Man Jumps To Death At Ibadan UCH

Medical officers at UCH, Ibadan, evacuate remains of the middle-aged man who jumped from the fifth floor of the hospital on Wednesday, May 2.

 

Management of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan on Wednesday confirmed that a middle-aged man jumped from the fifth floor of the hospital.

The Head of Public Relations Unit of UCH, Deji Bobade who confirmed the tragic incident told Channels Television that he received a call that the incident occurred 9:00 am.

In an apparent suicide attempt, the man removed his pairs of leather slippers, climbed to the roof and moved to the ledge before he took a plunge to the ground, killing himself in the process.

Bobade, however, said that the fifth floor houses the museum of the teaching hospital which was under lock and key due to the ongoing strike by Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU). He wondered what the man was doing on the fifth floor.

“It is so unfortunate. This is a hospital where people come to for medical treatment. It is so unfortunate that somebody has decided to come and commit suicide here. At about 9:00 am, I received a call that a somebody jumped off from our fifth floor. We don’t know what he was doing there because there is no ward on the fifth floor.

Patients are not expected to be there because the fifth floor houses our museum. The fifth floor is under lock and key because of the ongoing JOHESU Strike,” he said.

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Bobade said further that the hospital did not know the man’s identity yet and the police had been invited to examine the dead body with a view to revealing his identity.

At the scene, of the incident, Channels Television reporter saw the lifeless body in a pool of his blood with the head smashed as result of hitting the concrete floor.

Sympathisers were also seen clustered around the scene which was directly opposite UCH morgue. The body of the deceased has since been deposited at the morgue.

FG Offers Free Healthcare Services In Oyo

Health, Oyo, HealthcareAt least 700 people from three Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Oyo State have received free health services under the ‘Rapid Response Initiative’ of the Federal Government.

The Federal Ministry of Health kicked off the initiative at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan, the state’s capital in southwest Nigeria.

The Chief Medical Director at the UCH, Professor Temitope Alonge, said that the initiative was aimed at providing access to quality healthcare services to poor people in their local communities.

The programme, which was scheduled to hold its first phase within the localities of all the 11 LGAs in Ibadan, started in Akinyele, Ona Ara and Ibadan Northwest LGAs.

Patients were assessed and treated for various ailments ranging from hypertension, diabetes, hernia and eye defects among other complex health issues.

Professor Alonge disclosed that more than 300 people have been given referrals to UCH out of which at least 60 would be operated upon free of charge.

“One thing we have been seeing which is interesting is that we have a lot of people whose blood pressures are ranging from 300, 200 to 120, 220 and that is one of the things we are worried about and they are a lot.

“About one third of them almost have one problem with their eyes, cataract and cornea opacity. Again all of those ones will have to be attended to.

“We have a retired matron, a public health officer who is from Moniya and she took it upon herself yesterday (Sunday) and two days ago to go to the mosques and churches to do the enlightenment.

“This is a good lesson for us. So we will do the same (by) looking for people in that particular locality and use them as focal persons to help us spread the news,” he said.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Oyo State, Dr. Babtunde Latunji, who accompanied other doctors to launch the outreach, acknowledged the initiative’s focus on providing free access for rural dwellers and those in the urban centres within the city.

“Because of poverty or cost of affordability, they have been keeping to themselves and they can’t actually seek for the health intervention that rather addressed their issues.

“You have cases like glaucoma, you can have cataract you can have hernia, you can have cleft palate, even VVF and other gynaecological cases in this environment.

“So with this kind of intervention, we are hopeful that perhaps people will be able to access free health services and their health condition will be a little bit ameliorated,” Dr. Latunji stated.

Professor Alonge, Dr. Latunji , 20 doctors from pediatric, ophthalmic and general surgery departments, as well as about 30 relevant health workers have been drafted to attend to as many patients as possible within the local governments listed for the free medical outreach.

Sickle Cell Patients Lament Lack Of Proper Awareness, Treatment

Sickle Cell Patients Lament Lack Of Proper Awareness, TreatmentSickle cell patients in Nigeria have said that lack of effective enlightenment campaign and inadequate health facilities and treatment are some of the major reasons why the disease is on the increase in the country.

They made their positions known at a sensitization campaign for the support of sickle cell patients held in Kaduna state, North West Nigeria.

Some of the speakers at the event called on both the states and federal government to give more attention to the disease that currently affects over 40 million Nigerians through advocacy and provision of free treatment for patients.

Sickle Cell disease is one of the most common and inherited medical disorders in the world with three quarters of cases occurring in Africa.

In Nigeria, over 40 million people are healthy carriers of the sickle cell gene and the prevalence of sickle cell anaemia is about 20 per 1,000 births.

The workshop which had many sickle cell patients in attendance, is aimed at bringing together voices of sickle cell patients, support groups and healthcare providers from across the nation with a mission for all of them to speak with one voice.

This according to the organizers, would create a platform for discussions among stakeholders with focus on the challenges faced in providing awareness, treatment and support for patients, and also the future for sickle cell care in Nigeria.

Among the participants was a young man who already suffered partial stroke as a result of the disease. He explained the challenges he was going through. And having lost both parents who were also carriers some years ago, he gave some advice to young people.

Legal Framework

The coordinator of the Sickle Cell Patient Health Promotion Centre in Kaduna, Mrs Badiya Inuwa, also lost one of her sons to the disease at the age of 35, and another son is still battling with the disorder.

She has decided to lead the campaign to sensitize the people about sickle cell, advocating for a legal framework that will make it mandatory for people to know their genotype status early enough.

“I lost my older son 10 years ago at the age of 35, and I have another son of 40 years of age, he too is a sickler. And that prompted me to help the less privileged, because I realized that there are certain drugs they need to take for the rest of their lives.

“I saw that the less privileged cannot afford to get the medicine, that’s why I opened this organisation.

“I have granted so many interviews and held many programmes calling on government for support. Recently I sent an SMS to a sickle organisation in Port Harcourt to create awareness and to make them to understand the implication of not going for medical test to know their genetic status.

“Government should make it compulsory that people should go for test. And that a testing machine should be in all the government hospitals for children to undergo testing at least within the age five and it should be free so that the underprivileged can be able to get it.

“I even went to the Emir of Kano and that of Zaria to solicit for their support to pass the information to their imams to make sure they ask their subjects to undergo medical test in order to know their genotype before marriage,” she said.

The incidence of sickle cell anaemia in Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization, is among the highest in the world, with about 250, 000 children being born each year with the disorder.

Inaccurate Diagnosis

Mrs Esther Ononememen, a sickle cell survivor based in Republic of Ireland, blamed her own situation on inaccurate medical diagnosis she undertook in Nigeria before getting married to her husband who is also a carrier 19 years ago.

She called on government to support people living with sickle cell through the provision of treatment facilities and sensitization.

“I am a carrier by chance because after the birth of our first child, we thought everything was alright until we gave birth to our second child and we realized that she is a sickle cell carrier because he (husband) is AS.

“She is constantly sick until she became paralysed. Even at that, we didn’t know she was a sickle cell carrier until we went abroad. Medical treatment abroad is more advanced than what we have here in Nigeria.

“When we went for the test here, they said there was no problem, but to our surprise, two of our children are sickle cell carriers. That means my country is a failure in terms of medical test”.

Dr Shuibu Musa, a medical practitioner, said that sickle cell, which is a disorder that affects the red blood cells, also has economic implications to the society.

With this huge burden, he made some suggestions on how to improve the management of the condition in Nigeria, which include early testing to know one’s status, and the need for carriers to avoid marrying carriers.

The significant health and social burden sickle cell is posing on Nigerian families is unprecedented. Participants at the gathering are therefore of the belief that improved management of the condition, blood testing for genotypes and informed decision making will go a long way towards reducing the burden of this disease in Nigeria.

FG Restates Commitment To Upgrading Health Facilities

Minister-of-Health-Professor-Isacc-Adewale-HealthcareThe Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to upgrading and revamping health facilities across Nigeria, for efficiency and better access.

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, who made the announcement said it is part of efforts to reverse and stop medical tourism in Nigeria.

To this end, Professor Adewole disclosed that the government has released the sum of 420 million Naira each to every state, to upgrade their primary healthcare facilities.

In the course of his two-day working visit to the University College Hospital, Ibadan in Oyo State, the Minister said that the hospital was one of the seven health facilities chosen for comprehensive upgrade.

He added that the 60-year-old institution must be assisted to continue to provide leadership in quality healthcare delivery.

Boost Healthcare Delivery At Grassroots

Professor Adewole directed that henceforth, critical care and emergencies must be attended to promptly, without any demand for money until the patients were out of danger in any federal hospital across Nigeria.

He also hinted that the model primary healthcare facility under the UCH would be replicated in over 112 primary healthcare centres adopted by the Ministry of Health, to boost healthcare delivery at the grassroot and decongest teaching hospitals.

The Minister said that intense deliberations were ongoing between the Federal Government and all stakeholders on ways of curbing industrial action in the health sector.

The Chief Medical Director of UCH, Professor Temitope Alonge, in his remarks described the visit as a crucial one that would go a long way in assisting the hospital for better efficiency.

Researchers Unveil New Procedure For Sickle Cell Treatment

Researchers Unveil New Cure For Sickle Cell AnaemiaThe University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, in partnership with US researchers uncovered a new cure for Sickle Cell Anaemia, an official of the hospital have said.

At a press conference organised on Friday by the CH in collaboration with researchers from the Department of Haematology and Oncology, University of Illinois, USA, a new cure without toxic chemotherapy was unveiled.

The Chief Medical Director of the UCH, Professor Temitope Alonge, said the problems associated with sickle cell treatment and management was becoming increasingly difficult to quantify, a situation that led to the research.

Professor Alonge added that the challenges needed to be tackled headlong, as more patients were presenting with Sickle Cell Anaemia in adulthood.

The leader of the group from the University of Illinois, Professor Damiano Randell, explained that the new procedure of bone marrow transplant had eliminated the usual chemotherapy which had been toxic to vital organs of sufferers and replaced it with a safer bone marrow transplant.

The available statistics from Consultant Haematologist at the UCH, Dr. Titilola Akingbola, showed that more than three per cent of Nigerians were suffering from the disease. Dr. Akingbola warned that the number could increase greatly if something drastic was not done.

She added that UCH alone had over 2,000 registered sufferers being managed, while new cases of late presentation of the disorder was increasing.

Oyo Govt. To Establish Ultra-Modern Diagnostic Centre

As part of the efforts to revolutionize the health sector in Oyo State, Governor Abiola Ajimobi has said that his administration would establish an ultra-modern diagnostic centre at the State Hospital, Ring Road, Ibadan to improve preventive interventions among children, women and the aged within the state.

The governor disclosed this while inaugurating the Florence Ajimobi Alaanu House, which provides shelter for families of patients on admission at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.

The Oyo governor said that the diagnostic centre would boost health service in the state and complement the efforts of the UCH to prevent diseases and control them effectively when completed.

Mrs Florence Ajimobi in her address said the Alaanu house containing 16 rooms all en suite will provide succour for relatives of sick people who just hang around the premises of the hospital from day to day to tend to the wants of their loved ones on admission at the hospital.

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.”

Lam Adesina is laid to rest

The late former Governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Lam Adesina, was on Sunday, buried at his Felele residence, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital according to Islamic rites.

He passed away early Sunday morning, aged 73 years old.

Alhaji Adesina, a national leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the rallying point of ACN in Oyo State, died at St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos after a protracted illness.

The late politician who was born, Lamidi Adesina in 1939, but fondly called Lam Adesina, has had his health deteriorating recently.

He was initially admitted at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan and later taken to the St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos.

He was elected the governor of Oyo state in 1999 and was defeated in 2003 by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Rashidi Ladoja.

Alhaji Lam, was a member of the Oyo State House of Assembly in the Second Republic.

He was laid to rest  on Sunday.

He is survived by his wife and children.

Meanwhile, the state government has declared a seven-day mourning for the departed elder statesman during which all official state functions will be suspended and the national flag flown at half-mast.

Lam, an exemplary leader

President Goodluck Jonathan has also expressed his grief with the death of Alhaji Adeshina.

A statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, stated that, the president is “deeply saddened by the passing away of elder statesman and former governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Lam Adesina.”

The President, on behalf of himself, the Federal Government and all Nigerians, extended his heartfelt condolences to Alhaji Adesina’s family, the government and people of Oyo State.

According to President Jonathan “Alhaji Adesina’s indefatigability in political struggles as well as his honesty, integrity, sincere commitment and dedication to the service of his people before and during his tenure as governor have ensured that he will be honoured and remembered by present and future generations as an exemplary leader who did his utmost best to improve the lives of his people.”

The President prayed that “God Almighty will receive Alhaji Adesina’s soul and grant him eternal rest.”

An irrepressible voice of conscience

Also reacting to the death of Alhaji Adesina, his political party the ACN has described his demise as a “devastating blow to the party in particular and a big loss to the nation in general.”

In a statement issued by its national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party stated that “with the demise of the former Governor, Nigeria has lost an irrepressible voice of conscience.”

”Lam Adesina has remained a constant fixture in the nation’s body polity for over three decades, either as a newspaper columnist, member of the House of Representatives, social and political critic, prisoner of conscience, state governor, or an elder statesman.”

”Though deceptively meek, he was a political lion who was ferociously effective. A perfect validation of the saying that all politics is local, Lam Adesina never lost control or confidence of his people. Even during the locust years when the PDP captured the body of Oyo State politics, the soul of the people remained with the former Governor,” the party said.

ACN said it was remarkable that even after he was rigged out of the state’s governorship, he remained in his Molete residence in Ibadan, right in the midst of his people, instead of migrating to the GRA or other elitist areas of the city as many in his class would have done.

”From that modest abode, he influenced political discourse and direction in Nigeria. There is no better attestation to this than the fact that he never lost touch with the ordinary people during his rich and purposeful lifetime,” the partyadded.

ACN prayed that God will grant repose to the soul of the departed, and give his family the strength to bear their irreplaceable loss.