Delta State governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has challenged members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) to be advocates of the National Health Act (NHA). Okowa made the call yesterday at the opening ceremony of the Physicians’ Week organised by the Delta State council of NMA in conjunction with the Delta State Contributory Health Commission (DSCHC) in Asaba. Through his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, the governor stated: “Wherever we find the opportunity, we should continue to talk about the need to operationalise the health act.” “As a nation, have we done well? The answer is, no. The issue that concerns universal health coverage started in 2004; today, we are still struggling to achieve the 100 per cent mark. I am very worried because, for many years, the issue of
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has cautioned the public to be wary of quack doctors in the country. The President of NMA, Dr Francis Faduyile, gave the advice while speaking with the press in Abuja. He urged people to be mindful of the kind of doctors they patronised while seeking medical treatment, adding that many quacks had infiltrated the profession. He said that patients must be careful with those coming with plan to take them abroad with the aim to have best medical care. According to him, those doctors usually come without requisite registration by the appropriate authority in Nigeria. He noted that many of those doctors were unqualified and were not allowed to practice in the countries they came from but would come around to deceive unsuspecting Nigerians. ...
The Nigerian Medical Association says errant doctors can no longer be punished because President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to reconstitute the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria Council which he dissolved three years ago. The NMA, therefore, gave the President till the end of September to set up the MDCN or face serious backlash from Nigerians. The President of the NMA, Dr Francis Faduyile, said this at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday. Faduyile stated that this was the decision of the National Executive Council of the NMA at a meeting in Osogbo, Osun State. The MDCN is the professional health regulatory agency for the professions of medicine, dentistry and alternative medicine in Nigeria. It is also in charge of disciplining errant doctors and enforcing globa...
The Nigerian Medical Association has urged politicians to guard their utterances so as to avoid a possible eruption of political violence and an attendant crisis that may be beyond the capacity of the health sector. The NMA said this in a statement jointly signed by its President, Dr Francis Faduyile and Secretary-General, Dr Olumutiwa Odusote, on Thursday. In the statement titled, ‘Nigeria’s healthcare system cannot accommodate mass casualties from political upheavals’, the association urged politicians to put national interest before theirs. The statement read in part, “The NMA notes with deep concern certain developments in the political circles in Nigeria in recent times. “Of note are the overtly inflammatory statements by top ranking political leaders, which have the poten
As Nigeria prepares for the 2019 elections, the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has called on politicians, political parties, aspirants and other relevant stakeholders to play by the rules, even as it urged law enforcement agents to demonstrate loyalty to their calling and the constitution of the country. Making the call in a statement by the National President, Dr. Francis Faduyile, and the National Secretary, Dr. Olumutiwa Odusote, the union advised Nigerians to be law abiding and resist being used by politicians as ready tools to destroy human lives and properties in the name of support and loyalty. The statement read in part: “The overtly inflammatory statements by top-ranking political leaders, which have the real potential of incensing partisan conflicts that can degenerate
Minister of State, Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has advised Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) members to show compassion while handling emergency and accident cases. He urged doctors to give prompt attention to victims. The minister spoke when he received NMA’s executive members, led by their President, Dr. Francis Faduyile. According to him, life is sacred and the medical profession is a divine calling; as such, health professionals, particularly medical doctors, should have a change of attitude towards their patients while discharging their duties. He said: “As keepers of a profession that has to do with human existence, you need compassion, dedication, integrity and selflessness. As team leaders, you must remember to carry others along because quality health care delivery re
To ensure quality healthcare delivery in the country, leaders of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) have resolved to put an end to the conflict between both organisations and to work together. The bodies made this decision when Dr. Francis Faduyile, the President, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), led his executive members on a courtesy visit to the PSN headquarters in Lagos, recently. During the meeting, Faduyile, pledged to work “harmoniously” with the PSN President, Ahmed Yakasi, foster development in the health sector. He said, “The health system in Nigeria cannot move forward if we continue to work in disharmony. It is important for the leaders of both parties to look inwards and plan for the benefit of the patients. “Over the
Leaders of the Nigerian Medical Association and the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria have agreed to put an end to the conflict between both organisations and to work together for the benefit of the health sector. The bodies made this decision during a meeting held on Wednesday at the Pharmacy House in Lagos. The President of the NMA, Dr. Francis Faduyile, pledged to work “harmoniously” with the PSN President, Ahmed Yakasi, foster development in the health sector. He said, “The health system in Nigeria cannot move forward if we continue to work in disharmony. It is important for the leaders of both parties to look inwards and plan for the benefit of the patients. “Over the years we have had many issues that caused a lot of distrust among us. If this continues, it will begin to affect u
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), the highest professional body of Nigerian doctors and dentists has bestowed a merit of honour on one of their own, Dr Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu. The award was presented to Her Excellency by the outgoing president, Prof. Mike Ozovehe Ogirima at the 58th Annual General Meeting held at the International Conference Centre Abuja, on 5th May, 2018. Some of her achievements cited include; advocacy for women’s health with major interest in cancer care, the establishment of the first high tech radio-diagnostic center in Abuja, and subsequently the Medicaid Cancer Foundation known for creating awareness, funding diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients in Nigeria. As a champion of girl child education in Kebbi she mentors and sponsors various school
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 ...
Medical doctors, nurses and other health workers serving in the various hospitals in Ebonyi State are angry. They are angry because of the “avoidable” deaths of four of their colleagues lost to Lassa fever virus recently. They were even angrier as they claimed that the deaths have become an annual ritual. Dr. Abel Udor Sunday, from Akwa-Ibom State, Dr. Felix Ali from Afikpo, Ebonyi State and a nurse, Mr. Iwe Innocent, from Imo State, in the wake of the outbreak of Lassa fever virus in the state lost their lives to the dreaded disease. The fourth victim died has not been confirmed of having Lassa virus as at the time of filing this report. The medical officers were members of staff of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki (FETHA). They were said to have handled a patient who turned o
Fake Anti Malaria Durgs-Beware: Following the emergence of two fake versions of Quinine Sulphate circulating in neighbouring Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the federal government has recently warned Nigerians to beware. According to official reports, the fake drugs contain zero active pharmaceutical ingredients. The report states that however, the said drugs have not been sighted in the country yet, but if seen anywhere including hospitals and pharmacy shops, it should be reported to the nearest office of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). Warning : The warning which was contained in a statement released by Mrs. Boade Akinola, Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Health, also revealed that Quinine Sulpha
Isaac Folorunso Adewole is a professor of Gynaecology and Obstetrics; he was born on May 5, 1954 at Ilesa, an old town in Osun State. He attended Ogudu Methodist Primary School, Ilesa in 1960, where he spent just one year, and then Methodist School 1, Oke Ado, Ibadan where he also spent one year before finally completing his primary education at St. Mathias Demonstration School, Akure. Adewole later attended Ilesa Grammar School where he obtained a Grade 1 certificate with Distinction in 1970, and later a Higher School Certificate (HSC) in 1972 from the same school. On October 1973, he enrolled at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan and obtained an MBBS degree from the college where he also won the Glaxo Allenbury prize for outstanding performance in Paediatrics in 1978. He late