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Bill Gates to Pay Nigeria’s $76m Polio Debt

Bill Gates to Pay Nigeria’s $76m Polio Debt

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World’s richest man American Bill Gates and his wife Melinda are to pay off a $76million debt Nigeria took out to rid its population of polio. Their extraordinary generosity will repay the loan taken out by the Nigeria from Japan in 2014, to enable her eliminate the disease. Nigeria had been due to begin repayments this year, but a spokesman for the couple confirmed their act of generosity in an email to qz.com. The billionaire Microsoft tycoon and his wife of their ‘deep concern’ in 2012 after Nigeria accounted for more than half of all polio cases worldwide. Thanks to the loan, Nigeria is now almost polio free and did not record new cases in 2017, although experts warned the country had suffered false dawns before. Polio is a crippling, contagious infection which can invad
UNIUYO Teaching Hospital Runs on 10 Generators —Acting CMD

UNIUYO Teaching Hospital Runs on 10 Generators —Acting CMD

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UYO—Services at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital are being powered by 10 generating sets, due to epileptic power supply from the national grid, acting Chief Medical Director, Dr. Isaac Udoh, has disclosed. He said that the 1000 KVA generator which used to power the hospital broke down and efforts were on to repair it as the parts had been purchased, adding that the plant was capable of supplying electricity to all the departments in the hospital. According to him, the hospital does not rely on public power supply  because of the sensitive nature of the equipment as power fluctuation had destroyed many of their equipment. He stated that some areas do not have electricity, but intensive care and second level of care were adequately supplied with electricity. Udoh, who spok
Osun Takes Delivery of N200m Worth of Medical Facilities

Osun Takes Delivery of N200m Worth of Medical Facilities

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• As commissioner allays fear over Lassa fever Medical facilities worth about N200 million have been imported by the Osun State Government as part of efforts towards achieving its total healthcare delivery in the state. In a statement issued by the office of the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, the medical equipment which will be distributed across the state’s 56 healthcare facilities, are aimed at addressing some of the identified challenges within the state’s health sector. According to Isamotu, the medical equipment includes complete electrocardiography machines, complete vascular Doppler, injection pump machines, high frequency analysis machines, tremtrafo-isolating transformers, hospital beds, x-ray film viewer monitors, complete C arm x-ray intensive viewe
FG Releases N360m For Purchase Of Contraceptives

FG Releases N360m For Purchase Of Contraceptives

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…. Okays N10.5bn Rehabilitation Of Hadejia-Nguru Road  To check population explosion, the  federal government has released $1 million(N 360m) for the delivery of contraceptives for the enhancement of quality family planning among Nigerians. This was disclosed by the minister of Heath ,Isaac Adewole after the federal executive council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa.  He said procurement for the implementation of the plan led by a committee chaired by a director in the ministry had equally been secured. According to him,  the ministry had submitted nine proposals which had equally been approved by the council since 2016. He observed that following a presidential approval of the joint venture agreement between the federal governmen
Doctors Offer Free Eye Surgeries To Mark Amosun’s 60th Birthday

Doctors Offer Free Eye Surgeries To Mark Amosun’s 60th Birthday

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Members of the National Association  of Government, General Medical and Dental Practitioners of Nigeria, Ogun State branch, are to carry out 60 free surgeries in each of the three Senatorial Districts in the state to mark the 60th birthday of the Ogun state Governor, Senator Ibikunle  Amosun.  Chairman of the association, Dr. Olufemi Odusote, while leading members on a courtesy visit to Amosun, who will turn 60 years on January 25, in his Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta office, yesterday, said the programme was designed to appreciate him for his feat in office, particularly in the health sector. According to him, among the achievements by the Amosun led administration, is the hosting of the National Council on Health, adjudged to be the best ever, upgrading of dental facilities as well as the ac
Lassa Fever: Irrua Isolation Centre Full, Over 25 Cases Under Treatment

Lassa Fever: Irrua Isolation Centre Full, Over 25 Cases Under Treatment

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…Source says cases from Ebonyi were treated in ISTH, not Abakaliki The Lassa Fever Isolation Ward in Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH), Edo State, is presently recording an over flow of patients with about 25 confirmed or suspected cases currently under treatment or observation at the ward. A visit by THISDAY to the Lassa fever ward Tuesday showed that the hospital management has erected a makeshift tent outside the ward to accommodate the growing number of suspected or confirmed cases. A staff who spoke to THISDAY on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on behalf of the hospital management said most of the cases were from Owo in Ondo State, Ebonyi, a handful from Edo State and some surrounding states. She decried why the efforts made by the cen
One to 4,000 Doctor Population Ratio Unacceptable, MDCAN Tells FG

One to 4,000 Doctor Population Ratio Unacceptable, MDCAN Tells FG

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The Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) has said that the one doctor to 4,000 persons ratio in Nigeria is highly unacceptable. The group said the establishment of medical universities by the federal government would enhance the number of medical doctors trained in the country and also improve the health of Nigerians. This was contained in a communique issued by the association after its national executive council meeting which held in Awka last week. National President of the association, Prof. Ngim Ngim who briefed journalists recently on the outcome of the NEC meeting said the acceptable ration was one doctor to 600 population, but the present ratio of one doctor to 4,000 persons was capable of negatively impacting on the healthcare delivery system in N...
First Private Medical University in Nigeria Begins Admission of Students

First Private Medical University in Nigeria Begins Admission of Students

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The first private medical university in Nigeria, PAMO University of Medical Sciences (PUMS), Port Harcourt, has commenced undergraduate admission for its first batch of applicants for the 2017/2018 academic year. The university which was recently licensed by the federal government, is the first full-fledged private medical university in the country. The take-off faculties are: Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences and Faculty of Clinical Sciences. Suitably-qualified candidates are invited for screening and admission into undergraduate degree programmes in the two faculties. The programmes include Anatomy, Biochemistry, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Pharmacology and Physiology for Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences as well as Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) for the Faculty o...
Trump Travel Ban: Doctor Faces Deportation After 40 Years in America

Trump Travel Ban: Doctor Faces Deportation After 40 Years in America

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A respected doctor who has been in the United States for nearly 40 years has been picked up by American immigration agents after the Trump administration denied his attempt to renew his green card. Lukas Niec, an internal medicine doctor known for long hours at the hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan, was picked up by Immigration and Customs enforcement agents over the weekend. He’s now reportedly sitting in a jail cell waiting for word on when he’ll be allowed to return to his normal life — or if he’ll be allowed to do so at all. Niec, an internal medicine doctor at Kalamazoo’s Bronson Methodist Hospital, moved to the United States nearly 40 years ago when he was five years old. His parents brought him from Poland in 1979, alongside his sister, who said that they had packed just two
Lagos Awards Contract for Toxicology Section

Lagos Awards Contract for Toxicology Section

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The Lagos State Government says it has awarded the contract for the expansion of the operations of the Lagos State DNA and Forensic Centre to include a world-class forensic toxicology and chemistry section. The state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, said on Wednesday that the toxicology and chemistry section was informed by the growing cases of homicide and suspicious deaths related to substance, alcohol abuse, drug-related accidents and deaths, as well as suspected cases of poisoning. Kazeem said, “The award of this contract is in fulfilment of the promise made by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the opening of the centre in September 2017, when he promised that the state would expand the scope of operations of the centre to include forensic toxicology
Robbers Kill Medical Doctor in Edo

Robbers Kill Medical Doctor in Edo

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Gunmen, suspected to be highway robbers, have killed a medical doctor with the University of Benin Teaching Hospital in the Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State. The deceased, identified as Dr Ehidiamen Oaikhena, was said to have been shot by the gunmen in the Okada area, while returning to Benin on January 16. It was gathered that Oaikhena, aged 34, was returning from a hospital where he had conducted a successful surgery when he ran into an ambush by the suspected robbers. It was also gathered that amidst the pandemonium, the deceased, a senior registrar in the Anaesthesiology Department of UBTH, reversed his vehicle in a bid to avoid the gunmen. But he was said to have been sighted by the armed men, who opened fire on him around the Ovia River. A source said...
Okorocha Warns Against Handshaking as Lassa Fever Kills 3 in Imo

Okorocha Warns Against Handshaking as Lassa Fever Kills 3 in Imo

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GOVERNOR of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has warned residents against handshaking, following the outbreak of Lassa fever in the state, which claimed the lives of three persons yesterday, with several others currently being treated in the hospital. The state Commissioner for Health, Mrs. Angela Uwakwem had said, yesterday, that out of  seven cases, three persons have been confirmed dead in the state. In a statement to Vanguard in Owerri, she said that a hospital has been identified where the deceased went to and that the hospital had been cordoned off. Uwakwem went further to say that efforts are on top gear to get relatives and friends who had contacts with the affected quarantined. She said: “In fact, there are seven cases that we have in Imo State. We have their families and we
Lassa Fever: NMA Canvasses Yearly Enlightenment to Stem Scourge

Lassa Fever: NMA Canvasses Yearly Enlightenment to Stem Scourge

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The South East caucus of the Nigeria Medical Association ( NMA) has called on State Governments in the zone to institute yearly public enlightenment on Lassa fever considering its deadly effect. This is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a meeting of the group on Wednesday in Enugu. The caucus Chairman, Dr Cajetan Onyedum, said that the NMA was worried that the epidemic was turning out to be a yearly occurrence with devastating defects. Onyedum said that such enlightenments would be routinely scaled up between September and April every year. “This call follows the observation that the epidemic, of late, has turning out to be a yearly occurrence with such devastating effects during these months. “We also demand that the Virology Centre in Federal Teaching Hospital,
Drug Abuse: FG Sets Up 16 Member Committee on Codeine, Others

Drug Abuse: FG Sets Up 16 Member Committee on Codeine, Others

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…to consider banning, supply chain of drugs among others Piqued with the increased cases of abuse of drugs among the populace, the Federal Government has set up a committee to review the continuous usage of codeine, Tramadol and other related substances in the county. The 16 member Committee on the Codeine Control Working and other related Matter Group ( CCRWG ) which has Prof. Oluwatoyin Odeku as the Chairperson has four to six weeks to turn in its preliminary report. Inaugurating the committee yesterday in Abuja, the Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole said that it was very important to break the supply end of the drugs. The minister stressed that the government must prevent people from causing harm to themselves and to the society. In the recent times, Adewole said the
#LassaFever Kills Two In Imo, Seven Quarantined, Government Says

#LassaFever Kills Two In Imo, Seven Quarantined, Government Says

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Imo State Health Commissioner, Dr. Angela Uwakwem, has said that two residents of Owerri have died of Lassa fever which has resurfaced in the state. Uwakwem, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent in Owerri on Wednesday said, “Lassa fever is in Owerri. It is confirmed.” Uwakwem said two persons died of the virus after they were “referred out of” the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri. The health commissioner said, “We have seven suspected cases of Lassa fever. Two are confirmed. “The Imo State Government is working hard to establish the point of first contact. The media should also help us to enlighten our people. “People should stop unnecessary shaking of hands. People should also stop eating exposed foods. The virus is caused by rats, so people should be encouraged to ma