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Day: September 9, 2019

Teaching Hospital Upgrade’ II Save Nigeria N360bn Annually –ICRC

Teaching Hospital Upgrade’ II Save Nigeria N360bn Annually –ICRC

NEWS
The planned upgrade of the 22 teaching hospitals in Nigeria which is expected to commence before the end of this year will save the country about $1bn (N360bn) annually. The acting Head, Media and Publicity, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, Patrick Ederaro, who said this, noted that the upgrade was needed as the current condition of the hospitals are not acceptable. He told our correspondent on the telephone on Sunday that the idea behind the project was to address the gaps in the teaching hospitals towards providing access to quality healthcare delivery across Nigeria. He said, “Successful implementation of this project would ensure improvement and sustainability of high quality clinical and diagnostics services, improvement in learning and research facilities across
Oral Health Advocacy Initiative (OHAI), a Non-Governmental Organisation, in collaboration with a U.S charity body, Smile Train, has performed cleft surgeries for not fewer than 174 Nigerians. The Executive Director of OHAI, Dr. Ver-or Ngutor, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recently in Abuja that the feat was achieved through strategic partnership with Smile Train and the Federal Ministry of Health. Ngutor said the surgeries were performed in Benue, Kebbi, Yobe and Kano States. NAN reports that cleft lip is a variation of a type of congenital deformity, caused by abnormal facial development during gestation period leading to non-fusion of facial structure before birth. Ngutor, fellow of the West African College of Surgeons and lead surgeon, further disclosed that the cleft surgical operations was conducted by a team of doctors and other health workers trained on cleft management. “We as an organisation have over the years mobilised resources to addressing the challenges of cleft amongst our people. “We have our operations spread across 32 states and the Federal Capital Territory, and are determined to reach to as much patients that are affected by cleft. “From 2011 when we commenced cleft surgery programme, we have done over 3,500 safe surgeries. This was recognised in 2017 when our major donor, Smile Train, named us ‘Global Leader in Cleft Care in Africa’ for complying with best practices. “In the month of August 2019 alone, we were able to successfully carry out 174 surgeries with the support of the Benue, Kebbi and Yobe state governments as well as Rano Health Care and Community Development Initiative in Kano state”, he said. Ngutor added that OHAI’s mission was to reach out to the rural dwellers that are hard to reach. According to him, 90 per cent of medical doctors live and practice in urban centres while leaving a great majority of the populace unattended and at a great risk of the ravages of Oro-facial diseases. “OHAI recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Ministry of Health. “The aim of the MoU is to facilitate collaboration through the provision of technical assistance, capacity building, training, knowledge and skill transfer to meet health challenges and partnership in professionalism,” Ngutor said.  *Culled from News Agency of Nigeria

Oral Health Advocacy Initiative (OHAI), a Non-Governmental Organisation, in collaboration with a U.S charity body, Smile Train, has performed cleft surgeries for not fewer than 174 Nigerians. The Executive Director of OHAI, Dr. Ver-or Ngutor, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recently in Abuja that the feat was achieved through strategic partnership with Smile Train and the Federal Ministry of Health. Ngutor said the surgeries were performed in Benue, Kebbi, Yobe and Kano States. NAN reports that cleft lip is a variation of a type of congenital deformity, caused by abnormal facial development during gestation period leading to non-fusion of facial structure before birth. Ngutor, fellow of the West African College of Surgeons and lead surgeon, further disclosed that the cleft surgical operations was conducted by a team of doctors and other health workers trained on cleft management. “We as an organisation have over the years mobilised resources to addressing the challenges of cleft amongst our people. “We have our operations spread across 32 states and the Federal Capital Territory, and are determined to reach to as much patients that are affected by cleft. “From 2011 when we commenced cleft surgery programme, we have done over 3,500 safe surgeries. This was recognised in 2017 when our major donor, Smile Train, named us ‘Global Leader in Cleft Care in Africa’ for complying with best practices. “In the month of August 2019 alone, we were able to successfully carry out 174 surgeries with the support of the Benue, Kebbi and Yobe state governments as well as Rano Health Care and Community Development Initiative in Kano state”, he said. Ngutor added that OHAI’s mission was to reach out to the rural dwellers that are hard to reach. According to him, 90 per cent of medical doctors live and practice in urban centres while leaving a great majority of the populace unattended and at a great risk of the ravages of Oro-facial diseases. “OHAI recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Ministry of Health. “The aim of the MoU is to facilitate collaboration through the provision of technical assistance, capacity building, training, knowledge and skill transfer to meet health challenges and partnership in professionalism,” Ngutor said. *Culled from News Agency of Nigeria

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Oral Health Advocacy Initiative (OHAI), a Non-Governmental Organisation, in collaboration with a U.S charity body, Smile Train, has performed cleft surgeries for not fewer than 174 Nigerians. The Executive Director of OHAI, Dr. Ver-or Ngutor, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recently in Abuja that the feat was achieved through strategic partnership with Smile Train and the Federal Ministry of Health. Ngutor said the surgeries were performed in Benue, Kebbi, Yobe and Kano States. NAN reports that cleft lip is a variation of a type of congenital deformity, caused by abnormal facial development during gestation period leading to non-fusion of facial structure before birth. Ngutor, fellow of the West African College of Surgeons and lead surgeon, further disclosed that the cleft surgica...
150 To Benefit from Lagos Free Surgery

150 To Benefit from Lagos Free Surgery

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The Lagos State Government in collaboration with the Benjamin Olowojebutu Foundation is set to provide free surgical intervention for 150 patients with various health conditions. Speaking at a news conference on Saturday, the state Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, noted that the free surgical intervention, which would commence on September 16, 2019, was part of the activities to commemorate Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s 100 days in office. Abayomi added that the free surgical intervention was an offshoot of the free medical consultation and screening carried out by the Lagos State Government and the foundation between September 2 and 6, 2019, with no fewer than 1,037 beneficiaries. “This surgical intervention tagged ‘100 in 100’ is in fulfillment of Governor Sanwo-Olu’s
NHIS: Health Minister Supports On-Going Reforms

NHIS: Health Minister Supports On-Going Reforms

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The Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has expressed his support for the on-going reforms in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) for a total revitalisation of the health sector. Dr. Ehanire made this known during the official opening of the Strategic Stakeholders Forum for Healthcare Providers (HCPs), organised by the National Health Insurance Scheme yesterday, in Abuja. He called on all stakeholders in the sector to take full advantage of the reforms to engage in frank conversations around the issues that have clogged the wheels of the scheme in the past. Ehanire charged the stakeholders to undertake self-assessment on many fronts towards repositioning themselves for the task ahead as ‘’ all eyes are on the health sector.’’ He added tha
As Pharmacy Stakeholders Brainstorm on Local Production

As Pharmacy Stakeholders Brainstorm on Local Production

Editorial Opinion, NEWS
Concerned about huge medicine import into the country to the detriment of local manufacturing, stakeholders in pharmacy sub-sector on 20thAugust, 2019 held a roundtable and took pragmatic steps that could lead to a reversal of the trend. Indeed the Nigeria pharmaceutical sub-sector has huge potentials to exploit towards boosting her local production capacity but the political will and policy implementation keep dragging every effort to a state of inertia. The roundtable discussion which reportedly had in attendance critical stakeholders such as, Ministry of Health, PCN, PSN, NAFDAC, NIPRD, PMG-MAN, CBN, BOI, Nigeria Association of Pharmacists in the Academia, Raw Material Research and Development Council, United States Pharmacopoeia, Research, Documentation and Industrial Liaison Committ...