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FMC Lokoja deny culpability in death of patient at its facility

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FMC Lokoja deny culpability in death of patient at its facility

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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Sanitation: 22 persons arrested for violating environmental laws in Nasarawa

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Sanitation: 22 persons arrested for violating environmental laws in Nasarawa

From Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

At least twenty two persons have been apprehended for allegedly violating the Nasarawa state environmental sanitation laws.

The Chief Environmental Officer in the state, Mr. Abubakar Mohammed made the disclosure shortly after this month exercise on Saturday, in the state capital.

He said the victims were arrested within Lafia metropolis.

According to him, the 22 violators arrested would pay different fines based on their offences, raging from N5000 to 10,000 respectively.

“We arrested 22 offenders who committed different kinds of offences and their fines range from N5,000 to N 10,000.”

He explained that the offenders have already been handed over for prosecution by the environmental mobile courts set up to prosecute violators.

“This month’s sanitation exercise took another dimension as we deployed our sanitation officers to the hinterland for a house to house monitoring.”

He, added that the state will continue to deploy drastic measures to ensure strict enforcement of the state Environmental sanitation Laws to avert environmental disasters across the 13 local government areas of the state.

He attributed most of the environmental disasters in the state to human factors, particularly building on waterways, indiscriminate dumping of refuse and other activities that pose great danger to the environment.

The environmental officer admonished all the residents of the state to desist from indiscriminate waste disposal, warning them to always clean their surrounding’s as a priority.
He noted that the state government would continue to strengthen all the environmental mobile courts set up to prosecute offenders for optimal results.

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World Malaria Day: PMI to distribute 1.6 million mosquito treated nets in Nasarawa

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World Malaria Day: PMI to distribute 1.6 million mosquito treated nets in Nasarawa

From Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

Nasarawa state Government is set to receive about 1.6 million mosquito treated nets from Presidential Mosquito Initiative (PMI) for onward distribution across the 13 local government areas and 18 development areas of the state.

The state commissioner of Health, Pharmacist Ahmed Yahaya made the disclosure in an exclusive interview with the NationalUpdate to mark 2021 World Malaria day in Lafia on Friday.

He said that the burden of the menace has reduced consistency over the years from 6% to 30%, adding that it is now 13% when compared to the 6+1 North central states.

According to the health commissioner, it is the second lowest burden of malaria.

Speaking on this year’s theme “Zero Malaria-Draw line Against Malaria” with the slongan “Stand up-Take Action”, Yahaya revealed that they have over 150, 000 mosquito net in stock.

His words: “Between last year and this year we had a stock that will last for 2 years so what they did last year was to monitor the usage of what they had distributed about two years ago.”

He, however, stated that what they distributed last time would last till 2021, noting that the one they have distributed would expire by the end of this year.

“We are expecting the Presidential Malaria Initiative to give us about 1.6 million mosquito treated nets this year which will be distributed from September upwards,” he added.

He said the state government through the state ministry of health and the State Malaria Elimination Programme would not rest on its oars to ensure that the menace is reduce to zero level.

He urged the citizens of the state to always sleep in a treated mosquito net adding that it would go a long way in contributing their quota to making the state a Malaria free state.

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Orthopedic Hospital Dekina bill, scales second reading

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Orthopedic Hospital Dekina bill, scales second reading

A Bill seeking to amend the Orthopedic Hospital Management Board Act to provide for the establishment of Orthopedic Hospital Dekina, for specialized Orthopedic treatment to complement Kogi State University Teaching Hospital, Anyigba has scale seconnd reading in the senate

The Bill which was read for the first time at the Hallowed chamber on Wednesday, 7th October 2020 is sponsored by
Sen Isah Jibrin (Echocho)

Senator Jibrin in his lead debate on the bill, explained that Kogi East Senatorial District where the Hospital is proposed to be sited, is made up of nine (9) local Government Areas (Ankpa, Olamaboro, Ofu Dekina, Bassa, Igalamela, Idah Omala and Ibaji).
He estimated the population to be over 2,000,000, adding that with the increasing incidence of road traffic accidents, the need for orthopedic Hospital is highly imperative, he clarified.

“Kogi East like many others in the North Central geopolitical zone, is primarily an agrarian economy. The nature of the occupation of the people entails Orthopedic hazards, especially as it relates to Palm fruits harvests, forestry, and similar activities”, Echocho said.

Stressing the need for the Establishment of the Orthopedic Hospital in Dekina, he pointed out the challenges and complications associated with traditional bone setting, that has little or no knowledge of anatomy, physiology, or radiology.

This he said, has brought about limb and life threatening complications.

Sen Isah Jibrin, while urging his Distinguished colleagues to support the second reading of the Bill, noted that the establishment of the Hospital will cater for the orthopedic health needs of the people of the District and Kogi state generally, as well as some of the neighboring States in Nigeria.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan refferred the bill to the Senate committee on Health to report back to the senate in four weeks.

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