Doctors Threaten To Go On Strike Over Murder Of OAU Professor

FILE PHOTO: Main entrance of OAU campus in Ile-Ile, Osun State.


Members of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Osun State on Tuesday threatened to go on strike in reaction to the murder of Professor Jerome Elusiyan of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, by gunmen.

The Chairman of the NMA in Osun State, Dr. Edward Komolafe, issued the threat during a press conference in Osogbo, the state capital.

Dr. Komolafe who condemned the murder called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to act decisively to apprehend and prosecute the killers.

Failure to do that, he warned, would cause the doctors to go on strike, on Thursday.

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The NMA state chairman also called on the IGP to order the police to conclude their report on the incident, as it was delaying the performance of an autopsy on the deceased.

The murdered professor was a pediatrician and Chairman, Medical Advisory council, OAU. He was killed on Friday, last week, along the Benin/Ekpoma road.

His death further illustrates what the doctors say is the security threat and welfare challenges that they contend with.

These challenges, according to them, are major reasons why some medical practitioners relocate abroad to practice their professions.


Lassa Fever Kills Medical Doctor In Kogi

Dr Victor Idowu

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Kogi State on Monday announced the death of Dr Victor Idowu, who was diagnosed with Lassa fever.

Idowu was diagnosed of Lassa fever on January 19, 2018, after he contracted the virus in the line of duty at Irrua specialist hospital Edo state.

Until his death, he was a house officer at the Federal Medical Center in Lokoja, Kogi state.

Lassa Fever on Friday, January 19, resurfaced in Nasarawa state, killing one person out of the 15 suspected cases receiving attention at the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi.

Schools in Ebonyi State were also directed to close for a week following the outbreak of Lassa fever in the state.

How Medical Council Busted Fake Doctor In Ekiti

senateA hospital reportedly being run by a fake doctor has been shut down in Ado Ekiti after the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) discovered that he was not genuine.

The union said that the feat was part of the efforts to curtail quackery in medical practice in the state.

It told reporters that the fake doctor (name withheld) had been handed over to the police for prosecution.

At a press conference in Ado Ekiti, the chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Ekiti State, Dr. Sunday Omoya, said the ‘doctor’, who was operating a hospital named ‘Divine Citadel Health Centre’ in Ajilosun area of the state capital was arrested after his certificates were found to have been forged.

Worked For 11 Years

Dr. Omoya called for the implementation of the National Health Acts 2014 by the Federal Government, to make access to standard healthcare service a compulsion for every Nigerian and for the achievement of universal health coverage.

“The NMA in partnership with MDCN set up a monitoring team to tackle quackery in medical practice. The man in question was reported to the police and was arrested after a screening conducted by the local government where he had worked for 11 years revealed that he was parading fake certificates.

“We reported to the Commissioner of Police and the man will soon face prosecution in court,” he said.

While commending the state government over the proposed bill on State Health Insurance Scheme, the association solicited prompt implementation of the corrected Consolidated Medical Salary Scale for members to serve as a morale -booster and increase their dedications to duties.

The NMA has also raised the alarm over increasing incidences of hypertension and diabetes among Ekiti residents, saying a medical screening conducted on some residents recently in commemoration of the 2016 Physicians’ Week gave an indication that the diseases were becoming endemic

“We held a medical outreach to Afao Ekiti on Monday, October 24 during which about 200 members of the town had free health checkup, blood screening and treatment.

“We were able to find out that non-communicable diseases like hypertension, diabetes are becoming endemic in Ekiti. This may be due to sedentary lifestyles, seasoned food intakes and alcohol consumption brought about by western world”.

The NMA is the national umbrella body for medical doctors in Nigeria.

Anambra Govt. Set To Launch Health Insurance Scheme

Anambra state, Obiano Anambra state government has concluded every arrangement to key into the National Health Insurance Scheme.

This was revealed when a team of medical doctors, under the auspices of the Nigeria Medical Association, Anambra state chapter, paid a visit to the state government at the Government House, Awka.

The visit was to mark the 2016 Physicians Week, with the theme: “Health Care in a Frail Economy, Changing and the Way Forward”.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike, said that the present administration of Governor Obiano had made efforts in improving the health conditions of people in the state.

Dr Akabuike stated that within three months of Governor Obiano’s inception, his administration had passed the Anambra State Primary Health Care Development Agency bill into law.

This, according to him was geared towards providing adequate health services to the people.

Furthermore, he stated that the State House of Assembly would pass the introduction of the Universal Health Insurance Scheme into law in the state.

This would ensure free health services, especially for the indigent people in the state, saying it had passed through first and second reading.

The Commissioner also disclosed that the state had 726 Primary Health Care Centres, of which 526 were owned and managed by the government, while 210 were owned by individuals and churches.

He explained that those health centres should have been managed and thoroughly supervised by the local government, but as a result of incapacitation of the government throughout the federation, those centers turned moribund.

Sharing some good news, he said that the present administration had declared a state of emergency on the situation and was currently revamping the centres.

According to him the Government had equipped 63 health centers, three from each local government across the state.

In his address, the Chairman of Anambra State Nigeria Medical Association, Dr Emejuku Jude-Kennedy stressed that the visit was also aimed at presenting a letter to Governor Obiano to deliver President Buhari.

The letter was regarding the National Health Act which was passed into law two years ago, precisely on October 27, 2017, which is yet to be implemented.

The Act was based on the provision of a framework for manpower development, health financing, training, sanction and ethnic control of health practices.

Dr Emejulu pointed out that the annual Physician Week would avail them the opportunity to get abreast of their environment, review their duties and activities as well as ensure they embark on health therapy that would equally improve their standard of living.

The chairman opined that the association had been facing financial constraints due to the present economic crunch, nonetheless, assuring that they would always discharge their duties effectively in accordance with the rules.

He commended the state government for its immense collaboration with the association in protecting the state above other states in medical service delivery.

NMA Decries Neglect Of National Health Act

Health, NMA, Nigerian Medical AssociationThe leadership of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has decried the non-implementation of the National Health Act by the Federal Government since the bill was passed in 2014.

The NMA President, Professor Mike Ogiri, raised the concern at a press conference in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The gathering was convened on Monday to draw the attention of the government to issues affecting the nation’s health sector.

Professor Ogiri said that members of the association would stage a nationwide protest to demand for the implementation of the health act.

He expressed optimism that the demonstration would address most of the challenges facing the sector and proffer solutions for possible implementation by the government.

He also mentioned the slow progress of universal health coverage through the National Health Insurance Scheme as a major factor facing the health sector in Nigeria.

“As part of this year’s NMA week, the NMA and her 37 branches and affiliates have agreed to stage a walk on October 26.

“This is aimed at demanding for the implementation of the National Health Act as passed in 2014 by the federal government.

“It is our belief that the implementation of that act will address some of the aforementioned challenges being experienced in this economic recession,” Prof Ogiri said.



Health Care Workers Trade Blame On System’s Instability

healthcare in NigeriaPractitioners in the health care system are trading blames for instability of the system, as a result of incessant strikes by health workers.

While the Joint Health Care Workers Union is accusing the government and the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) of unfair treatment, saying it is the reason for unstable services in government hospitals, the NMA claimed that the rivalry in the sector was uncalled for.

Both, however, agreed that government needed to take deliberate steps to reform the health sector for quality health care services for the citizenry.

In the last one year of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, both the Medical Doctors Associations and Members of the Joint Health Workers Union  have threatened to embark on strike, with several ultimatum given to the government.

The President of the Joint Health Workers union, Biobelemoye Josiah, is blaming both the Federal Government and the NMA for unequal treatment in the sector that has caused several industrial actions.

When the 2016 World Health Day was celebrated last month, the Minister of Health said it was an occasion for government to take stock of the nations health sector with a view to improving service delivery.

The health care practitioners have agreed that the government needed to take stock of the sector and take some deliberate but decisive actions to improve the sector.

Industrial Action: Osun Doctors, Government Seek Resolution

osun doctorsThe national leadership of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) and ‎the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) have commenced talks with the Osun State government on the possibility of ending the industrial action by doctors in LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo.

The doctors had embarked on the strike demanding for payment of full salaries, implementation of CONMESS and autonomy for LAUTECH teaching hospital, Osogbo.

At the meeting held at the state secretariat, Abere, all parties in the deliberation agreed that the part payment of salaries was temporary and the state government would pay when the economy of the state improves.

The National President of the Association of Resident doctors, Mohammed Askira, expressed optimism that the deliberation was yielding some level of progress.

Dr Askira stated that the doctors would comply with the state government’s decision even if it decides to carry out the ‘No Work, No Pay’ policy.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Staff to Osun State Government, Gboyega Oyetola, has urged the doctors to exercise patience with the government and return to work.

Two Lassa Fever Patients On The Loose In Kaduna

lassa feverThe Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has raised alarm that it cannot ascertain the whereabouts of two persons suspected to have been infected with Lassa fever in Kachia  and Kawo Local Governments of Kaduna State.

Addressing a news conference on Monday, the Kaduna State NMA Chairman, Dr. Muhammed Ibrahim, said that the two persons showed symptoms of Lassa fever and were put under surveillance before their sudden disappearance.

He also told reporters that about 10 primary and 28 secondary contacts of the three dead Lassa fever patients at Saint Louis Hospital in Zonkwa were under surveillance while another nurse at the hospital, who was tested positive to the disease, had been placed under isolation at the State Infectious Disease Centre in Kakuri, Kaduna South Local Government Area.

While advising residents of the state to observe a good hygiene in order not to contact the disease, Dr. Ibrahim urged them to avoid contact with rats and foods  contaminated with rat secretions or excretions.

He also cautioned health workers and other care givers to always avoid contact with blood and body fluids while attending to sick persons.

The NMA said that the sudden disappearance of the suspected Lassa fever patients could jeopardise effort by government to curtail the spread of the disease.

The Association called on the public and health workers attending to any suspected Lassa fever patient to contact the relevant authorities for prompt action.

On February 29, three persons were were confirmed dead at the Saint Louis Specialist Hospital in Zonkwa, Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State following the outbreak of Lassa fever.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Professor Jonathan Nok, who confirmed the incident, told reporters that a medical doctor, a nurse and a pregnant woman were among the deceased.

Osun Doctors: NMA Threatens South-West Solidarity Strike

osunThe South West caucus of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has threatened to embark on systematic solidarity strike across the South-west states.

The threat came as the face-off between the Osun State government and members of the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association over unpaid salaries and other welfare packages continues.

At a press conference in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, the chairperson of the south west caucus, Mrs Adenike Odewabi, said that this became imperative in view of the alleged nonchalant posture of the Osun State government towards the plight of the striking doctors

While highlighting the negative effects of the ongoing impasse between the striking doctors and the state government, the caucus leadership called on the federal government to wade into the crisis before it is too late.

Osun Doctors’ Strike: NMA Frowns At ‘Unjust Treatment’

NMAThe Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) says it will exploit every means to protect its members against what it described as ‘unjust treatment’ by the Osun State government.

The southwest zone of NMA resolved to this during a caucus meeting held in Ile-Ife while reacting to the crisis in the Osun State health sector in southwest Nigeria.

The leadership of the NMA explained that the current struggle between the doctors and the state government over the non-payment of salaries and obnoxious tax regime of the government has exposed the anti-people stance of the Governor Rauf Aregbesola-led administration.

The Chairperson, NMA southwest zone, Dr. Adenike Odewabi, ‎said that the strike embarked upon by the doctors could have been avoided if the government had engaged the doctors in a formal dialogue to arrive at a solution to the demands of the people.

Dr. Odewabi appealed to the Federal Government, religious leaders and all authorities concerned to wade into the crisis and find a permanent solution to the strike, or the association would be forced to picket the Governor’s office.

Osun Doctors Protest Unpaid Salaries

Resident-doctorsDoctors Under the aegis of the Nigeria Medical Association, Osun State chapter, took to the streets of Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, to protest the non-payment of their salaries and other emoluments for over four month .

‎The doctors who took the protest to the Osun State House of Assembly on Tuesday, called on the lawmakers to intervene and save the health care system from total collapse.

At the State House of Assembly, the doctors were received by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Honourable Adegboye.

On the floor of the hallowed chamber, they were given the opportunity to address the House.

The Deputy Speaker acknowledged all the complaints of the doctors, but appealed for patience, saying that the House would take their grievance to the executive for consideration.

The doctors left the chamber with the hope that the lawmakers would this time, prevail on the executive.

In the meantime, the ‎House fixed another meeting with the doctors for Wednesday February 17.

The Nigeria Medical Association said it would also hold a three-day warning strike in solidarity with Osun doctors. The strike will begin on February 17.

Doctors Protest Kidnapping Of Colleagues In Rivers State

doctorsMembers of the Nigeria Medical Association in Rivers State have protested what they call the incessant kidnapping of their members.

The doctors came out in their numbers on the streets of Port Harcourt carrying placards with various inscriptions and marched to the office of the DSS and the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital to register their worry over the issue.

They condemned the rate at which they say their colleagues have been targeted in recent times, calling on the security agencies and the state government to do more to protect their lives and those of other residents of the state.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Musa Kimo, gave the assurance that all hands are on deck to guarantee their safety.