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Optometrists decry quackery, raise concern over undue patronage

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Optometrists decry quackery, raise concern over undue patronage 

The Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Registration Board of Nigeria (ODORBN) has raised concerns over the perchance of Nigerians for patronizing quacks thereby endangering their lives. Chairman of the Governing board of ODORBN Prof Emmanuel U. Ikonne spoke yesterday at the foundation laying ceremony if its National headquarters in Karu Abuja. When asked on how they would regulate quackery in the profession, he said,”We don’t regulate the practices of quacks they are not supposed to practice. We regulate professionals who are registered with us and as we regulate their practices to make sure they renew their licenses.”We report quacks and get them arrested because the offence is not against optometrists, they are offending the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “The crime is against the State not necessarily against the profession. It is not a personal thing, it is what every Nigerian should be weary of and be able to report so don’t think it is about our profession only. “For people to have confidence in what we do we ensure that it is only people who are qualified. That is why we take interest in reporting quacks because they are spoiling our name.”It is the duty of every Nigeria not to patronize quacks because if they do they are making their businesses to boom. When we ask you not to patronize them it is so that you don’t endanger your lives.”
He said the profession has grown in leaps and bounds within a short period of time because of their commitment to the healthcare activities of the country. 
According to him, they are also committed to rendering services to people in the rural areas “because we are primary healthcare practitioners, we practice not only in the urban areas but in the rural areas and this is in line with the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to render quality health services to every citizens in this country.”People will say is it not just an office complex which others had long ago?”If you know the history of this profession which is just one of the babies in the healthcare practice in Nigeria, having been legalised just about 20years ago and gradually, commitedly we have grown up to the point of owning our own headquarters, we have to blow our trumpet.””Every profession in this country is recognized by law and the content of that law is that the practice of the members are regulated by a set of rules approved by the Government. “The law stipulates the specific qualifications and how they should practice in order to inspire confidence of the citizens for them to get the services of that profession. “It is a board set up to represent the Government to ensure that the provisions of the law are maintained by the members of that profession.,
“The profession is optometary, primary eyecare practitioners. Our duty is when you have eye problem vision or complain in the eye, the first port of call is the clinic of Optometary. “An optometrist is trained to be able to listen to your complain and take history of your health and be able to do some diagnostic procedures in order to elicit what is causing your complaint.”

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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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