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How Family planning can prevent death of 6,000 Nigerian women

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From Daniel Abel, Lafia

A medical survey conducted between 2018-2019 by Performance Monitoring for Actions(PMA) revealed that not less than 6,000 women in Nigeria die annually from unsafe abortions.

The director, public health, Nasarawa state ministry of health, Dr. Abrahim Adamu who presented the survey at a workshop in Lafia recently said despite the fact that abortion is illegal many women still indulge in the practice.

He stated however that the results of the survey conducted show that all types of women have abortion but are most likely to occur in line with the followings indices:

54% among women in their 20s, 73% in women living in the urban areas, 51% among married women, 56% in those women who are already mothers, 82% happens among ladies in colleges and higher institutions.

He further explained that 63% of abortion in Nigeria is unsafe because of its non-clinical sources.

Dr. Ibrahim said however that while abortion is an illegal practice in Nigeria, a medical abortion is allowed where the life of the mother is at risk during pregnancy.

“Because so many women resorted to using non recommended abortion methods from non clinical sources, many women experience complications as a result and require medical treatment which is not usually available in most health care service providers”, Ibrahim lamented.

Dr. Ibrahim appealed to government to establish a Post Abortion Care(PAC) services in primary health care facilities with trained manpower to handle cases of complications resulting from abortion.

In the same vein, Dr. Deborah Hassan, state coordinator, The Challenge Initiative(TCI) said family planning method remained the best solution to abortion.

“One of the major reasons why we are calling on women and men alike to adopt family planning method is basically to prevent unplanned pregnancy”,

“With the right family planning method women can avoid the danger as well as the offence and complications that come with abortion”, Deborah said.

Dr. Deborah appealed to all women, men both married and unmarried to embrace family planning methods to enable them control unplanned pregnancy which compel women to do abortion that may lead to death or other incurable health challenges.

She said that family planning is safe, free and does not have any negative effect if properly administered by trained experts in approved health facilities

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At last resident doctors bow to pressure, suspend nationwide strike

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At last resident doctors bow to pressure, suspend nationwide strike

The National Association of Resident Doctors, (NARD) on Saturday suspended its 10 days old strike after sustained pressure mounted on them to shelve the strike by stakeholders.
The National President of the Association, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi said the strike was suspended after series of long hours of meetings with various stakeholders in the health sector.
He said based on their responsibility to Nigerians and the fact that the Federal government has met some of their demands they have no option but to call off the strike.

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Resident Doctors would account for the blood of any patient that dies on account of their ongoing strike action, says senate

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Resident Doctors would account for the blood of any patient that dies on account of their ongoing strike action, says senate

The Senate committee on health has faulted the strike action embarked upon by the resident Doctors which is having a telling effect on patients.

The chairman of the committee Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe said Nigerians would hold the resident doctors responsible for the blood of any patient that dies on account of their ongoing strike action.

Oloriegbe spoke at the public hearing  of the bill entitled  “Federal Medical Centre, Mubi, Adamawa State (Establishment) Bill, 2021” sponsored by Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (Binani) 

According to him, the National Assembly made every effort to avert the doctors ongoing strike to no avail. 

“We had a marathon meeting just before Easter on March 21st specifically and we agreed on all the issues that were raised by the resident doctors.

He said there three Germain issues which included the payment of salary to house officers which as at that time they also agreed had been essentially been cleared which was the major reason they wanted to go on strike.

“The second one was what they claimed to be payment to local resident doctors, which was an aberration where there was not supposed to be local but the government agreed to commence payment which has started to be done.

“Those are the two critical ones that were germane most of the other issues that were raised were not even issues within the purview of the federal government because they were issues of state governments that owed salaries or something. 

He said they are issues that relate to things that were in 2014, 2015 which was as at that meeting, the Federal Ministry of Finance confirmed that a committee has been set up to look at the other aspects. 

“So we are surprised that the resident doctors went on strike. However, we are not reneging, my counterparts in the house of Representatives are meeting with the resident doctors.”

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World Health Day: Govt decries shortage of vaccines as communities groan over neglect n Nasarawa

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World Health Day: Govt decries shortage of vaccines as communities groan over neglect n Nasarawa

Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

The Nassarawa State Government has raised the alarm over shortages of essential supplies of COVID-19 vaccines for its citizens who are yet to access the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination particularly the vulnerable persons in the state.

This state commissioner of health, Pharmacist Ahmed Baba-Yahaya made the disclosure during the World Health Day in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital on Wednesday.

According to him, “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the light on the inequalities among the citizens amidst shortages of essential supplies, poor people have been pushed to the back of the queue in accessing COVID-19 test kits in the state.”

He continued: “There are several shades of inequalities, discrimination based on gender, place of residence, income, educational level, age, ethnicity and disability to disadvantage of the vulnerable populations across the state.”

He, however, emphasized that there was need to start to act on the social and economic determinations of the people, by working across sectors to improve living and working conditions, particularly the marginalized groups.

While reacting on the challenges being faced by the vulnerable persons in the state, he urged leaders at various levels to work together to address inequalities in their respective countries, specially on COVID-19 vaccines.

The commissioner of health also admonished pharmaceutical companies to expand their manufacturing capacity to overcome current supply shortages in the state, urging wealthy individuals to partner with the state government so that the most at risk populations in all countries could be protected.

Also residents in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital, Awe, Keana and Obi local government areas and others in the state have expressed worry over lack of access to COVID-19 test in their locality.

Narrating his ordeal, Mr. John Daniel, said they could not access the COVID-19 test in their community, owning to the fact that the health workers trained by the Primary Development Agency in charge of administering COVID-19 tests are focussing on tge rich in the state.

He said: “We are poor people. We have been relegatedto the background because we are not government workers.”

Also speaking to our correspondent, Ovey Timothy, said since the state government commenced the COVID-19 test the health workers have not be able to reach their community.

His words: “We are calling on the state government to urgently intervene and come to their rescue.”

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