Governor Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa State has inaugurated a contributory health insurance programme for the state with a commitment of government to pay for the poor. While launching the scheme at the Government House in Yola this week, he said government would support those who are unable to contribute due to financial inadequacy because the programme is meant to would provide health insurance coverage for all residents of the state irrespective of their financial capacities. “The aim of the scheme is to create a platform for the collection of contributions from all citizens who are willing and able to pay. In addition, it will provide governmental support for those who are unable to contribute due to financial inadequacy. Overall, the scheme is intended to pool resources t
Doctors and rights activists unveiled on Thursday the world’s first field manual for the treatment of child casualties from explosions, which they say cause almost three-quarters of juvenile deaths and injuries in war zones. The guide was put together by British aid agency Save the Children and experts at Imperial College London at the request of Syrian medics working in the bloody eight-year civil war. “It starts from the point when something goes ‘bang’ and a child is exposed to that explosion,” former British army surgeon Paul Reavley, one of the the manual’s authors, told AFP. “It then follows the child on a care pathway and focuses on the key differences of children compared to adults,” Reavley said ahead of the launch at the Peace Palace in The Hague. Save the Children said suicid
The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has called for a review of Nigeria’s medical system so that doctors treat patients only in their areas of competence. He said wrong diagnoses could be prevented by governments if it provides robust regulations on the health system. The APC national chairman spoke at the Founders Day and launching of an endowment fund of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH). He said his late wife, Clara, died due to wrong diagnoses.Oshiomhole said he would have sued the doctors if it were in another terrain because his wife was a victim of medical quackery. He said: “You visit a hospital, one doctor is a gynaecologist, psychologist, paediatric, and the doctor treats everything. My wife was unf
For awareness about HIV/AIDS to further reach the people at the grassroots, the Lagos State AIDS Control Agency engages religious leaders in the state in a two-day sensitisation workshop on how to prevent the virus and handle stigmatisation issues, reports Associate Editor ADEKUNLE YUSUF. In times past, getting infected with HIV was the equivalent of a death sentence. But this is not the case anymore, says Dr. Oluseyi Temowo, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA). Having HIV is no more a life sentence, especially if the person eats well as recommended and takes all the drugs as prescribed. As far as Dr. Temowo is concerned, it is tantamount to committing a crime for anybody to die of HIV/AIDS in Lagos. This, according to him, is because the stat...
MeCure Healthcare Limited has said its ten years of operating in Nigeria have contributed immensely to the development of the country’s healthcare system through improved healthcare outcomes. This was the position of the management of the diagnostics giant as the company celebrated its first 10 years in the country. While rededicating itself to better service delivery, the company promised to increase its contributions towards quality service in diagnostics, optometry, pharmaceutical and oncology for improved and better patients’ outcomes. As part of activities to mark the anniversary, MeCure launched its new innovative product, ‘MeCure Smart Buy,’ to ensure Nigerians access healthcare easily at their convenience. Explaining the significance of the milestone, Dr. Obiefuna Ajie, chief