OAUTHC Recorded 14 Successful Open Heart Surgeries In 2016 – CMD

OAUTHC Recorded 14 Successful Open Heart Surgeries In 2016 – CMDThe Chief Medical Director of Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife, Prof Victor Adetiloye, has disclosed that the hospital recorded 14 successful open heart surgeries in 2016.

Adetiloye, made the disclosure while chatting with some journalists in his office in Ile-Ife, Osun state.

He said that the success story of the surgery operations were achieved based on the competence of the doctors they have on ground.

The CMD added that the medical experts presently serving in the hospital are of international standard as they were trained abroad.

Adetiloye explained that the routine surgery that people travel abroad to perform have been successfully handled and recorded with much success at a  lesser cost in OAUTHC.

He appealed to Nigerians who are of the opinion that they must travel abroad before they can get solution to their health challenges that this can easily be done in OAUTHC, Ile-Ife.

In the same vein, a Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Dr Uvie Onokpoya stated that the condition of having a hole in heart which has three sections of surgery that people travel abroad to perform with over six million naira in India had been attended to by the medical experts with less than a million naira.

Onakpoya charged people who have medical challenges to always patronize the indigenous hospital, OAUTHC.

He added that people should first visit the hospital to examine the degree of their ailment whether it could be done in Ile-Ife teaching hospital, if not, such patient can seek a referral to other hospitals outside the country.

He explained that OAUTHC has modern equipment, coupled with well trained and highly skilled professional medical experts.

He said: “We would strive to do more of the open heart surgery this year, as it has been scheduled to begin very soon in OAUTHC, Ile-Ife.

“What we are doing here is to save people from financial and emotional embarrassment, wear and tear of the body for the people who travel abroad for such treatment.

“For instance people go overseas for minor surgery like anoraphy which is very common and can be successfully done here in OAUTHC without much stress with little amount.”

The management eulogised the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Sen Iyiola Omisore, Dr Themo Edmund, Dr Ramon Adedoyin and Feature Hope Foundation, based in UK, for their gesture toward the development of the hospital.

The hospital authority called on Nigerians to collaborate with the government to provide more modern equipment and to give training and retraining of medical personnel to alleviate health challenges that make people to run abroad for treatment.

OAUTHC Resident Doctors Lament Neglect Of Health Sector

doctors-in-oauthcThe National Association of Resident Doctors of Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex Chapter, have condemned what they called negligence of the health sector by the Federal Government.

Members of the union also alleged that there is ‘apparent insincerity’ demonstrated by the Federal Government on the health sector.

The President of the association, Dr Taofeek Akinniyi, who led other resident doctors on a peaceful protest within the OAUTHC premises, expressed the union’s displeasure while addressing reporters at a press conference held in Ile-Ife,Osun State on Thursday.

He said the government had demonstrated their insincerity in solving the perennial challenges that have bedeviled the health sector in Nigeria.

Dr Akinniyi disclosed that medical tourism had been the norm among those in the corridor of power, insisting that they embark on medical trip abroad absolutely on the perceived decadence in the health sector.

He lamented that the common Nigerian who can not afford flight ticket let alone of the cost of consultation or treatment outside Nigeria were the worst hit, as a result of the neglect.

“This attitude has also gone a long way to depleting our national reserve at a time our dear country is grappling with acute shortage of foreign exchange”.

According to him, “Nigeria has the manpower but the deplorable state of the sector is discouraging and this is reflected in recent rate at which resident doctors leave the country for better working conditions”.

“More often than not‎, most of these issues have lingered for long. While the association has consistently engaged the appropriate authorities day in day out, the government has continued to shy away from her industrial responsibility in proffering a lasting solution to all demands so that peace and nothing but peace can reign in the polity,” Dr Akinniyi stated.

The OAUTHC resident doctors demanded the implementation of National Health Act which was signed into law in 2014.

They urged the Federal Government to revamp the decay of infrastructures and facilities in the teaching hospital and all public health sector ‎in Nigeria.

Dr Akinniyi condemned in totality the unjust and selective implementation of the no-work-no-pay decision of the government, claiming that while resident doctors in teaching hospital were being victimised, other health workers in the same institution were exempted.

He emphasised on the proper integration of residents to ‎Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPS), so as to reduce the trend of corruption in the sector.

He explained that the last time the IPPS was implemented in 2013‎ ,the system experienced mass employment of residents.

Health Workers Commence Nationwide Strike

Health workersHealth workers under the aegis of Nigerian Union of Allied Health professionals (NUAHP) in all government hospitals across the country on Tuesday declared the commencement of an indefinite strike.

National President of the Union, Comrade Obinna Ogbonna, who called for the industrial action after a meeting with health professionals at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHC) in Ile-ife, Osun State, said that the strike became imperative following the failure by outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan to honour the agreement reached by both parties.

Since 2014, health workers particularly members of the NUAHP began agitation for several issues ranging from implementation of ‎agreed salary of all health professionals as done for NMA, to the payment of arrears on skipping of CONHESS-10 since year 2010 in compliance with court judgement.

Other requests which include appointment of health professionals as Chief Medical Directors ‎and many others have however met with a brick wall leading to various strikes.

The Union said that in February 2015, outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan met with the leadership of JOHESU and appealed for suspension of the ongoing strike at that time with the promise to resolve the pending issues.

According to the union, all promises are yet to be fulfilled, hence the call for the members to proceed on an indefinite strike.

In spite of appeal, the strike has been called and the members comprising of medical laboratory scientists, physiotherapists, dieticians, radiologists, optometrists and medical social service workers in hospitals across the states will boycott work, crippling major activities in the hospitals.