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.

Osun: Muslim Female Workers Insist On Hijab For Data Capturing

Osun: Muslim Female Workers Insist On Hijab For Data CapturingThe Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, has been asked to call the agent recruited to do the data capturing for workers in the state to order.

The agent, Chams Ltd, a private firm has been accused of denying female Muslims their “right to freedom of religion and dressing”.

Those who spoke to Channels TV correspondent alleged that Chams was forcing them to remove their head cover for data capturing in the ongoing screening exercise, embarked upon by the state.

One of those who claimed to have been a victim (name withheld), said she was asked to open her head which she declined and her refusal to remove the hijab made the agency deny her the right to do the screening.

“I explained to them that I’ve been doing screening and I’ve never been forced to open my hijab,” she said.

Another woman who claimed to be a staff of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, LAUTECHTH, stated that she was sent away because she refused to remove her hijab.

According to her, “Some sisters complied and they opened their hijab but because I did my National Identity Card and Voters Card, nobody asked me to open my hijab. That is why I refused.

“They didn’t attend to me till I left after 5PM on Monday. I think the Governor should call them to order and stop humiliating us.”

Another staff of the state government, who simply identified herself as Rahmat, described a similar scenario.

“I don’t know why I would compromise my religion because of mere data capturing that I’ve been doing for a long time.

“I believed that Chams was appointed by the government to screen and not to humiliate Muslims. I would not take it easy if they insist that I should remove my hijab because I will still go back,” Rahmat stated.

Meanwhile, Chams has refused to react on the matter as their boss said he has reported the matter to the appropriate authority.

He asked his workers to direct our correspondent to the Finance Building in the state government office.

However, when our correspondent got to the office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, he sent one of the staff that he could not react to the issue.

It was gathered that the LAUTECH Muslim community has taken over the issue as their Chairman reportedly said that they were ready to take up the case officially if the complaints persist.

Meanwhile, the head of Chams Ltd in Osogbo has also promised that the Muslims and others would be allowed to do the capturing without uncovering their hair.

Resident Doctors Strike In Ilorin Over Non-Implementation Of New Salary Scale

Resident DoctorsAbout 12 federal and teaching hospitals in Nigeria have allegedly flouted court injunction and the directive of the Ministry of Health for the implementation of the new salary scale for resident doctors.

The President, Association of Resident Doctors, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Adegboyega Faponle, while fielding question from journalists in Ilorin, said that this was the reason they embarked on an industrial action.

Mr Faponle explained that the hospital management was yet to yield to their demand for implementation of the new salary scale.

For almost two weeks the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital has been without the services of the resident doctors which the hospital management admits has had an effect on the hospital.

However, the Head of Personnel and Training (UITH), Surajudeen Lawal, explained that the insistence of the doctors not to accept the criteria set by the Federal Ministry of Health in the implementation of the new salary structure but insisting on the one set by the Nigerian Medical Association has been responsible for the non-implementation.

ABUTH Doctors Begin Three Days Warning Strike

Doctors, ABUTH, Strike, HospltalResident doctors at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria in Kaduna State on Monday commenced a three-day warning strike.

The President of the Association of Resident Doctors at the hospital, Dr. Waziri Aliyu, said the strike was the last option to press home their demands.

The doctors had last week Monday, staged a peaceful protest in view of the fact that the management was not willing to yield to their requests.

Some of the anomalies they are protesting against are poor working environment and facilities, non-payment of full salaries and allowances, victimisation of members and reinstatement of sacked colleagues among others.

Dr. Aliyu commended the courage of members of the union for their total compliance.

He urged them to remain resolute and endure the difficulties they might encounter during the period.

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.

Doctors Address Impacts Of Smoking On Family

smoking, doctorsThe Society of Family Physicians of Nigeria has identified smoking habits as a setback that affects the family both morally and financially and invariably the society through air pollution.

This was the submission of the medical personnel during the World Family Doctors’ Day at the health talk on the impact of smoking on the family and society and the benefits of cessation of smoking.

Held in Jos, Plateau State, a family doctor and registrar at the Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Timothy Ureme, explained the effects of smoking on the family.

Apart from the health implications which smoking has on the family, a family physician, Dr. Salihu Danjuma, also highlighted its financial and moral effects on the society and the family.

Apart from the health talk and awareness campaign on the impact of smoking on the family by the physicians, the doctors also engaged in a rally, health walk, and public health lectures within the major hospitals and public secondary schools within Jos metropolis.

This was with the aim of enlightening the public on the dangers associated with smoking and its impact on the family and society.

For the past six years, the world organisation of family doctors has been celebrating the World Family Doctors’ Day to highlight the role and contribution of family doctors in health care systems around the world.

Akwa Ibom Police Parade Suspected Killer Of Dr. Ivy Umana

Ivy Umana, AKwa IbomA 28-year-old man, Silas Henry, has confessed to the murder of Dr. Ivy Umana, who was Head of the Department of Pathology, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital.

The man, who is in Police custody, made the confession on Tuesday while answering questions from journalists at the Police headquarters, Uyo.

Parading the suspect, the Akwa Ibom State Police Commissioner, Murtala Mani, represented by the Police Public Relations Officer, Akwa Ibom State Police Command, Cordelia Nwawe, said that the late Dr. Ivy Umana was murdered in her apartment at Shelter Afrique Estate in Uyo on April 20, 2016.

She added that the arrest of the suspect in Abia State was a result of detailed investigation and synergy between the Police and other security agencies.

Four other suspects, including a woman, were also paraded for alleged murder and robbery. The suspects also confessed their involvement in the crimes.

The PPRO, Cordelia Nwawe, used the occasion to restate the command’s commitment to the security of lives and property in the state.

FG, States In Partnership To End Medical Tourism

hospitalThe Federal Government is partnering with the state governments to ensure improved medical services to discourage Nigerians from embarking on unnecessary medical tourism abroad.

The Minister for Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, dropped the hint on Friday during a meeting with the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, at the Government House in Uyo.

Professor Adewole said that Nigeria had the required expertise in the health sector, but regretted that there was no trust by Nigerians.

He pointed that there was the need to build trust through improved facilities and services.

The Minister noted that Akwa Ibom State government recorded tremendous improvement in healthcare delivery between 2014 and 2015, as a result of deliberate policies of the state government.

He listed measures by the Federal Government to encourage State governments to invest in improved healthcare.

Governor Udom Emmanuel sought for an upward review of the Federal Allocation to the state, as the current allocation was grossly inadequate for any meaningful development in the health sector.

He said the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital in Uyo was in dire need of Federal Government’s intervention.

The Governor also appealed to the Federal Government to establish a Federal Laboratory in the state.

The Minister’s visit was part of his tour of health facilities in Nigeria.

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.



Niger Delta Ex-Militants Donates Blood To Calabar Teaching Hospital

About 157, Niger Delta ex-militants from the Bakassi region have willingly donated 150 tonnes of blood to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital blood bank.

The donation which is free of charge from the group, under the umbrella of Bakassi Volunteer Force is aimed at availing the needy and the poor in the society with the opportunity to live.

The ex-gun-wielding men came out, not on a protest, but to give hope by donating blood to save lives, an act that clearly opposes the plague of terrorism in the country, a gesture also, calling on those involved in killing innocent lives to desist.

The ex-agitators were received at the hospital by the Chief Medical Director, Doctor Thomas Agan who described their essence to the hospital as a show of respect to human lives.

A gesture, he added is worthy of emulation.

He assured that the donation will be judiciously utilized to the benefit of the needy, and also in cases of emergencies.

Leader of the group, Bofa Olorogun said their desire to do this, is borne out of a demonstration that development can only thrive where there is peace.

He and other members of the group enjoined Nigerian youths to think of what they can do to better the country, rather than, engaging in terrorist attacks.

The group further said, they will continue to map out activities to strengthen areas of moral decadence.