….Citizens lament, want urgent action to fix facilities If there is anywhere that epitomizes the parlous state of healthcare facilities in Nigeria, it is the South East geo-political zone. In the region made up five states – Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo, it’s a nightmare for citizens to access healthcare as most healthcare projects exist on paper or at best abandoned. The Daily Times investigation also found that drugs in most healthcare centres in most state in the South East are expired. Here are snippets… Obollo Ile and Ofiambela…as home of ‘ghost projects’ After asking at least 10 different people at Obollo Afor, the headquarters of Udenu Local Government Area, about the location of Obollo Ile, there was still no clue. Everyone claimed there was only Obollo Eke and Obol
Lagos State is said to be impressively emerging out of HIV/AIDS epidemic with a drop in cases of infected persons. According to the CEO of the Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA), Dr Oluseyi Temowo, there is about 217, 658 positive people in the state, and about 64, 554 are on Anti-retroviral (ARV). Temowo stated this while highlighting activities the state is embarking on to observe this year’s World AIDS Day on First of December, with the theme- ‘Right to Health- Making it happen.’ He said going by the records compiled between January and June this year at outreaches and in communities, “we know that there is a dropping of 1.7 percent.” “For the screening done among communities the prevalence rate is 0.3 percent, whereby 576, 406 were screened at different health faciliti
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday stated that despite political differences, key political leaders of the state still maintain a healthy relationship. Speaking during the burial of the late Pa Albert Mene, the father of the Executive Director, Finance at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Derek Mene, in Khana Local Government Area of the state, Wike said friendship endures over all other considerations. He said: “We are still friends despite our political differences. Derek Mene is my friend, even though we disagree to agree.” The Governor described the burial of the late Pa Mene as a celebration of life, noting that he led a worthy life and left lasting legacies. He said: “This is a celebration of life. For a man to beget a child like the Executive Dire
…advocates safe C-section Nigerian gynaecologists have finally admitted that the growing number of obstetric fistula cases (holes developed between the vagina and rectum or bladder) are as a result of surgical errors caused by doctors and healthcare professionals during medical procedures, most often, during caesarean sections (CS). They conceded to this fact after several hospital-based studies proved that there is now an increase in iatrogenic fistulas, giving rise to more maternal morbidity and mortality. Some of the studies were explained in a presentation by Prof. Oladosu Ojenbgede, during a ‘hands-on training on VVF repair workshop’ at the 51st annual scientific conference of The Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrician of Nigeria (SOGON) held at Usmanu Danfodiyo University T
Negative school experiences can have harmful long term effects on pupils with Autism Spectrum Conditions, a new study in the journal Autism reports. Researchers from the University of Surrey have discovered that experiences of social and emotional exclusion in mainstream schools can adversely affect how pupils with autism view themselves, increasing their risk of developing low self-esteem, a poor sense of self-worth and mental health problems. Examining 17 previous studies in the area, researchers discovered that how pupils with autism view themselves is closely linked to their perceptions of how other’s treat and interact with them. They found that a tendency of many pupils with the condition to internalise the negative attitudes and reactions of others toward them, combined with u
Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Society of Nigeria (ORLSON) has decried the lack of Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons (ENT) in Nigeria’s health sector. Prof. Onyekwere Nwaorgu, the President of the Society said this on Friday in Abuja while fielding questions from newsmen. He identified the number of ENT surgeons in the country as less than 200, while 199 were still on training, describing such number as grossly inadequate to meet the health needs of a population of over 180 million. Nwaorgu emphasised that if there was enough manpower in the area of specialty, such diseases would be detected and corrected early. He further attributed the inadequacy of the specialists on decayed infrastructure in health facilities and lack of supportive policies that would boost the performance of the pro
Prof. Thomas Agan is the Chief Medical Director, cmd, of University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, ucth, and Chairman, Committee of Chief Medical Directors and Medical Directors of Federal Tertiary Hospitals. in this interview, Agan speaks on the state of health facilities in the country and the challenges faced by the hospitals in health care delivery. Prof Agan You have been CMD for the past six years. How do you see the state of the health sector? The three tiers of healthcare delivery, namely, primary, secondary and tertiary, have not thrived because of poor funding. However, I must appreciate the regime of President Buhari for improving budgetary provisions to the health sector. It will be highly appreciated if the budgetary provisions are implemented. I must also commend the previous ...
Women with higher body mass index (BMI) face an increased risk of not detecting their breast tumor until it has become large, according to a new study. Researchers said the findings suggest that women with higher BMI may need shorter intervals between mammography screening exams. BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight, with overweight defined as a BMI of 25 or more. High BMI is associated with a number of health risks, including diabetes and heart disease. However, BMI is not considered as part of breast cancer screening guidelines. For the new study, conducted at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, researchers set out to identify risk factors associated with tumors not being detected until larger than 2 centimeters (cm), or about the size of a peanut, and to examine t
The Lagos State Government in collaboration with the Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh (DRASA) Health Trust has conducted training for health workers in all General Hospitals in the state towards increasing their capacity to identify and promptly manage patients during outbreak of emerging infectious diseases. In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, the government noted that with a population of over 22 million people and rapid urbanisation, Lagos State remains at high risk of outbreak of infectious diseases. Idris stated that the training is focused on a group of illnesses called viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) which includes deadly viruses such as Ebola, Lassa fever, Yellow fever, and Dengue. He said these viruses cause sporadic outbreaks all over the country...
The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on Sunday denied claims in some quarters that she had refused to grant import duty waivers on drugs, health commodities and related equipment donated by the Global Fund. In a statement signed by the Director of Information in the ministry, Mr. Salisu Dambatta, the minister said claims by some importers and non-governmental organisations that she denied them waivers on drugs and health commodities imported into the country were untrue. She said in granting import duty waivers, the ministry followed statutory procedures. This, she said, was part of measures to check the abuse of the Federal Government’s fiscal incentives and halt rampart corrupt practices in the economic sector. She gave some of the procedures as submission of an appli
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has lauded the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for it proactive strategy and implementation plan 2017 - 2021 towards tackling epidemic outbreak in Nigeria. The Hon. Minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr. Clement Uwaifo stated this during the launching of the strategic plan document in Abuja. Prof. Adewole, commended the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu and the Staff of the centre for their proactive response towards epidemic outbreaks despite difficult contexts in which they operate. He explained the strategic plan as an essential document in the development of an organisation which would improve quick response to outbreak of diseases in Nigeria. The Minister ...
The Chairman of the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) in Ekiti state Dr. Kunle Ajayi, has told the state government that medical doctors are avoiding working in the state due to poor working conditions, unpaid salaries and poor funding of the state University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH). Speaking at the inauguration of the union’s secretariat/office complex, MDCAN House, located within EKSUTH premises, Ajayi regretted that many good brains left juicy appointments elsewhere and came to EKSUTH shortly after it was upgraded from state specialist hospital in 2008 only for the health institution to be neglected. The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olurotimi Ojo, who commissioned the building on behalf of Governor Ayodele Fayose, appealed to the doctors to bear with
The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has disassociated himself from an essay competition being organised in his name by a group under the guise of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS). The Minister, in a press statement by his Special Assistant Communication and Strategy, Kazeem Akintunde, said he was not aware of the competition. “It is allegedly being put together by a fake group of students using my name. It is fake and I know nothing about it. I urge members of the public not to take part in the fake essay competition”, Adewole said. “A group had posted on social media that it is organising an essay competition titled: Professor Isaac Adewole Essay Competition, If I were the Minister of Health. “It was signed by one Adebola Mercy Adeola, Secretary to
Nigeria’s National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has released its 2017–2021 horizon thematic strategy to tackle prevention and control of disease in the country. The new strategy incorporates a new vision and mission that cascades into 5 Strategic Goals, 22 Objectives and 89 Activities. It includes accurately measure the burden of infectious diseases and ensure Nigeria meets its international obligations under the International Health Regulations (IHR). Others are to develop a public health laboratory network to support the detection, prevention and response to critical infectious diseases, reduce the adverse impact of predictable and unpredicted public health emergencies, and create an efficiently managed and evidence-based organisation with a clear focus on health promotion and dis
Oluranti Adebule, The Deputy Governor of Lagos State has reiterated the need to ensure that children especially at their early stage in life are well nourished, healthy and educated saying that the future of every nation lies with her children. No nation can achieve greatness either economically or politically without the children. Adebule also commended FrieslandCampina WAMCO for her Peak 456 healthy eating and lifestyle initiative, which she said would have a far-reaching effect on both the physical and mental development of the Nigerian child. She said this in a goodwill message delivered on her behalf by the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Adebunmi Adekanye at the media launch of the initiative held in Lagos. Nigeria’s leading dairy company, FrieslandCampina