Stephen Orueye: We Implore All Staff To Be Calm – LUTH

 

The management of Lagos University Teaching Hospital on Friday cautioned its staff against making inflammatory statements on the death of Dr. Stephen Urueye, urging that everyone remains calm.

In a statement by its spokesman, Mr Kelechi Otuneme, LUTH noted that Urueye, a House Officer in the Department of Medicine, was stabbed by suspected hoodlums on the road leading to Ojuelegba on Thursday night around 9:00p.m.

“He was rushed to LUTH, but all efforts to resuscitate him both at the Accident and Emergency and later at the Intensive Care Unit failed.

“Members of top management and Specialist Consultants, including the Chief Medical Director were on the ground till late this morning when he passed on.

“The matter has since been reported to the police and investigation is ongoing.

“We implore all staff to be calm and refrain from speculative or inflammatory comments or statements and go about their lawful duties as investigation continues, ” the statement read in parts.

It further stated that the hospital management was working with security agencies to ensure that the miscreants who carried out the attack, do not go unpunished.

“Our heart goes out to his family, colleagues, friends and the LUTH community as we pray that God will comfort us all on this time of great mourning, ” the statement added.

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Buhari Commissions NSIA-LUTH Cancer Treatment Centre In Lagos

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) advanced Cancer treatment centre in Lagos on Saturday.

The President at the commissioning promised Nigerians that facilities for the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of cancer would be made available to many more people across the country.

At the inauguration ceremony of the state-of-the-art Centre in LUTH, Idi Araba, President Buhari announced that the model will be replicated across the country to bring quality, first-class healthcare services to cancer patients in Nigeria.

‘‘We are aware that up to 40% of funds spent by Nigerians on medical tourism is attributable to patients seeking treatment for cancer. Despite having an increasing number of citizens suffering from cancer, we until now, had only two working radiotherapy machines in the country.

‘‘Working through the NSIA and LUTH we utilized a PPP model that unlocked investment capital to directly address this issue. We will replicate this model across the country to bring quality, first-class healthcare services to as many Nigerians as we can.

‘‘Indeed, over the coming months, under our leadership, the NSIA will commission two Modern Medical Diagnostic Centres to be co-located in the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano State and the Federal Medical Centre Umuahia, Abia State, respectively, bringing additional investment to Nigeria’s healthcare sector,’’ he said.

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The President while wishing the management of the hospital good luck in operating the centre, emphasized the need for maintenance of the equipment.

‘‘Our goal today is not simply to celebrate and applaud the culmination of months of hard work to achieve this objective. Neither is it solely to revel in the successful completion of the most modern and best-equipped Cancer treatment centre in West Africa.

‘‘Indeed we are proud, but we recognize that this modest effort to address the gaps in our tertiary healthcare system alone is insufficient to address all the challenges faced by the sector.

‘‘Today, we showcase what feats we can accomplish when we are together, unrelenting in our effort to deliver a common objective.

‘‘No one ever prays to be diagnosed with Cancer, but if they are, what we have made possible here today is the hope that a true chance of survival and good quality of life becomes part of the story of many Nigerian patients with cancer,’’ he said.

The President promised that his administration, which has introduced programmes to alleviate common diseases, including the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund targeted at ensuring access to primary healthcare for all Nigerians, will continue to push hard to raise awareness about cancer, educate the people and facilitate early diagnosis.

He noted that this objective was part of his solemn commitment to Nigerians four years ago to improve the quality of health care in the country.

The President, who performed the ceremony after attending the APC presidential campaign rally at the Teslim Balogun Stadium Surulere, Lagos, said his administration had focused on greater investment in the sector and worked hard to ensure increased access to safe, high-quality healthcare.

‘‘We promised to effect policies that would remove debilitating constraints on the sector and create sustainable structures to strengthen our healthcare institutions.

‘‘Today, we are gathered here to acknowledge the modest but laudable strides we are making in fulfilling that promise. We recognize that progress in the health sector is handicapped by several bottlenecks.

‘‘Accordingly, we have worked and we will continue to work to ensure that systems are introduced to bridge these gaps,’’ he said.

 

The President told the audience at LUTH that the Federal Government has created an enabling environment for institutions such as the NSIA to help fund high impact projects on time and on budget, thereby delivering immense value for our people.

‘‘In the case of the Cancer Centre, we can measure this value in currency, but we prefer to measure the value in terms of its social impact, the number of lives of Nigerians that will be saved and positively affected as well as the impact of capacity building for our people,’’ he said.

In his remarks at the inauguration ceremony, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NSIA, Mr. Uche Orji said the Centre is expected to raise the bar in the quality and standard of cancer treatment in Nigeria with outcomes that would be consistent with the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

‘‘In addition, this Centre will demonstrate the economic potential of healthcare investments in Nigeria and catalyse increased private sector participation,” he said.

Also speaking, Professor Chris Bode, Chief Medical Director, LUTH, noted that the Centre is world-class and no Nigerian cancer patient needs to travel abroad again to receive treatment easily obtainable at home.

‘‘We, therefore, want to assure Your Excellency that we shall give what it takes to run this Centre as a pride to all Nigerians. NSIAs investment is not only safe but will yield ample dividend to encourage other deep pocket investors to open up the health sector as a veritable investors’ haven, ’’ he said.

Also speaking, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole described the Centre as the single largest investment in cancer treatment in the country by any administration since independence.

Prof. Adewole added that the facility can cater for 100 patients daily and provide training for over eighty healthcare professionals, among many others.

Lassa Fever Outbreak: LUTH Asks Lagosians To Remain Calm

Lassa Fever Outbreak: LUTH Asks Lagosians To Remain Calm

The governing body of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) says there is no cause for panic over the recent Lassa fever outbreak in the state.

The Chief Medical Director of LUTH, Professor Chris Bode, stated this on Wednesday at a press conference which he said was necessary to address what he called ‘sensationalised accounts’ of the disease outbreak.

Professor Bode assured the residents of the state (Lagosians) to remain calm as all contacts are being monitored and have not shown signs of infection.

He added that all those who are being monitored have been given a thermometer to check their temperature twice daily and report any temperature spike.

According to the Chief Medical Director, the three patients who tested positive are responding to treatment but never came down with symptoms.

He further urged Lagosians to keep their surroundings clean and their houses rat free as much as possible, as well as to cover cooked and uncooked food properly.

Also present at the press briefing was the State Epidemiologist, Dr. Eniola Erinosho, who reminded residents of the state that Lassa fever already has a known cure.

Dr. Erinosho also called for calm, saying the government is working with the hospital to ensure the situation remains contained.

LUTH Crisis: Management Says Facilities Are Being Upgraded

Professor Chris Bode

The Chief Medical Director of the University of Lagos Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Professor Chris Bode, said the institution has made improvements.

Contrary to the claims of resident doctors that facilities at the institution were run-down, Professor Bode noted that the hospital was adding on new infrastructure.

This comes a few days after the management of LUTH locked their resident doctors out of their secretariat, a development which triggered a peaceful protest by the doctors.

The doctors, who were joined by other staff members of the hospital, reiterated their complaints of substandard conditions, unpaid entitlements and others.

“So many other facilities are on; the independent power project in LUTH which will give us uninterrupted power will be up by August this year. These are things we are celebrating.

“A water supply project in LUTH which had been abandoned for about 12 years can supply 40,000 gallons of water in an hour; we’ve rehabilitated it and it is working now,” Professor Bode said while reacting to the claims by the resident doctors.

He expressed displeasure with the protest and pointed out that the management was open for constructive dialogue.

“I feel a bit disappointed when the national leadership of that group came and spoke to them at length, apologised on their behalf and we thought everything was over and the following day, they went dancing around again.

“We are still hoping they will come to the dialogue table,” the Chief Medical Director told Channels Television on Saturday.

LUTH Crisis Continues As Resident Doctors Protest

A few days after the management of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital locked their resident doctors out of their secretariat, the physicians have taken to the grounds in a peaceful protest.

The doctors, who were joined by other staff members of the hospital, reiterated their complaints of substandard conditions, unpaid entitlements and others.

According to them, the protest was about the substandard conditions under which they work.

Holding up placards and singing, the workers demanded the payment of outstanding salaries and allowances as well as better conditions of service.
They said they were ready to work, but only if adequate and functioning equipment are available.

They, however, expressed willingness to hold talks with the management about their grievances.

The hospital authorities declined to comment.

A few days ago it was a free for all on the marble floor of the hospital after the authorities locked the secretariat of the Association of Resident Doctors in the hospital with the intention of repossessing it.

LUTH Chaos: Doctors Accuse Authorities Of Highhandedness

The Management of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and its resident doctors appear to be at daggers drawn over several issues bordering on welfare and patient care.

This became apparent during a scuffle between resident doctors and security agents after the hospital authorities attempted to evict the doctors-in-training from their secretariat.

Our correspondent, reports that the scuffle resulted in injuries.

Lagos CP Ordered To Place Convicted Ontario Oil MD Under Watch

Lagos CP Ordered To Place Convicted Ontario Oil MD Under Watch The Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has ordered the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni to keep a close watch on the Managing Director of Ontario Oil and Gas, Adaoha Ugo-Nadagi, who collapsed on Friday after she was convicted of a 744 million naira fuel subsidy scam.

Presiding judge, Justice Lateefa Okunnu of a Lagos High Court, on Monday, ordered the medical directors of Havana Hospital, Surulere and the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), to both swear to an affidavit of means, clearly stating the status of her health.

At Monday’s proceedings, counsel to Ndagi, told the court that after she collapsed on Friday she was rushed to Havana Hospital where she was placed on life support and oxygen.

She was then transferred to LUTH where she has been receiving treatment.

EFCC counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, however asked the court to pronounce the sentence in the absence of the convicts.

In her ruling, Justice Okunnu noted that there seems to be a lacuna in the law as to the sentencing of the convicts in absentia. She however reserved the sentencing till Wednesday, January 18 2017.

Ndagi, oil mogul, Walter Wagbasoma and their company, Ontario Oil and Gas were convicted by the court for their roles in a N744m subsidy fraud brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Ita Enang’s Orderly Accidentally Shoots Self

Ita EnangA gun belonging to the orderly of President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang accidentally went off on Friday.

The incident, which occurred at the ticketing area of the general aviation terminal at the Murtala Muhammed Airport 1 in Lagos State, caused some apprehension among travelers.

The orderly was severely injured while one female passenger also sustained minor injuries.

Both of them were initially rushed to the FAAN clinic before they were transferred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) to receive more treatment.

Lassa Fever: Lagos Govt. Urges Residents To Remain Calm

Lassa feverThe Lagos State Government has called on residents of the state to remain calm as it is doing everything possible to control the spread of the Lassa fever virus.

Speaking to Channels Television today in Lagos the Deputy Director of Health Education at the Lagos State Ministry of Health, Mrs Omowunmi George, said that the hospital where the only victim of the virus is being treated will remain under surveillance until further notice.

She explained efforts being made by the state government to prevent the spread of the virus. “What they have done is to contain all those people (that had contact with the hospital) by the time he was moved.

“There were still some people there, as at the time it was confirmed that this is Lassa fever, we had to move in quickly to ensure that those who were still there are kept there so that they do not go out again and start spreading it (that is if they have it anyway.

She explained that the possibility of the patient having contacted the disease in Lagos was slim, “The way it is presenting does not look like he got it in Lagos,” she said.

“Do not forget also that many of the northern states are actually recording cases of Lassa fever. He came into Lagos, I think on the 9th, (of January) and it was less than one week that he was in Lagos that he reported sick, so it means that it could not have been in Lagos.

She warned that it is impossible to completely get rid of rats in the community but called for de-ratisation to help reduce their population.

She added, however, “We are happy to tell everybody that there is only one case, up till now, it is still one case and the only case is still stable because he is undergoing treatment.

 

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.

Alleged Lagos Police Killing: Slain Woman’s Family Demand Justice

PoliceDoctors at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, may have battled in vain to save the life of a woman allegedly shot by a police officer at Ijegun area of Lagos.

Channels Television correspondent Lauretta Chiogor, visited the hospital, where she met the slain woman’s four children who witnessed the killing, and now reports that her family members are demanding justice.