Fake Doctor Nabbed For Carrying Out Illegal Abortion

Fake Doctor Nabbed For Carrying Out Illegal AbortionA fake doctor who allegedly performed an illegal abortion of a six month pregnancy in Akute, Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State has been arrested.

The crime was uncovered by a supervisory team of the State Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) while monitoring the level of compliance of the re-validation and registration exercise of health facilities in the State.

Chairman of NANNM, Roseline Solarin who disclosed this during an interview added that the fake doctor was also discovered to have organised a graduation ceremony for a fake nurse.

She, however reiterated the readiness of the professional body to lead the fight against quackery in the health sector.

“This particular suspect conducted a graduation ceremony for a fake nurse. Let me assure that the NANNM is now fully ready to cooperate with the State Government in the fight against quackery in the State health sector.

Any nurses or doctor found practicing without the prerequisite certificate would be arrested and prosecuted” Solarin said.

While commending the state government for taking bold steps in fighting quackery in the health sector, Solarin lamented that fake doctors and nurses are gradually taking over the profession but  warned that anyone caught practicing without the prerequisite certificate would be prosecuted and shown the way out of the system.

Reacting to the development, the
declared that government was ready to combat quackery in the health sector to a standstill, expressing regret that a large number of unsuspecting members of the public had been victims of this practice

Ipaye declared that the state would not be a comfort zone for quack health personnel, warning that any health facility caught operating with fake documents or not having the new approved signboards by the state government would be dealt with in accordance with the laws of the state.

“I want to urge members of the public to always patronize approved health facilities that have signboards with the new colour and coded number, which can offer them better and qualitative health care services.

”The Governor has mandated officials of the Ministry to arrest and prosecute anyone found operating facilities with fake documents” Ipaye said.

To send the right signal in this direction, over 60 illegal health facilities were shut down in different parts of the state during similar monitoring exercises in 2016.

Ogun State Asks Senator Kashamu To Suspend Healthcare Centre Renovation

buruji kashamuThe Ogun State government has asked Senator Buruji Kashamu not to play politics with people’s health, insisting that health centres he is renovating require total overhauling and not  renovation.

The demand was contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Health, Babatunde Ipaye, issued against the backdrop of superficial repair carried out at Obada Primary Health Care Centre, Ijebu-Igbo in Ijebu North Local Government Area of the State by the lawmaker who is representing Ogun East Senatorial District.

The Commissioner affirmed that “what the state and our communities require is a technically sound approach to health care system” and advised the Senator not to play politics with the health of the people.

Illegal And Unprofessional Repair

The statement described the alleged repair as misplaced and unnecessary saying; “my attention has been drawn to the press statement from Senator Buruji Kashamu on the illegal, unprofessional and cosmetic repair of Obada Health Centre, Ijebu Igbo.

“Let me state from the outset that the claim by the Senator, that the project was a constituency project has been refuted by the Honourable Minister for Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and other agencies of Federal Government that should coordinate and monitor such projects”.

The Commissioner for Health further stated that 40 Primary Health Care Centres in the state required holistic approach and not cosmetic repair.

His statement is coming just as the government is embarking on a collaborative and technical support towards putting the health facilities across the State in an excellent shape.

He further indicated that the destruction of public asset and termination of health services without provision of alternate service point for over 250 registered antenatal patients should ordinarily attract significant sanction by the State Government, but for the decision of Governor Ibikunle Amosun led administration to tolerate opposition and pardon regrettable mistakes.

“The removal of the front wall of the health centre and replacement on the same old foundation and old roof without expansion of the existing space and without provision for health workers accommodation is not the kind of renovation our people deserve. Quality health service should not be treated as a political deceptive empowerment programme, ” the Commissioner stated.

Mr Ipaye in the statement said the health sector was one of the key areas in the country that must not be handled with levity, adding that the substandard repair without necessary approvals by the Federal, State and Local Government Authorities was suspicious and improper.

The Health Commissioner further emphasised that the State government remained committed to its plan to repair 40 Primary Health Centers including Obada Health Centre in line with the standard set by the Federal Government, saying that Senator Kashamu was welcomed to join hands with the State Ministry of Health to actualise the agenda of the State Government in the health sector.

7,000 Women Get Free Cancer Screening In Cross River

Cancer screening in Cross River stateAt least 7,000 women across the 18 local government areas of Cross River State have benefited from free breast screening.

It was a pink Tuesday in Calabar, the state capital as the breast cancer awareness was flagged off.

Scores of women and some men marched through the streets to educate residents on the need to prevent and control the disease that has killed thousands owing to late detection.

Children were not also left out as they danced to music while the older ones handed informative fliers to the people of the state.

Mammograms and ultrasound scans were carried out to detect and immediately treat any cancers found in the women.

A public health practitioner, Dr. Betta Edu, underscored the importance of examination even in the absence of symptoms.

Face Reality

A cancer specialist, Clement Sunday, also stressed that a high percentage of cancer deaths could be avoided if detected early and by modifying risk factors such as unhealthy diets.

“There are people who still live in self-denial that cancer does not exist. That has to change.

“People need to wake up and face the reality because if you don’t acknowledge a problem, it might be very difficult to fight that problem.

“The recent study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows that about 100,000 people die of cancer every year in Nigeria,” he said.

The event was part of activities to mark the World Breast Cancer Day which is commemorated in solidarity with people who have lost their loved ones to cancer and those currently battling the deadly disease.

Avert Unnecessary Deaths

There were also activities in Ogun state, southwest Nigeria, where the wife of State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, donated an ultra-modern cancer centre each at the general hospital in Abeokuta and Sango, as well as the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu area of the state.

For her, this was in a bid to avert unnecessary deaths as a result of cancer.

Mrs Amosun said that the development would enhance easy access to treatment against cervical and breast cancer by indigent women in Ogun State.

She expressed concern about the pandemic which had led to unnecessary deaths in the state and across the country.

The first lady further tasked stakeholders to take immediate and proactive measures in increasing awareness and treatment against the deadly disease.


Olufunso Amosun Donates Three Cancer Centres In Ogun

Olufunso Amosun, Cancer, OgunWife of Ogun State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, has donated an ultra-modern cancer centre each at the general hospital in Abeokuta and Sango, as well as the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu area of the state.

Mrs Amosun says the donation is in a bid to ensure easy access to treatment against cervical and breast cancer by indigent women in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.

At the commissioning of the centres, the first lady said she was concerned about the pandemic which had led to unnecessary deaths in the state and across the country.

She, however, used the auspicious occasion to task stakeholders to take immediate and proactive measures in increasing awareness and treatment against the deadly disease.

The commissioning of the centres was witnessed by development partners, traditional rulers, medical experts and members of the State Executive Council.

The Ogun State Chairperson of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Stella Ogunmuyiwa, commended the gesture of the first lady.

On his part, the Commissioner of Health, Babatunde Ipaye, expressed hope that the gesture would go a long way in reducing avoidable deaths through cervical and breast cancer.

He urged women across the state to take full advantage of the facilities for screening and early detection of the disease for treatment.

Amosun Launches Health Insurance Scheme In Ogun

Araya Scale Up, Ibikunle Adekunle, Ogun StateGovernor Ibikunle Amosun has flagged off a new health insurance scheme in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.

The community based health insurance scheme tagged “Araya Scale Up” is meant to provide affordable healthcare service delivery to residents of the state

The launching took place on Monday at the June 12 Cultural Centre in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Governor Amosun reiterated the commitment of his administration towards providing the much needed political will to sustain the programme.

Leading the distribution of the card for the scheme, the Governor said that the programme remains free for pregnant women, nursing mothers and the elderly.

However, he explained that other categories of beneficiaries were expected to pay a token of 4,000 Naira to enjoy a full package of the insurance scheme for one year.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Babatunde Ipaye, also urged the beneficiaries to maximise the benefits of the programme.

In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Mr Femi Akingbade, who represented the Minister of Health, commended the bold initiative by the state government.

He pledged the Federal Government’s continual support for the initiative.

Ogun Govt. Confirms Case Of Lassa Fever

lassa feverThe Ogun State government in southwest Nigeria has confirmed a case of Lassa fever being the first to be detected officially in the state.

Briefing journalists in Abeokuta, the state capital, the State Commissioner of Health, Dr Babatunde Ipaye, said that laboratory test has confirmed the case of a 28-year-old lady, a resident of Otta, in Ado-Odo Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner explained that while the victim has been immediately isolated at the centre provided at the Ogun State University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu, 60 other primary contacts have been listed for monitoring.

While asking residents not to exercise any unnecessary panic, the Commissioner said that proactive measures are being taken by the government to ensure the virus does not spread beyond control.


Lassa Fever: Ogun State Government Urges Residents To Remain Calm

Ogun State Governor, Mr Ibikunle Amosun

The Ogun State Government has allayed the fears of residents over the outbreak of Lassa fever in three neighbouring states of Oyo, Lagos and Ondo, saying that proactive measures have been put in place to address any eventuality.

Addressing journalists at a press briefing in Abeokuta, the state capital, the state Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye and his Information and Strategy counterpart, Mr Adedayo Adeneye, informed that no single case of Lassa fever has been currently found in the state

They said local government health personnel have been put on standby while health facilities have been reinforced to deal with any reported case of outbreak of the virus

While asking residents not to panic in this circumstance, the Commissioner for Health, however, challenged residents to maintain good personal hygiene, by keeping their environment clean

And to ensure effective communication in case of any suspicious happening, the state has reeled out some telephone lines – 09099140121 and 09099140122 – for residents to call.

Ogun Appoints New Governing Council For OOUTH

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has announced the membership of the Governing Council for the State-owned Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu.

Professor Dipo Otolorin, a former Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, has been announced as Chairman.

A Statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, indicated that Professor Ademola Jaiyesimi, the new Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital and Dr. Adegboyega Ogunlesi, a former Chief Medical Director of the Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Aro Abeokuta, are also members.

Other members of the council include Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, Dr. Dapo Afonja, Dr. (Mrs.) Adeoluwa Sonola and Dr. Tunde Akinsola.

The statement added that the council would also be joined by representatives of the State Ministry of Health, Senate of the University, Provost of the College of Health Sciences of the University, Vice-Chancellor of the University and the Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee of OOUTH.

The new CMD, Prof. Jaiyesimi had once served as a member of the Governing Council and is a lecturer in the department of Medical Sciences of the University.