FMC Staff Protest Alleged Imposition Of CMD In Abeokuta

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Members of the medical and health workers, National Association of Nurses and Midwives have protested over the alleged imposition of a new Chief of Medical Director at the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta.

The members in their numbers with various placards rejected in totality the alleged appointment of prof Abdul Semiu Musa from the University of Ilorin teaching hospital who is being penciled down for the job

They said events leading to the conduct of the appointment interview did not follow the due process, saying it was shrouded in secrecy by the Federal Ministry of Health.

”The appointment of Prof Musa would be a recipe for anarchy and industrial disharmony which would not be accepted, the position of staff members as earlier communicated to the ministry by the above named unions/associations dated 13th December and 16th January 2017 is sacrosanct and not negotiable”.

”The presidency whose prerogative of appointment we duly acknowledge should not be misled into appointing an external party but give us a substantive medical director from within”

They called for the appointment of the Chief Medical Director from among the 65 consultants from the Medical Centre in Abeokuta who applied for the position to sustain the peace being enjoyed in the institution

‘We call on  all well meaning Nigerians especially our patient population should know that the ministry is hell bent in undermining a peaceful and congenial working environment, where patients come and receive medical attention and reprieve in forcing down our throat a misfit as the next medical director”.

Upgrade FMC Owerri To Teaching Hospital, Okorocha Tells FG

The Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has appealed to the Federal Government to upgrade the Federal Medical Centre Owerri, Imo State to the status of a Teaching Hospital having acquired most of the requirements for a teaching hospital status.

Governor Okorocha made the appeal through his Deputy, Eze Madumere during a visit by the Minister of State for Health. Dr. Osagie Ehanire to commission some projects initiated and completed by the Management of the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri.

While commending The FMC management for initiating the life-changing projects in the Centre, he called on the Federal government through the Minister of State for Health to as a matter of urgency, help make the wishes of Imo people come to pass by ensuring that the Federal Medical Centre Owerri is upgraded to a Teaching hospital.

Madumere explains that the qualification of the Medical Centre in the area of Manpower, available equipment and other infrastructure are enough to consider the upgrade of the Centre. He further said the upgrade will not only elicit more interests in medical research but will also help the quality of health care services and equip budding Medical Doctors to stand up to their colleagues in the world.

He commended management for keying into medical policies of President Buhari led Federal Government with its focus on primary and intensive health care for all Nigerians.

He used the opportunity to thank the management and staff of the Medical Centre for embracing peace, which has impacted positively on the patients, attributing to the present quality service with the ever ready personnel on hand to render service to the people.

He therefore expressed the readiness of Governor Okorocha led government to play whatever role necessary to achieve the deserved upgrade of the medical centre, referencing the already existing partnership between the Medical Centre and the State.

He said “The wish of Imo people is to see that FMC Owerri is upgraded to a teaching hospital, as you have gone round during the inspection of projects earlier, all the manpower, facilities and equipment you see here is of Teaching hospital standard, we appeal to you to make dreams of Imo people come through by upgrading this Centre, I want to also commend the effort of the management led by Dr. Angela Uwakwem, she has worked tirelessly to see that this place is up to standard, we want to also assure the Centre that the Okorocha led administration is supporting you”

On his part, the Minister commended the effort of Dr. Angela Uwakwem led Administration, which he described as in tandem with the health policies of President Buhari led Federal Government. He however regretted the grading of Nigeria’s medical records, saying it is nothing to write home about. He however blamed the negative impression about Nigerian health sector to incessant industrial actions even in matters that are so minute.

He therefore expressed the readiness of the present Federal Government to do all within its power to change the tide with focus in making health available in every community in the country.

He however blamed the Medical workers on low rating of Nigerian health sector attributing the negative rating to incessant strikes at any slightest dispute forgetting the ethics of the profession, which he said has always put patients’ lives in danger.

Labour Gives FG 21 Days To Resolve FMC Owerri Crisis

FMC Owerri, LabourThe Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have given the Federal Government of Nigeria a 21-day ultimatum to resolve the industrial crisis at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Owerri.

The ultimatum is contained in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole.

The unions asked the government to summon the Chief Medical Director of FMC Oweri, Mrs Angela Uwakwem, to answer the cases she has with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

They claimed that her return to the hospital at a time she was being prosecuted by the EFCC was a violation of the civil service rule.

Reacting to the allegation, the Mrs Uwakwem stated that her accusers cannot be the judges in their own case.

The Federal Government had earlier announced her reinstatement as the substantive Medical Director of FMC Owerri, after about 10 months of stepping aside.

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

The government insisted that it has not found Uwakwem guilty of the allegations levelled against her.

The development consequently triggered series of protest by health workers and labour unions at the health institution in Imo State, southeast Nigeria.

The workers vowed not to return to work until their demand was met.

FMC Owo Staff Protest Kidnap Of Colleague

FMC Owo: Staff Protest Kidnap Of ColleagueStaff of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo in Ondo State have staged a peaceful protest over the abduction of one of their members.

The workers, under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), demanded the immediate and unconditional release of a Pharmacist, Mrs Queen Adeyeye, who was kidnapped last Saturday in the Southwest Nigerian state.

The aggrieved workers abandoned their duty posts to stage the protest, carrying placards to express their demand.

The woman, said to be a widow, was kidnapped while returning home from a vigil on that fateful day.

The Chairman of JOHESU, FMC, Owo, Joseph Omoniyi as well as other numbers threatened to down tool indefinitely if their colleague was not released.

They appealed to the government and well-meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of workers of the medical centre, saying their lives were no longer safe.

Okorocha Seeks Upgrade Of FMC To University Teaching Hospital

Rochas-Okorochao-APC-Governor-ForumThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has sought the Federal Government’s help to upgrade the Federal Medical Centre Owerri to a University Teaching Hospital.

He is requesting that the hospital should be attached to the Federal University of Technology Owerri, saying it would help to enhance the State’s health care sector.

Governor Okorocha made this appeal at the 28th convocation ceremony of the Federal University of Technology Owerri, in Imo State, south-east Nigeria.

He added that the appeal to upgrade the Federal Medical Centre Owerri to a University Teaching Hospital to a large extent will be in the best interest of the people of Imo State and the entire south-east.

The Governor tasked the graduating students to think less about white collar jobs and think more of using their God given talents and potentials to achieve visions of being self employed.

At the occasion, the Governor was  awarded a Honorary Doctorate degree of Management Technology (Honons Causa).

Death Toll Rises To 10 In Damaturu Blast

DamaturuThree more victims of the Damaturu bomb blast have died on Sunday, raising the death toll to 10.

Seven people were killed in a blast carried out by a female suicide bomber on Saturday, who attacked the northern entrance of the Damaturu motor park in the Yobe State capital, North-east Nigeria, detonating an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that killed people who were entering or exiting the park.

The Medical Director of the Damaturu Specialists Hospital, Dr Garba M. Fika, said three more victims of the blast died while receiving medical attention at the hospital, bringing the death toll from the blast to 10.

He also noted that three of the victims have been referred to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Nguru and one had further being referred to the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano.

The Medical Director further revealed that twelve more victims of the blast are currently being treated at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Damaturu Hospital, stressing that all of them would be given free treatment in line with the free drug exercise of the Yobe State Government.

An eyewitness, Bala Mainasara, confirmed that most of those killed in the blast were children selling sachet water or groundnut cake, calling on parents and guardians to restrict their children from wandering about. He also warned that such children could be used for carrying out suicide missions.

The Chairman of the Damaturu Harmonised Traders Association, Mr Usman Mu’azu, in an interview with Channels Television, called on security agents and the State Government to deploy security officials to man the entrance of the park and urged them to re-open the blocked gates.

He noted that much people were affected in the explosion as a result of the only gate currently opened, for both entrance and of the park.

However, business activities have picked up at the market, as most shops were opened for business, while few others were closed probably in observance of Sunday, being a worship day for Christians.

Boston Bombing Suspect Moved From Hospital To Prison

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been moved to a prison at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, from the hospital where he had been held since his arrest by police a week ago, the U.S. Marshals Service said on Friday.

The 19-year-old ethnic Chechen, who was badly wounded in an overnight shootout last week with police hours after authorities release pictures of him and his older brother, also a suspect, had previously been held at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where some of the victims were also being treated.

His older brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, died in that shootout.

Tsarnaev on Monday was charged with the April 15 bombing, which killed three and wounded 264 at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

“The U.S. Marshals Service confirms that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been transported from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is now confined at the Bureau of Prisons facility FMC Devens at Ft. Devens, Mass.,” said U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Drew Wade.

Expressway accident claims nine lives in Ogun state


Nine persons have been confirmed dead in a road crash along the Abeokuta -Siun Sagamu expressway, while others sustained various degrees of injuries.

The accident involving an 18-seater Hi-ace bus belonging to Lukdos Transport Company and an articulated lorry marked LAGOS JJJ 489 XB occurred around 7 30AM at Ototo village, few kilometers away from the state capital.

The accident reportedly occurred when the truck, coming from the opposite direction lost control and rammed into the commercial bus.

The victims including three male and five female were said to be members of the same church died on the spot as well as the driver.

The Lagos bound bus was said to be conveying members of African Church Solution Camp, Abeokuta, for a wedding ceremony of another member of the church.

Confirming the incident, the coordinator of the state Traffic Compliant and Enforcement, TRACE, Mr. Sola Bamidele blamed it all on reckless driving by the truck driver.

He said that the remains of the victims have been deposited at the State Hospital, Ijaiye and Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, morgues.