BY ACHOR ABIMAJE, A Professor of Pathology in the Faculty of Medical Sciences University of Jos, Prof. MandongMafila has lamented the low number of practicing Pathologists in the country, pointing out that, with the population of 170 Million people, there exist just about 150 practicing pathologists. The Professor noted that while the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) has only seven consultant pathologists, only five are actively practicing at the moment serving a population of about 4 million people in the state. He also said, “it is extremely difficult for the clinicians to provide disease specific care to the patients with such a deficient number of qualified Pathologists.” Mafila said that virtually all-practicing Pathologists are clustered in the major cities while most general hospitals and primary health care centres have no Pathology service at all. He said, it is sad that the role of Pathologist as a diagnostician has been relegated to the background by...
By Adebayo Waheed, Ibadan The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARDs) has threatened to embark on an indefinite nationwide strike, beginning from Monday, to protest non-payment of their salaries. The president of NARDs, Dr Olusegun Olaopa of University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, who disclosed this in a statement he issued yesterday, said the resident doctors have decided to commence an indefinite industrial action on Monday to press home their demands. According to him, the action is sequel to a statement signed by John Onyebueze and Aneke Emmanuel, national president and secretary of NARDs, respectively. The statement said that it was resolved at the NEC meeting of NARDs held in Abuja on August 26 to embark on the strike. It noted: “Neither the Federal nor State governments has shown commitment to the resolution of issues at stake nor honoured previous agreements. Consequent upon this, the association resolved to proceed on a total indefinite industrial action...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE & Taofeek Lawal Abuja Worried by the dwindling quality of healthcare services in the country, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) yesterday met behind closed doors to discuss on the way forward. Speaking at the opening of the two days deliberation, the Director General of the NGF, Mr Asishana Okauru, said the meeting was paramount as the number of deaths of mothers and children continues to soar. Okauru said in 2015, life expectancy in Nigeria was around 53 and 56 years for men and women respectively, adding that, while th country constitutes only about 2 per cent to the world population, it contributes up to 10 per cent to maternal mortality in the world. “Diarrhea prevalence rate in Nigeria is abysmal. The indices for deaths and impaired quality of life caused by malaria, lower respiratory tract infections, tuberculosis, HIV, especially amongst children and women, are even more appalling”, he added. In his...
By Ruth Tene Natsa, AbujaThe Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) has called on the Federal government to institutionalise an egg a day per school child in the home grown school feeding programme.PAN Director general,Onallo Akpa made the call while addressing Newsmen in Abuja yesterday on the occasion of the World Food Day with the theme: An Egg a Day for the Nigerian Child.Dr Akpa said the PAN in their prayers and demands to the FG were calling for the "Institutionalising an egg a day per school child in the home grown school feeding program.He said a deliberate policy of an egg a day will create great impact assessment of school enrichment, cognitive development and mental development, making egg as part of the prisons feeding programme and initiating eggs and egg products as part of the feeding programme of the various peace keeping operations all over the world"The DG also...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja - The federal government yesterday said only three were confirmed as cases of Monkey Pox out of the 12 suspected cases reported in Bayelsa State. Briefing newsmen in Abuja, the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole said while 21 suspected cases were sent to the World Health Organisation’s Senegal Dakar laboratory, 19 results have been received so far. Adewole said the results sent by WHO ruled out the case of Monkey Pox outbreak in Lagos and some other parts of the country. He said, “With these results, three suspected Monkey pox outbreak in Yenagoa has been confirmed with laboratory evidence. The most likely source of infection is a primary zoonotic transmission, from an animal, with secondary person-to-person transmission.” Adewole further urged Nigerians to avoid discriminating against the sick as the disease is not as fatal as feared. He said though the disease does not have a ready discovered vaccine, patients are...
By: Patrick Ochoga, Benin City The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State weekend asked Edo people to reject plans by Governor Godwin Obaseki to hand over part of the reconstructed Central Hospital to private partners saying such move will make the  facilities unaffordable to the already pauperised citizens of the state. LEADERSHIP recalls that Obaseki penultimate week at a lecture series had hinted that the state government cannot afford to run the hospital due to lack of manpower and huge resources needed to equip it, informing that his government would partner a private firm to run the hospital. However, at a media briefing on Saturday shortly before the start of a stakeholders’ meeting of the Edo PDP, state chairman of the PDP, Dan Orbih, who regretted that the hospital has not been put to use one year after it was commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari, blamed former Governor Adams Oshiomhole for...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja  It’s been four days since Nigerian Resident Doctors embarked on a total indefinite strike. Leadership checks at the Abuja Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) Gwagwalada and the National Hospital Abuja confirmed that the Doctors have actually left their duty post. An official at the National hospital who took our Correspondent round the hospital  said the impact of the doctors presence will only be felt if the period of the action is prolonged. “No patient has been discharged yet, doctors on housemanship, Nurses and the Consultants are working, though patients are still turning in for treatment, they have reduced in number,” he said. Inside the GOPD, GGOPD, Emergency, Neurology and Immunisation sections, patients were seen seated and waiting to be called. However, the entrance and the environs of the hospital had an uneasy calm, when our correspondent visited, it was around 11 am and cars were not trooping in as usual, only few...
A strange disease, whose symptoms include diarrhea, bloodstained vomiting and high fever has killed 50 people at Okunran, Okoloke and Isanlu-Esa villages in Yagba West Local Government of Kogi. Initial reports had suspected lassa Fever, but medics told Dr. Saka Audu, Commissioner for Health, who visited the affected areas on Thursday, that it was a strange diseases that was unknown. “We initially suspected Lassa Fever after getting some misleading reports about people bleeding around, so we made a diagnosis for viral haemorrhagic fever (lassa fever), but the result was negative,” Dr. Jannette Hathorn, a Consultant at ECWA Hospital, Egbe told Audu. She said that the first case was that of a child of two and half years, who died 12 hours after he was brought to the hospital. “We are sure it is not lassa fever; but our concern is that we do not know exactly what is happening. We have not arrived...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja - States that do not pay counterpart funds before September 15th 2017, will be stepped down in the next measles campaign, the Federal Government has Said. The Executive Secretary, National Primary Health  Care Development Agency(NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib gave the warning while briefing newsman in Abuja,  yesterday. Dr Shuaib said contrary to agreement made at the Nigerian Governor’s Forum, only four states have fully released their counterpart funds for Measles vaccination campaign. “NPHCDA has held a meeting with the Nigeria Governor’s Forum for mobilisation of states counterpart funds fund the campaign, Kebbi, Borno, Nasarawa and Imo have fully released state counterpart funding into a dedicated account, Kano has only partially. “we cannot continue to have poor quality campaign in this country that leaves our children susceptible to measles infections and deaths,” Shuaib said. The spread of Measles infection to more states and local governments has necessitated a nationwide vaccination campaign, the...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja The Federal Government has called on Field Epidemiologists to come up with more research on how to better the lives of Nigerians and Africa at large. Highlighting the fears posed by Anti Microbial Resistant diseases in Nigeria and around the world, the Minister noted that the danger in such development is spending of huge resources and not achieving sound health at the end of the day. He said, “the cost of health care for patients with resistant infections is higher than care for patients with non resistant infections due to prolong period of illness, additional tests and use of more expensive drugs.” He also said that about 480, 000 people around the world develop multi drug resistant Tuberculosis annually while drug resistant poses a dangerous threat to treatment of other simple illnesses such as Malaria. The federal government also commended Nigerian Field Epidemiologists for contributions made towards safeguarding of public...