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Day: October 3, 2019

Expert Seeks Expunge Of HMOs in Health Bill to Address Challenges of Doctors

Expert Seeks Expunge Of HMOs in Health Bill to Address Challenges of Doctors

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A medical expert and the Chief Medical Director of Mount Hermon Hospital, Port Harcourt, Dr. Cyril Ekhaeyemhe, has called on the Federal Government and the National Assembly to intervene on issues of doctors’ worsening operational plight in the country. Ekhaeyemhe pointed out that one of the major challenges facing doctors in executing their constitutional duties is the activity of Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs). He described the HMO as a cankerworm that is eating up the health system in the country, adding that when government releases money to assist the poor through the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the monies never gets to the doctors due to corruption in the HMO. He therefore called for the expunge of HMO from the Health bill to save the citizens, address th
O5 Initiative Partners Organisations on Management of Sickle Cell

O5 Initiative Partners Organisations on Management of Sickle Cell

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Wife of Delta State Governor and Founder of O5 Initiative, Edith Okowa, has said the Initiative will continue to partner individuals and organisations in the management and treating of sickle cell to minimise its impact in families and society. She also refuted reports some financial commitment to the tune of over N3 billion had been made by an international organisation to her Initiative, saying there was no memorandum of understanding (MoU) to that effect. She made this known at a media briefing in Asaba on the activities of O5 Initiative, especially its presentation at the recent United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, United State of America (USA). “The Initiative had established 12 sickle cell clinics in public hospitals across the state and equipped them with modern
HMOs Task Providers to Adopt WHO Standard for Malaria Treatment

HMOs Task Providers to Adopt WHO Standard for Malaria Treatment

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Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs) have urged healthcare providers to adopt the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) standard for the treatment of malaria for enrollees. They stressed that providers must pretest before giving treatment as well as the use of Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy (ACT) for enrollees, noting that quality healthcare is a fundamental human right, which all stakeholders in the health sector must promote and defend. The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, SUNU Health Nigeria Limited, Dr. Patrick Korie, said a review of the 2018 diagnosis and treatment of enrollees showed that malaria is about 53 per cent. He noted that Nigeria is an endemic zone with malaria, which he said is one of the highest causes of mortality and sick leave absenteeism that s
Commission Calls for National Screening Programme to Eradicate Hepatitis

Commission Calls for National Screening Programme to Eradicate Hepatitis

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The Hepatitis Zero Commission Nigeria has decried the increasing incidence of hepatitis B and C infections in the country and called for a National screening programme to ensure that hepatitis is eradicated in the country. An estimated two billion people have been infected with HBV of which approximately 240 million are chronically infected with HBV globally while about 20 million Nigerians are chronically infected by the disease. President of Hepatitis Zero Commission Nigeria, Dr. Mike Omotosho who made the call in Abuja observed that viral hepatitis is an international public health challenge, comparable to other major communicable diseases, including HIV, tuberculosis and malaria stressing that despite the significant burden it places on communities across all global regions, hepatiti...
WHO Director-General Visits Devastated Sites in the Bahamas to Assess Health Impacts of Hurricane Dorian

WHO Director-General Visits Devastated Sites in the Bahamas to Assess Health Impacts of Hurricane Dorian

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The world must rally around the Bahamas in the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Dorian which has not only cost many lives and livelihoods but caused severe damage to essential infrastructure, depriving communities of vital services at a critical time, said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, upon completion of a visit to the Bahamas. “It breaks my heart to see the devastation to communities and families who have lost friends and loved ones as well as their homes, possessions and access to crucial services,” said Dr Tedros. “Hurricane Dorian is another urgent reminder that we must address the drivers of climate change and invest more in resilient communities. The longer we wait, the more people will suffer. We need to keep th