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members of the high table w 702x336Faced with a plethora of petitions from members of the public alleging poor implementation of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has called on the Federal Government to review the Scheme to address some noticeable challenges. The Rights Commission has disclosed its intention to invite the leadership of the scheme to explain why beneficiaries were experiencing difficulties in accessing medical services. Executive Secretary of the Commission, Bem Angwe, made the call yesterday in a chat with journalists at the Commission headquarters.
 
Angwe, who was irked by what he describes as the indiscriminate policy of the scheme against civil servants, noted that contrary to the intention of the Federal Government for citizens to have access to medical facilities, the current discriminately nature of the scheme has made it difficult for beneficiaries, whose monies have already been deducted from their salaries, from getting access to drugs and treatment. “It is a worrisome development because here at the Commission, I have received several petitions from Nigerians complaining of the poor services. This is not acceptable because it is an infringement on their rights.”
OrthodontistsORTHODONTISTS under the aegis of Nigerian Association of Orthodontists (NAO) have decried a situation where there are only 39 registered members and 4,600 dentists for a population of 170 million people. Top members of the Association in a chat with journalists in Lagos recently said the situation in Nigeria where there is one orthodontist to four million people is in contrast to the United States where there are about 9,000 orthodontists serving a population of 310 million people, which is about one orthodontist to 35,000 people.
 
NAO said as part of efforts towards advancing orthodontic education and providing orthodontic care for underserved populations in Nigeria, the association is holding its 9th Annual Scientific Conference at the National Hospital Abuja from October 6 to 8, 2015. The Association said the Conference will be preceeded by the launch of the ‘Orthodontic Month’ on October 5, 2015, which will be marked by orthodontic outreach with screening and educational programmes in secondary schools in Abuja. The theme of the Conference, according to NAO is “Smile Aesthetics and Psychosocial Wellbeing” with a prominent Nigerian orthodontist in the United Kingdom, Dr. Patrick Williams as the keynote speaker.

StrikeThe Nigerian Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the injustice in the health sector.The association made the call in a communique forwarded to our correspondent by its Vice-Chairman, Mr. Kingsley Amibor, on Tuesday. Members of the association in Lokoja, Kogi State, at a conference entitled, “Transforming Hospital and Administrative Pharmacy Practice for Improved Healthcare Delivery.” According to the association, the Federal Ministry of Health and other health institutions in the country have been denying its members key positions.

It stated, “We have appraised the incessant spate of industrial unrests within the Nigerian health sector and traced its origin to the hegemony of injustice perpetrated by one group of health professionals perennially. “These professionals use the instruments of offices of their privileged members in high places to seek favours. “We, therefore, call on the Federal Government under the leadership President Muhammadu Buhari, to demonstrate that it has the political will to redress the glaring cases of injustice and impunity that have become the hallmark of the health sector.”

nma logo 2 300x225The Sokoto State Chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association(NMA) has promised to provide free medical services to people taking part in the environmental sanitation in the state. The Chairman, NMA in the state, Dr Abdulgafar Jimoh, stated this in a statement issued in Sokoto on Sunday. According to him, the gesture is aimed at complementing the efforts of the state government to rid the state of filth. ” The programme will in no small measure improve on the health of the citizenry as most of the communicable diseases are associated with poor sanitation and poor personal hygiene. “We wish to encourage the Tambuwal’s administration to maintain and sustain this public health initiative.

”It will certainly reduce communicable and water-borne diseases like diarrhoea and malaria which are among the major public health problems in our society. “We wish to assure the state government of continuous support in developing the health sector. “A clean environment is a necessary requirement to a healthy life,” he was quoted in the statement.Meanwhile, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has commended the people for turning out in large number to participate in the Saturday environmental sanitation across the state.

Prof. Anthony Emeribe 300x191The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) on Friday renewed its commitment to eradicating illegal laboratories and improving service delivery. Prof. Anthony Emeribe, Registrar of the council, said this in an interview with the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. He said the council has established a National Corrective Action team to follow up on laboratories to ensure accurate lab result and quality service delivery. Emeribe explained that the measure was part of the council’s efforts to rid the system of illegal practices, among others.

He further said that the team was charged with the responsibility to follow up on laboratories that are not turning out accurate results. The registrar, who decried inaccurate laboratory results turn out from some laboratories, added that the measure would steer such lab to rise up to their responsibilities of quality result. He explained that quality healthcare services commenced from lab result, saying that when a laboratory produce inaccurate results it would deny the patients of efficient and quality healthcare services.

seals shopThe Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) on Friday sealed 148 medicine shops in Cross River for unauthorised sale of drugs. Mr Stephen Esumobi, Deputy Director and Head of Enforcement, PCN, Abuja, made this known during a press conference in Calabar. He said the action was taken as part of measures to ensure that only quality drugs are sold to members of the public. According to him, the patent medicine shops were also closed for operating without the supervision of a pharmacist, poor storage conditions of drugs and low education of medicine vendors, among others.

Esumobi said that the enforcement was carried out after series of reports of the activities of unregistered premises, which engage in the illegal sale of medicines in the state. He added that some of the registered premises were selling beyond the approved list laid down by PCN. According to him, PCN is charged with the responsibility of regulating and controlling the education, training and practice of pharmacy in all ramifications as established by the PCN Act 2004.

Aminu Tambuwal Waziri 300x288Sokoto State governor Aminu Tambwal has disclosed that his administration has conluded plans to introduce the state’s version of the National Health insurance Sheme (NHIS) to enable citizens of the state to enjoy healthcare services. But the governor said that until its formal introduction, wide consultations on the position of Islam on health insurance would be undertaken with religious scholars and legal experts. Tambuwal made this known at the weekend when he received in audience, the officials of the National Health Insurance Scheme(NHIS) in Sokoto.

He said the consultations became necessary so as to mobilise all stakeholders, and the people of the state, in order to ensure the success of the project. The governor disclosed that some aspects of the state’s laws would have to be amended to accommodate the scheme. He commended the NHIS for introducing the programme in the state pointing out that it would bring healthcare services closer to the people.To that end, Tambuwal pledged to allocate a plot of land in Sokoto town to the NHIS for the building of its model office as requested.

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