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Month: May 2018

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...
Legendary Nigerian R&B Artiste Banky W. Joins Pink Oak To Fight Cancer

Legendary Nigerian R&B Artiste Banky W. Joins Pink Oak To Fight Cancer

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 Pink Oak Cancer Trust announces the signing of Nigerian singer and actor, Mr. Bankole Wellington (Banky W.) as a Pink Oak Ambassador. He will be unveiled at a luncheon held in his honour at the Pink Oak Office in Asokoro, Abuja. Pink Oak Cancer is Nigeria’s 1st Cancer Treatment Fund which adopts an innovative approach to mobilize funds for cancer diagnosis and treatment in Nigeria. It uses a harmonized and coordinated approach to create a pool of funds from corporations, well-meaning individuals, charity organizations and government. The ambassadors play important roles in mobilizing donors for Pink Oak. Banky W. who is a cancer survivor has made a strong commitment towards helping cancer patients in Nigeria and becoming a Pink Oak ambassador is one of the ways he intends to achieve thi
#JOHESUStrike2018: JOHESU, This is not Catholic Marriage!

#JOHESUStrike2018: JOHESU, This is not Catholic Marriage!

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Sometimes I’m slow and hard of hearing. You need to explain and explain before I can fully understand what you are saying. This is one of those days. I do not understand what is going on in the health sector. I have this strong urge to seize the designer ties of the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, the jacket of the Head of Service, Mrs Oyo-Ita and the caps of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige and that of President Buhari. I am that upset. Not that I’m accusing them of any wrong-doing yet. I just need someone to explain why JOHESU (Joint Health Sector Union) has been on strike for over a month and why the government has not done anything about it. Or is there something in civil servants letters of employment that allows them to ignore their jobs, their emp
No going back on strike until FG meets our demands – JOHESU

No going back on strike until FG meets our demands – JOHESU

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The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) on Monday said it would continue its ongoing nationwide strike until the Federal Government implement certain agreements reached between the two parties on Sept. 30, 2017. JOHESU disclosed this at a peaceful rally organised by its national body in Abuja, saying it would not be deterred by the court’s injunction compelling its members to return to work.Mr Josiah Biobelemoye, National Chairman of the union said the rally was aimed at updating members with current developments regarding the ongoing strike, including the recent court order.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the National Industrial Court (NIC) gave an order on May 25, 2018 compelling JOHESU to call off the strike, which began on April 18.Biobelemoye emphasised that the union ha
Despite ban, codeine still wrecking lives in Maiduguri

Despite ban, codeine still wrecking lives in Maiduguri

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In spite of the ban on codeine, the use of the drug is still widespread among youths in Maiduguri, Borno State, Daily Trust findings have revealed.  There are still many dealers operating from various areas of the metropolis. “If you go to Lake Chad Hotel premises which is very close to where I live, empty bottles of codeine containing drugs and cough syrup litter everywhere, one would actually wonder if truly the substance has been banned. People are still consuming it,” said Bukar Ibrahim, a concerned resident. “It makes the consumers rebellious and they engage in rape, theft and bunkering. People engaged in drugs can go to any length to source for money to finance the habit,” Bukar added. Another resident, Abdullahi Goni said large numbers of youths and housewive
No Scanning For Ebola Viral Disease at Lagos Airport Twitter User

No Scanning For Ebola Viral Disease at Lagos Airport Twitter User

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A twitter user by the name Mr Seyi Aruleba @aruzone10, has claimed that on his arrival from DR Congo yesterday through Ethiopia that there was no single Scanning for Ebola Viral Disease at the Airport. He also noted there have been influx of people from Dr Congo. Mr. Seyi Aruleba recalled, on his visit to Ethiopia from DR Congo that passengers were allowed to pass through a scanning machine and was well done Mr. Temitayo Odugbesan another twitter user claimed that in Ghana, the scanning has been on since the last outbreak. Stating there is a computerized scanning machine just before you get to the immigration point. He also revealed that despite proximity to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea that Ghana never recorded a single incident. With the lack of vaccines for Ebola Viral Disease ...
Walking, Running, Squatting May Help to Keep Ageing Brain Healthy

Walking, Running, Squatting May Help to Keep Ageing Brain Healthy

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New research suggests that weight-bearing exercise such as walking, running or squatting can help keep the brain healthy. The study offers clues about how the risk of mental decline can be reduced as people age. Published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience, the findings show that using the legs can boost the production of certain brain cells by increasing their supply of oxygen-carrying blood. As the legs contain the largest muscles they are of particular relevance for muscular fitness. “It is no accident we are meant to be active – to walk, run, crouch to sit, and use our leg muscles to lift things,” said Dr. Raffaella Adami of Milan University, who led the study. Increasing weight-bearing exercise, such as jogging or push-ups, may boost the body’s ability to produce
Doctors Launch App to Reduce Patient-Waiting Time in Nigerian Hospitals

Doctors Launch App to Reduce Patient-Waiting Time in Nigerian Hospitals

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A group of medical doctors has launched a mobile app aimed at reducing patient-waiting time in Nigerian hospitals. Patients in public hospitals in the country spend an average of two hours before they are attended to by a doctor, according to a report. The app, known as KompleteCare, can be accessed at the Google play store using a mobile phone. It is a collaboration between the Society for Family Physicians of Nigeria (SOFPON) and a healthcare company in Nigeria, Sevenz Healthcare. The app was unveiled to the public on May 18 at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH), Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, by the Commissioner for Health in the state, Dominic Ukpong, to mark SOFPON’s celebration of the 2018 World Family Doctor’s Day. SOFPON said the app provides a meeting-point online b