desperate to create the impression that it was impossible for the hospital to exist without them. He lamented that the...
#Codeine: Lagos State Targets Mental Health Law, Parenting

#Codeine: Lagos State Targets Mental Health Law, Parenting

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In order to effectively tackle drug abuse including that of codeine in the country, the Commissioner for Health in Lagos State, Dr. Jide Idris said the Mental Health Law that would address the menace in Lagos would soon be passed into law. The law, which has gone through the Second Reading was however still in the process of becoming a legal document, said Segun Olulade, chairman of the House Committee in Lagos State House of Assembly, However, while the state is still awaiting the passage of the Bill, Idris has urged parents and guardians to establish close relationship with their children and wards to enable them monitor the children with a view to notice change in their behaviour and attitude. According to Idris, it has become necessary for parents and guardians to uphold uprig...
Survey Rates Nigeria Health Care Performance Low

Survey Rates Nigeria Health Care Performance Low

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For Nigerians to enjoy better healthcare delivery, government at all levels have been urged to ensure improved access to facilities at the primary healthcare level by the citizens. A global leader in the health technology, Royal Philips, made the appeal recently in Lagos during the unveiling of a survey, which indicated that 36 per cent of Nigerians believe that their healthcare needs were being met by the current country’s health system. However, the survey, noted that tracking health indicators and wide spread information about health, nutrition and fitness, were key factors that would drive effective healthcare delivery in Nigeria. Submission by over 500 Nigerians interviewed in the survey, indicated “that though 52 per cent Nigerians believe in current healthcare system, only 36
Fact Check: Health Minister Quotes Outdated WHO Statistics on Tuberculosis

Fact Check: Health Minister Quotes Outdated WHO Statistics on Tuberculosis

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A claim made by the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, on tuberculosis infection in Nigeria has been faulted by a nongovernmental organisation that holds public figures accountable. The NGO, Africa Check, in a release on Wednesday, quoted the minister as saying sometime in March that “Nigeria ranks fourth among the 30 highest TB burden countries in the world and first in Africa.” Ehanire, at the commissioning of some projects at the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Training Centre, Zaria, Kaduna State in March, had reportedly remarked that there were an estimated 10.4 million cases of TB worldwide, with Nigeria allegedly among the six countries accounting for 60 per cent of new cases globally. The minister was quoted to have said: “TB is today still a serious public heal
It’s Very Easy to Hack into Nigerian Banks – Medical Doctor Turned Cyber Criminal

It’s Very Easy to Hack into Nigerian Banks – Medical Doctor Turned Cyber Criminal

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A hacker, Michael Williams, 28, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly defrauding a car dealer, Abiogun Adewale, of N28m. He was said to have paid the sum for a Porsche car through a fake electronic transfer. The suspect, who was arrested in the Lekki area of Lagos, was paraded at the command headquarters, Ikeja, on Monday by the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi. Imohimi said the police received a petition against the suspect, who he described as a “professional hacker.” He said, “My office received a complaint that there is a syndicate that buys exotic cars and configures a computer programme that sends a fake payment alert to the seller. “The seller, upon receiving this alert, verifies the alert either through ATM or through Internet banking and
NMA Accuses JOHESU of Sabotage over Lingering Strike

NMA Accuses JOHESU of Sabotage over Lingering Strike

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The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has accused the members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) of sabotage and fabricating stories making outrageous demands from the Federal Government. The NMA is blaming the JOHESU on why the industrial action embarked upon has continued to linger on. According to the NMA, the strike situation has affected health services in some government hospitals across the country. At this news conference in Abuja, members of the NMA described the industrial action as an act targeted at them. The association insisted that the crux of the matter is agitations for equal pay with the medical doctors, an allegation that JOHESU leadership denies. The striking health workers resumed negotiations with the Federal Government on Tuesday behind closed doors. How...
Ten Secrets that Community Pharmacists should Know

Ten Secrets that Community Pharmacists should Know

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Some pharmacists are successful while others are struggling. Here are ten secrets that every community pharmacists should know so that they belong to the former group rather than the later. 1. THEY HAVE AN S.O.P – They all have a standard operating procedure that guides how things are done. This means the MD does not have to be there for things to be moving fine. They also enforce their SOP. It is not just a piece of document but a working document that stipulates how things must be done whether the MD is there or not. People are sanctioned for not following their SOP. SOP ensures that a culture is built in an organisation and it is the culture of an organisation that drives its success. 2. A PHARMACIST IS ALWAYS ON DUTY – What the big guys have discovered is that it is the pre
11-Year-Old Pupil Hospitalised After Drinking Tramadol-Laced Energy Drink

11-Year-Old Pupil Hospitalised After Drinking Tramadol-Laced Energy Drink

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An 11-year old pupil of St. Anne’s Anglican Primary School at Ashtown in Kumasi, Ghana, is currently on medication after his classmates lured him into consuming energy drink laced with six 120-milligram Tramadol tablets. Doctors at a private clinic are still monitoring the victim, who has been treated and discharged. Some Primary Six pupils of the St. Anne’s Anglican Primary School, according to Citi News investigations, have been abusing Tramadol. They are fond of dissolving the tablets in energy drinks to boost their performance for sporting events, especially football. The class six pupil’s ordeal occurred on Friday, May 18, 2018. He was quickly rushed to a nearby clinic when he showed signs of drowsiness, coupled with some unusual behaviour. The victim, who narrated his ordeal to
Developing HIV Vaccine Feasible in Near Future, Says NACA

Developing HIV Vaccine Feasible in Near Future, Says NACA

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* Nigeria may continue to record cases of Lassa fever, says NCDC The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has said that although progress in Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) vaccine development by the scientific community continues to raise hope that one day this feat will be achieved, a lot of work is still required. Director General of NACA, Dr. Sani Aliyu, said he is optimistic that developing a HIV vaccine is feasible in the not-too-distant future, and called for renewed commitment by all stakeholders to make this feat happen. “As we mark World HIV Vaccine Day, I call for a renewed commitment from all stakeholders to push for the realization of the production of this much needed vaccine.” Aliyu as part of activities to mark the 21st anniversary of global efforts t
Group Asks Court to Jail JOHESU Officials for Failing to Suspend Strike

Group Asks Court to Jail JOHESU Officials for Failing to Suspend Strike

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The incorporated trustees of Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International on Wednesday made true its threat to commence contempt suit against top officials of the Joint Health Sector Union for allegedly disobeying an order of the court directing them to suspend their ongoing strike. A contempt suit prescribes imprisonment as penalty for disobedience to a court order. The President of the National Industrial Court, Justice Babatunde Adejumo, had in the Abuja Division of the court on May 17, 2018, granted KFHRI’s ex parte application by ordering the principal officers and representatives of JOHESU to suspend the strike within 24 hours. The strike which commenced on April 17, 2018, paralysing health institutions across the country is now about five weeks. KFHRI, through its lawyer, Mr. O
#EbolaWatch: 3 Ebola Patients Taken Away From Hospital To Church For Prayers in Congo

#EbolaWatch: 3 Ebola Patients Taken Away From Hospital To Church For Prayers in Congo

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Three Ebola patients left a treatment centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo after their families demanded to take them to church, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Two of the patients later died, while the third returned to the centre in the city of Mbandaka. This presents a new challenge for health workers battling to stop the spread of the contagious disease, says the BBC's Anne Soy in DR Congo. Health officials fear it could spread rapidly in Mbandaka, a densely populated city of one million. The WHO says 58 cases of Ebola have been recorded since the outbreak was declared on 8 May. There have been 27 deaths so far, with three deaths confirmed as Ebola. How did the patients leave? The patients' relatives came to the centre, which is run by medical aid agency ...
Health Workers Demand Sack of Health Minister

Health Workers Demand Sack of Health Minister

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The Medical Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) have called for the sack of the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole over the lingering strike in the health sector. This call was made on Wednesday in Gombe, by the General Secretary of the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals, Comrade Obisesan Oluwatuyi, after a meeting with members of the association.   He said the minister lacks the capacity to handle the affairs of the ministry and become impediment to resolving the crisis in the health sector.   Comrade Oluwatuyi said Professor Adewole who happened to be a Medical Doctor is fueling the strike action, “he operates with sentiment and his focus is to favour Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) than any other health union. He said they would continue with