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Day: June 6, 2018

Ebola: Enugu Airport, WHO Collaborate on Sensitisation

Ebola: Enugu Airport, WHO Collaborate on Sensitisation

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The management of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, says the World Health Organisation recently held talks with all the agencies operating within the airport as part of efforts to contain the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease. The Airport Manager, AIIA, Mr. Mgbemena Orjiako, said the sensitisation was not limited to the EVD alone but also on other communicable diseases that could be transmitted by air passengers. He said the airport management had since commenced thermal and body screening of all passengers passing through the airport. He added, “Air travel is the quickest means of moving around from continent to continent. So, if there is a contagious disease of such magnitude, it can easily move from country to country. “So, WHO has been here and has equally assisted
Federal Government Increases Maternity Leave To 4 Months

Federal Government Increases Maternity Leave To 4 Months

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has increased maternity leave from three to four months, the government also barred employers from sacking married women. Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, made this known at the ongoing International Labour Conference (ILC), in Geneva, Switzerland, yesterday. He said; “Employers of labour (in Nigeria) are, by regulation, requested to provide workplace crèches for nursing mothers for ease at work place. In the public service, government recently increased the period for maternity leave from 12 to 16 weeks; to allow enough recuperation for both baby and mother, especially in the area of breast feeding. “In addition, all disciplinary proceedings against any female staff, which might have been taken during the period of her mate
Patients Besiege Sokoto Hospitals as JOHESU Suspends Strike

Patients Besiege Sokoto Hospitals as JOHESU Suspends Strike

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Patients are trooping to hospitals in Sokoto State following the suspension of the strike by members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that normal healthcare services have been restored as the aggrieved unionists resumed normal duties after a protracted industrial action that began on April 17. A NAN correspondent monitoring the situation reports that the JOHESU members heeded the directive of their national secretariat to suspend the strike. Muhammad Gold, the chairman, Senior Staff Association (SSA), Usman Danfodio University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH) branch, told NAN on Tuesday that the state chapter had complied with the resumption order. Mr Gold explained that the state members resumed work after a congress attended by all ...
Womb Transplant: Britain to Join U.S., Sweden

Womb Transplant: Britain to Join U.S., Sweden

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A surgeon is preparing to select three women to undergo Britain’s first womb transplant later in the year, following permission granted to British medics to carry out the procedures. Report says three women are among 50 infertile patients on a waiting list for the pioneering operation and they will be informed “within a few weeks”. The operation, which has a price tag of 50,000 pounds (about 66,700 dollars), has already been a success in Sweden and the United States. The world’s first successful womb transplant was carried out on a Swedish woman in 2013. If the British operation is successful, the first baby could arrive 2019 and then give hope to the 50,000 infertile women in the UK. A team won approval from regulators three years ago to transplant wombs from dead donors but has been
Parents Besiege UNTH with Children for Heart Surgeries

Parents Besiege UNTH with Children for Heart Surgeries

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The University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu State was a Mecca of sorts yesterday, as parents across the federation besieged the facility with their children for open heart surgeries. As at press time, 75 of the children had undergone various medical examinations and screenings to prepare them for the heart surgeries being conducted free of charge at the hospital by an Italy-based organisation, Pobic Open Heart International. Unfortunately, the medical experts from the foundation, who kick-started the surgeries yesterday, said that they would only handle 12 cases within the one week they are spending in the country. It was gathered that one of the children brought from Yenagoa, Bayelsa State died less than one hour on arrival, while the rest of the patie...
‘57 Students Discharged, Six on Admission in Kaduna Cholera Outbreak’

‘57 Students Discharged, Six on Admission in Kaduna Cholera Outbreak’

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About 57 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Kawo, Kaduna have been discharged, while six others are on admission. This followed the recent outbreak of cholera in the school, which killed one student. The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Paul Manya Dogo disclosed this yesterday. He said the state government and supporting partners have put the situation under control. According to him: “63 of them were admitted at the facility, but only six of them are remaining, while the hospital management has promised that they also might be discharged. “Sadly, one of them died at a private hospital where her parents had taken her to. That I think happened on Friday and it pained us.” Also, the Chief Medical Director at the General Hospital, Kawo, Dr. Oyelami Akintunde
LUTH Records High Patient Turnout After JOHESU Strike

LUTH Records High Patient Turnout After JOHESU Strike

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Activities have started picking up at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in Idi-Araba. This followed the end of the strike by the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU). The union embarked on an indefinite strike on April 17, and the action entered seventh week when the union ended it. Patients have started receiving optimal medical and surgical attentions at various outpatient clinics, accident and emergency unit, as well as the paediatric sections. Our reporter, who visited the hospital yesterday, discovered that all the clinics were filled with patients. Doctors and other categories of workers were busy attending to patients – on appointment cards, registration desk, pay points and the consulting rooms. The outpatient clinics our reporter visited are: Diabetics,
#JOHESUStrike2018 Suspension Update: @Fmohnigeria Insists On No Work No Pay

#JOHESUStrike2018 Suspension Update: @Fmohnigeria Insists On No Work No Pay

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To: All CMDs/MDs  Registrars/CEOs  Federal Tertiary Health Institutions RE: CURRENT STRIKE BY THE JOINT HEALTH SECTOR UNION (JOHESU) You will recall that following the strike by the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), which commenced at midnight of Tuesday 17th April 2018, you were directed by a letter Ref. No. DHS/166/T2/198 dated 18th April 2018 to maintain a strict, well supervised Attendance Register in order to implement the "No Work No Pay" law of the Federal Government. 2. Consequent upon JOHESU suspending its strike and the resumption of work by health workers on Monday 4th June, 2018, you are directed to submit a final list of health workers who did not participate in the strike and were at work from Wednesday 18th April, 2018 to Sunday 3rd June, 2018 to enable Governm
NAFDAC Partners Stakeholders on Drugs Safety

NAFDAC Partners Stakeholders on Drugs Safety

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The National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it is partnering with academic and research institutes to ensure effective monitoring and safety of new drugs in the country. Prof. Moji Adeyeye, the Director-General, NAFDAC, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja that already collaborations had begun with a number of stakeholders towards achieving this objective. She disclosed that NAFDAC is in partnership with the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN), National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP), and the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation. Adeyeye added that the partnership is supported by PharmacoVigilance Africa (PAVIA) Project through a grant from European and Developing Countries Clinic...
Court Refuses Information on Buhari’s Medical Expenditure

Court Refuses Information on Buhari’s Medical Expenditure

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has ruled that the amount spent by President Muhammadu Buhari on medical trips cannot be released under the Freedom of information Act. Justice John Tsoho on Tuesday held that the information sought related to personal information of an elected person like Buhari, and which was exempted by Section 14(1)(b) of the FoI Act, 2011. The judge also ruled that the Central Bank of Nigeria and its Governor, Godwin Emefiele, could not be held liable for not disclosing the information on  the amount of money expended on President Buhari's health as it transferred the request to the office of the President's Chief of Staff. A civil society group, Advocacy for Societal Rights Advancement and Development Initiatiative had filed the action following the President's overse