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FMC Lokoja deny culpability in death of patient at its facility

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The Federal Medical Center (FMC) Lokoja has denied culpability in the unfortunate death of 18-year-old Raphael Olorunlogbon at the facility as being alleged by some family members.

The Chief Medical Director who spoke in a press conference in his office Friday said the late Rapheal was referred to the FMC after he was diagnosed with ruptured appendix at a hospital in Maigumeri Barracks.
He said the patient also suffered from Hemis scrotum (swollen scrotum). ‘So he was critically ill
and was not an NHIS patient.’
He however conveyed the condolences of the management of the hospital to the berieved family.”
He however added that there are other better ways to address grievances rather than going to the media first.

This was coming against the position of the deceased’s brother, Isaiah Dele, said Raphael, was brought to the FMC on Monday and was not attended to till Tuesday despite his critical condition.
According to him, Raphael complained of stomach pain and he was taken to a hospital in Maigumeri Barracks, Lokoja.

The resident doctor asked us to carry out a scan.

“The result showed that he had perforated appendix and an operation was necessary, so he was referred to the FMC.

“When we got there, we were told that there was no space in the ward. After much begging, they managed to give us a small mattress to put outside the ward. He was not attended to.”
Dele, who alleged that doctors who ought to perform the operation were playing with their phones, said Raphael, who just completed his West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination would not have died if he was attended to on time.
However Dr. Taiwo Jones Olaoluwa head of clinical services and also a pediatric surgeon said
“It is an institution that receives referral services because we run tertiary healthcare delivery that means if a patient is being managed at the peripheral Hospital and they noticed that it is beyond what they can look after they will refere to this place.
“The patient in question was being managed at MRS an hospital within the military barracks and as at the time he was admitted around 7.22pm 18th of June he was evaluated by the casualty, accident and emergency as a patient that was referred from the MRS.
“The records from the MRS will tally with ours which means he had been sick for a while and we were presented with six days history of abdominal pains.”
He said because the patient did not respond to their treatment at MRS that was why they ask that he should do a can.

According to him,

“The death of anybody is painful especially as it concerns a younger one.
He explained that the evaluation of the peripheral Hospital from where he was referred to FMC indicated that he had been sick for 6days with history of abdominal pains.
“That he had a ruptured appendix which is an acute emergency and that it got ruptured in an another hospital before he was brought to FMC.”
According to him, “A ruptured appendix attracts a major surgery and in the facility they cannot just jump to the theater with out proper evaluation of the patients condition as to whether he would withstand the riggors so tests had to be carried out.”
He said because of his critical condition they had to put him on general anastetia but unfortunately he did not recover.
His system he said must have been overwhelmed by infection as he was certified dead on Thursday.
On the insinuation that the doctors were that attended to him were junior doctors he said all the doctors in their employ are qualified, as they train post graduate doctors.
He said at the facility their payment system is now automated and the dates and other transactions are there.
He said there is no junior doctor that does not work under the supervision of consultants
He said there are stages especially as patients are not just carried to the theater because he has to be fit before being operated upon.
On the near hopeless condition the patient was before he was brought to the facility he said the family was adequately informed and that they know that it was a bad situation.
In the private hospital they wave so many things for the sake of profit but not in a federal medical Center where every stage is taken seriously by every of the concern staff.

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Ooni of Ife makes good his promise, delivers herbal therapy for COVID-19

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has delivered his promise to unveil herbal drugs for the treatment of Coronavirus.
In May 2020 the Nigerian first class monarch had announced that he had discovered the cure for coronavirus.
In a video he shared on his Facebook page at that time, the Oba showed some natural herbs that could cure Covid-19 and how people can use them.
The video got over 50 thousand views and over one thousand seven hundred shares and he took to the post that followed the video to say.

“To solve the ailment it is only through natural elements that we put together above all from nature which we have tested”

“I have used it and I also used it for some of the chronic Corona patients and they testified” he said.

He had at that time challenged all researchers both in Nigeria and in the globe to make the natural herbs into clinical medicine extract the vaccines from it.

The monarch while unveiling the herbal cure said the Federal Government is aware of the drug and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has approved it.

The drugs were researched and produced by Yem-Kem International Group under the leadership of Dr. Akintunde Ayeni in collaboration with Oba Ogunwusi’s outfit, Ooni Ojaja Global Outreach.

Speaking at the unveiling of the drugs, Ooni said “Today is a great day in the history of this great nation, I give kudos to the Minister of health, NAFDAC [director-general] and the presidency for the success of these products.”

“I want to announce to the whole world that there is a new phase in traditional medicine research. We have been on this research for some time. It’s 100 percent a private initiative and to the glory of God, NAFDAC gave us all approval last year September. And we ensure that the products were effective”.

“We have started using it for COVID-19 patients, including political office holders since last year September. Now we are very convinced that something very good is coming out of Nigeria.”

“I have been using this drug to boost my immunity. This is our own vaccine to combat covid-19”, Ooni said.

The Executive Chairman of Yem-Kem International, Dr. Akintunde Ayeni said the drugs would complement the efforts of the federal government to improve orthodox health-care services.

Ayeni said, “Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni, called me personally and sent some herbs to me to research upon.”

Ayeni said the drugs would take care of COVID-19 and that bitter leaf capsule was also produced for the treatment of diabetes and high blood pressure.

The drugs are Verozil, Bitter Leaf Capsule, Vision Pro and Rio Capsule
Speaking further, Ooni said it is a proven fact which is equally established by the World Health Organization that Africa and indeed Nigeria have the best herbs which could be used for vaccine production.

“We have worked with various stakeholders in the health sector including the NAFDAC, Federal and Osun State Ministries of Health, Standard Organization of Nigeria and many others who have been so supportive.

“To the glory of God, NAFDAC gave us all the approvals last September but I insisted that the products be packaged properly. To the glory of God, these products have been tested especially on thousands of COVID-19 patients including some in positions of authority who are currently free from the pandemic.

“We are not doing this in isolation and I am happy to inform you that the National Assembly is currently working on a bill of the Federal Executive Council, on medical research that is alternative to orthodox medicine which is the herbal medicine

“Now that we have gotten here, our focus is to employ one hundred thousand (100,000) youths within the next fifteen months. This will be achieved virtually,” the Ooni said.

Speaking on behalf of the Ogun health commissioner, Gbenga Adepoju, who is the Director of Public Health in the Ministry, pledged government’s support for the products, noting the country has what it takes to solve her problems.

In their separate speeches, NAFDAC’s Director of Public Affairs, Mr. Jimoh Abubakar and the representative of Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) Engineer Gideon Amosun, jointly declared the support of their organizations for the products as they commended Ooni for the medical breakthrough.

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Challenges of COVID-19 Pandemic make Lafia Varsity Teaching Hospital expedient-Al-Makura

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Challenges of COVID-19 Pandemic make Lafia Varsity Teaching Hospital expedient-Al-Makura

The senator representing Nassarawa South Senator Al-Makura Umaru Tanko has indicated that the excruciating experience of the COVID-19 pandemic should be a catalyse for improved medical training and expansion of medical facilities.

To this end he canvassed for support from his colleague senators to give support the Federal University Lafia Teaching Hospital Bill, 2021 which he sponsored.
According to him,
“The objective of this Bill is to provide for the establishment of a Teaching Hospital for the Federal University Lafia and also provide for a Management Board for the Teaching Hospital sought to be established through this Bill.

“This is intended to facilitate the clinical training of medical students that will be of internationally acceptable standards by the University.
“It is on the basis of the foregoing that I urge my distinguished colleagues to support the passage of this simple but impactful amendment Bill.”
In his lead debate the senator
“This Bill should therefore be seen as another legislative response to our ongoing efforts to improve medical training, expand existing medical facilities and generally improve on healthcare service delivery across the three levels of public health service delivery in Nigeria against the backdrop of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

He said  the Federal University of Lafia (FULAFIA) has already set a College of Medicine in place and has gotten the approval of the National Universities Commission to admit medical students in the 2020/2021 academic session.
“In preparation for the take-off the Teaching Hospital which will be required clinical training of medical students of the University, the Nasarawa State Government has donated a newly built Hospital in Lafia  and also agreed to handover the Dalhatu Specialist Hospital ( DASH) to the University to be used as facilities for the take-off of the proposed Teaching Hospital in the interim.  

“This essence of this Bill is therefore to provide the legal framework for the operation of the proposed Teaching Hospital for clinical training of medical students of the College of Medicine, Federal University, Lafia.

He indicated that the teaching Hospital  when establishedis expected  not only serve as a training ground for medical students but also offer specialized tertiary healthcare services to patients within the State and indeed other patients referred to it from other parts of Nigeria.

According to him, the few Teaching Hospitals and other tertiary health centres within the North Central Zones are already overwhelmed by referrals for tertiary healthcare services.
“The proposed Teaching Hospital when established would therefore compliment specialized tertiary healthcare services offered by the few Teaching Hospitals within the North Central geopolitical zone such as the Jos University Teaching Hospital( JUTH).”

“I wish to state that in compliance with Order 77(3) of the Senate Standing Orders, 2015 as amended, this Bill when passed will have no immediate financial burden on the Federal Government treasury as the facilities for the immediate takeoff of the proposed Teaching Hospital for the Federal University, Lafia and its Management Board have been donated by the Nasarawa State Government.”

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Family planning: Report enumerates role of religious, traditional community leaders in awareness creation

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Family planning: Report enumerates role of religious, traditional community leaders in awareness creation

From Daniel Abel, Lafia

The prevalence and acceptability of Family planning in Nasarawa state had accounted for the sharp drop in maternal mortality and unplanned teenage/adult pregnancy a report has indicated

The report which was obtained from some primary health care centers in the state reveals that there is a downward trend in maternal mortality rate, adolescent unplanned pregnancy because awareness on the importance of family planning is on the increase.

The report indicated that efforts of the state ministry of health, non governmental organizations like the Society for Family health, the Change Initiative(TCI) are helping to expand awareness as well as the free supply of family planning commodities in primary health facilities across the state.

However, it pointed out that lots of efforts are required to drive the campaign down to prospective family planning beneficiaries particularly those who are still held bound by certain myths, religious inclinations and cultural barriers.

It stated that the traditional institution play a major role when its comes Information dissimilation and acceptability of policies and Interpretation to their subjects.

“Traditional rulers being the custodian of knowledge and tradition of communities and societies need to key in into the drive to create more awareness for prospective users of family planning practice.

“No community or society can afford to be left out in the use of family planning with its numerous advantages in the reproductive health.”

“In the same vane religious leaders who wants their congregations improve their reproductive health would not allow certain religious claims to stand as barriers in the use of family planning.

A healthy congregation the report said, will produce healthy worship while a sick and unhealthy congregation affect worship.
“A sick mother who do not have control of when and when not to take in, could affect the family worship.

It explained further that Community leaders are veritable tools for reaching citizens within the communities with Information that would better the health of members of such communities.

While lots of people share belief that family planning can lead to permanent barrenness, experts say such belief is not true because no family planning method is designed scientifically to create barrenness.

A family planning expert, Dr. Deborah Hassan said no family planning methods causes barrenness or childlessness adding that family planning can only help a woman to decide when to have a child and when not to have a child.

Dr. Deborah explained that family planning is a voluntary decision by informed individual or couple regarding when to start having children and how much time to give in between births.

She stated however that family planning promotes quality life for the users and the enter family.

“Family planning is affordable (Free), safe and effective way to have children when a coup wants to have them. It help couples who face fertility challenges to have children.
Continuing, Dr. Deborah indicated that,
“Family planning helps the women to rest between pregnancies in order to regain their health thereby reducing the risks of complications during or after pregnancies”,

Other benefits of family planning according the expert include; reduction of anxiety and stress from fear of pregnancies, quality breast feeding of children, proper attention to each child and ability to take good care of the family according to their economic ability.

“If our society must be healthy, awareness on family planning must be taken seriously by community, religious and traditional leaders even as the state government in collaboration with health partners such as Society for family health, The Challenge Initiatives (TCI) and the DEVCOM are on the frontline.”

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