EFCC To Go After Doctors Who Issue Fake Medical Reports To Criminals, Says Magu

 

The next set of people on the radar of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are medical doctors who connive with suspected criminals to issue fake medical reports.

This is according to the acting chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, during a briefing in Abuja.

He explained that the antigraft agency is casting its nets wide to investigate other sister agencies such as the police, NGOs in the northeast who carry out similar practices.

“We will extend our investigation to doctors who connive with criminals and give them fake medical reports.

“There is a way they can get a false report from hospitals abroad because they can contact them and they will send it to them, we need to put them on the spot so the practice of giving fake medical reports must stop.”

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On the issue of plea bargain strategy for suspected cyber fraudster also known as ‘yahoo boys’, Mr. Magu complained that most of them do not abide by the agreement.

The EFCC boss urged the media to join the fight against corruption by promoting anti-corruption narratives.

“How can we put heads together and rehabilitate them because they are young university boys, what strategies can we do to bring back these boys to the society so that they can be more useful to this country.

“We also give them the chance to go for plea-bargain and we make sure the process is transparent and when they have the chance, they go back, they are not abiding with the agreement.”

He also explained that the antigraft agency does not just go after people with flashy cars, but a thorough background investigation is done to ascertain the source of the wealth and efforts are taken to monitor the financial activities of suspects in connection with internet fraud and e-mail scam before a decision is taken.

Buhari Asks Doctors To Seek Other Means Of Negotiation, Not Strikes

Buhari Asks Doctors To Seek Other Means Of Negotiation, Not Strikes
President Muhammadu Buhari in a meeting with NMA executives at the State House in Abuja on July 19, 2018.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to medical doctors to avoid going on strike but consider other means of negotiation for better working conditions.

He said this on Thursday when he received the new executive of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The President asked them to always see their profession as a divine call, especially in taking decisions that directly impact on the lives of Nigerians.

“The medical profession is regarded as a divine call because of the strategic role you play in the lives of human beings,” he said in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

President Buhari revealed that the Federal Government was considering an upward review of budgetary allocation to the health sector, in order to improve the quality and access to medical facilities across the country.

He was hopeful that the review of the budgetary allocation would reflect the government’s priority of ensuring that Nigerians get better healthcare, especially in specialised areas.

“We place quality healthcare on our priority list, and we are already marching on with the primary healthcare services and some state governors have bought into it. We are committed to universal health care,” the President added.

He also assured the NMA leaders that the White Paper from the Ahmed Yayale-led panel report on Inter-Professional Harmony in the Healthcare Sector was already being considered by the government to ensure more organised and harmonised working relationships among medical practitioners.

President Muhammadu Buhari receiving a presentation from NMA President Dr Francis Faduyile and other members of the leadership at the State House in Abuja on July 19, 2018.

 

President Buhari commended the association and its members on some of the medical feats being achieved in Nigeria, including the separation of conjoined twins, organ transplants, heart surgeries and treatment of cancer patients.

He also informed them that the Nigerian Medical and Dental Council would soon be constituted to further enhance service delivery and regulation of the sector.

In his remarks, the Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ohanire, was optimistic that a newly released basic healthcare provision would further focus on improving service delivery to Nigerians through the primary healthcare.

The NMA President, Dr Francis Adedayo, commended the President for including members of the NMA in the Federal Executive Council and assenting to the Medical Residency Training Act.

He also urged the Federal Government to improve the budgetary allocation to the health sector, as required by the Abuja Declaration which sets a benchmark of 15 per cent.

Dr Adedayo noted that the speedy processing of the Ahmed Yayale report on harmony among practitioners in the medical sector would go a long way in enhancing service delivery and better working relationships.

He hinted the President that the NMA had already reached out to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for stronger partnership in providing care for victims of disasters.

Medical Doctors Stage Awareness Campaign On Lassa Fever

 

Medical doctors in Osun State under the auspices of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) have embarked on a sensitisation campaign against Lassa fever virus.

The medical doctors stormed some of the markets in Osogbo, the state capital on Monday to enlighten traders on the disease.

The market men and women were educated on how to prevent the spread of Lassa fever and measures to adopt when a case is suspected within their environment.

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Doctors Declare 7-day Warning Strike In Osun

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Osun State has ordered its members to proceed on an immediate 7-day warning strike.

Members of the group declared the strike after an emergency general meeting held in Osun State.

The 7-day warning strike is coming after the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum issued to the Osun State government by the doctors in the state and after what they termed failure of the Osun State government to accede to their demands.

NMA chairman in Osun State, Dr Tokunbo Olajumoke said the 7-day warning strike is to commence immediately because the 21-day ultimatum issued to the state government to look into the pending issues raised by the doctors has expired.

Directing that all doctors stop clinical activities immediately, Olajumoke explained that the 7-day warning strike is to allow the government to call for a meeting with the doctors and reach a truce in the interest of all parties involved.

Meanwhile, the Osun State Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Husamotu has appealed to the doctors to be patient with the state government as their requests are being looked into.

He said the government is committed to providing quality healthcare for the masses as well as ensure the health caregivers are well renumerated.

Among other demands, the doctors are calling for the state government’s intervention into the issue of nonpayment of CONMESS salary scale, over taxation, mutilated and outstanding salaries of the doctors.

Kwara Govt. To Sanction Doctors Practising At Home

Abdulfatah-AhmedThe Kwara State Government has said that it will sanction doctors who are found to be operating medical services in their place of residence in the state.

The State Commissioner for Health, Mr Sulaiman Atolagbe Alege, while speaking to newsmen in Ilorin, the state capital, described the act as illegal and said that such has not been discovered, the ministry is on the watch out to bring culprits to book.

“The Kwara state ministry of health has a monitoring team that is saddled with the responsibility of monitoring and checking some of this illegal practices. If anyone is caught, he/she will be sanctioned.” He stated.

Meanwhile, a medical doctor who doubles as a Consultant of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor Rabiu Yinka has attributed the problem to faulty structure in the country.

According to Prof. Rabiu, he lamented that there should be relevant policies and structure to accommodate medical doctors before graduation.

He said, some graduate doctors indulge in the practice after failing to secure a place for their internship upon graduating from medical School.

However, the professor, who is also the chief medical director of Surulere Hospital in Ilorin, has appealed to the government to focus more on areas that can help to eradicate poverty, rather than embark on infrastructural projects.

“You cannot eradicate problems such as this except necessary policies and structures are put in place by the government at all levels.

“I want to enjoin government to concentrate on how to focus on poverty eradication, rather than going into some unnecessary projects.
Projects are good in fact it helps the state but the people should be helped,” Prof. Rabiu added.

In the same vein, a medical doctor, Dr. Olayiwola Ismail said that graduates in the field, are not certified to operate until they have undergone internship training.

However, he advised the public not to patronise doctors who operate from their homes for their health sake.

Niger State Govt. Declares Emergency On Health Sector

Niger State Govt. Declares Emergency On Health SectorWorried by the state of health facilities in the state, the Niger state government on Thursday declared a state of emergency on the health sector with a view to repositioning the sector for better service delivery.

To this end, it has earmarked the sum of two billion Naira to upgrade five out of the 16 general hospitals in the state which have been left unattended to for the past ten years in the first phase of the project.

Briefing journalists after the State Executive Council meeting in Minna, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mustapha Jibrin, said that the government inherited what he called “moribund” health facilities across the state from the immediate past administration in the state.

He disclosed that the immediate past government in the state expended well over N5billion to build three general hospital in Gulu, Nasko and Wuse areas of the state, but only the one in Wuse was functional.

Those that will benefit from the first phase of the hospital rehabilitation project include the Suleja, Kontagora, Mokwa, Kagara and Minna general hospitals, while all the remaining ones would be attended to in the second phase of the project.

The Commissioner further disclosed that following the inadequate health personnel in the state-owned hospitals, and to ensure quick service delivery, the state government has employed an additional 40 medical doctors, 70 nurses and 10 hospital workers since the inception of the present administration.

He described the current situation where one doctor attends to nine patients as unacceptable.

He said that the state government has approved the immediate payment of the 100% salary structure for all categories of all health workers being enjoyed by their counterpart in other states across the country.

Doctors In Ogun Consider Strike Over Poor Condition Of Service

smoking, doctorsDoctors under the aegis of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners in Ogun State have threatened industrial action over allegation of poor condition of service.

They also decried the shortage of manpower at government hospitals across the state and the refusal of the state government to pay their relativity.

At a press briefing on Monday after the emergency meeting of the association in Abeokuta, the capital of the state, the doctors said the planned industrial action became imperative in view of the alleged unconcerned attitudes of the government to their demands.

Reacting to the development, the state Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye, said government was not unmindful of their demands.

Mr Ipaye asked the doctors to show better understanding in the face of the state’s current financial challenges.

He also asked them to be more productive in their duties to justify government’s investment in the sector.

Health Workers Threaten Strike

Health workersThe Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and the Assembly of Healthcare Professionals (AHPA) have issued a 15-day ultimatum from February 3, 2016 to the federal government to look into their demands or face an industrial action.

The health workers have been having a protracted dispute with the federal government over a number of demands.

Some of their demands include the implementation of a circular on promotion from CONHESS 14 to 15 and the reconstitution of what the coalition calls lopsided composition of the board of management of teaching hospitals among others.

Medical doctors are, however, not part of the threat by the coalition of unions and associations of healthcare workers in Nigeria to go on strike.

Kaduna NMA Decries Infiltration of Profession By Quacks

NMAThe Kaduna State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has raised an alarm over the activities of quacks who disguise themselves as medical doctors.

The association disclosed that a group of professional fraudsters parading as medical doctors is on the prowl in various parts of the state, practising and promoting quackery at exorbitant prices and great risk to people’s health.

The state NMA Chairman, Dr. Muhammed Ibrahim, raised the alarm at a news conference ahead of the association’s 2015 Physicians’ Week and Scientific Conference coming up in one week.

Dr. Ibrahim said that the activities of quack doctors were gradually tarnishing the image of the profession and therefore needed urgent attention to address.

According to him, tackling the complaints about cases of malpractice and quackery received by the association on weekly basis, requires the cooperation and commitment of the public, the practitioners and the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).

Dr Muhammad called on the public and practitioners to report suspected cases of quackery to the Nigerian Medical Association, the Kaduna State Ministry of Health, the regulatory council and also the Police.

Lagos Doctors Begin Indefinite Strike

Lagos doctorsMedical doctors working for the Lagos State Government on Monday began an indefinite strike over several protracted issues with the state government.

The Lagos doctors, under the aegis of the Medical Guild, are aggrieved over issues which include alleged engagement of doctors as casual workers and the withholding of doctors’ salaries for May 2012 and from August to September 2014 over the doctors involvement in industrial action.

Meanwhile the state government has described the current strike as illegal, just like the former one.

In a press statement signed by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lateef Ibirogba, the government says it is a fact that those health workers who did not work during the stated period were not paid.

This, Mr Ibirogba said is in line with the “no work no pay rule” policy of the government which is in accordance with international employment practices and the Trade Disputes Act.

He therefore advised the Lagos doctors to resume at their respective duty positions while discussions with the state government are ongoing.

Health Officials Commence Appraisal Of Residency Training Programme

 Residency Training ProgrammeThe Federal Government has announced plans to fashion out a residency training programme that would meet the ideals of the system and contribute effectively to the country’s health sector.

The Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, announced the plan at a meeting with health professionals in Abuja.

The meeting was convened to critically appraise the Residency Training Programme in the country and make recommendations to improve it.

Even though the suspension initially imposed by the Federal Government has been lifted, Government said that there was a great need to appraise the programme to tackle some of the challenges observed in the programme.

Health management officials, therefore, gathered to help government come up with key recommendations on the issue.

One of the participants from the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shuaib Oyedokun, expressed belief that the appraisal would help greatly in addressing pressing challenges facing the residency training programme.

Patricia Osemwenkha from the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Benin City, also expressed optimism that the resident doctors would welcome the effort to improve the training programme.

Nigeria’s health sector has witnessed a lot developments in recent weeks, from the prolonged strike by medical doctors, to the suspension of the residency training programme in the country.

However, some of those at the meeting said that the appraisal should also extend to other arms of the health sector, to ensure the needed transformation of the country’s health sector.

 


 

Federal Government Lifts Ban On Residency Training Programme For Medical Doctors

Residency TrainingThe Federal Government has lifted the suspension of Residency Training Programme in all federal hospitals with effect from Thursday,  28th of August,  2014 (yesterday) while the ongoing appraisal of the programme continues.

The Federal Government has also reinstated all resident doctors that were disengaged as a result of the suspension with effect from the same date.

Accordingly, all Chief Medical Directors and Medical Directors of the training centres are directed to issue letters of reinstatement to the resident doctors to enable them resume work immediately.

The Federal Government urges the resident doctors to see the magnanimity of government in reinstating them as a goodwill gesture to engender greater commitment and dedication to their duties.

The Federal Government had earlier decided that Residency Training Programme in Federal Government hospitals be suspended, pending the conclusion of the ongoing appraisal of the challenges in the health sector.

The decision was made while the strike embarked on the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, which started on July 1, was still ongoing, and the Federal Government noted that the strike by members of the NMA had resulted in untold hardship on innocent members of the society who were in need of medical care.

The strike was, however, suspended on Sunday, August 24 (five days ago), after the Federal Government promised to meet their demands.