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Day: May 30, 2018

JOHESU Agrees To Suspend Strike June 1

JOHESU Agrees To Suspend Strike June 1

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* As NIC takes over mediation process In consideration of the plight of health-seeking public and to give room for an amicable resolution of its dispute with the Federal Government, the Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, on Wednesday agreed to suspend its 44 days old strike on Friday June 1, 2018. This decision followed the intervention of the National Industrial Court, NIC, which offered to take over the mediation process between the striking health workers and the government. Before now, an NGO, the Incorporated Trustees of the Kingdom Human Rights Foundation, KHRFI, had obtained a court order against JOHESU; mandating the health workers to suspend their industrial action on the 21st of May, 2018. But, in pursuit of its constitutional rights to either comply or challenge the Court o...
NGO Advocates Awareness Programme for Thyroid Disease

NGO Advocates Awareness Programme for Thyroid Disease

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A Non-Governmental Organisation, Thyroidism Awareness and Support Initiative, has called for urgent education and prevention programmes to minimise the impact of the thyroid disease in Nigeria. Speaking during a briefing held in Lagos to mark World Thyroid Day last Friday, Executive Director of the NGO, Mrs Iruoma Ofortube, said there was a need for the development of policies to prioritise Thyroid Disorder as one of the primary health issues in the country. “There is also a dire need for provision of diagnostic facilities and training of medical specialists for the treatment of thyroid disorders,” she said. On the challenges of Thyroid disease, Iruoma said, “It appears that governments across the world have not really paid significant attention to thyroid disorder like other public hea
Adamawa Cholera Outbreak: WHO Deploys 39 Workers to Mubi

Adamawa Cholera Outbreak: WHO Deploys 39 Workers to Mubi

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The World Health Organisation has deployed 39 staff memebers to contain the outbreak of cholera in Mubi North and Mubi South South Local Government Areas of Adamawa. A statement from Chima Onuekwe, the Health Emergencies Communication Officer of WHO, made available to News Agency of Nigeria in Yola on Tuesday, said there were plans to engage additional 15 ad hoc personnel to boost the medical efforts. The statement which noted that 434 suspected cases had been recorded with 13 deaths as at May 26, described the development as worrisome. It said that WHO was coordinating the response activities, including active surveillance within communities and health facilities, management of reported cases as well as daily review meeting at the Emergency Operations Centre, to ensure timely con...
Why Fight The Doctor Over Who Leads The Health Team?

Why Fight The Doctor Over Who Leads The Health Team?

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A group in the health sector has decided to go on strike in the government-owned hospitals over certain issues of which one of them is the fight for the leadership of the health team. Another is that its members want to earn what doctors earn. Strange things that never happened anywhere in the world. They have padlocked consulting rooms, operating theatres, laboratories and anywhere any form of health service can be rendered to patients, and even attacking doctors physically who are rendering care to patients. To this amorphous group in an unholy “marriage” characterised by orgy, delusion, inferiority complex, inordinate ambition, unbridled indiscipline and warped logic, anyone who works in the hospital can be the Chief Medical Director! Like I said in a recent article, “Why begrudge th
Viruses to Reverse Aging by Removing Wrinkles in Cells – Study

Viruses to Reverse Aging by Removing Wrinkles in Cells – Study

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A researcher from the University of Virginia, USA has revealed that fatty liver disease and other unwanted effects of aging may be the result of our cells’ nuclei, the compartment containing our DNA, getting wrinkly, as such preventing genes from functioning properly. The UVA researcher found that viruses could be used to smooth the membranes’ surfaces and restore the cells to functioning as they did in the glow of youth. Dr. Irina Bochkis of UVA’s Department of Pharmacology discovered that the location of DNA inside the cell’s nucleus is critically important. Explaining this, she says, “Genes that are turned off are shoved up against the nuclear membrane, which encases the nucleus. But, with age, our nuclear membranes become lumpy and irregular, which prevents genes from turning off ap
JOHESUStrike2018: Why is President Buhari Silent on the JOHESU Strike Action

JOHESUStrike2018: Why is President Buhari Silent on the JOHESU Strike Action

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Members of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) which encompasses all health workers in the sector except the medical doctors embarked on strike last month to press home their needs and rights from government. According to various reports many hospitals in the country are closing down making the poor Nigerians who who can not afford to travel abroad or go to private hospitals to continue to die helplessly. Attempts by well-meaning individuals including the President of the Senate Abubakar Bukola Saraki and some NGOs to end the strike action has so far proved abortive. Funny enough in a major attempt to make the health workers unwillingly come backto work an NGO by name Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International, went to National Industrial Court sueing the leadership for illega...
Federal Ministry of Health Circular on Current Strike by Joint Health Sectors Union JOHESU

Federal Ministry of Health Circular on Current Strike by Joint Health Sectors Union JOHESU

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All Chairmen Governing Boards, Federal Tertiary Hospitals RE: CURRENT STRIKE BY THE JOINT HEALTH SECTOR UNION (JOHESU) 1. The Honourable Minister of Health Professor Isaac Adewale, had on Monday 28th May 2018 held a meeting with the Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) and Medical Directors (MDs) of the Federal Tertiary Hospital at the old Secretary to the Government of the Federation's Conference Hall, Federal Secretariat Complex Phase 1. Also present at the meeting was the Chairman and other Executive members of the Committee of Chairmen Governing Boards of Federal Tertiary Health institutions. 2. At the end of the meeting, the Honourable Minister gave the following directives, and I am directed to convey as follows: a. That Governing Boards should ensure that all sections of hosp...
#JOHESUStrike2018: JOHESU Alleges Plan to Proscribe Union, Says Strike to End Soon

#JOHESUStrike2018: JOHESU Alleges Plan to Proscribe Union, Says Strike to End Soon

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The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) has alleged that the Federal Government is threatening to proscribe the union if it fails to suspend its ongoing strike.National Chairman of JOHESU, Mr. Josiah Biobelemoye, who disclosed this at an emergency consultation meeting of all state and zonal leaders in Abuja yesterday, alleged that the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, had issued the threat at a reconciliation meeting with the union last week. The chairman, who accused the Incorporated Trustees of Kingdom Human Rights Foundation (KHRFI) of obtaining an order directing JOHESU to suspend its industrial action through deceptive means, alleged that counsel to KHRFI, Mr. Nnamdi Okere, lied to the National Industrial Court (NIC) that JOHESU was not involved in any reconcilia...
Strike: Activists Urge Health Workers to Obey Court Order

Strike: Activists Urge Health Workers to Obey Court Order

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A group of activists under the auspices of Activists United Against Graft and Anti-People Policies, AUGAPOL, has pleaded with striking health workers to obey court order and return to work to save the country from unnecessary loss of lives. Making the call at a briefing in Lagos, Coordinator of AUGAPOL, Mr Mark Adebayo said: “It is morally, ethically and logically wrong for the health workers to continue to hold a country of over 180 million people to ransom by their unnecessarily prolonged strike since April 17.” Adebayo urged the Federal Government to enforce the industrial court judgment, which had hitherto mandated all members of Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, to resume at their duty posts as the strike embarked upon was faulty and procedurally incorrect.. He said: “As we sit her
Leadership Failure And Crisis In The Health Sector

Leadership Failure And Crisis In The Health Sector

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I MUST begin this piece by disclosing that I have many good and long-time friends who are medical doctors and indeed I have many in my family including my own son. In our days, if you were a very bright student and you did well in the Sciences, you would be expected to choose Medicine or Engineering as your professional pursuit. Actually before the Nigeria-Biafra War interrupted my education, I had been steam-rolled to choose medicine as my first course, even when my heart was aching for Business Administration, Law or Journalism. My dilemma was that I was doing well in all subjects.So after losing three years in the war I was not prepared to spend one day longer in the pursuit of a degree. So when I complained to my uncle that I did not want to spend many long years reading Medicine, he s...