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Only 35, 000 medical doctors attend to over 200m Nigerians says senator Moro

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Only 35, 000 medical doctors attend to over 200m Nigerians says senator Moro

The senator representing Benue South Abba Moro has expressed concern that only 35,000 medical Doctors are availlable to attend to the health challenges of over 200m Nigerians.

Speaking with newsmen at the Public hearing on the Bill establishing Federal University of Health Sciences Oturkpo as well as four other health related bills organised by senate committee on Health, he said the situation is scary, and ridiculous for Nigeria as a nation.

He said, “By 2017 JAMB came out of all the Nigerian children that applied for medicine and other allied programs they could only admit 20%, meaning that 80% of Nigerians waiting to read medicine were left out because they don’t  have space.
“This is what the University of Health Sciences will bridge, create more spaces for Nigerian students to read medicine and other allied personal in to the medical market.
“I think this bill is very significant, establishment of the institution is also very important, at the end Nigerians will benefit from it.”
On the importance of the Bill to Nigeria he said, “For us it is important that a very vital institution like this is situated in our domain.
“Secondly, like I said, from available statistics we have 72000 registered medical doctors and out of this only 35, 000 are practicing. The implication is that only that number is superintending over the health of over 200m Nigerians.”
The bill which was sponsored by Former Senate President David Mark in the 8th national Assembly was passed but could not be assented by the President.
Moro said he reintroduced the bill in the 9th national Assembly in tandem with the rules.
“It wasn’t refusal of Presidential assent, it wasn’t also because it did not get concurrence the Bill was passed in the 8thassembly sponsored by senator David Mark.
“The rules of the senate are such that if a bill passes through all these process but unable to be transmitted to the President for assent and there was no assent, it starts the Novo subsequently and that is the reason why the president has approved the establishment of the University.
“I took it upon myself as senator representing the people, I brought it up again and we started De Novo. This is the final leg.
“The third reading reflects the final leg of the process. With the good will of the Nigerian People, the Nigerian Senate and members, this bill will scale through and we will have enough time to transmit to the president for assent.”

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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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