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Why Buhari Recalled NHIS Boss

Why Buhari Recalled NHIS Boss

NEWS
The recent recall of the Executive Secretary (ES) of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Prof Usman Yusuf has continued to generate reactions. There have been discordant reactions since. He was appointed on August 1, 2016 to inject fresh life into the operations of the NHIS after the removal of the erstwhile Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the organisation. While it is common knowledge that the Yusuf took over after his appointment, along with heads of similar organisations in the health sector of government, it is also well known that most of the agencies there were facing credibility issues which were threatening continued assistance from donor partners. It was well-reported that that foreign donor partners were threatening to stop funding of critical projects in the count...
How Neglected PHCs Leave Many in Nasarawa Without Healthcare

How Neglected PHCs Leave Many in Nasarawa Without Healthcare

NEWS
The Federal Government flagged off the Primary Healthcare Centres (PHC) revitalisation programme January last year. Several months later, PREMIUM TIMES visited 12 of the facilities across Nasarawa State and found only two of them under renovation. In the others, it was mostly the same case of a few ill-trained staff marking time in unequipped, dilapidated facilities, with a few local people paying them any attention. The state’s Commissioner of Health, Daniel Iya, referred all enquiries about the revitalization scheme in the state to the Executive Chairman of the Nasarawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency (NAPHDA), Muhammed Usman Adis. But the chairman was not prepared “to speak to the press.”  So it was left to the reporter to make her own judgement. Below is the account

UITH Medical Director Wants NHIS to Cover Infertility in Couples

NEWS
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Prof. Abdulwaheed Olatinwo, has canvassed the inclusion of infertility problems in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). He made the appeal at the weekend, while delivering the University of Ilorin’s 178th Inaugural Lecture. He spoke on the topic: “Help for the helpless and hope for the hopeless-the medicine of reproductive possibility.” At the event, which was moderated by the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, he lamented that many Nigerians might die childless, unless infertility is included in the scheme. According to him, infertility requires government intervention, because it had raised many ethical, legal and social questions, even as the cost of ma
FMC Umuahia Successful Kidney Transplants, A Welcome Relief For Indigents

FMC Umuahia Successful Kidney Transplants, A Welcome Relief For Indigents

NEWS
Daily, Nigerians throng foreign embassies in search of visas to travel abroad to seek cure for varying kidney ailments at very exorbitant costs. Because of the cost implication, the research for medical comfort for sufferers of Chronic Kidney Diseases (CKO), and End-Stage Renal Diseases (ESRD) abroad is not for the have-nots, as the entire process run into about N10m minimum, all without the guarantee of staying alive. But in December 2017, and last January, the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Umuahia, Abia State, recorded feats, which have given hope to the hopeless and the poor. That is the successful free kidney transplants carried out on four patients – 37-year-old businessman, Orji Ogbonnaya Ule; 68-year-old medical doctor, Charles Nmeregini; 41-year-old trader, Chikwendu Elijah, and Ez
World Health Chiefs Draw Up A List Of 10 Lethal Pathogens That Pose The Most URGENT Threat… Including Disease X

World Health Chiefs Draw Up A List Of 10 Lethal Pathogens That Pose The Most URGENT Threat… Including Disease X

NEWS
World Health Chiefs Draw Up A List Of 10 Lethal Pathogens That Pose The Most URGENT Threat... Including Disease X Ten killer viruses that pose the most 'urgent' threat to humanity have been revealed by concerned experts. The World Health Organization has released its annual list of lethal pathogens that research should be fast-tracked for. Ebola and Zika, which both have caused brutal pandemics in the past four years, were named amid fears they could strike again. For the first time ever, 'Disease X' - representing a pathogen currently unknown to scientists - was mentioned by the WHO. The list, published this week, comes amid mounting fears of a global pandemic, with experts concerned about the flu season that rocked the world. Dr Tedros Adhanom, director general of the WHO, warn...
VitalCare Hospital UPDATE: Patients, Nurses Flee Hospital As Police Declare Doctor Wanted

VitalCare Hospital UPDATE: Patients, Nurses Flee Hospital As Police Declare Doctor Wanted

NEWS
Vitalcare Hospital became a shadow of itself in three days. The health centre which was arguably one of the thriving private hospitals serving people in the suburbs of Abuja, became a ghost of its self soon after its founder and medical director, Dr. Ola Solomon Jimade, was declared wanted for alleged armed robbery. On Tuesday, police declared Jimade, a medical doctor, wanted over alleged involvement in armed robbery. According to the police, Dr. Jimade who hails from Ife-Olukotun in Kogi State, is the leader of a dangerous gang that has robbed numerous citizens and snatched vehicles at gunpoint in Abuja. The police said four pistols with eight rounds of live ammunition and a face mask, which was carefully hidden in a bag in the office of the doctor were recovered during execution...
Doctor Hadiza Bawa-Garba, Behind Six year Olds Death Hung Out To Dry

Doctor Hadiza Bawa-Garba, Behind Six year Olds Death Hung Out To Dry

NEWS
Damning new evidence suggests junior paediatrician caring for boy, six, when he died of sepsis was hung out to dry and others are equally to blame. So was she a scapegoat? The handwriting on the form analysing the events that led to the death of six-year-old Jack Adcock looks like it has been hurriedly scribbled, but damning phrases leap from the page nonetheless. Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, the junior paediatrician caring for the little boy when he died of sepsis, had, wrote Dr Stephen O’Riordan, the senior consultant in charge, compromised a child in her care and demonstrated a failure to monitor Jack’s medical needs. After reeling off a string of her mistakes, O’Riordan rounds up his report with the words LACK OF CLEAR COMMUNICATION written confidently in capitals and underlined boldly
PSN Cautions FG Against Moving Drug Matters to Concurrent List

PSN Cautions FG Against Moving Drug Matters to Concurrent List

NEWS
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has warned the Federal Government on the dangers of planned move of drug matters from the exclusive list to the concurrent list and failure to meet the demands of health workers by February 29. The pharmacists, in a communiqué issued after its first national council meeting held at the weekend in Lagos, warned that an attempt to place drug matters on concurrent list will only seriously amplify the dimensions of the fake drug syndrome, drug misuse and abuse, as well as other major aberrations in drug distribution endeavours. They expressed anxiety at the level of restiveness of health workers, which has led the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA) to give the Federal Government anoth
Your Dental Care Starts with that Toothbrush

Your Dental Care Starts with that Toothbrush

Dental Health, NEWS
Recently, a video clip went viral on social media. It showed a gecko licking a toothbrush kept in a holder on the hand wash stand in the bathroom. So scary was that clip that it made some people took a decision on keeping their tooth brush either in their bags or a tightly fitted container. But how safe can we keep our toothbrush? Majority of people leave their toothbrush in a holder in the bathroom where we engage in bathing, defecating and flushing the toilet after use with the toothbrush naked in the holder. The toothbrush is said to harbour more than 100 million bacteria including E. coli and staphylococci (Staph) bacteria. A research found that fecal germs find their ways on the bristle of our toothbrushes if left in the bathroom, especially when the toilet seat is not covered w...
#Lassa Fever Kills Three in Delta, 24 Under Surveillance

#Lassa Fever Kills Three in Delta, 24 Under Surveillance

NEWS
The Delta State Government has said that three persons out of the seven confirmed cases of Lassa fever have died since the outbreak of the disease in the state. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye, who disclosed this, also said 24 persons had been placed under surveillance. Ononye, in a statement on Sunday, said, “An outbreak of Lassa fever was reported in Delta State on 26th January, 2018. Since then, the state has recorded seven confirmed cases and three deaths. 24 persons have been placed under surveillance. “Two of the dead patients are from Anambra State.  Some of the cases were referred from FMC, Asaba to the Institute of Lassa Fever, Irrua. The first case has been treated and discharged.” The commissioner said the state government in collaboration with the sta
‘We’ll Fight Back’ — NHIS ES Breaks Silence

‘We’ll Fight Back’ — NHIS ES Breaks Silence

NEWS
Usman Yusuf, executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), has vowed to fight back. According to THISDAY, Yusuf said this at a programme in Sokoto state on Thursday. Isaac Adewole, minister of health, had suspended the NHIS executive secretary over some corruption allegations. Adewole had said Yusuf could not provide a satisfactory explanation to the issues raised against him. However, President Muhammadu Buhari reinstated Yusuf two weeks ago, sparking an outrage. Workers at the headquarters of the scheme are currently divided, with some vowing not to return to work until Buhari reverse the action on Yusuf. At the programme on Thursday, Yusuf was quoted to have attributed his recent travail to corrupt individuals bent on destroying his career. Appealing...
Stakeholders Recommend Emergency Contraceptives For Rape Victims, Young Women

Stakeholders Recommend Emergency Contraceptives For Rape Victims, Young Women

NEWS
As part of efforts to curtail the surge of unplanned pregnancy especially among young women in the country, the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), has called for the use of levonorgestrel as emergency contraceptive.  Director, Reproductive Health, ministry of Health, Dr. Kayode Afolabi, who made this known at the Dissemination Meeting on ‘levonorgestrel’ Emergency Contraceptive Pills (LNG-ECPs) Training Manuals in Abuja, described emergency contraceptive, as a broad range of method mix in family planning. According to him, “the particular emergency contraceptive that we are working on in collaboration with ARFH is levonorgestrel emergency contraceptive pill. We consider it an important part in family planning pr
Over Population: Lagosians Urged To Embrace Family Planning

Over Population: Lagosians Urged To Embrace Family Planning

NEWS
With Lagos state being the most populous state in the whole of West Africa, the state government has called on residents to embrace Family Planning (FP) to reduce the population. The director, family planning and nutrition, Lagos state ministry of health, Dr. Folashade Oludara, who made this call at a three-day advocacy training workshop organised by Pathfinder International said the state is so peculiar when compared with other state of the federation due to the fact that it is accommodating.  Oludara said, “This is the state with the smallest landmarks and has almost 70 per cent of its terrain as riverine and hard to reach and it is the most populous state in the whole West Africa, if not in the whole of Africa. People within Nigeria and outside the country troop in. “Even if go
Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Cautions FG Against Moving Drug Matters To Concurrent List

Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Cautions FG Against Moving Drug Matters To Concurrent List

NEWS
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has warned the Federal Government on the dangers of planned move of drug matters from the exclusive list to the concurrent list and failure to meet the demands of health workers by February 29. The pharmacists, in a communiqué issued after its first national council meeting held at the weekend in Lagos, warned that an attempt to place drug matters on concurrent list will only seriously amplify the dimensions of the fake drug syndrome, drug misuse and abuse, as well as other major aberrations in drug distribution endeavours. They expressed anxiety at the level of restiveness of health workers, which has led the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA) to give the Federal Government anoth
Reps Pass Bill to Amend Orthopedic Hospital Board Act

Reps Pass Bill to Amend Orthopedic Hospital Board Act

NEWS
The House of Representatives yesterday passed amendment of the Orthopedic Hospital Management  Board Act through Second reading. The bill which seeks to amend sections 1(1), 2(4), 3, 4, 5, 9, 10 12(1), 13(1), 14(3) and 15, as well as the first schedule of the Principal Act and, change the date of the submission of annual estimates to the Minister and increase some penalties. Leading the debate, sponsor of the bill, Hon. Betty Apiafi noted that the Principal Act empowers the Board to prepare and submit budget estimates to the Minster, not later than the 31st day of October of each financial year. “Such estimates shall be submitted by the Minister for approval by the President . However, going by law, the time stated in Section 10(1) of the Principal Act to submit annual estimates by