Poor Healthcare System In Nigeria Causes Short Life Span – Ajimobi

The Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi has said that lack of adequate attention for primary and secondary healthcare systems has resulted in disheartening statistics of life expectancy, infant mortality and other preventable diseases.

He said this while speaking at the 8th Biennial Conference of the Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), which was themed ‘Reviving primary and secondary healthcare delivery in Nigeria’.

Governor Ajimobi who declared the conference open, added that worrisome indices necessitated the need to strengthen the preventive aspect of the healthcare delivery system in Nigeria.

The immediate past president of MDCAN, Professor Amos Gadzama explained that the theme of the conference was carefully chosen because the collapse of both primary and secondary healthcare systems will spell doom for the country and must be salvaged by all means necessary.

The event was put together by stakeholders as part of their efforts in seeking ways of redress in all areas of default, by producing an actionable document to transform the sector.

Ogun FMC Health Workers To Commence Strike

Members of the joint health sector unions, Federal Medical Centre (FMC) chapter, Abeokuta, have announced their plans to join the on-going indefinite industrial strike action embarked upon by the umbrella body.

The strike was embarked upon over the alleged non-implementation of the agreement reached with the federal government.

The FMC chapter has now announced 12 mid night tomorrow 21st for the commencement of its strike action.

A visit to the hospital premises at Idi Aba in the state capital revealed that normal services are being rendered to patients across departments expected to join the strike on Wednesday.

While blaming the government on the rot in the health care sector, the striking health workers said the action became imperative as a result of the nonchalant attitude of the federal government over their demands.

Cross River Introduces Pentavalent Vaccine

The Cross River State Government has introduced the pentavalent vaccine so as to see to the wellbeing of  infants in the state and with the vaccine it is expected that infants will not die of preventable infant illnesses.

Pentavalent Vaccine is a combination of five vaccines of Hib-DPT-Hepatitis B in one injection that protects against germs that causes five diseases in children.

The state governor, Liyel Imoke disclosed this at the primary health care centre, Ikot Ansa in Calabar Municipality at the maiden immunization of the vaccine on children in the state.

Administering the vaccines on children whom their mothers brought out in large numbers to be part of this gesture, the governor enjoined health workers, nursing mothers, local government councils, donor partners, as well as traditional rulers to be apt in their roles in ensuring that this gesture is delivered effectively to every child in the state less than one year old.

Commissioner for health, Professor Eyo-Ita assured all of the ministry’s resolve to ensure consistent supply of the vaccine, in view of its importance.

The first phase of this exercise across the country commenced in May 2012 at the introduction of the vaccine in 13 states of Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kwara, Lagos, Plateau, Rivers, and the Federal Capital Territory.

The second phase began in January this year, with a roll-over of the vaccine in seven additional states.

Cross River State falls under the third phase of beneficiaries and will be introduced in the remaining fifteen states.

Ondo organises sensitization meeting on cholera prevention

Following the news gathered that there has been an outbreak of Cholera in some parts of Osun State, a Stakeholders’ meeting has been organised by Ondo State government to sensitize the residents on how to prevent the outbreak from spreading to the State.

According to Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, the sensitization exercise is targeted at communities in the State sharing boundary with Osun State, which are entry points where the disease, which is highly contagious could quickly spread to Ondo State.

This is Owode – Owena, an agrarian community with about Four thousand inhabitants, located in Ifedore Local Government Area, close to the boundary between Ondo and Osun States.

Ondo State Commissioner for Health is leading government officials and Health workers in sensitizing residents of the community towards ensuring that Cholera outbreak does not penetrate through their community from Osun to Ondo State.

Some members of the community used the forum to ask relevant questions and make contributions in respect of the issue.

Cholera is an acute illness caused by Bacteria called “Vibrio cholerae”. It is transmitted through eating or drinking contaminated food or water.
Medical statistics reveal that the disease causes over 100 thousand deaths per year in Nigeria.