The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) says none of its members was involved in an auto crash over the weekend in Benin City. The union described as false and mischievous speculations that some of its members were involved in a road accident. This is contained in a statement signed by JOHESU’s National Secretary, Mrs Florence Ekpebor, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja. The statement identified those involved in the accident “outsourced staff working as cleaners in University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH)’’. It stated that most of the victims were from companies belonging to the Chief Medical Director of UBTH and Managing Directors of Federal Government owned hospitals. The statement further described the rumour as a cheap blackmail by medica
Some Nigerians have suggested that the planned friendly match between the Super Eagles and the Congo DR national team slated for May 28, 2018 in Nigeria be cancelled as a result of the deadly Ebola Virus outbreak in Congo which so far has claimed about 19 lives. The country’s health institutions are battling presently with the epidemic. But the head of Nigeria football body, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, is insisting that the game must hold saying cancelling it would amount to discrimination. I beg to differ. It is a precaution; even if it were discriminatory, so what? Should the lives of Nigerians be endangered to satisfy anybody or group? FIFA, the world football governing body, emphasises fair play. Not playing the Congo friendly under the present circumstances is playing fair. All well-meaning
The Joint Health Sector Unions says it is not aware of a court order asking it to call off its over one-month old strike. It, therefore, called on its members to ignore the Federal Ministry of Health’s order that the strike be called off. JOHESU said this in a statement by its National Secretary, Florence Emperor, on Monday. The statement read in part, “The leadership of JOHESU has noted with dismay rumours in the press that the ongoing strike being embarked upon by the unions has been stopped by a court injunction. “We are not unaware of the machination and propaganda by the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigerian Medical Association who are bent on thwarting the ongoing nationwide action.” The union, however, apologised to Nigerians over the hardship they were facing due to
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) on Monday refuted reports of an outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country. The denial followed social media reports that claimed an Ebola outbreak in Ghana and that the health authority was trying to suppress the information. “We want to state emphatically that the report is false and misleading and that there is no such incidence of Ebola in Ghana,” the GHS said in a statement signed by its Director-General, Anthony Nsiah-Asare. The statement said Ebola was a highly infectious condition and that when there was an outbreak in a community there was no way the National Health System could keep it secret from the public. It added that the health system was part of the global community and mandated by international health regulation to rep
Vaginal steaming which is also known as V-Steaming is an age old health practice whereby a woman sits or squats over steaming water containing herbs such as mugwort, rosemary, wormwood and basil. In Nigeria, it is usually practiced amongst new mothers who delivered vaginally and may have been torn during the process. They sit over steaming water mixed with salt and disinfectant. The steam from the water is said to aid the healing process of the vagina tearing and prevent infection. Vagina Steaming has been reported to have been practiced in different civilisations from times past such as: Asia, Africa and Central America. In Southern Korea, it is referred to as “Chai-Yok” and “Bajos” in South and Central America. While applying steam to your vagina can be quite painful, for some reason it
The Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, on Monday said DR Congo players would be screened for Ebola on arrival in the country ahead of their friendly match against the Super Eagles in Port Harcourt on Monday. This is because of the outbreak of the deadly virus in the Central African country. Dalung disclosed this in an interview with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the nation’s preparedness for the friendly match and World Cup in Russia next month. The minister explained that the match would not be put off because of the outbreak but stringent precautionary measure would be taken. He said, “Nigeria is going to play the friendly. I have discussed with the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organ
Does the name Nadia Sawalha ring a bell? Obviously, for many not in the entertainment industry she may not be popular. For the records, she is an English actress and television presenter. In a recent episode of “Loose Women”, a topical show in the UK, She made news when she downed shots of her own urine live on TV. Nadia was testing a urine therapy, an alternative medicine thought to have huge health benefits. You may find the practice of drinking your own urine distasteful. Believe it or not, more widely, people are consuming their own urine. It is claimed urine therapy is an alternative medicine to cure everything from diabetes to common colds, infections, skin diseases and many more ailments. But what exactly is urine therapy? According to Wikipedia, urine therapy or urotherapy is the
The World Health has set aside a day of walking or running to promote physical activity around the world. The first-ever “Walk the Talk”—an 8km walk—came on the eve of the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva. “Health is in our hands,” said WHO director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus, ahead of the walk. “If we are physically active, if we don’t abuse alcohol and if we don’t smoke and if we watch what we eat. Let’s make it happen,” he called. The call comes amidst rising concern for chronic and noncommunicable diseases related to lifestyle changes—anything from diabetes to hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. “We know the risk factors, and one of them is what we are doing today. Let’s stay active.” Walk the Talk is set to become an annual event to be held on the Sunday before he
Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy (NSP) says it has over 250 trained specialist Physiotherapists in Neurophysiotherapy and over 500 specialist trained Orthopaedic Physiotherapists who would have conveniently carried out President Buhari's son's post-operative rehabilitation if they had been invited. NSP was reacting to a statement credited to the Minister of Health. "Our attention has been drawn to some misconceptions which have arisen from a recent interview granted by the Hounorable Minister of Health on channels television program hard copy. The minister claimed that the president's son did not go abroad for treatment but for rehabilitation thereby suggesting that rehabilitation was not a form or part of treatment, " NSP said in a statement signed by its National PRO Peggy-joe O
The Mozambican Health Ministry is prepared to deal with any cases of the deadly disease ebola, the Ministry spokesperson, Lidia Chongo, told a Maputo press conference. An outbreak of Ebola began on 4 April in the Democratic Republic of Congo. According to the Congolese authorities. 44 cases have been notified in isolated parts of the country, 23 of whom have died. Although the risk to Mozambique is regarded as minimal, the Health Ministry has called for constant vigilance and preparation to respond immediately to any cases of the disease that do occur. “We have reactivated technical working groups in the Ministry and in the provinces. “Technical staff and our partners are working in these groups in order to guarantee that all the necessary conditions are guaranteed, ”said Chongo. Eme
Mrs Toyin Ojora Saraki, Founder of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), said the World Health Organization (WHO) has released 5,000 doses of vaccine to curtail the spread of Ebola in the democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). According to her, even though the disease has spread to the city of Congo, the disease surveillance spotted it out immediately and the leadership of WHO reacted promptly within three days with five thousand doses of vaccine. Mrs Saraki, who is also a Special Adviser to WHO, made this known in Abuja on Saturday at “The Health for all Challenge” with the theme Abuja walk the talk. Her words: ” WHO is going to be vaccinating around the area, the incubation period is 21 days and I believe WHO in collaboration with the DRC Ministry of Health will be able to contained th
PEOPLE living with HIV/AIDS, and 11 other groups weekend in Abuja, petitioned the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole and his Labour and Employment counterpart, Senator Chris Ngige raising alarm that the ongoing health workers strike was worsening their situations They threatened to hold both Ministers accountable for any death of members or any other negative consequences the protracted industrial action would have on their lives or treatment. The petition was signed by Civil Society for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, CiSHAN, Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, NEPWHAN, Nigeria Diversity Network, NDN, Network of Religious Leaders Against HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, NINERELA, Civil Society Platform on Health, Treatment Action Movement, TAM, Initiative, Nigerian Network of Youths Against HIV/...
The Benue State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on Saturday distanced itself from the ongoing Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) strike in the country. Dr Obekpa Obekpa, chairman, and Dr Nwaeze Chukwuemeka, Secretary of JOHESU espectively, disclosed this in a jointly signed in Makurdi. JOHESU embarked on the industrial action on April 17, demanding improved facilities, upward adjustment of CONHESS salary scale, and employment of additional health professionals. Other demands include implementation of court judgments, upward review of retirement age from 60 to 65 years, and harmonisation of salaries of all healthcare workers in the country. But, the NMA members at Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Makurdi and Benue State Teaching Hospital (BSUTH) said they were not part of t...
The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has sympathised with members of the Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, who were involved in a road accident on Saturday. In a press statement released by the ministry on Sunday, the minister wished the injured JOHESU members quick recovery. Mr Adewole said that he had been in touch with the Chief Medical Directors of University of Benin Teaching Hospital, (UBTH) and Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital on the need to offer comprehensive medical attention to the injured. According to the statement signed by the Assistant Director, Press and Public Relations, Olajide Oshundun, 19 JOHESU members were involved in an accident along the Benin-Auchi road on Saturday. He said the accident victims are staff of UBTH chapter of the union. According to the sta...
As the strike action by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) entered its fourth week, health services at the University College Hospital (UCH), were paralysed and patients were still been dumped at the door of the hospital unattended. The chairman of JOHESU of the UCH branch, Mr. Olusegun Sotiloye, who confirmed the condition of the hospital yesterday, vowed that the industrial action would remain in force until the Federal government honoured the agreement reached with the union. Sotiloye spoke on the heels of a consultative meeting by JOHESU scheduled to hold on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in all the six geopolitical zones in the country. The meeting, it was learnt, will also review the industrial action and respond to the call by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on the Federal Gov...