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Day: April 10, 2019

Glaucoma specialist decries dearth of Opthalmologists, Optometrists in rural areas

Glaucoma specialist decries dearth of Opthalmologists, Optometrists in rural areas

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A Consultant Ophthalmologist, Prof. Adeola Onakoya, on Wednesday in Lagos called on government at all levels to establish Vision Care Centres in rural areas to bring sub-specialist care to the unreached areas. Onakoya, who works at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), College of Medicine, University of Lagos, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). According to her, there is no presence of Ophthalmologists and Optometrists in rural areas, as majority are skewed to urban centres. “ Ophthalmologist population ratio is 1:350,000 but skewed to urban centres. If their only focus is in the urban centres, how then will the rural people gain access to quality and affordable care? “How will a patient suffering an unknown eye disease like
UCTH Doctors Join ARD Indefinite Strike

UCTH Doctors Join ARD Indefinite Strike

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Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) chapter, yesterday joined the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) to embark on indefinite strike over the management’s failure to meet their demands. The hospital had had too many strikes from different unions in recent times, which all boiled down to welfare of workers. On Monday, March 18, ARD embarked on strike demanding “2014, 2016 skipping arrears.” Yesterday, the MDCAN, which was operating skeletal services in the hospital, resumed its pending industrial action, blaming the management’s refusal to respond to its case. In a statement signed by the chairman, Prof. Usang Usang, and secretary, Dr. Henry Okpa, it accused the management of diverting the mon
‘UBTH Has Achieved Much in 42 Years’

‘UBTH Has Achieved Much in 42 Years’

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The management of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), has said the hospital has achieved so much in the 42 years of its existence. The Chairman, Management Board of the Hospital, Basorun Adedoja Adewolu, said this in Benin at a reception organised by the Institute of Health Service Administrators of Nigeria (IHSAN), Edo State chapter, to mark his appointment.  He said the hospital would celebrate its founder’s day in May. “University of Benin Teaching Hospital is the oldest in the South-South geographical zone of Nigeria. “We are going to celebrate the founder’s day of the hospital in May 2019 when the hospital will be 42 years. “This hospital has achieved so much in the country’s health industry. My coming on board will raise the standard. “We are doin
Pharma Expo to Hold August

Pharma Expo to Hold August

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Plans have been concluded for the fifth edition of the Nigeria Pharma Manufacturers’ Expo, NPME 2019. A statement on Tuesday said the NPME, which it described as the biggest international pharma manufacturing exhibition in Central and West Africa, would hold from August 28 to 29, 2019 in Lagos. “The theme of this year’s edition is ‘Strategic Collaboration for Medicine Security, Affordability and National Sufficiency. “The major objective of the Pharma Expo is to create a platform for pharma machinery and equipment, raw and packaging materials, laboratory equipment, chemicals, and reagents manufacturers to meet and engage with the local pharma manufacturers and other stakeholders in West and Central Africa,” the statement read in part. According the Chairman, NPM
Stakeholder Seek Funding, Health Insurance to Achieve UHC

Stakeholder Seek Funding, Health Insurance to Achieve UHC

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Key players in the Nigerian health sector have opined that for the country to achieve the World Health Organisation’s 2030 target of Universal Health Coverage, the government and other stakeholders must increase funding for the sector and key into health insurance for the people. In separate interviews with our correspondent, the Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association, Lagos State, Dr Saliu Oseni, and the Chairman Medical Guild, Lagos State, Dr Babajide Saheed, said the 2030 target was feasible but it would be difficult to achieve with the way the health sector was currently being run. Oseni said, “In view of what we have on the ground now, achieving Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria by 2030 is not realistic. However, it doesn’t mean that it is not achievable. If we ar
FG Warns Nigerian Students Seeking to Study Medicine in Ukraine

FG Warns Nigerian Students Seeking to Study Medicine in Ukraine

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The Federal Government has warned Nigerians seeking to study medicine in Ukraine to be sure of the institution first before enrolling. The country in the last two years had recorded high rate of failure among foreign-trained doctors who sat for the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN). Most of the students involved were said to have studied in Ukraine. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole in a press statement made available to Journalists in Abuja pointed out that the Ukrainian Ministry of Health said it cannot guarantee the quality of education of a university in the Eastern European country. “The Federal Government had recently been notified by the Ukrainian Ministry of Health that it could not guarantee the quality of education delivered to both Ukrainian and