The Senate has intervened in the ongoing industrial action embarked upon by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), in a bid to end the strike and make the nation’s hospitals functional once again. The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, after a meeting with the leadership of JOHESU yesterday (Thursday) where he listened to their grievances and demands, today (Friday) met with the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, to hear their own side of the issue. While meeting with the JOHESU leadership led by its Chairman, Comrade Biobelemonye Joseph, the President of the Senate, had pledged that the Senate would ensure that the right thing is done to
Doctors abandoned to run hospitals in wake of ongoing strike by health workers have accused members of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) of frustrating their attempts to function during the strike. Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) accused JOHESU members of locking up clinical service points and equipment to press home their “spurious” demands. In a statement yesterday, NMA president Francis Faduyile, said allied health workers on strike have resorted to “Undue brigandage and desperate antics in an attempt to prevent our members from offering healthcare services to Nigerians. “They now lock up clinical service points and equipment thereby making it difficult for our members to operate smoothly within the hospital environment, and other disruptive acts including thuggery,” he said. N
A new WHO report has revealed how the world’s poorest countries can gain $350 bn by scaling up investments in preventing and treating chronic diseases, like heart disease and cancer, that cost an additional $1.27 per person annually. Such actions would save more than eight million lives over the same period. The report, titled Saving Lives, Spending Less: A Strategic Response to Non-communicable Disease, reveals, for the first time, the financing needs and returns on investment of WHO’s cost-effective and feasible “best buy” policies to protect people from non-communicable diseases , the world’s leading causes of ill health and death. It shows that for every $1 invested in scaling up actions to address NCDs in low- and lower-middle-income countries, there will be a return to society of
Two Democratic Republic of Congo Ebola patients who fled hospital in the city of Mbandaka on Monday attended a prayer meeting with 50 people hours before they died, Jean-Clement Cabrol, an emergency medical coordinator at Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), said on Thursday. Health officials are scrambling to contain an outbreak of the deadly disease in the heavily populated port city in northwest Congo that is believed to have killed 22 people since April. Two new deaths from Ebola and seven new confirmed cases have been recorded in Democratic Republic of Congo, the health ministry said on Tuesday. One of the deaths occurred in the provincial capital of Mbandaka, according to a daily bulletin. A nurse also died in the village of Bikoro, where the outbreak was f...
The World Medical Association has echoed the call from the World Health Organisation for a vigorous response to the latest Ebola outbreak in the Congo, which has so far caused more than 20 deaths. Dr. Ardis Hoven, Chair of the WMA, speaking at a meeting in Geneva on the 100th anniversary of the Spanish flu pandemic, questioned whether the world was prepared for another pandemic like Spanish flu. ‘One hundred years ago the deadly Spanish flu pandemic killed between 50 and 100 million people in a matter of months. It affected 500 million people around the world. Today, how certain are we that we can protect ourselves from another global virus outbreak? In today’s globally connected world, have we seriously prepared for the greater risks we would face from a new deadly virus sweeping the wo
The Medical Doctors in the employ of Lagos State Government has rejected the appointment of non-medical/dental doctors as consultants in the Lagos Health Commission. The Chairman, Medical Guild, Babajide Kehinde Saheed, made this known on Thursday, during a briefing at the Lagos State Medical Guild Secretariat. This is as a result of the circular released by the Lagos State Government through the office of the Head Service on May 10, 2018. The circulars include the creation of consultant pharmacist cadre in the Scheme of Service and enhancement of career prospect/progression in the State Public Service. However, Dr Saheed said, the circular will cause disorderliness in the health sector. Speaking on the Emergency General Meeting of the Medical Guild held on May 23, 2018, the Chair...
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has opposed the call by the striking health workers under the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) for the removal of Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole. The health workers have been on strike for five weeks, disrupting services in Nigeria’s public hospitals. They called for Mr Adewole’s sack last week, accusing him of bias and supporting medical doctors who are opposed to their demands. But the NMA on Thursday in a statement by its President, Francis Faduyile, described the call as an act of “rascality and disregard” for the office of the Health Minister. “We observe with dismay the maligning of the Honourable Ministers of Health and that of Labour and Productivity by JOHESU, calling them all sorts of uncomplimentary names. “This is an act of rasca
*PSN hails Senate for budgeting extra N57.15bn for Basic Healthcare Provision Fund *ACPN demands immediate action on open drug markets, distribution system There appears to be no end in sight to the recent imbroglio between doctors and pharmacists in Nigeria.Pharmacists under the aegis of Pharmaceutical Association of Nigeria (PSN) Lagos branch have condemned the doctors’ that is the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) position on the recent Lagos State government circular on consultant pharmacist cadre and demands by striking health workers on relativity of salaries. Health workers under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) have been on industrial action since April 18, 2018 following inability of the Federal Government to meet their demands, which include approval of con