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Population Crowd 300x225The registrar, Health Record Officers Registration Board of Nigeria (HRORBN), Alhaji Mohammed Mami, has criticised Nigeria’s data gathering system, saying that the data generated cannot be used for any international comparison. He said that the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), an organ of government recognised to give   information on all aspects of the nation’s economy, health, education among others, only comes   out with cumulated data which are not up to international standard. In an exclusive interview with LEADERSHIP in Abuja, Mami maintained that most of the health data generated in the country are inaccurate as they are conducted by personnel who have no experience in the field.

“These are people whose training does not involve the management and reporting of these data and they cannot give it a professional touch. They will not be able to carry these data from the local   government level up to the state level and up to the Federal Ministry of Health where these data   would be collated and become a national database,” he said. According to the registrar, the health record officers who are trained personnel that are supposed to carry out the task are not fully involved at the primary collation centres where nurses, environmental health officers, community health workers hold sway. He said, “Out of the 34,000 health facilities in the country, you probably don’t have any facility that is using this data collation form designed by the Federal Ministry of Health because the primary officers that are supposed to be involved in the keeping of these data are not initially involved.”

6dc73f81 25b4 48b3 92af 7297f33d1fe3The Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals has urged the Federal Government to disregard any call for the privatisation of public hospitals in the country. The National President of the union, Dr. Obinna Ogbonna, who addressed newsmen at the University College Hospital, Ibadan on Wednesday, said the move would increase the cost of health care delivery beyond what the masses could afford. He also accused the Nigeria Medical Association of championing the call for privatisation of public hospitals. Ogbonna said, “Members of the union vehemently condemn the move by the government to privatise some hospitals in Nigeria as being canvassed by medical practitioners. Health care delivery is a social service that an average Nigerian should enjoy as subsidised by the government. By the time this social service is privatised, an average Nigerian will not be able to access and afford health care services.

“It is alarming to note that some state governments have started the concession of some general hospitals to private investors, leading to loss of jobs and high cost of health care services. The union frowns on this development and calls on such states to rescind the action in the interest of peace and that of the masses.” The union also called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to appoint a member of the NMA as the health minister, saying past members of the association who had served as health ministers destabilised the sector. “Since 1985 when the late Dr. Olikoye Ransome-Kuti was appointed as health minister to the past minister, Onyebuchi Chukwu, the Federal Ministry of Health has been bedevilled with a series of industrial crisis due to poor administrative performance by the ministers.

kidneyScientists say they are a step closer to growing fully functioning replacement kidneys, after promising results in animals. When transplanted into pigs and rats, the kidneys worked, passing urine just like natural ones. Getting the urine out has been a problem for earlier prototypes, causing them to balloon under the pressure. The Japanese team got round this by growing extra plumbing for the kidney to stop the backlog. Although still years away from human trials, the research helps guide the way towards the end goal of making organs for people, say experts. In the UK, more than 6,000 people are waiting for a kidney – but because of a shortage of donors, fewer than 3,000 transplants are carried out each year.

More than 350 people die a year, almost one a day, waiting for a transplant. Growing new kidneys using human stem cells could solve this problem. Dr. Takashi Yokoo and colleagues at the Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo used a stem cell method, but instead of just growing a kidney for the host animal, they set about growing a drainage tube too, along with a bladder to collect and store the urine. They used rats as the incubators for the growing embryonic tissue. When they connected up the new kidney and its plumbing to the animal’s existing bladder, the system worked. Urine passed from the transplanted kidney into the transplanted bladder and then into the rat bladder. And the transplant was still working well when they checked again eight weeks later. They then repeated the procedure on a much larger mammal – a pig – and achieved the same results.

Drugs 11PHARMACISTS under the aegis of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) have called on President Mohammadu Buhari to reconstitute the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), which was recently dissolved alongside the boards of other parastatals even as they decried the unsatisfactory and inadequate access to essential drugs and other healthcare commodities in Nigeria. President PSN, Mr. Olumide Akintayo, at a press conference, yesterday, to mark the 2015 World Pharmacy Day said the pharmacy practice environment has gotten to a most wretched level, which logically cannot afford another vacuum in terms of regulatory control. The theme of the 2015 World Pharmacy Day is “Pharmacists: Your Partner in Health.”
Akintayo said disciplinary procedures must be a continuous phenomenon on erring pharmacist or pharmaceutical company and that the absence of PCN Governing Council in a strategic profession like pharmacy boosts the fake drug syndrome albeit tragically. He said the situation in pharmacy profession is replicated in some other healthcare professions, which are now justifiably issuing ultimatums. Akintayo said other statutory functions like the accreditation of training facilities for pharmacists and support staff in pharmacy are almost jeopardized and that the routine practice matters in the area of monitoring and control are not in the best of health as it has also been impossible to get council to strategize to boost efforts of the Registry of PCN.

USAID 660x330The U.S. Global Development Lab’s Ebola Team of the U.S. Agency for International Development(USAID) recently called for expression of interest from organizations that have innovative solutions that can strengthen interoperability of Health Information Systems in West Africa. Find the official notice below: Strengthening Health Information Systems toward Interoperability in the West Africa Region

Dear Partner

, Exciting news – the U.S. Global Development Lab’s Ebola Team has released an addendum to the Science,Technology, Innovation and Partnerships Broad Agency Announcement. The addendum is a call for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) to take part in an innovative and collaborative solution design process. The Lab Ebola Team is looking for EOIs regarding specific innovative solutions that your organization believes could strengthen interoperability of Health Information Systems (HIS) in West Africa in the wake of the Ebola outbreak. Our main objective is to co-create, co-design, co-invest and collaborate with innovators on forward-thinking solutions that demonstrate the highest potential to significantly improve recovery and development impacts. Of particular interest are opportunities that complement USAID’s strategic focus on science, technology and innovative partnerships.

healthThe Medical Director, Kleinburg Medical Centre, Lagos, Dr. Akeem Anifowoshe, has said that Nigeria needs more primary health facilities to reduce its burden of infectious and non-communicable diseases. Anifowoshe, who spoke at the inauguration of the centre and Beacon Smile Clinic in Lagos, noted that the availability of more family health physicians would also ensure early detection and treatment of diseases. According to him, a family physician is the first line of doctor that takes care of the health challenges of individuals and has their medical history that will be helpful in emergencies. He said, “In developed countries, when you are sick, you do not have to go to a big hospital. You get a greater percentage of the care you need from the family physician at the primary health care centre in your neighbourhood or some streets away from your home.

“He/ she will check blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels and look after your overall health to ensure that you do not come down with diseases. “It saddens me when I hear of people dying of colon cancer. That should not happen because it can be detected early with a simple blood test if the patient had gone for routine medical check.” The Chief Executive Officer, Beaconhill Smile Clinic, Dr. Oluwaseum Akinbobola, lamented that many Nigerians do not prioritise2 their health. He said, “Many will not go for dental check-up until they have lost a tooth or they can no longer eat. However, that is not the right attitude. “One should go for dental check up at least twice a year so that oral problems can be picked up early. “ If you do the right thing, you do not need to lose any of your tooth. But the average 70-year-old man has lost two or three teeth because they did not take oral health seriously.”

Source:Punch Online

Hospital 2 300x258A senior consultant cardiologist, Apollo Hospital, India, Dr. Rajeeve Kumar Rajput, has called for the establishment of more coronary health facilities in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in view of the rising incidences of coronary diseases globally. Speaking to journalists yesterday in Abuja, the expert decried the low rate of cardiology hospitals, saying the ones available are not commiserate with the city population. He said: “I spoke to the doctors who came here and discovered that there are only two hospitals offering cardiology services with one centre doing it sometimes. It is not routinely available in Abuja with about 4 million populations. If it were in a developed country we’ll need to have about 12 to 15 cardiology hospitals to take care of cardiac problems.”

He, however, noted that health in all developing countries do not get as much money as it should, noting that the world’s renown health specialist state, Delhi in India, was in the same state about 10 to 15 years ago. “What we have today is a general reflection of the development of the economy. When you have better economy, better education and infrastructure, better hospitals will naturally come up. There is no country in the world which does not have good facilities and good hospitals, the two go together.” Rajput also added that a lot needs to be done to train local doctors in Abuja, saying, “The information I have is that there are only two big cardiac centres here and the two are not offering the best services; there is room for improvement.”

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