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NMA demands immediate re-opening of FMC Lokoja

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NMA demands immediate re-opening of FMC Lokoja

By Kola Adeyemi

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Kogi has appealed to the Federal Ministry of Health to quickly re-open the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, in the best interest of the people.

The appeal was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday in Lokoja and signed by Dr Oyiguh Omakoji and Dr Famotele Tolorunju, the state Chairman and Secretary of the Association, respectively.

The Association said that residents, who were dire need of healthcare services at the hospital, were eagerly waiting for the Minister of health, Dr Osagie Ehanire to re-open the facility.

Both officials of the Association, however, were full of gratitude to the Minister of State for health , Dr Olorunimbe Mamora for visiting the FMC on Nov. 17, saying,” We are pleased that the honourable minister has taken the needed step to bridge the gap towards the quick re-opening of the hospital.

” We are pleased to note that during the visit , the honourable minister saw the eagerness of the members of staff of the hospital to be directed to resume work immediately ,” the statement said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the medical centre was forced to close down on July 1, when armed hoodlums invaded the facility and disrupted a press conference at which the hospital management was planning to request for a COVID-19 screening centre and speak on the challenges faced by the institution.

During the attack, critical hospital equipment , computers, files and other items were either vandalized or looted by the hoodlums, who also inflicted injuries on staff on duty. The Kogi state police command is yet to make any arrests over the incident.

Since then, the FMC Lokoja, the only tertiary health institution in the state, had remained closed , a development that has been causing anxiety in the people. (NAN)

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NMA applauds unlocking of FMC Lokoja, commends Ministry

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NMA applauds unlocking of FMC Lokoja, commends Ministry


By Friday Idachaba

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Kogi chapter has applauded the Federal Ministry of Health for reopening the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja shut down six months ago over attack on the facility by hoodlums.

The association disclosed this in a statement signed by its state chairman, Dr Omakoji Oyiguh and secretary, Dr Fomotele Tolorunju and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lokoja,

The state NMA chapter expressed its delight that the hospital had finally reopened and commended the Ministry for allowing the voice of reason to prevail with a decision to unlock the health institution.

The statement particularly commended the Minister of State for Health, Senator Olorunimbe Mamora for his relentless efforts saying, “We wish to thankfully express the joy of our members to you that the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja is finally opened to receive patients.

“We appreciate all your efforts in ensuring a peaceful resolution of the impasse that resulted in the closure of the institution”, the statement stressed.

It stressed that with the reopening of the facility, members of the Association at the Centre who had been idle in the past six months could now go back to work and offer services that would “bring smiles to the faces of patients”.

The statement said that the members had waited eagerly for the embargo on the shut down institution to be lifted adding that they were in high spirit to resume work and offer their services to benefit of the people.

The NMA also commended the Ministry for ensuring that its members at the Federal medical facility were considered and accorded opportunity to attend the 2020 promotion interview.

NAN reports that workers of the medical facility were on Friday seen clearing their premises and dusting their offices and medical equipment in readiness for the envisaged reopening of the facility to the members of the public by Monday, 30th November.

It would be recalled that suspected hoodlums stormed the FMC in the early hours of Wednesday, July 1, destroying the administrative block and carting away computers, other equipment and files related to COVID-19 Pandemic. (NAN)

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SMA offsets medical Bill’s of 400 constituents

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Member representing Bida Gbako Katcha federal constituency in the House of Representatives, has paid the medical bills of over four hundred patients suffering from various health challenges in his constituency

At the flagged off the health outreach program in Dama community of Katcha Local Government Area, the lawmaker represented by his Senior Legislative aide, Engr Dodo AlMustapha explained that the gesture was aimed at cushioning the effect of the health challenges of rural people.

Hon Abdul said the one day program is to provide free medical and surgical services for the people.

“It is a desperate attempt to get medical care for my constituents especially for the fact that tertiary health centers are far from them.” He said.

The lawmaker restated his resolve to always Carter for the welfare of his people especially on issues that might be detrimental to the society.

The president of Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Medical  center Bida, Dr Chidi Njoku noted that the exercise would cover
Consultation and Distribution of Anti-hypertensive drugs, Anti diabetic drugs and Anti Malaria Drugs

He explained that Surgical aspects that have to do with Hernia, Lump excision and Hydrocelectomy all alao part of the program to be carried out.

The medical outreach committee which is chaired by Dr Abdullahi Babamini Suleman expressed commitment of the group to providing the patients with Obstetric, Paediatrics, Consultations Deworming and
circumcision.

The Traditional Ruler of Katcha, Sheshi of Katcha, Alhaji Umar Baba Adamu commended the effort of the legislator for bringing health interventions to his subjects.
He urged government to assist the area with at least one medical doctor to alleviate the suffering of the people.

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How Covid-19 scared women from accessing family planning services in Bauchi by PHC officer

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How Covid-19 scared women from accessing family planning services in Bauchi by PHC officer

From Ali Sara,  Bauchi

The deputy Officer In-charge of Primary Health Center, Kafin Madaki in Ganjuwa local government area, Bauchi State Mr. Sani Mustapha Shall has indicated that Covid-19 pandemic actually scared away women who access family planning services thereby leading to low patronage.

Shall stated this while interacting with Bauchi State Public Health Media Network who were in his office for updates on services available at the center on Monday.

He indicated that, at the peak of Covid-19 pandemic they really witnessed low patronage of clients especially women who were accessing family planning services.
This he said was unconnected with the fear that they may contracted the disease.
However he said gradually things are improving at the facility, as the turn out is is becoming impressive.

According to him, the turn out has improved from 10 to 20 per week to 40 to 60 per week with 100 new clients coming to access family planning services for the first time with 113 revisits.

He said that, currently, the hospitals lack drugs for family planning and manpower to be able to provide effective services.

On child birth spacing he said that, “CBS is on the increased because we received 20 patients in a week and two hundred clients in a month unlike during corona virus that the turn out was very minimal.

Also, the  Chairman, Ward Development Committee, Ganjuwa LGA said that the secret behind the increase in women accessing family planning services in recent times us because community leaders embarked on door to door campaign to sensitize the women and their spouses on Covid 19 and the need for them to access family planning services.

“We recently held meeting with all the chiefs, head of families and clergymen, Imams women groups and the youth to mobilized them on the need to visit the hospital regularly and allow their spouses to visit the clinic.
“That is why you can now see the increase in access to family planning services” .

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