An Epidemiologist at the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Health and Chairman, Committee on the Nigerian Medical Association Physicians Week, Dr. Aniekeme Uwah, has disclosed that a Coordination Center for Disease Control would soon be established in the state. He disclosed this yesterday in Uyo, while speaking with journalists in his office on preparations for the NMA Week to be held in Ondo State this weekend. Uwah, who stressed that the Physicians’ Week with the theme, “Care for the Unknown Patient” and sub-theme, “Curbing Increasing Suicide in Nigeria,” noted that with the increasing trend in recent times, doctors thought that bringing experts together from different fields would produce solution and advise that could help discourage those who may want to attempt suicide. As one of the m
The Medical Guild, Lagos chapter, has called on the Lagos State Government to address the shortage of medical professionals to forestall collapse in the state’s health sector. The guild’s Chairman, Dr Babajide Saheed, said the shortage of health workers was affecting health care delivery, patient satisfaction and general health indices in the state. He said the shortage of health workers, especially medical and dental doctors, had put a lot of strain on doctors and other workers, with a doctor attending to no fewer than 100 patients daily. “Things have deteriorated to the level where some doctors are developing health challenges. It is our view that if nothing is done about this shortage of doctors, coupled with the level of brain drain in the medical profession, the health service in Lag
Following the recent health scare at Queen’s College, Lagos, a visiting medical doctor to the college, Dr. Rotimi Ojo has advised parents to ensure that their children are given thorough medical attention prior to the resumption of every term in school. According to him, “parents should ensure that their children, especially those in the boarding system are treated for malaria and any other condition that could threaten their health condition while in school before taking them back to school. “The students should also ensure that they take their personal hygiene seriously, wash their hands always, as well as watch over their colleagues. This done, incidences of infectious disease would be easily checked. Ojo, who was at the college to assess the situation, alongside other health
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria has advocated the removal of ethical and psychotic drugs from the streets. The PSN President, Sam Ohuabunwa, at a briefing organised by the society to mark the World Pharmacy Day also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the pharmacy bill into law. “Ethical and psychotic drugs must be taken away from our streets, thus the need to pass the pharmacy bill into law. The control of dangerous drugs and everyday medications goes beyond forming committees. The existing laws are archaic and offenders leverage on this to promote the illicit circulation of these silent weapons of mass destruction. “The National Drug Distribution Guidelines was conceptualised about seven years ago, which would have addressed the open drug market and reduce irresponsible
New evidence from a WHO-led study, published today in the Lancet, shows that more than one-third of women in four lower-income countries experienced mistreatment during childbirth in health facilities. Younger, less-educated women were found to be the most at risk of mistreatment, which can include physical and verbal abuse, stigmatization and discrimination, medical procedures conducted without their consent, use of force during procedures, and abandonment or neglect by health care workers. The study, carried out in Ghana, Guinea, Myanmar and Nigeria, found that 838 (42%) of 2,016 women experienced physical or verbal abuse, stigma or discrimination. 14% experienced physical abuse - most commonly being slapped, hit or punched. There were also high rates of non-consensual caesarean section...