Gunmen Kidnap Medical Director, Admin Staff In Kogi

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The Police in Ebonyi State Police has confirmed the kidnap of the Chief Medical Director of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Dr Emeka Onwe Ogah and one of his Administrative officer.

The Commissioner of Police In Ebonyi State, Mr Titus Lamorde speaking to Channels Television correspondent in a telephone conversation, said the incident occurred on Thursday, November 16 in Kogi State.

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The incident he said, occurred around Ajaokuta while the medical Director was returning to the state from Abuja where they went to a meeting.

He said the driver of the vehicle was shot while the CMD and his administrative officer were abducted in the process.

Lamorde said security operatives in both states are already putting immediate measures in place to rescue the victims alive and arrest the culprits as soon as possible.

He appealed to the public to furnish security operatives with meaningful information that will help on the matter

Minister Condemns Rampant Industrial Action By Health Workers

Osagie Ehanire, Health, Industrial Action, MinisterThe Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has rated the health ministry as the worst when it comes to cases of industrial actions by workers in Nigeria.

Dr. Ehanire made the comments during an inspection visit to the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

He, however, commended the management of the institution for the achievements recorded.

“The Ministry of Health unfortunately has the record as the most strike prone ministry in the entire country, whereas hospital service is supposed to be an essential service.

“I have always told people no matter your differences, let us be able to iron them out; we can talk even for three months, six months and we will find a solution,” he said.

The minister made a donation of 120 million Naira to the establishment courtesy of the Federal Government and the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

Highlighting some of the feats recorded, the Chief Medical Director of the facility, Dr. Sunday Olotu, said the institution has increased the Internally Generated Revenue among others.

“We have increased the internally generated revenue to 128 million Naira in 2013, to 126 million Naira in 2014, to 157 million Naira in 2015, and 164 million Naira in 2016.

“The average patient load of 28,000 showing a 5,000 increase from 2012 to 2016 is a reflection of two things.

“First the quality of healthcare service delivery, secondly it may also show the increase in mental health maladies in the society,” he said.

Aba Young Entrepreneurs Support Abia State Efforts In Health Care

Imo, Health,A Group of young entrepreneurs in Aba is partnering with the Abia State government in health care delivery to bridge the gap in the sector.

The group donated hospital equipment worth millions of Naira to Abia State University Teaching Hospital located in Aba, the commercial hub of the Abia State in south-east region.

According to the vice president of the group, Chimaobi Anyaso, the ideology behind “Umuaba Connect” is geared towards improvement and development of Aba city.

They further hinted that plans were on to collaborate with the executive to rehabilitate some deplorable pedestrian bridges.

“I grew up in Aba. This is the city that nurtured me. So, what we are doing today as young entrepreneurs that grew up here is give back and fashion the way out to collaborate with the government to develop Aba to a mega city for trade and commerce, as well as overall interest in other sectors,

“This is why, as a group, we are in Aba to donate hospital equipment to the State Teaching Hospital to assist to bridge the gap in health care delivery services.,

“I want to let you know that our intention is to partner with the government for overall interest of all Abians,” Anyaso told reporters.

Meanwhile, the Chief Medical Director, Professor Chuks Kamalu, while commending the efforts of the group said the blood diagnostic machine would be very useful in the laboratories.

He urged other Abia entrepreneurs to join hands and contribute their quota in building the state to its enviable height.

Nasarawa Indigents Get Free Surgeries and Screening

doctors-free-surgeriesOver 500 indigent in Nasarawa residents have benefited from free surgeries and screening under the Rapid Response Initiative.

The initiative which was conducted in the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi is in line with the federal government’s vision to reach out to 10,000 indigents across the country who cannot afford medical surgeries for various illnesses.

One hundred free surgeries were allocated to the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi and they have been conducted successfully.

In addition to the surgeries, free testing and screening was conducted to over 400 indigents to know their status on some killer diseases.

The Chief Medical Director, Dr Joshua Giyan, who underwent the surgeries himself with the help of some consultants of the clinic applauded the federal government for the initiative.

Mr Giyan also called on the people of the state especially well to do individuals to join hands to help underprivileged people in the state.

Happy with the initiative, he promises to sustain it even after the stipulated time.

“It is a step in the right direction, we are going to continue even after this. I urge all and sundry to put hands on deck and support this type of venture so that indigents will have succour in the area of health care,” he said.

One of the beneficiaries, Blessing Edache who had lumps in her breast removed successfully, expressed gratitude to the Nigerian President for such initiative.

“I thank God for making it possible for me to be alive today. I was admitted here for an operation (breast lump), I thank the President for remembering us,” she said.

Surgeries conducted include lumpectomy, inguinal herniorrhaphy, hydrocelectomy, cataract extraction, myomectomy, correction of refractive errors.

Screening for hepatitis, diabetes. prostate cancer, breast cancer were also conducted. Those found positive were counselled adequately on the next line of action.

Institutions’ Health Committee Asks FG To Amend TETFUND Act

health, FG, TETFUND Act The Committee of Chief Executives of Tertiary Health Institutions, is calling on the Nigerian government to urgently amend the TETFUND Act of 2011, to accommodate Tertiary/Teaching Hospitals in terms of funding.

This is according to the Chairman of the committee, Dr Thomas Agan, who is also the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH).

Dr. Agan said: “It is possible that formulators of the Act were not sufficiently informed at the time. It is however not late to address this pathetic situation.

“The Act should be amended to incorporate Tertiary/teaching Hospitals.

He also suggested that section 7(1) sub-section 3 of the Act should read thus: “The distribution of the fund, shall be in the ratio of 2:1:5:1, between Universities, Tertiary Hospitals, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education”.

In a letter by the Chairman, to the House of Representatives Committee on Health Institutions, through the Federal Ministry of Health, the doctor said: “The Teaching/Tertiary Hospitals can be called the “workshop” of the Universities”.

This, according to him, is so because over 80% of all students graduating through any medical school of a university must have their training through the Teaching or Tertiary Hospital.

He wondered why the proponent of TETFUND did not consider it necessary to recognise Teaching/Tertiary Hospitals in Nigeria as Tertiary Institutions”.

Expatiating further, he said “a teaching hospital all over the world is considered both as a tertiary health institution as well as a tertiary training institution.

“The activities intrinsic in a teaching hospital are obvious and can therefore be ascertained.

“I therefore, with due respect, believe that either the original advocates of this noble idea of TETFUND did not consult widely, or they must have been engulfed in ignorance of the mandates of a teaching/tertiary hospital”.

Angela Uwakwem Is FMC Owerri Medical Director, FG Tells Protesters

FMC Owerri, Angela Uwakwem, ProtestersThe Nigerian Government says it has not found the Medical Director at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Owerri, Mrs Angela Uwakwem, guilty of the allegations levelled against her.

The assertion follows series of protest by health workers and labour unions at the health institution against the recall of Mrs Uwakwem as the substantive Medical Director of FMC Owerri after about 10 months of stepping aside.

The directive for her reinstatement was contained in a statement issued by the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire.

Dr. Ehanire said the recall of Dr. Uwakwem was with immediate effect, adding that the institution’s management would be supported by staff from the Federal Ministry of Health.

A Presidential Directive

Contrary to the claims of the protesters, the Minister argued that her appointment was a presidential issue and her removal could only be done through a presidential directive.

“Should evidence of misconduct be found against her, Dr. Uwakwem will answer for it and face the law as no person shall be protected from justice.

“Since Dr. Uwakwem’s four-year tenure is valid until 2017 and no evidence of misconduct against her was raised by a Ministerial Fact Finding Commission, the Ministry desires rule of law to prevail over mob action,” he stated.

The reinstated medical director told reporters at the Imo State capital that the tenure of the interim management committee had expired and that she had taken over following the Federal Government’s directive.

She reiterated her commitment to ensuring better delivery of healthcare services to the people of the state in southeast Nigeria.

Uwakwem further called on aggrieved workers to cooperate with her for the development of the centre.

However, the union had staged a protest three days ago where they down-tooled and called on the government to reverse its plans to recall Mrs Uwakwem.

While they vowed not to return to work until their demand was met, security operatives have been detailed to the centre to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

On his part, President of the Association of Resident Doctors in Imo State, Dr. Victor Dike, says they are readily available to carry out their services to the public without interruption.

FMC Owerri Workers Protest MD’s Recall

Resident Doctors, FMC Owerri
They warn that the reinstatement of Dr. Uwakwem will lead to chaos

Workers of the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri have staged a protest over the recall of the former Medical Director, Angela Uwakwem.

Dr. Uwakwem was earlier asked to step aside over allegations of financial misappropriation.

During the protest on Wednesday, which was carried out by a huge number of workers at the Federal Medical Centre in Owerri, the workers maintained that since the former CMD was relieved, there has been peace in the centre.

They added that any attempt to forcefully bring back Dr. Uwakwem will cause chaos in the centre.

Doctors, nurses, and other workers of the institution in July, 2016, held a similar protest saying since the Interim Management Committee was set up by the government to handle the affairs of the centre, there has been normalcy in the medical institution.

A Presidential Directive

Their protests follows the directive by the Federal Ministry of Health to reinstate the suspended Medical Director.

The directive for her reinstatement is contained in a statement issued by the Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, on Wednesday in Abuja.

Dr. Ehanire in statement said the recall of Dr. Uwakwem is with immediate effect adding that the institution’s management would be supported by staff from the ministry.

Contrary to the claims of the protesters, the minister argued that the appointment of the Medical Director of the centre is a presidential issue and her removal can only be done through a presidential directive.

“Should evidence of misconduct be found against her, Dr Uwakwem will answer for it and face the law as no person shall be protected from justice.

“Since Dr Uwakwem’s 4-year tenure is valid until 2017 and no evidence of misconduct against her was raised by a Ministerial fact finding commission, the Ministry desires rule of law to prevail over mob action,” he said.

Alleged Lack Of Equipment Triggers Protest In Ogun Medical Centre

Resident Doctors, FMC OwerriStaff of a Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Ogun State have expressed their disappointment over the lack of basic equipment to meet the increasing population of patients who are seeking medical attention in the hospital.

The members of the Joint Health Workers Union in their numbers suspended their services for the time the protest lasted.

They were also protesting alleged bad leadership and infrastructural decay which they said had continued to hamper effective health care delivery in the institution.

The FMC staff called on the Federal Government to quickly intervene before the situation gets out of hand

The Chairman, Union of Nurses and Midwives, Mrs Abosede Fatoyinbo, stated that all efforts to get a reaction from the management on this development proved abortive.

She explained it was because the Chief Medical Director, Mr Sunday Sotiloye, retired some days back.

Medical Laboratory Scientists Protest At UCH Ibadan

UCHScores of medical laboratory scientists working under the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan on Thursday resumed to work carrying placards and chanting songs of protest against the management of UCH.

Protesting against what they called disrespect for the office of their Director, the Lab Scientists grounded laboratory investigations throughout the hospital for the day.

The workers marched from one department to another calling on the Chief Medical Director, Prof. Temitope Alonge to give due recognition and respect for the office of the Director of Medical Laboratory Scientists.

Some of the protesters who spoke to journalists said that the National Industrial Court has given three verdicts already supporting the autonomy of the office of the Director of Medical Services as provided for by federal government.

They added that the Industrial Court has also directed that the autonomy of the office be restored but the management of UCH refused to act on it till date.

Efforts to get the management’s side of the story was unsuccessful as the Chief Medical Director Prof. Temitope Alonge was out of town.

He, however, said in a telephone interview that the issue was an internal matter that is being addressed.

Lassa Fever: Ahmmadiyyah Hospital In Lagos Sealed

lassa feverThe Ahmmadiyyah Hospital in the Ojokoro area of Lagos State where the patient diagnosed with the first case of Lassa fever visited before going to LUTH is now under surveillance and sealed off from the public until further notice.

According to the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, 15 in-patients, as well as 25 health workers in the facility are being monitored for the next 21 days.

Dr. Idris added that contact tracing is ongoing and there are currently 92 contacts being followed up including those at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

The patient, a 25 year old male undergraduate of the Ahmadu Bello University, Kaduna, is presently being managed at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and his condition is stable.

The first case of Lassa fever was confirmed in Lagos on Friday. The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, disclosed this to Channels Television.

Lassa Fever Confirmed In Lagos

Lassa fever One case of Lassa fever has been confirmed in Lagos.

The case, which was diagnosed at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, involves a 25-year-old student from the Ahmadu Bello University.

The patient is said to have been admitted first at a private hospital in Ojokoro area of Lagos State.

According to the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, the patient is responding to treatment.

The death of a Lassa Fever victim at the National Hospital in Abuja, the nation’s capital, had brought the total number of deaths to 43 in the country, from 10 states.

Announcing the death at the National Hospital on Wednesday, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, called on Health workers at all levels to be more vigilant and look out for patients with symptoms of Lassa Fever.

Symptoms Of Lassa Fever

The Minister advised residents of affected states not to panic but to maintain high level vigilance and present themselves for test if they feel unhealthy or they feel symptoms of Lassa Fever which include high fever, stooling, tiredness and vomiting among others.

He cautioned that self-medication should be avoided at this period.

Doctors On Lassa Fever Spread

Medical practitioners at the Lassa Fever Research Centre at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Edo State, have said that Lassa fever has been spreading in the country because authorities have not given the disease the attention it requires.

Asides highlighting funding as a big challenge, the officials who conducted Channels Television round the foremost and only Lassa fever research institute in the country have asked the government to set up more diagnostic centres across the country.

“Since 2007, we have been making a case repeatedly for the establishment of centres of this nature in the other geopolitical zones or health zones in the country because Nigeria is a vast country.

“You don’t want a situation where patients with viral haemorrhagic fevers – Lassa fever are managed in ordinary wards and facilities. You want dedicated facilities for them.

“As we speak, sadly, I am not aware that these centre have attained any stage for replication elsewhere in the country,” said Professor George Akpede.

New Case of Lassa Fever Confirmed In Oyo State

lassa feverOne more case of Lassa fever has been confirmed at the University College Hospital, UCH, in Ibadan where the patient, an eight month old baby has been receiving treatment.

This brings to two, the number of confirmed Lassa fever cases in Oyo State, south-west Nigeria.

According to the Chief Medical Director of UCH, Professor Temitope Alonge, the first patient has been treated and discharged.

Channels TV got an exclusive video of eight-month-old Aisha undergoing treatment for Lassa fever at the Infectious Disease Center of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State.

Aisha’s parents are said to be living at the Sabo community under Ibadan North Local Government.

A visit by Channels Television to Sabo community in Ibadan shows an environment in need of proper sanitation.

Meanwhile, another disease, suspected to be measles has been reported in the Sabo community. Ten children are said to have died from suspected measles outbreak.

In the meantime, health officials from the Oyo State Ministry of Health have embarked on a sensitization campaign against infectious diseases, urging the people to embrace good public and personal hygiene.