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IMG 20180418 WA0005The federal government says it will invoke the ‘no work no pay rule’ rule if the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) persist in their strike, which has crippled health care delivery in parts of the country.

“If this group of health workers persists on continuing this strike, government will be forced to invoke the provisions of the relevant labour laws, especially Section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act”, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment said in a statement Wednesday by its Director of Press, Samuel Olowookere.

NET 1 1062x598New studies released this week showed that rapid rise of malaria infections and deaths in northern Nigeria and other African countries experiencing conflict and famine threatens the marginal progress made in eliminating the disease.

However, according to the researches presented yesterday in Senegal at the 7th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) Pan African Malaria Conference, new strategies implemented in places like northern Nigeria, the Central African Republic and South Sudan could provide a way forward.

Ahmadu Bello Teaching Hospital 281x158Activities in teaching hospitals were yesterday paralysed across the country as health workers embarked on a nationwide strike. Admission of patients, medical treatments and surgeries were consequently suspended at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) National Hospital, Abuja, the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Kano and Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH) Nnewi, Anambra State.

The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of NAUTH, Professor Anthony Igwegbe, urged the workers to provide skeletal services in the interest of humanity, but his entreaties were ignored.

Cancer 531x299Nigeria has the worst cancer mortality rate in Africa as four out of every five patients die from the ailment, according to recent statistics.

A foremost consultant oncologist and radiotherapist at the University of Nigeria College of Medicine (UNCM) and Teaching Hospital (UNTH) Enugu, Prof. Ifeoma Okoye, who gave the statistics, blamed the high death rate on the low level of awareness, late presentation at hospitals as well as the high cost of screening and treatment.

Isaac AdewoleThe Federal Ministry of Health has launch comprehensive strategy on cancer control. The document titled “National Cancer Control Plan 2018-2022” provides clear road map on how the government will undertake cancer control efforts in the country in the next five years and more.

Speaking during the launch and dissemination of the document in Abuja, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole said that the National Cancer Control Plan is in line with government desire to ensure provision of high quality healthcare for all citizens including the most vulnerable populations.

 VP meeting with World Health OrganisatioNigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has urged the World Health Organisation to make Nigeria one of the priority countries on its list.

According to a press statement from WHO, Mr Osinbajo made the request when he received in audience the Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus, Regional Directors and other Global Policy Group members of WHO at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday in Abuja.

Patients waiting to see a doctorThe World Health Organisation, Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus, has advised Nigeria to speed up the investment of one per cent of its Consolidation Funds intended for basic health provision.

Mr Ghebreyesus gave this advice at the second THISDAY media parley in Abuja on Thursday.

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