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Doctors1 300x183Chief Medical Director (CMD) Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti, Dr. Majekodunmi Ayodele, has appealed to striking resident doctors to consider the plights of the patients and return to work. Dr. Ayodele who made the appeal yesterday while speaking with journalists in Ado Ekiti said that the federal government was already looking into the demands of the members of Association of Resident Doctors (ARD). Recall that doctors in tertiary hospitals and their colleagues in all federal health institutions across the country had been on strike since May over non-implementation of ‘grade skipping’ by the institutions.

They had accused the chief medical directors of ignoring directive of the Federal Ministry of Health on the matter which Dr. Ayodele said was yet to be okayed by the federal government. The CMD disclosed further that the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission had explained that the modalities for the implementation have not been worked out, neither has the relevant scheme of service been amended, adding that attempt to implement the grade skipping for medical officers without modalities would create confusion and grading absurdities.

 
 
 

nma logo 0The Nigerian Dental and Medical Council of Nigeria has warned owners of private clinics to desist from employing the services of expatriates who were not duly certified by the council. Dr Okuokenye Henry, Head of the Inspectorate Department of the council, issued the warning in Gombe on Thursday when he inspected Madina Specialist Eye Centre and Diagnostic. He said the measure became necessary to prevent quack medical personnel from putting the lives of innocent Nigerian patients in danger. “Initially, when an expatriate comes to Nigeria to practice, he or she must meet some basic requirements. “If he is carrying another country’s certificate, he must attend four months course organised by our council and write an examination before he will be given a license to practice in Nigeria,’’ Henry explained.

He said this enabled the council to identify quacks in the profession, and such persons would be handed over to the law enforcement agencies.
“The council is empowered by law to regulate the practice of medicine by ensuring standard in the country,” he said. Henry said the council sent him from Abuja to Madina Hospital for an inspection because the council received petitions that an Ophthalmologist, Dr Najeeb Ur-Rahaman Abro, engaged by the hospital was not qualified. “The ophthalmologist, a Pakistani, did not have a license to practice in Nigeria but he went ahead and started practicing,’’ he said. The head of the inspectorate department, however, directed the proprietor of the hospital to dismiss the doctor or face the wrath of the law.

84660551 84660549 1The new drug, dubbed Spritam, was developed by Aprecia Pharmaceuticals to control seizures brought on by epilepsy. In a world first, the US Food and Drug Administration has given the go-ahead for a 3D-printed pill to be produced. The FDA has previously approved medical devices - including prosthetics - that have been 3D printed. The new drug, dubbed Spritam, was developed by Aprecia Pharmaceuticals to control seizures brought on by epilepsy. The company said that it planned to develop other medications using its 3D platform. Printing the drugs allows layers of medication to be packaged more tightly in precise dosages. A separate technology developed by the firm, known as ZipDose, makes high-dose medications easier to swallow. Printing the drug meant it could package up to 1,000 milligrams into individual tablets. The 3D-printed pill dissolves in the same manner as other oral medicines.

Replica jaws: Being able to 3D print a tablet offers the potential to create bespoke drugs based on the specific needs of patients, rather than having a one product fits all approach, according to experts. "For the last 50 years we have manufactured tablets in factories and shipped them to hospitals and for the first time this process means we can produce tablets much closer to the patient," said Dr Mohamed Albed Alhnan, a lecturer in pharmaceutics at the University of Central Lancashire. It would mean that medical institutions could adjust the dose for individual patients with just a simple tweak to the software before printing. Previously, such personalised medicine would have been extremely expensive to produce, said Dr Alhnan.

johesu3The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has strongly condemned the selection of the health reform committees set up under President Buhari’s Administration saying that members of the committees does not represent the large proportion of the health sectors.

Speaking on behalf of the association, The President Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharm explained that the newly inaugurated 26-man Technical Review Committee (TRC) for the National Health Act and other related committees, has only members of one profession (medicine) dominating all. “The government must face the reality that in the context of the National Health Act 2014, the professional associations and trade unions in the health sector constitute major stakeholders”, he said.

The committee again questioned the healthcare agenda by the 6-man committee on the reform of the Federal Ministry of Health saying that their version of reforms in the healthcare is self-serving. According to Pharm. Akintayo, the 6-man committees are made up of group of entrepreneurs who are merely concerned about their interests. “The team has been canvassing the agenda of bringing foreign chain retail promoters in pharmacy practice into Nigeria for instance. 

unnamedNational President/Chairman, JOHESU and Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria, Comrade Biobelemoye Joy Josaiah  President Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Olumide Akintayo; Chairman, Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA), Dr. Godswill C. Okara and Secretary General, Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria, Omokhuale I. Marcus at the Joint Health Sector Unions media briefing in Lagos... The workers who include all the professionals in the health sector besides doctors, yesterday, at a press briefing in Lagos, cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari that the proposed healthcare agenda and health sector restructuring document will not serve the best interest of Nigeria and therefore called for a truly broad-based platform of professional associations and unions in the health sector to come up with an impactful health agenda for the country.

The health workers said it is their hope that President Muhammadu Buhari will urgently redress the myriad of outstanding welfare issues of health professionals and workers in Nigeria in the same spirit in the days ahead. The health workers said while global emphasis is being laid on the promotion of preventive healthcare through immunisation and control of vaccine preventable diseases, Nigeria prefers to import all the vaccines for routine immunisation. in another development, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Branch has advocated for close partnership of both the Public and Private health sectors in Nigeria as a means to bringing quality and reliable healthcare to the accessibility of the people.

Tony Blair with then President-elect Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President elect Prof. Yemi Osinbajo just before the APC Policy Dialogue in May 2015. Photo Source: Jide-Salu.comOn the eve of the change of government, the All Progressives Congress (APC), through its Policy, Research & Strategy Directorate headed by Dr. Kayode Fayemi, organised a policy dialogue chaired by the Vice-President elect Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and featuring Lord Mandelson, a key player in the UK New Labour government under Tony Blair as the Keynote Speaker, and a last minute substitute for Tony Blair. The choice of Mandelson over Blair was just as well, as it made it easier to focus on the message much more than the man.

It never ceases to surprise me how little attention we pay to the words of people we have, of our own volition, invited to counsel us. It reminds me of a recent wedding reception I chaired. While delivering the traditional admonition to the newlywed couple, I glanced at them and was bemused that they were so lost in themselves that they could not have heard a word of what I said. The audience was much worse! I could have been one of Nigeria’s many "ghost workers" for all they cared. They were lost in the chatter and merriment of the moment.

prison cell 1 300x225A 44 -year-old alleged faked medical doctor, Martins Ogwu Okpe, an employee of the Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja, was yesterday arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja on a five-count charge of stealing a Bachelor of Medicine degree (MBBS) of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaira, to secure and work as a Federal civil servant. The accused, who was put on trial by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, was also alleged to have stolen another Bachelor of Surgery degree of the same university and the National Youth Service Corps certificate belonging to his childhood friend, Doctor Daniel Davidson George.

Okpe, a former chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Abuja, who led the Federal Government delegation of medical experts to Liberia during the last Ebola epidemic in that country, was alleged to have impersonated the said George by adopting his full names parades as his own and using his three certificates to secure employment with the federal government. The accused was employed as a Senior Medical Officer in 2006 on Grade Level 12 with the federal ministry of health where he was alleged to have been drawing monthly salaries and allowances before the long arm of the law caught up with him.

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