Ajimobi Inaugurates N300m ICT Service Centre In Ibadan

Ajimobi Presents N207bn Budget Of Self-Reliance In Oyo
Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi

The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has inaugurated a 300million Naira Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Data and Service Centre in Ibadan.

The centre which was facilitated by the Chairman House Committee on Telecommunications, Hon. Saheed Fijabi, says the Oyo state College of Health Science and Technology in Ibadan was constructed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), with the support of Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF).

Gov. Ajimobi said the ICT centre would contribute immensely to human capital development in the state and Nigeria by extension.

He stated that the ICT was very essential, adding that it provided the people with the intellectual leverage required in all human endeavour.

“ICT holds the longest value chain in all profession. The richest people today across the world engage in ICT activities.

“The illiterates of today are not those who cannot read and write but those who don’t have knowledge of ICT.

“Nigerians are very intelligent people and professionals but they lack the right attitude to work”, he said.

He counseled the students of the school to make good use of the opportunity availed them by the centre, adding that the state government has upgraded the school into a college.

Ajimobi admonished the students to be more committed to their studies, saying the only reward to appreciate the opportunities was success which would only come through hard work.

He commended Hon. Fijabi for his immense contributions to the development of the state, adding that he was one of the best representatives of the state.

Prof. Temitope Alonge, the Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital (UCH) said that they would continue to give their support to ensure that goals for youth development are actualised.

Earlier, Hon. Fijabi said that the project was facilitated to enhance the core functions of teaching, learning and research application through ICT
He said that the centre was in tune with the vision of the state government to development ICT in the state.

“This project will serve as backbone for teaching, learning, research and services.

“We have also facilitated these type of projects and others across the state.

“I like to inform you that a maternity centre is presently under construction at Orita-Merin.

“The maternity centre on completion is expected to provide affordable and sound health care services to the people. I have also sponsored several motions and bills,” he said.

Hon. Fijabi also commended the governor for the role he played in his emergence for a second term, pledging his unalloyed loyalty to Ajimobi.

Mr. Siji Ganiyu, the Provost of the institution commended the governor and Fijabi for their immense contributions to the institution.

Ganiyu, who expressed deep appreciation for the centre, promised that the ICT centre would be efficiently and effectively managed to fulfill its purpose.

FG To Upgrade Health Facilities In A Bid To Reverse Medical Tourism

Isaac Adewole, Primary Healthcare, WHOThe Federal Government says it is committed to upgrading health facilities across the country for efficiency and better access, in a bid to reversing medical tourism in Nigeria.

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole gave the assurance during his 2-day working visit to the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.

He disclosed that UCH is one of the 7 health facilities chosen across the country for comprehensive upgrade, adding that the 60-year old institution must be assisted to continue to provide leadership in quality health care delivery.

The Minister also ordered that henceforth, critical care and emergencies must be attended to promptly without any demand for money until the patients are out of danger in any federal hospital across the country.

Prof Adewole further disclosed that the model primary healthcare facility under UCH will be replicated in over 112 primary health care centres adopted by the Ministry of Health to boost health care delivery to the grassroots and de-congest teaching hospitals.

The Minister added that intense deliberations are ongoing between the federal government and all stakeholders on ways of curbing industrial action in the health sector.

The Chief Medical Director of UCH, Prof. Temitope Alonge, in his comments said the visit is a crucial one that will go a long way in assisting the hospital re-positioned for better efficiency.

Prof. Alonge said the visit is significant in many ways as it will give the minister ample chance for assessment of needy areas.

Medical Laboratory Scientists Protest At UCH Ibadan

UCHScores of medical laboratory scientists working under the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan on Thursday resumed to work carrying placards and chanting songs of protest against the management of UCH.

Protesting against what they called disrespect for the office of their Director, the Lab Scientists grounded laboratory investigations throughout the hospital for the day.

The workers marched from one department to another calling on the Chief Medical Director, Prof. Temitope Alonge to give due recognition and respect for the office of the Director of Medical Laboratory Scientists.

Some of the protesters who spoke to journalists said that the National Industrial Court has given three verdicts already supporting the autonomy of the office of the Director of Medical Services as provided for by federal government.

They added that the Industrial Court has also directed that the autonomy of the office be restored but the management of UCH refused to act on it till date.

Efforts to get the management’s side of the story was unsuccessful as the Chief Medical Director Prof. Temitope Alonge was out of town.

He, however, said in a telephone interview that the issue was an internal matter that is being addressed.

UCH Successfully Performs Most Complex Brain Surgery

UCH Neurosurgeons are calling on government at all levels to do all possible to subsidize the cost of care to improve access for a larger percentage of the people and invest more in capacity building to reduce brain drain and medical tourism.

Neuroscientists at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, made this call after the successful completion of one of the most complex brain surgeries ever handled by the hospital since it became a centre of excellence for neuroscience in Nigeria.

The surgery was performed on a 31 year old man who was diagnosed for a special kind aneurysm.

The road to the theatre began with intense headache and vision impairment for the young man who had sought series of treatment before approaching UCH where a computerized scan popularly known as CT Scan showed the anomaly in his brain.

One of the aortic valves busted and was seeping blood into the brain. This problem, according to the lead surgeon, Prof. Adeleye, could only be fixed by a complex surgical procedure as he had lost the use of one eye already before the diagnosis.

After about three hours of intense surgery, the bleeding organ was clipped and all functions restored. Just 30 minutes after the surgery, the patient was talking.

The Chief Medical Director, UCH Prof. Temitope Alonge, told Channels TV exclusively that the hospital had done nearly 30 serious cases of brain surgery since the equipment were procured but added that more public private initiatives must be encouraged to improve efficiency in the health sector.

He disclosed that sophisticated procedures like awake craniotomy are successfully done in the hospital but medical tourism for such specialised care can only be defeated if government at all levels involve the private sector.

The advancement in neuroscience must be progressive with well funded sustainable programmes to create a platform for efficiency and better access to specialised care across the country, he said.

Conservative estimate of a complex brain surgery is put at about one million naira and this is beyond the financial capabilities of an average Nigerian.

This means that if some form of subsidy is not urgently provided by all concerned, many Nigerians may continue to die needlessly from severe headaches.

UCH Patient Died Of Lassa Fever Not Ebola – Alonge

Alonge TemitopeThe Chief Medical Director of the University College Hospital Ibadan, Professor Temitope Alonge, has said that the young man, who was brought from Lagos on suspicion that he had Ebola, actually had Lassa fever.

Professor Alonge made serious plea on Monday to the healthcare community in the country to stop stigmatisation of patients in order to achieve success in the fight against Ebola Virus Disease.

He added that the young man would not have died if he got treated on time.

His relatives had revealed to the University College Hospital (UCH) management that he was rejected in all the hospitals visited in Lagos before he was brought to UCH.

Addressing reporters, Professor Alonge explained that the hospital performed all the necessary tests to confirm the ailment and discovered that it was lassa and had started treating him before he died.

The Chief Medical Director also urged state governments not to ostracize or stigmatise patients who present with hemorrhagic fever, as it could be symptom of another ailment.

UCH Doctors Embark On Strike Over Attacks By Motorists

The Association of Resident Doctors, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, on Monday declared a three-day strike in protest against an attack on two of their members by members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Oyo State.

Some doctors were among persons allegedly attacked by NURTW members while waiting to receive the body of their Deputy Chairman, Alhaji Kamorudeen Beyioku, who was shot earlier in the week by unknown gunmen.

President of the Resident Doctors in UCH, Dr. Tunde Babasanya, during a media conference on Monday explained his members had resolved to embark on a three-day strike to express their anger at the treatment meted out to doctors at the hospital.

“It is sad and the situation is getting out of hand. Many of our members have been victimised and the undeserving treatment is fast becoming a norm” he said.

“Last year, a doctor was attacked with gun at the Accident and Emergency Unit. That same year, a female doctor was dragged on the floor, while another doctor was reportedly beaten up at the Children Emergency Unit.

“We agreed on a 72-hour strike, believing that the management would meet us midway before the expiration of the strike and we would review the situation. The action is directed at sending a message to the transport union members to stop harassing us.”

Meanwhile, Chief Medical Director of UCH, Prof. Temitope Alonge, condemned the action of the association, saying “we came to work this morning only to meet an illegal strike action by the resident doctors.

“We managed an important personality who had a gunshot wound to his upper tummy. We removed the bullets in his abdominal cavity and he was responding well until we discovered that he had renal impairment. He had the first dialysis and while he was about to receive the second one, he had cardiac arrest and passed away.

“It was between the process of autopsy and the release of his remains for burial that a medical officer was assaulted. While we are not in support of this we are also not in support of the strike. Strike is not the solution. When there is dispute, the proper thing is to report to the authorities. But there was no formal report in this case.”

UCH installs complete cardiology theatre with Intensive Care Unit

The University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan has installed a complete unit of Cardiology Theatre and Intensive Care Unit, fully complemented by a state of the art Catheterisation Laboratory (Cath Lab).

The Cath lab, the first of its kind in any teaching hospital in the country is expected to boost intervention radiology considerably.

Describing the breakthrough in the nation’s public health care system, as ‘long awaited’, the Chief Medical Director of UCH, Professor Temitope Alonge, noted that the increase in mortality from heart related disease and stroke, necessitated the huge investment.

Inspecting the facility, consultant intervention radiologist, Dr. Ahmed Ahidjo described the laboratory as the best of its kind anywhere in the world and expressed the optimism that it will reduce overseas medical trips for Nigerians with heart diseases.

According to Prof Alonge, 530 people between the ages of 24-30 died from stroke at UCH, Ibadan in 2011. The CMD noted that “this alarming figure necessitated the urgent intervention of the Complete Cardio unit.”

Comprising a standard Cardio-thoracic theatre with video prepared lights, the state of the art Catheterisation Laboratory also has the Angiography Suit with X ray tube, detector and  automated pump injector, which is fully complemented with a 3 bedded Intensive Care Unit.

Prof. Alonge is optimistic that this intervention will change the face of ‘interventional medicine’.

Dr. Ahidjo who confirmed that the Cath Lab is the first of its kind in Nigeria and the latest technology globally, said surgical procedures can be done without opening patients up in the Angiography Suit.

The expert in charge of supply and maintenance of the equipment, Mrs. Claire Omatseye explained that all the walls are made of stainless steel, coated with anti-bacterial materials while the floors are made with polyvinyl materials.

She opined that the installations will reverse brain and patients drain in the country.