Recently, the Mandate Health Empowerment Initiative (MHEI), an NGO announced that it would carry out trauma intervention for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-East, beginning first quarter of this year. This move ... by a non-governmental organisation is a welcome move contributory to the health care delivery needs of the hapless victims of insurgency and other related armed attacks leading to humanitarian crises in the north-east and even the middle belt regions of Nigeria. In this cover story, Editor of PharmaTimes, MORGAN NWANGUMA examines the level of medical health needs as well as the urgency of special intervention for the populations in the IDP camps across the affected states. On a daily basis, so many lose their lives in Nigeria simply because of inadequate health...
No fewer than 50 policemen, yesterday, took over Office of National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, in Abuja, following staff protests over the reinstatement of the Executive Secretary, Prof. Usman Yusuf. Yusuf was reinstated by the Federal Government last Tuesday, after a seven-month suspension by Minister of Health, Prof. Issac Adewole, over allegations of gross misconduct. Vanguard gathered that the policemen were mobilised to NHIS to avert possible breakdown of law and order as two groups of pro and anti-Yusuf protesters stormed the headquarters of the agency to either express their support for or resist Yusuf’s return as Executive Secretary. The anti-Yusuf protesters, under the aegis of Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, and Medical and Health Workers Un
The National Council on Health, the highest decision making body in the health sector has approved strategies to tackle disease outbreaks in Nigeria. The Council approved the establishment of Infection Prevention Committees (IPCs), Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) and Isolation centers in all states of the federation and FCT. This was contained in a communique issued at the end of the Emergency National Council on Health’s meeting held on Monday 5th February, 2018 in Abuja. The meeting was organized by the Federal Ministry of Health. Public Health issues bordering on diseases such as Lassa fever, Measles, Monkey Pox, Polio, among others, were discussed. The Emergency Operation Centers (EOC) would be responsible for carrying outemergency preparedness and emergency management, or
Both Federal and Borno state government with support from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Educational Fund ( UNICEF ) and other partners on saturday entered the Day 6 of the 10 Day Yellow Fever Vaccination campaign to over 1.2 million IDPs In Borno. The WHO Health Communication and promotion Officer, Dr. Chima Onuekwe disclosed this yesterday in a joint Statement with UNICEF Representative in Nigeria , Mohammed Fall in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. “ WHO, UNICEF and other partners are supporting the Borno State Ministry of Health to vaccinate more than 1.2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) across 57 wards in 25 Local Government Areas in Borno State. “More than 3,000 WHO-trained volunteers, including senior supervisors, monito
Two persons suspected to be involved in illegal immunisation of schoolchildren in Owerrinta, Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area of Abia State have been apprehended by officials of the state Ministry of Health. The Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr. John Ahukanna, who disclosed this to journalists in Umuahia, the state capital, said the two suspects were handed over to the Abia State Police Command for investigation and prosecution. He said the suspects were alleged to be immunising the children against hepatitis B at a fee of N1000 per child. “The crime will be investigated properly and if the suspects are found guilty, they will be prosecuted,” he said. Ahukanna revealed that the suspects were not authorised to engage in any kind of immunisation, saying only the state
The head, department of health in Gwagwalada area council, Dr Adeyemi Adeniran has declared the readiness of the council to achieve an effective measles vaccination campaign. In an interview with LEADERSHIP in his office, Adeniran called on parents to take advantage of the ongoing vaccination exercise and vaccinate their children, noting that measles is a contagious preventable disease that responds to vaccination. He maintained that vaccination is facility-based, adding that people would be going from house to house, to ensure that children, within the ages of zero to five years, are immunised against measles. Adeyemi stated that measles can cause blindness, brain injury, cough and even death, adding that these can be prevented through the routine Immunisation. The HOD health
Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has listed inadequate number of qualified medical practitioners and the rising emigration of the well-qualified few as part of the reasons for medical tourism with billions of naira “spent annually in foreign countries to treat ailments which could have been easily treated in Nigeria if there are adequately qualified doctors in the country.” Abdulsalami spoke yesterday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, at his investiture as the pioneer Chancellor of Pamo University of Medical Sciences, the first tertiary institution in Nigeria dedicated solely to the study of medicine. It is promoted by the former Rivers State Governor, Dr Peter Odili. According to the former Head of State, the “inability of our universities to meet up with the incre
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, and acting Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Attahiru Ibrahim, have been summoned to the Presidential Villa in Abuja. The Head of Media and Public Relations of the scheme, Ayo Osinlu, disclosed this to to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) wednesday. This could be in relation to the reinstatement of the suspended Executive Secretary of the organisation, Usman Yusuf, by President Muhammadu Buhari. Osinlu said Yusuf had not reported to the office since his reinstatement “NHIS Executive Secretary, Yusuf, is yet to resume office after his reinstatement by the federal government on Tuesday, February 6,” the agency quoted him to have said. “The acting Executive Secretary, Ibrahim, and health minister, Adewo
Taraba State Epidemiologist, Dr. Aketemo Udi, on Saturday confirmed that one person has so far died of Lassa fever in the state, contrary to some reports that three persons died of the epidemic in the state. Udi explained that two other deaths recorded were from suspected cases of the disease and not confirmed Lassa fever cases. “From our records, we have only one death from confirmed case of Lassa fever. We normally send our samples to Institute of Virology Lagos for laboratory test and confirmation. “So, from the results we have, five out of 21 suspected cases are positive, one died out of the confirmed cases and the results for eight cases are still pending. “There is nothing to hide, because we are here for public good. Those who tested positive are receiving treatment at t
More reasons have emerged on why no fewer than 5,405 Nigerian-trained doctors and nurses are currently working with the British National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom (U.K.) and why many more will join the league. The figure, released by the British government, means Nigerian medics constitute 3.9 per cent of the 137,000 foreign staff of 202 nationalities working alongside British doctors and nurses. The Guardian investigation revealed that many more Nigerian doctors would join their colleagues soon because the U.K. has need for medics from Commonwealth countries, since some doctors in the European Union (E.U.) are already leaving because of Brexit. It was also gathered that most of the Nigerian doctors and nurses are leaving for the U.K. because of better conditions ...
Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has described the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, as world class. Speaking during an interface with the management and students of ABUAD on Monday, the governor noted that the hospital was comparable to any modern hospital in Europe or America, in terms of the quality of its facilities. Aregbesola urged Nigerians, irrespective of tribe, religion and social status, to take advantage of the facilities available at the hospital instead of travelling abroad for treatment. He said, “Baba Afe Babalola (SAN) is on the path to immortality. Before now, I used to think that there were two paths to immortality. The first is by becoming an author. The second is spirituality. I have just found the third path, which is not just to est
The House of Representatives is vindicated on its resolution that the suspension of the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Prof Usman Yusuf was wrong, the chairman of the committee on healthcare services, Chike Okafor has said. Yusuf was suspended in July last year by the Minister of Health Prof Isaac Adewale, citing corruption allegations against the NHIS boss and ordered an investigation. Consequently, the House in a motion by Okafor demanded Yusuf’s recall and resolved to probe the matter. But Yusuf was on Tuesday reinstated by President Muhammadu Buhari. Chike, whose committee was given the task of investigating the issue, told Daily Trust on Sunday in Abuja that Yusuf’s reinstatement was a welcome development, applauding Buhari for taking the
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Johnson & Jonson (Janssen), a pharmaceutical company based in Belgium, to expand access to innovative cancer medicines for PSN members and larger society. PSN President Ahmed Yakasai disclosed this in his message on the World Cancer Day marked yesterday. In addition to cancer (Ovarian Cancer, HIV related Kaposi Sarcoma, Metastatic Breast Cancer, Metastatic Castrate Resistant Prostate Cancer) treatment, the partnership will cover areas like Schizophrenia, Anaemia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ulcerative Colitis, Psoriactic Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, Plaque Psoriasis and Bipolar Disorders. World Cancer Day is commemorated every year on 4th of February all over the world to celebrate all the efforts
The Federal Ministry of Health is set to engage 200,000 agents under its Community Health Influencers, Promoters and Services (CHIPS) Programme nationwide. President Muhammadu Buhari had in his visit to Nasarawa on Tuesday directed the ministry to “synergise with other states to roll out the programme to enable the less-privileged and the rural dwellers to have access to health services.” CHIPS, developed by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, aims to link health work force to rural and underserved communities in hopes of bridging gaps in access to health care. Speaking on the development, NPHCDA executive director, Faisal Shuaib, said the CHIPS agents will go from house to house to provide first aid care and health education. According to him, those select
Health workers in Nigeria have given the Federal Government a 21-day ultimatum to meet their demands even as they threatened to embark on industrial action at its expiration on March 1, 2018. The health workers under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHP) had on September 29, 2017 suspended a 10-day old strike after a meeting with Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige. The health workers including pharmacists, nurses, medical laboratory scientists in a communiqué issued at the end of three-day consultative meeting, which ended yesterday, Thursday, February 8, 2018, in Abuja, lamented the delay tactics and deliberate foot-dragging of the Federal Government in approving the adjustment of Consolidated Heal