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Every year, Nigerian doctors meet all over the world in their organisations to find ways to inspire each other to engage more with Nigeria and support themselves in their various engagements. This year Chikwe Ihekweazu of Nigeria

Health Watch attended the annual conference of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA) which held in Florida, a popular holiday location in the USA. Here is his account of the event.  

The energy in the room on the first day of the conference was palpable, as participants began arriving into Orlando. The USA is a vast country and travel is difficult, so for many of them this is the one occasion they get to meet each other and enjoy fellowship, as well as learn from each other. Listening to colleagues introduce themselves to each other and exchange warm greetings gave me an incredible sense of pride.

Igbobi DoctorsWith the growing trend of election violence and insurgency in the country, doctors under the aegis of the National Orthopaedic Hospital Igbobi, Lagos, NOHIL-ARD, are seeking ways of ensuring that experts in management of acute trauma patients adopt standardised and validated approaches to managing patients.

At the 2015 Ordinary General Meeting with the theme: “Election Violence: Impact on the Health Sector and Society at Large” highlighted the burden on medical doctors.

lagos university teaching hospital luthGeneral Electric has officially commissioned the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Biomedical Training centre, which it refurbished and equipped. The commissioning took place at the Federal School of Biomedical Engineering Technology at the LUTH. The commissioning was in fulfillment of a commitment made by the GE Foundation, to work with other stakeholders in developing a new Biomedical Equipment Technician Training (BMET) project in Nigeria.

It would also address a major need for locally qualified medical technicians to repair and service biomedical equipment. According to a statement,  in the first year of running this programme, about 19 technicians and engineers have been trained.  Statistics also showed that between 50- 80% of medical equipment is usually out of service in low-income countries according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). 

ebola gearThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator, Mr. Alfonso Lenhardt, has announced the US Government’s plans to provide an additional $266 million to help West African countries address critical gaps caused by the Ebola outbreak.

This was disclosed in a press statement made available to journalists yesterday few days after the International Ebola Recovery Conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. According to the statement, the funds will help Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea to address secondary impacts of the crisis.

Drug hawking 300x173The Kano state task force on fake, counterfeit drugs and unwholesome processed foods said it had arrested 270 hawkers of illegal drugs in Kano from January to date. The Chairman of the committee, Alhaji Abdul Umar, disclosed this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Friday. He said the hawkers were arrested in various parts of Kano metropolis while exposing the items in the sun. “The task force also sensitizes patent medicine shop owners to ensure that only genuine drugs are stocked in their shops,’’ he said.

He added that PPMV’s were also sensitised on the need to sell drugs that are contained in PPMVL approved list issued by the PCN. According to him, the task force had closed over 1,000 patent medicine shops which were found to have violated the laws of the government on their operation in the state.

NHIS logoDr Leke Pitan, a former Lagos State Commissioner for Health, on Saturday urged Federal Government to encourage Nigerians to enrol into the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) for quality healthcare delivery.  Pitan made the plea at a two-day National Executive Council Meeting of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN) in Lagos.

”The Federal Government should make health insurance scheme compulsory as less than 10 million Nigerians have keyed into the scheme. ”We need to encourage Nigerians to adopt health insurance.“Because, it is the best approach to achieving universal health coverage and reduce congestion and pressure at the secondary and tertiary health facilities. ”So, this will enable them to focus on teaching and research to aid preventive and curative medicine,” he said.

Pitan also called for the democratisation of the nation’s health sector to increase Nigerians access to healthcare delivery.

WHOThe global health body however said the use of Oral Cholera Vaccines (OCV) was proving to be an efficient tool to effectively control outbreaks. Nigeria has been warned against a possible cholera outbreak. The warning was issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO), notifying governments and the international health community that the threat of a cholera outbreak is a major public concern. The global health body however said the use of Oral Cholera Vaccines (OCV) was proving to be an efficient tool to effectively control outbreaks.

According to the WHO, new outbreaks are ongoing in South Sudan and Tanzania, fanned by insecurity and displacement. Intensive control efforts are ongoing and vaccination programmes have been rolled out to target communities at risk.

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