The Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested a health worker, Yewande Gbadebo, who allegedly used a hot knife to inflict injuries on the body of her 17-year-old maid, identified as Janet. She had accused the maid of eating a loaf of bread without her consent. The arrest of the suspect, who works at Community Health Centre in Erunbe, Abeokuta South Local Government Area, was facilitated by Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, Ogun State chapter. The state chairman, CDHR, Olayinka Folarin, in company with officials of Child Protection Network, had on Wednesday traced the suspect to her shop in the Iberekodo area of Abeokuta, but she was not available. However, the maid was rescued and handed over to the police. The 32-year-old woman was later arrested and taken to th
Enugu State government has urged residents to be vigilant, following the fresh outbreak of Lassa fever in Ebonyi State.The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Fintan Ekochin, made the appeal yesterday.He said although the disease has not been reported in the state, there were concerns about those who travel to and from Ebonyi. He said: “Lassa fever has been a challenge in Ebonyi State as the people are prone to having issues that may lead to deaths. “Our concern is about those commuters, if they contact the disease, how do we select them from the general public, quarantine and treat them?”He said presently, since the disease is not endemic among the Enugu population, the risk remains lower. Ekochin disclosed that the state has an internationally approved isolation ward, which could handle h
A doctor and nurse at the Federal Medical Centre in Keffi, Nasarawa state, are suspected to have contracted Lassa fever. The duo were said to have contracted the virus from a patient who died earlier on Wednesday. The nurse is reportedly in transit to Irua, Edo state, while the doctor is said to be under surveillance. This development comes three days after two doctors and another nurse were reported to have lost their lives to the virus in Ebonyi state. The Ebonyi incidents were the first cases under the recent outbreak of the virus in the country. The Cable
The coalition of health professionals comprising Pharmacists, Medical Laboratory Scientists and Nurses in Ondo State have rejected some aspects of the State Contributory Health Scheme Bill that had passed through the public hearing at the State House of Assembly. Specifically, the concerned health practitioners rejected the provision of the proposed law, which made the headship of the scheme an exclusive right of medical doctors. The practitioners expressed their opposition at a news conference addressed by representatives of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) and the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) in Akure, Ondo State capital. Speaking on behalf of the health practitioners, the ...
…To save N200m annually from traveling and meeting grants The National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC says it will in March this year commence a nationwide campaign against falsified and substandard drugs in Nigeria. Stating this in a meeting with staff in Lagos recently, the Director General of the Agency, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye said the campaign will start from six states of the federation, and would be aimed at sensitizing school children and people at the grassroots on the consequences of drug abuse and substandard products and medicines. She said the Agency will no longer entertain third party purchase of equipment, even as she has moved to save not less than 200 million spent annually on travels and meetings by staff of the agency. In what appears
• Little black box for detecting, tracking infectious disease outbreaks The World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised alarm over imminent ‘deadly’ epidemic of Yellow fever in Nigeria. The WHO, last month, warned that yellow fever cases throughout Nigeria are escalating concerns about the risk of large, costly, and difficult-to-control outbreaks in urban areas requiring huge supplies of life-saving vaccines and increasing the potential for large-scale national and even worldwide spread. Fears that the situation in globally connected Nigeria could soon mirror the massive 2016 urban outbreak in Angola, during which cases were exported to neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and as far as China, are raising urgent calls for quick containment. Yellow fever is a potentially f
Nigeria’s former Minister of Health, Professor Adenike Grange has blamed the Nigerian governments at all levels for the poor health care delivery system in the country. Delivering a keynote speech at the 19th Professor Bassey Andah Memorial Lecture at weekend, Professor Grange said short life expectancy caused by high infant and maternal mortality rate is one of the major challenges facing the country’s healthcare delivery system. She attributed this to misplaced priorities by parents and the absence of effective health care delivery in Primary and secondary healthcare facilities and even tertiary health care institutions, which have become mere referral centres is worsening the healthcare system in the country. Grange said “over the years effective policies and programmes for e
The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has been in operation for over ten years but it seems to have failed in the realization of the objectives for which it was established. Key among its failures is the non-realization of the objective of making health care available to Nigerians at an affordable cost. As at date many Nigerians still pay out of their pocket for medical expenses; a retrogressive health care funding mechanism. This has continued to drive many families to catastrophic health expenditures and poverty. There is therefore an urgent need to review the scheme with a view to finding out factors responsible for its poor performance and proffer solutions that can lead to improvement in the scheme. This is necessary in order to accelerate the expansion of the scheme to cover...
Asthma and hay fever suffers are 50 per cent more likely to develop cataracts, new research reveals.Cataracts, which are the clouding of the lens in the eye leading to vision loss, have previously been associated with steroid use. Nasally-inhaled steroids are the recommended first-line treatment for severe, persistent hay fever, while oral versions of the anti-inflammatory medication are the go-to drugs in asthma.It is unclear how steroids cause cataracts, however, this may explain the link between eye clouding in asthma and hay fever sufferers, according to a Korean study. The findings were published in the Journal of Dermatology.How the research was carried out. Researchers from The Catholic University of Korea analysed 14,776 people from the health survey KNHANES-V, which was cond...
Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has commended the Nigerian Army for the establishment of a tertiary military hospital in the state, saying it will serve as centre of excellence for diseases of military importance. Tambuwal’s spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, in a statement yesterday, said the hospital, the first of its kind in the country, will also serve as a research institution with a United Nations’-grade international public health laboratory. It said already the government had provided space at the Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital for temporary use by the hospital pending when work on its permanent site will be executed. The statement quoted Tambuwal as saying that some states had applied to be given the right to host the facility, but Sokoto emerged the preferre
Kaduna State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Hafsat Baba, on Wednesday said investigation has commenced on the disappearance of a day-old-baby at Yusuf Dantsoho General Hospital, Kaduna. The baby, whose parents were deaf and dumb, was allegedly stolen by a woman hours after delivery on Jan. 10. Baba said her ministry was liaising with that of Health to unravel the circumstances that led to the disappearance of the baby. “We are working to ensure that the baby is traced and returned to her mother.’’ “We are appealing to the ministry of health to thoroughly investigate all personnel on duty at the time. “We are also involving the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps Child Protection Desk to conduct their investigations on the matter. “This not the first this is
There’s nothing covert about Roxy — a huge market in Abidjan selling counterfeit medicine, the scourge of Africa and the cause of around 100,000 deaths annually on the world’s poorest continent. Located in the bustling Adjame quarter of Ivory Coast’s main city and commercial hub, the haven for fake medicine has been targeted time and again by authorities and stockpiles burnt. But it resurfaces every time. “The police hassle us but they themselves buy these medicines,” said Mariam, one of the many mainly illiterate vendors who hawk everything from painkillers and antibiotics to anti-malaria and anti-retroviral treatments. “When we are harassed we always come to an arrangement with them to resume our activities,” she said. Fatima, another hawker, said: “Many people come here w
The crisis in Jos University Teaching Hospital, deepened on Wednesday when about 400 Resident Doctors protest on the streets with a mock coffin. As early as 8:30am, the aggrieved doctors had laid siege to the complex of JUTH complaining about the dictatorial tendencies of its Chief Medical Director, Prof. Edmund Banwat. As of the time of this report, the Chairman, National Association of Resident Doctors, JUTH Chapter, Dr. Paul Agbo, had assembled the doctors at the Pharmacy Checkpoint of the Hospital with the mock coffin. The Doctors carried placards with inscriptions like “Come and rescue JUTH”, “Illegal sacking by illegal CMD”, “Prof. Banwat, your tenure as CMD is over”, “Rest in peace to the many souls killed by bad leadership”, “Obey Court order”, “Stop illegal sacking of Resid
Barely 48 hours after two doctors and a nurse reportedly died of Lassa fever in Ebonyi State, medical doctors under the auspices of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), have come out to say that the poor state of the National Virology Centre, at the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, remains a source of worry to them. Ebonyi State Commissioner for Health, Daniel Umezurike in Abakaliki Monday, told journalists that three persons had reportedly died of Lassa fever outbreak in the state. This was disclosed at a protest in Government House Monday in Abakaliki by the doctors led by the Treasurer of the Ebonyi State branch of the NMA, Dr Onwe Mbam. According to Mbam, “it is highly regrettable that every year one or two health workers would die in the course of doing their job in the fac
For so many people it’s really hard to believe that the holidays are over. All the time you spent having fun, hanging out with friends and family, keeping late nights and taking your time to wake up in the morning are suddenly over. Even though you knew the holidays will eventually end, you still find it quite hard to get back into the swing of things at work. Have no fear, you are not alone! What you are feeling right now is called “Back to Work Blues” and researches have shown that it is perfectly normal and treatable. First things first, why do you get ‘back to work blues’? Dr. Angelos Halaris, a professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at Loyola University in Illinois, USA, believes that one of the reasons for this is the fact that we tend to go overboard in the best way during the y