Police Rescue Abducted Doctor In Abia

Police Rescue Abducted FMC Doctor In Abia
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An oral and maxillofacial surgeon with the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Umuahia, Abia State, Dr. Innocent Iwegbu, who was abducted, has regained his freedom.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Anthony Ogbizi, told reporters that the victim who was kidnapped at the entrance of the hospital on Monday was rescued by the police on Thursday from his captors.

Ogbizi also paraded a suspect who was arrested in connection with the abduction.

He called on Nigerians, especially the residents of Abia to be more security conscious and report any suspicious movement around their vicinity to the security agencies.

“I want to say that all and sundry must make security a personal business and a priority, which means that we all have to be security conscious,” he said.

The police commissioner added, “As a stakeholder if you come out of the house and see people walking around, you should suspect that there is something fishy.

“When you are parking your vehicle, do yourself a favour and look around you, the scene around and make sure it is safe and secure to park, then you can go ahead to do so,” he added.

Abia Govt Partner FMC To Contain Lassa Fever Outbreak

Lassa Fever Resurfaces In Nasarawa, Kills One Person
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After the news of the demise of a female doctor due to Lassa Fever, the Abia State government and Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Umuahia have teamed up to contain the outbreak.

The state Ministry of Health, on Wednesday, held a joint press conference at the FMC in Umuahia, explaining the different measures put in place by the management of the hospital to contain the outbreak.

The Medical Director of the health center, Abali Chuku, during the conference expressed sadness over the death of the female doctor.

He added that various measures taken include enhanced surveillance, contact tracing and set up of relevant committees to review and strengthen the protocols’ way of handling emergency.

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“We want to assure members of the public that adequate measures have been put in place to contain the outbreak. Members of the public are advised to keep their surroundings clean and ensure that rats do not have access to their food and to report to the nearest health facility whenever they develop fever.

“All healthcare providers are hereby advised to maintain a high index of suspicion and always observe universal safety precautions while handling their patients,” he said.

He revealed that every person who had contact with the doctor before her death is currently under surveillance to avoid spread of the virus.

The Commissioner of Health, John Ahukanna in his reaction said there is no need for members of the public to panic because steps are been taken to stem the tide.

“Everybody in Abia State must take steps to ensure that this medical emergency does not go beyond what we have now. What we need to do at this stage is to keep the environment clean, not give space for rats to breed, and cultivate good hygiene,” he said.

FMC Umuahia Carries Out First Kidney Transplant Successfully

The Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Umuahia, Abia State has successfully carried out its first kidney transplantation.

The kidney transplant which was carried out on two patients was conducted free of charge. The surgery commenced on Thursday, December 7 and was completed on Friday morning around 10:00 a.m.

This decision of the free surgery, according to the management of the centre is aimed at offering kidney transplant services to improve quality of life, minimise medical tourism as well as provide affordable kidney transplantation in Nigeria.

The surgical procedure was carried out by team of surgeons led by Dr Obi Ekwenna from University of Toledo Medical centre, USA and other surgeons from FMC Umuahia. It lasted more than ten hour in between procurement of kidney from the donor and actual transplanting for the recipient.

Relatives of the beneficiaries who have been undergoing dialysis expressed gratitude to the management for the gesture and expressed optimism for its sustainability.

One of the beneficiaries, Orji Ogbonnaya, a 37-year-old man who has been going through dialysis for four years said, “this is a great plan for people like us who cannot travel outside the country to do the surgery, because they do not have the finances to go outside the country, but right now, we have kidney transplant at our doorstep and it is free for us as the beginners of the place, so I appreciate it.”

According to the CMD, FMC Umuahia, Dr Abali Chuku , the decision to offer kidney transplant free of charge for two patients is aimed at bridging the gap in obtaining quality healthcare due to the financial burden.

He said about 10 centers in Nigeria are providing kidney transplantation but all the ten centers are outside the south-eastern area. So, the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia introduced the service within in order to add value to the health sector.

‘’Now the incidence of this kidney diseases is about seven percent of admitted patients. The alternative which is usually very expensive is kidney transplantation and a lot of them cannot afford it and it becomes a bit challenging for such patients and the dialysis cost is also quite high.

‘’This kidney transplantation is a skill transfer session which the Federal Medical Centre hopes to run for four years to enable the centre to fully optimise the transfer of skills from the partnership with the University of Toledo Medical Centre,” he said.

Dr Obi Ekwenna said the entire procedure was successful as a result of combined team effort.

“This is a team effort and that is what is required to have a successful transplant. We want to be able to save the life of patients who have kidney failure around this area and we target for that, it is just me from United States and the rest of the surgeons here. They are all very capable and obviously with some guidance we are able to do a successful kidney transplant,” he said.

Speaking on the present condition, Ekwenna said both the donors and recipients are are currently doing well.

“The recipient is doing beautifully and the donor is moving around, the donors are the heroes, they are amazing people that come forward to save life and they will live a normal life,” he said.

Resident Doctors Condemn Suspension Of FMC Umuahia President

Resident Doctors Condemn Suspension Of FMC Umuahia PresidentThe National Association of Resident Doctors, southeast caucus has condemned the suspension of the body’s president at FMC Umuahia, Dr Innocent Orji, from residency training.

Members of the association have described their colleague’s suspension as a grave error that contravenes section (3) of the Public Service Rules of Nigeria.

During a briefing held in Umuahia, the caucus leader, Dr Udu Chijioke, said the association has their reservations about the alleged misconduct committed by their colleague and his subsequent suspension.

They have therefore asked the Federal Ministry of Health and the government of Abia state to compel the hospital’s management to immediately reinstate Dr Orji or face a strike by all public hospitals in the southeast.