A past President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and currently an Executive Committee member of the World Medical Association, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, a has called for the urgent establishment of a Residency Training Programme (RTP) Budget Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (RTP BIMEC), as well as the full implementation of the Medical Residency Training Act of 2017, signed into law on the June 26, 2018 by President Muhammadu Buhari. Enabulele made these calls while delivering a keynote address on ‘The Corollary of Government Policies on Residency Training” at the 39th Ordinary General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), recently held in Benin City. In a critical analysis of the policy and legal frameworks
As part of its activities to mark the World Lupus Day, Labalaba Foundation has called for intensified awareness and funding to curtail the disease. Lupus is an inflammatory disease caused when the immune system attacks its own tissues. Lupus can affect the joints, skin, kidney, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. Speaking at the foundation’s second Annual World Lupus Day Symposium, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi-Araba, Prof. Chris Bode, said that the symposium brings the latest development in the diagnostics, recognition, and management of the rare diseases.Bode said the time has passed when such conditions went unrecognized. “Early recognition, good treatment, and compliance with the doctor’s directive can prevent the condition,” he s
The World Health Organisation yesterday warned that over 24 million Nigerians may suffer from various mental illnesses, a situation worsened by the dismal number of health institutions and professionals. The disorder is more pronounced in the insurgency-ravaged states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe with 650, 000 patients. The frightening revelation was contained in the global agency’s 2018 report released at a workshop on health reporting during emergencies in Yola. The document observed that with the prevalence of mental disorder among Nigerians put at 12.1 per cent, many people from the North East might suffer one form of disorder or the other. Source: Medical World Nigeria
Gunmen who kidnapped two Cuban doctors in northeastern Kenya and whisked them to Somalia have demanded $1.5 million (1.35 million euros) for their release, police and government sources said Thursday. The pair — a general practitioner and a surgeon — were abducted on April 12 by suspected Al-Shabaab jihadis in Mandera, near the border with Somalia. One of two police officers escorting the doctors to work was shot dead by the attackers, who sped off toward Somalia with their captives, officials said. Kenya and Somalia are working together to find the doctors, whose names have not been made public. A top government official in Mandera said the kidnappers have demanded a ransom. “The amount is $1.5 million. That is what they want,” the official said on condition of anonymity. A sen
Burdened by the huge amount Nigeria loses to medical tourism yearly, Collinson Group, a global loyalty and benefits company has partnered with Royal Exchange Healthcare to provide affordable and accessible international health insurance product to the Nigerian market. Known as Smart Health International Plan, which was unveiled in Lagos recently with the support of the Lagos state government, the insurance product, according to both partners, will provide Nigerians the opportunity to seek quality and adequate healthcare services abroad. Speaking at the event, the Royal Exchange Healthcare Limited, Dr. Emenike Onwutalu, said the move to bring the product to Nigeria was driven by the estimated financial burden spent on out-of-pocket by Nigerians on medical tourism, which is at N4...