Edo Govt. To Remodel Healthcare Delivery

The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, says the Federal Government has come up with plans to deploy health workers close to their places of origin, as part of efforts to improve healthcare delivery to the people.

The minister made the statement in an interview after a workshop by the Strategic Planning Unit of the Edo state government, tagged: Remodeling Healthcare Delivery in Edo state: New Visions, New Horizons, which took place in Benin city, the state capital.

Dr. Ehanire said the government would provide incentives for those willing to work in distant areas.

“We are proposing recruiting people from remote areas and giving them training to make them admissible into nursing schools or schools of health technology.

“Those ones can be given scholarships and after training, redeploy them to communities where they come from.”

The workshop which is courtesy of the Edo state government brought experts from the health sector together to suggest the right strategies to help in actualising its economic policies.

Nigeria Commits To Eliminating Tuberculosis By 2035

Nigeria Commits To Eliminating Tuberculosis By 2035The Federal Government has renewed its commitment to eliminating tuberculosis by year 2035, as part of efforts to ensure a healthy society.

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, stated this on Friday at an event in Abuja to mark the World Tuberculosis Day.

Professor Adewole, who commemorated the day with the commissioning of a laboratory, stated government’s resolve to join the League of Nations without tuberculosis.

The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, also highlighted the successes recorded by government, in spite of the challenges of tuberculosis in Nigeria.

Health experts at the event, Ineke Huitema and Dr. Han Kang, stressed the need for a collective fight against the disease.

They also advised the public to visit the nearest health facility to get tested and treated for free.

Statistics from the World Health Organisation indicate an estimated 10.4 million new cases of tuberculosis worldwide in 2015.

A further breakdown reveals that of the estimated figure, 5.9 million (56%) are men, 3.5 million (34%) are women while 1.0 million (10%) are children. People living with HIV account for 1.2 million (11%) of all new tuberculosis cases.

In order of global ranking, countries with the highest burden of the disease are India, Indonesia, China, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa.

Experts say that with an estimated 1.4 million tuberculosis deaths in 2015, and an additional 0.4 million deaths resulting from the disease among people living with HIV, the disease appears to be advancing into an epidemic.

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.

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.

Minister Appeals To Health Workers To Be Patient

Osagie-EhanireNigeria’s Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, is appealing for patience, as the Federal Government looks into the issues at stake.

The Minister appeal is coming on the heels of last month’s suspended nationwide warning strike by resident doctors.

He made the appeal on Monday at the commissioning of three newly completed projects at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos.

Dr. Ehanire explained that it would take some time to harmonise the issues and also make financial provisions that would address the health workers’ demands.

“I said before that some of these issues are inherited issues. They are not issues that started with this regime.

“We are trying to understand reasons for their dissatisfaction and try to find solutions,” he said.

Dr Ehanire pointed out that the issues could have arose as a result of errors in communication, of understanding and interpreting circulars and the migration into the uniform payment system.

He said that conversation was ongoing and believed that it would yield result in good time.

Federal Government To Improve Primary Health Care

health careThe Federal Government of Nigeria has announced plans to address inadequate facilities in 10,000 primary health care centres across the country as part of efforts to reduce the health care challenges in the nation.

Announcing the plan in Abuja‎, the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said the Federal Government was committed to improving the health care needs of Nigerians in order to sustain the progress so far recorded in the health sector.

The Minister believes Nigeria is moving in the right direction, having succeeded in reducing the number of child and maternal deaths.

Dr Ehanire was speaking during a gathering of health experts as the World Bank convened a round table on the health care sector in Nigeria.

At the occasion which commenced with the inauguration of a policy makers summit, the Minister of State for Health announced the government’s plan to improve the nation’s health care sector.

The acting Country Director of the World Bank, however, advised the Federal Government to go beyond rhetoric by addressing the poverty level in Nigeria.

The policy makers summit put together by the World Bank is expected to, among other things, evaluate ‎maternal and child health impact on Nigerians including a general overview of the nation’s health sector.

Senate Confirms 18 Ministerial Nominees

Ministerial NomineesEighteen of the 37 ministerial nominees from the list submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari have been confirmed by the Senate.

They include Udoma Udo Udoma, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, Audu Ogbe, Christopher Ogbonnaya Onu, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Lt.Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazzau, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Amina Mohammed, Ibrahim Jubril, Babatunde Fashola, Aisha Alhassan.

Others are Senator Hadi Sirika, Solomon Dalong, Ibe Kachukwu, Kemi Adeosun, Abubakar Malami, Engineer Suleiman Adamu and Dr. Chris Ngige.

At the end of plenary on Wednesday, Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki read out the names of the nominees who had fielded questions from the lawmakers. The senators in a vote confirmed all 18 nominees.

The lawmakers carried out the confirmation.

Former Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State was the first to take the stand at the Senate chambers today.

Mr Fashola held his audience spell bound for almost an hour and half answering questions from senators.

He told them that as governor for eight years in office he did not sign a cheque.

Mr Fashola also responded to questions on loyalty and on the 78 million naira allegedly sank to build a website.

Watch all videos of the Senates’s screening of the ministerial nominees on Channels Television YouTube channel.