End Strike: Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Appeals to Resident Doctors

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Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital
Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital

THE management of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba (FNPHY) has appealed to the resident doctors at the hospital to call off its ongoing strike.

The Public Relation Officer (P.R.O}, Mrs. Philomena Omoike, and an Assistant Director at the hospital, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the resident doctors from the hospital had embarked on the strike on July 31.

Omoike said the resident doctors were asking for the engagement of no less than 15 more resident doctors and 10 local doctors.

She added that they were also asking for an increment in their Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) from the current CONMESS 2 Step 3 to CONMESS 3 Step 2 among other issues.

According to Omoike, the hospital’s management is making efforts to grant the demands of the resident doctors.

She added that the hospital at present had 37 residents’ doctors and recently employed five new local doctors after the doctors had started their strike.

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Omoike said that the hospital was making efforts to ensure that more doctors were employed so as to ease the work of the resident doctors.

“On Aug. 5, the hospital employed five new local doctors and had written to the Federal Ministry of Health and other authorities responsible for the recruitment of the doctors in that regard.

“Meanwhile, the hospital in 2014 and 2019 employed not fewer than 15 resident doctors each, which were inclusive in the existing 37 resident doctors of FNPHY.

“In Nigeria today, recruitment does not come easy particularly for specialists like Psychiatric doctors.

“To recruit a Psychiatric doctor is not a one-day affair; it requires a lot of protocols, bureaucratic processes and certifications which needed time to accomplish,” Omoike said.

She expressed concern over the negative effect the doctors’ industrial action had continued to have on the hospital and the public. She said that it had slowed down the normal activities in the hospital.

Omoike said that the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba would remain a reference place for resident doctors

. She said that it would be appreciated if the doctors would call off the strike and return to work.

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Nigerian Medical Association Set Tree Target for Nigeria’s New Health Ministers

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Nigerian Medical Association
Nigerian Medical Association

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has set three targets for the country’s new health ministers, to work on making primary healthcare sustainable, interfacing with other ministries to achieve better health and encouraging federal government to increase health budget

N.M.A highlighted the target areas as it prepares for its second National Health Summit in November, the first of which gave rise to proposals that led to the National Health Act.

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Dr Francis Faduyile, N.M.A president told a press conference in Abuja, “The major problem is for us to be able to have a sustainable primary health care. It is beyond the ministry of health but it is primarily state.

“We expect the new ministers to work with states to ensure states increase funding to ensure primary health centers are functional,” said Faduyile .“If primary health care is good, the pressure will reduce on the secondary and tertiary systems.” 

Faduyile said the new ministers must also interface with other ministries so they can work well together, noting that sustainable healthcare was multi-dimensional, with factors that cut across the purviews of other ministries, including agriculture, environment and finance.

He added that the new ministers must also encourage federal government to increase funding to health. “They should also encourage the public to help increase health financing by using the National Health Insurance Scheme,” he said.

The National Health Summit of the N.M.A has helped drive the enactment of the National Health Act and the Basic Health Care Provision Fund—but this year it focuses on “patient-centered care”.




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P.S.N Urges FG To Increase the Awareness of Mental Health

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Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria
Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria

The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (P.S.N) has urged the Federal Government to help increase awareness of mental health disorders in Nigeria.

 Mr Sam Ohuabunwa, the National President of P.S.N said this in an interview with the News Agencies in Ilorin, stressing the need to increase awareness of mental health in Nigeria.

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Mr sam argued that, Nigerians had poor knowledge of mental health disorders, which could lead to suicide, Ohuabunwa advised the government to act now and not wait until people with mental disorder start manifesting its symptoms publicly before doing something about it.

The PSN president observed that many factors could lead to mental health conditions in the country and they include societal, economical reasons, as well as family and medical histories of the afflicted.

He expressed that  the poor level of identifying and managing mental health disorders in the country is displeasing and unsatisfiable, he added, “Unless mental health disorder is identified with, people can deliberately misuse over-the- counter drugs to commit suicide because any drug misused becomes poisonous.”

Ohuabunwa described drug abuse as a major factor that must be dealt with, stressing that the only way to check the vice was to increase awareness of its existence.

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Tobacco: W.H.O calls for Complete Ban

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World Health Organization
World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for complete ban on creating awareness, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco in the world over to discourage people from patronizing and consuming the harmful product for a healthy living.

The UN health agency in its latest campaign against tobacco smoking released on Saturday, stated that tobacco packaging is a form of advertising that often misleads consumers.

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“Complete bans on: advertising, promotion and sponsorship are needed to fight big tobacco!“It’s time for NO Tobacco for everyone, everywhere!”, said WHO.

According to Tobacco Atlas, tobacco harms the health, the treasury, and the spirit of Nigeria as every year, more than 16, 100 of its people are killed by tobacco-caused disease and still, more than 25, 000 children (10-14 years old) and 7, 488,000 adults (15+ years old) continue to use tobacco each day.

“Complacency in the face of the tobacco epidemic insulates the tobacco industry in Nigeria and ensures that tobacco’s death toll will grow every year.“Tobacco control advocates must reach out to other communities and resources to strengthen their efforts and create change”, it suggested.

It is part of government policy in Nigeria that, all tobacco companies must boldly write on their products packs that, “THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF HEALTH WARNS THAT SMOKERS ARE LIABLE TO DIE YOUNG,” as one of the control measures to discourage smoking habit among Nigerians inline with WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

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ENUGU STATE PUBLIC HEALTH WORKERS TO OBSERVE UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS OVER YELLOW FEVER

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Enugu State
Enugu State

The Enugu State Government has concluded plans to sensitize its public health workers to the need to observe universal precautions against yellow fever to check the spread.


Dr Okechukwu Ossai, the Administrator, Enugu State Hospital Management Board, stated this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Saturday. Ossai said that Yellow fever is a disease caused by a virus transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito.

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He said it could result in sudden bleeding from the nose, mouth, ear and stomach. He stated that while most infections could be resolved, some could lead to death.


According to Ossai, in mild cases, yellow fever causes fever, headache, nausea and vomiting. He, however, added that it could become more serious, causing heart, liver and kidney problems along with bleeding. “Up to 50 per cent of people with the more severe form of yellow fever die of the disease,” he noted.


Ossai said in addition to getting the vaccine, one could help protect oneself against yellow fever by protecting oneself against mosquitoes. Ossai said to reduce exposure to mosquitoes one must avoid unnecessary outdoor activity when mosquitoes are most active.


“Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when you go into mosquito-infested areas and also if your accommodation doesn’t have good window screens or secured ventilation, use bed nets. “Not just ordinary nets but mosquito nets that have been pre-treated with insecticide offer additional protection.”


He said the transmission of the disease was usually sustained through blood contacts and health workers were always at risk, and it is usually the first contact by those infected.


“Yellow fever is sustained through blood contacts an those who are at risk of being infected are the health workers. This is because, on a daily basis, they have one thing or the other to do with blood,” he said.

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Dr. Osagie Ehanire Nigeria’s New Minister of Health.

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Dr Osagie Ehanire
Dr Osagie Ehanire

The beginning of a new administration in May 2019, Nigeria now has a new captain to improve the affairs of the health sector and lead the Federal Ministry of Health and its many agencies.

The submission of the ministerial nominees to the Senate by the Presidency and subsequent screening, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has been handed the portfolio of leading this important sector that has the potential to make or mar Nigeria’s development.

He is not new to the health space and is expected to bring his best experience and knowledge of the sector to help Nigerians live healthier and more productive lives.

Dr Ehanire is not new to leadership in the Nigerian health sector as he served as Nigeria’s Minister of State for Health between 2015-2019 where he forged a close working relationship with Professor Isaac Adewole, the former Minister of Health.

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The Minister of Health and Minister of State for Health were able to forge a collaborative working relationship during their just-concluded four-year tenure. Nigeria’s Ministry of Health has been described as one of the most complex, with well over 100 mini-parastatals, given that every tertiary health institution has its own board and management. Therefore, the opportunity of having a Minister who already understands the system, the challenges is a major advantage for Dr. Ehanire’s tenure.

Dr Osagie Ehanire is a surgeon and holds a medical degree from the College of Medicine, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany. He also holds post-graduate diplomas from the teaching hospital of the University of Düsseldorf and Essen, Germany in the areas of anaesthesiology, general surgery, and orthopaedic trauma surgery.

He has served on various boards both within and outside Nigeria, including Chair of the Board of Trustees of the TY Danjuma Foundation. Before going into administration, he had an illustrious clinical career –

He was Senior Registrar Clinical Instructor, University of Benin Teaching Hospital; Member of the old Bendel and Edo States Hospital Management Board; Consultant Surgeon, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria; Clinical Course instructor, Fracture Internal Fixation course at the BG Accident Hospital, Duisburg, Germany. He co-authored the orthopaedic book “The severely injured limb” edited By John Ackroyd.

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Medical directors demand national holiday for Dr. Stella Adadevoh

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Dr. Stella Adadevoh
Dr. Stella Adadevoh

On Tuesday, The Guild of Medical Directors of Nigeria called on the Federal Government to immortalise the late Dr. Stella Adadevoh, who died after treating victims of the Ebola Virus disease that broke out in the country in 2014.

 The organisation urged the government to declare August 19 a national holiday every year in memory of the deceased, who worked with the First Consultant Hospital in the Obalende area of Lagos.

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The GMDN in a statement titled, Remembering Stella Adadevoh and issued by the Public Relations Officer of its Abuja chapter, Dr. Biodun Ogungbo, said nothing less than declaring a national day could be done to immortalise the deceased for the sake of posterity.

 “Adadevoh made a huge sacrifice. It is said that there is no greater demonstration of love than to lay down your life for your friend. The tragic part of her passage is that she couldn’t be given a proper burial, with all the respect that her sacrifice demands,” he said.

Ogungbo added that Adadevoh had put her life on the line for the safety of 170 million Nigerians, many of who did not even understand the concept of what it meant to be a citizen.

“The Guild of Medical Directors of Nigeria and other medical associations honoured Adadevoh in their small capacities in the past. We gave awards and plaques and foodstuff to the hospital. This is not enough.

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“Nigeria should declare August 19 a national holiday every year to honour of Mrs stella Adadevoh. That way, some Nigerian children in six decades (time) can ask their parents, ‘Who is Stella Ameyo Adadevoh?’ And the parents will reply, ‘That woman saved my life, and the lives of all of us’, it is the least we can do. It is the least we should do,” he said.

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Osun Begins Construction of 120 Bed Ward, 30 Doctors Quarter

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Governor of Osun State, Mr. Adegboyega
Governor of Osun State, Mr. Adegboyega

Governor of Osun State, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, has said his administration is committed to improving the health sector through the deployment of technology-based approach to ensure quality and affordable delivery.

Oyetola said this while turning the soil for the construction of the 120-bed ward and 30 doctors’ quarters at the state specialist hospital, Asubiaro, Osogbo recently.

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In the same vein, the governor commended President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for giving the state the privilege to participate in the competition that enabled the state to source funds from the federal government-facilitated World Bank’s Save One Million Lives (SOML) initiative in which Osun got 20.547 million dollars, having been adjudged number two in the contest.

He noted that the administration had on assumption of office commenced work on the revitalisation of nine general hospitals and 332 Primary Health Centres – one per ward – across the state.

He noted that the state has been partnering development partners and was exploring other windows to attract more funds to further deliver quality healthcare to the people.

Oyetola appealed to corporate organisations and relevant associations to partner the state in its efforts to revamp the health sector.

“This is a further fulfillment of the resolve of our administration to use health, which experts say is wealth, to power all the sectors of the state to deliver prosperity and good life to the people.

“Our revitalisation programme is holistic. It comes with the use of technology to boost health delivery, provision of modern equipment, training and re-training of staff for efficient healthcare.

“In order to give prompt vent to this resolve, we executed the flag off of the facilities in Ejigbo (Osun West) and Ifetedo (Osun East) Senatorial Districts barely three months into our administration.

“Work has reached advanced stages on the two projects. They will be delivered very soon. We also commenced work on the revitalisation of nine General Hospitals and 332 Primary Health Centres – one per ward – across the state.

“We are here to complete the one-per-senatorial-district revitalisation of hospitals with this expansion project at the State Specialist Hospital, Asubiaro, Osogbo.

“This project consists of the construction of a 120-bed ward and 30 doctors’ quarters. This hospital is the flagship of the facilities under the Hospitals Management Board,” he said.

According to him, it was a multi-specialist hospital which offers specialised services in major areas including obstetrics and gynaecology, general surgery, radiology, pediatrics, internal medicine, physiotherapy and medical rehabilitation, optical services, medical laboratory services, dentistry, HIV testing, counselling and treatment, TB/leprosy care and family planning services, among others.

He said his administration has carried out major works on the theatre complex, blood bank building, medical laboratory, trauma centre, hope clinic and the external wall of the hospital.

Oyetola said: “This year, we have executed six major campaigns and capacity efforts to boost impact and efficiency. These are Maternal, Neonatal and Child Week; Immunisation Plus Days; exclusive breastfeeding campaign; polio eradication campaign; net hanging campaign and facility level training for the activation of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) in Osun.

“Osun State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (O’SACA) will soon start a project that will involve the introduction of incentives for pregnant mothers who attend ante-natal clinic and have HIV test result.

“By the time the 120-bed facility whose sod we are turning today is handed over, we should have upgraded the hospital to a 180-bed facility and expanded its overall efficiency.

“Going forward, we are partnering with development partners and exploring other windows to attract more funds to the state to further deliver quality healthcare to the people.

“We would also appeal to corporate organisations and relevant associations to partners us to achieve our laudable objectives.

“Our collective resolve to build a dynamic and prosperous Osun as government and people is in our mutual interest”, the governor said.

The Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Timothy Owoeye, implored the health workers in the state to make judicious use of the facilities procured by the government.

Owoeye, who described the successes recorded by the Oyetola led-government as a clear manifestation of good governance, said the governor has demonstrated to the world that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was the only party that has the capability to take the state to the next level.

The Permanent Secretary, Osun State Hospital Management Board, Mr. Isaac Dayo Oluwoye, commended the administration of Oyetola for prioritising the health sector in the state.

He said: “Everyone knows that Oyetola’s administration is one of continuity from the progressive and people-focused administration before it, which makes provision of good health for the people as one of its cardinal programmes.”

Chief Consultant and Head of the Specialist Hospital, Dr. Bello Akeem Babatunde and member of the Osun Health Revitalisation Committee, Dr. Simeon Afolayan, hailed the state government for providing quality healthcare service in the state.

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Two highly effective Ebola drugs approved by WHO for immediate use

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highly effective Ebola drugs

Two of four highly Ebola treatment drugs have been determined “more effective” than the others and will be the only ones used on patients going forward, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced.

WHO announced in a statement that two of the four Ebola treatment drugs were determined more effective in treating patients than others in a trial which began as part of the emergency response in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Nov. 20, 2018.

The trial was called the Pamoja Tulinde Maisha study.

ZMapp, remdesivir, mAb114 and REGN-EB3 were the four drugs used in the trials.

During trials, REGN-EB3 and mAb114 were determined to be more effective in treating Ebola than the other two, and will be the only two used going forward, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced in a statement.

As part of an emergency response team in the Congo, the “Together Save Lives” trial was done with a collaboration of organisations, including the Congo’s National Institute for Biomedical Research, the Ministry of Health, the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Alliance for International Medical Action and other organizations.

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Although the final analysis of data will be completed in late September or early October of this year, the NIAID said the effectiveness of REGN-EB3 and mAb114 was “compelling enough to recommend and implement” the changes immediately.

The other two treatments, ZMapp and remdesivir, will no longer be used.

Some 681 patients were enrolled in the trial as of August 9, 2019, with a total aim of 725 patients, the NIAID said.

The new experimental treatments are both cocktails of monoclonal antibodies that are infused intravenously into the blood, the New York Times reported.

Jean-Jacques Muyembe, director of Congo’s National Institute for Biomedical Research, said the news of a cure could change the course of this outbreak — the worst of the 10 that Congo has endured.

Mr Muyembe, 77, pioneered the use of survivors’ blood serum — which contains antibodies — in order to save patients. The two new treatments descend in part from his original research, the New York Times said.

Ebola is a virus that is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids of someone infected with the virus or who has died from it, or through blood, body fluids or tissues of infected fruit bats or primates.

Symptoms, including fever, muscle pain, fatigue, vomiting, severe headache, weakness, diarrhea, abdominal pain or unexplained hemorrhaging, occur within two to 21 days of coming in contact with the virus.

Currently, there is no approved vaccine or treatment for the virus, so prevention is crucial, the CDC states.

Trials like “Together Save Lives” have been introduced in areas like the Congo during outbreaks to test what treatments may be most effective for infected patients.

Just under a month ago, the Ebola outbreak in Congo was declared a global health emergency.

As at Aug. 6, there have been 2,781 reported cases of Ebola in the country, according to the WHO.

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UNICEF to support Adamawa on SDG goals

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UNICEF
UNICEF

The United Nations Children Emergency Funds has pledged to support Adamawa State Government in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals relating to healthy lives and wellbeing of its citizens.

The UNICEF Health Specialist, Bauchi Field Office, Dr Halima Abdu, stated this during the handover of seven PHCs renovated with funding from the European Union to the Governor of Adamawa State, Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri, in Yola, on Tuesday.

She said UNICEF has committed $1,856,643.65 in purchasing essential medicines distributed to the 226 Primary Health Centers and provided a mobile storage unit worth $14,000 in the state.

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According to her, UNICEF’s pledged to support the state achieve the sustainable development goal of healthy lives and wellbeing for her citizens was partnered the European union to renovate PHC’s in the state, in phases.

She said, “This €54m multisectoral health and nutrition project being implemented across the three states of Adamawa, Bauchi and Kebbi has supported Adamawa State to ensure 226 Primary Health Centres are functional and provide integrated PHC services through capacity building for over 1,130 health workers on different PHC services and provision of equipment, motorcycles and essential medicines. She said the implementation of the health care service was to strengthen primary health care and community resilience for improved maternal, newborn, child health and nutrition outcomes.

“We have also supported the state through this project with 2,700 community resource persons, trained and kitted, who have provided appropriate treatment to 334,463 under-five children aged 6-59 months, identified with symptoms of any of the three most common child killer diseases and to support universal health coverage achievement, delivery of health care to hard-to-reach settlements using mobile outreach teams and outreach services.”

The Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri, who was represented by the Secretary, Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Mr Umar Pariya, thanked UNICEF for the intervention and support of the health care system.

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