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Over 200 nurses are infected with COVID-19 in FCT, NANNM discloses

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Over 200 nurses are infected with COVID-19 in FCT, NANNM discloses

National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives have disclosed that over 200 Nurses who are their members at medical facilities in the Federal Capital Territory have been confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19.

They indicated that 12 out of the affected nurses, have recovered and have been discharged.
Chairperson of the association, Federal Capital Territory chapter, Deborah Yusufu made the disclosure in Abuja today

The disclosure was coming when the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ-FCT) led by Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche visited the FCT Nurses House to make donation of 150 pieces of Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) to the FCT Chapter of the Nigerian Association of Nurses and Midwifery.

According to Yusufu, Nigerian nurses are at the frontline of the battle against COVID-19 hence they most vulnerable because of their duties as medical personel in the various healthcare facility in Nigeria and across the globe.

She explained that the curious part of it is that the nurses exposed to COVID-19 are not those working in the isolation facilities but those in the normal healthcare facilities in the Federal Capital Territory.

According to her those in the facilities where COVID-19 related cases are being managed are conscious of the virulent pandemic as they strictly comply with the safety protocol for health workers but those in the everyday healthcare service facilities are the vulnerable ones.

This she said is because they became exposed due to their frequent contacts with persons who maybe asymptomatic and became infected.

According to her, the battle against COVID-19 is a war that all persons must take responsibility to wipe the pandemic out of the FCT, Nigeria, Africa and the entire world.

Yusufu said following the reality of the pandemic’s pattern of infection, the association would distribute the PPEs to Nurses in the general facility to strengthen their compliance with safety protocol.

In her words, “Everybody must take responsibility, it is going to be a collective responsibility on the part of all of us.

“As I speak, We have 200 nurses exposed. So far about 12 have recovered and some are still in the isolation and fitness center receiving treatment.

“Then, the most amazing thing is that those that are mostly affected are not those that are working in the isolation centres.

“That is why I am so glad you brought these items which we are not takinf to the isolation centers. We are taking them to the facilities, the other hospitals in other units.

“Those that are in the isolation centers have been trained already. They know the kind of enemy they are fighting with. So any time they are coming to see any patient, they are on work alert hence they put on their personal protective equipment but those in the facilities are attending to people with all manner of healthcare needs,” Yusufu stated.
She said these nurses must attend to in-patient and out-patients on treatment, bed making, administering drugs etc.
She said most patients report malaria which has similar symptoms to Covid 19 adding that such patients must be treated they may be oblivious if any is infected with the virus or asymptomatic, hence they get infected from being exposed to them.

She commended the Chairman of the NUJ-FCT Council, Emmanuel Ogbeche for singling the Nurses out for the support as she called on other donors to emulate the gesture.

Chairman of the council, during the donation of the items said the battle against Covid 19 has distorted social engagement adversely impacted on the way nurses works in the healthcare facilities.

He pointed out that the NUJ as a Union of Journalists understands the peculiarity of the tasks being undertaken by nurses and midwives across the country and the FCT to deliver on healthcare services.

Ogbeche said nurses have made tremendous sacrifices being in the frontline to keep people alive amidst the rage of the pandemic, which also poses threat to their lives.
Such effort, the chairman said should be commended by the society.

“In the battle against a pandemic that has ended many lives, distorted social interactions that has adversely affected the manner in which we work especially nurses and midwives, we are not unmindful of the risks that your members are exposed to.

“Our community workers as nurses and midwives in the discharge of their duties have been on the frontline at great risks all for the safety of humanity.

“This informed the decision of the Union to provide personal protective equipments to your members who keep us safe.

“We have had lamentations from various quarters of those of you in the medical and nursing profession especially on your hazard allowances and insurance. I join you in calling on government to pay COVID-19 allowances.

“The nurses and midwives Who dare to face the danger of coronavirus and other diseases because they want to save lives and serve humanity should not be shortchanged in the process.
“As you battle the enemy of Covid 19 for the common good we want to encourage you not to be dissuaded by whatever is happening, we encourage you and your members to stay steadfast and to continue with your jobs diligently, professionally and with commitments to your oath and value for lives.”
“We in the NUJ like many other Nigerians believe that your reward is not only in heaven, but you will surely find your reward here on Earth.

“It is on this belief that we formally present these items (PPEs) to you to share among your personal and members of the the NationalAssociation of Nigeria nurses and midwives for their safety while they secure us,” Ogbeche said.

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Challenges of COVID-19 Pandemic make Lafia Varsity Teaching Hospital expedient-Al-Makura

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Challenges of COVID-19 Pandemic make Lafia Varsity Teaching Hospital expedient-Al-Makura

The senator representing Nassarawa South Senator Al-Makura Umaru Tanko has indicated that the excruciating experience of the COVID-19 pandemic should be a catalyse for improved medical training and expansion of medical facilities.

To this end he canvassed for support from his colleague senators to give support the Federal University Lafia Teaching Hospital Bill, 2021 which he sponsored.
According to him,
“The objective of this Bill is to provide for the establishment of a Teaching Hospital for the Federal University Lafia and also provide for a Management Board for the Teaching Hospital sought to be established through this Bill.

“This is intended to facilitate the clinical training of medical students that will be of internationally acceptable standards by the University.
“It is on the basis of the foregoing that I urge my distinguished colleagues to support the passage of this simple but impactful amendment Bill.”
In his lead debate the senator
“This Bill should therefore be seen as another legislative response to our ongoing efforts to improve medical training, expand existing medical facilities and generally improve on healthcare service delivery across the three levels of public health service delivery in Nigeria against the backdrop of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

He said  the Federal University of Lafia (FULAFIA) has already set a College of Medicine in place and has gotten the approval of the National Universities Commission to admit medical students in the 2020/2021 academic session.
“In preparation for the take-off the Teaching Hospital which will be required clinical training of medical students of the University, the Nasarawa State Government has donated a newly built Hospital in Lafia  and also agreed to handover the Dalhatu Specialist Hospital ( DASH) to the University to be used as facilities for the take-off of the proposed Teaching Hospital in the interim.  

“This essence of this Bill is therefore to provide the legal framework for the operation of the proposed Teaching Hospital for clinical training of medical students of the College of Medicine, Federal University, Lafia.

He indicated that the teaching Hospital  when establishedis expected  not only serve as a training ground for medical students but also offer specialized tertiary healthcare services to patients within the State and indeed other patients referred to it from other parts of Nigeria.

According to him, the few Teaching Hospitals and other tertiary health centres within the North Central Zones are already overwhelmed by referrals for tertiary healthcare services.
“The proposed Teaching Hospital when established would therefore compliment specialized tertiary healthcare services offered by the few Teaching Hospitals within the North Central geopolitical zone such as the Jos University Teaching Hospital( JUTH).”

“I wish to state that in compliance with Order 77(3) of the Senate Standing Orders, 2015 as amended, this Bill when passed will have no immediate financial burden on the Federal Government treasury as the facilities for the immediate takeoff of the proposed Teaching Hospital for the Federal University, Lafia and its Management Board have been donated by the Nasarawa State Government.”

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Family planning: Report enumerates role of religious, traditional community leaders in awareness creation

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Family planning: Report enumerates role of religious, traditional community leaders in awareness creation

From Daniel Abel, Lafia

The prevalence and acceptability of Family planning in Nasarawa state had accounted for the sharp drop in maternal mortality and unplanned teenage/adult pregnancy a report has indicated

The report which was obtained from some primary health care centers in the state reveals that there is a downward trend in maternal mortality rate, adolescent unplanned pregnancy because awareness on the importance of family planning is on the increase.

The report indicated that efforts of the state ministry of health, non governmental organizations like the Society for Family health, the Change Initiative(TCI) are helping to expand awareness as well as the free supply of family planning commodities in primary health facilities across the state.

However, it pointed out that lots of efforts are required to drive the campaign down to prospective family planning beneficiaries particularly those who are still held bound by certain myths, religious inclinations and cultural barriers.

It stated that the traditional institution play a major role when its comes Information dissimilation and acceptability of policies and Interpretation to their subjects.

“Traditional rulers being the custodian of knowledge and tradition of communities and societies need to key in into the drive to create more awareness for prospective users of family planning practice.

“No community or society can afford to be left out in the use of family planning with its numerous advantages in the reproductive health.”

“In the same vane religious leaders who wants their congregations improve their reproductive health would not allow certain religious claims to stand as barriers in the use of family planning.

A healthy congregation the report said, will produce healthy worship while a sick and unhealthy congregation affect worship.
“A sick mother who do not have control of when and when not to take in, could affect the family worship.

It explained further that Community leaders are veritable tools for reaching citizens within the communities with Information that would better the health of members of such communities.

While lots of people share belief that family planning can lead to permanent barrenness, experts say such belief is not true because no family planning method is designed scientifically to create barrenness.

A family planning expert, Dr. Deborah Hassan said no family planning methods causes barrenness or childlessness adding that family planning can only help a woman to decide when to have a child and when not to have a child.

Dr. Deborah explained that family planning is a voluntary decision by informed individual or couple regarding when to start having children and how much time to give in between births.

She stated however that family planning promotes quality life for the users and the enter family.

“Family planning is affordable (Free), safe and effective way to have children when a coup wants to have them. It help couples who face fertility challenges to have children.
Continuing, Dr. Deborah indicated that,
“Family planning helps the women to rest between pregnancies in order to regain their health thereby reducing the risks of complications during or after pregnancies”,

Other benefits of family planning according the expert include; reduction of anxiety and stress from fear of pregnancies, quality breast feeding of children, proper attention to each child and ability to take good care of the family according to their economic ability.

“If our society must be healthy, awareness on family planning must be taken seriously by community, religious and traditional leaders even as the state government in collaboration with health partners such as Society for family health, The Challenge Initiatives (TCI) and the DEVCOM are on the frontline.”

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Senate Considers bill to address braindrain in medical sector

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Senate Considers bill to address braindrain in medical sector

**moves to block revenue loss from medical tourism

The Senate in a bid to checkmate exodus of doctors and nurses to other countries has considered a bill that would sufficiently address remuneration of the employees of the Federal Medical Centers.

The bill also aims to minimise revenue losses through medical tourism as it would discourage Nigerians from traveling to other countries for medical care. 
 
The bill titled: Federal Medical Centres (Establishment) Bill, 2021, was sponsored by Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (APC, Adamawa Central).
 
Leading the debate on the bill, Senator Ahmed said the absence of a legal framework for the regulation, development and management of Federal Medical Centers to set standards for rendering health services was responsible for hindering the provision of intensive, effective and efficient health care services to the people of Nigeria. 
 
According to the lawmaker, “This has led to a number of challenges in the health sector including but not limited to under-funding, weak facilities and infrastructure, poor motivation of health workers, low budget, weak accountability, conflicts with the political structure of the states and industrial strikes which has led to inadequacies, shortcomings and weaknesses which hinder effective health care delivery services.”
 
She noted that the passage of the bill will “Reduce the number of Nigerians who have to go to other countries for medical care.”
 
The lawmaker lamented that, “an average of 20,000 Nigerians travel to India each year for medical assistance due to the absence of a solid healthcare system at home.”
 
Senator Ahmed further noted that the piece of legislation would also sufficiently address remuneration of the employees of the Medical Centers which in turn would check the exodus of doctors and nurses to other countries.
 
“Seventy-seven percent of black doctors in the US are Nigerians and there is rarely any top medical institution in the US or Europe where you don’t find Nigerians managing at the top level.
 
“Hardly a year passes without a major national strike by nurses, doctors, or health consultants. The major reasons for these strikes are poor salaries and lack of government investment in the health sector,” she said. 
 
Citing a report of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, Ahmed stressed that the bill would “improve on the persistent rate of avoidable deaths of all Nigerians.”
 
“A recent UNICEF report has it that “preventable or treatable diseases such as malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea, measles and HIV/AIDS account for more than 70 percent of the estimated one million under-five deaths in Nigeria,” she said.  
 
She added that with the right data, Nigeria would witness improvements to the health information system, regular and sustainable population and health-facility-based surveys; as well as have a centralized management of the many challenges of the 23 Federal Medical Centers in the country. 
 
Contributing to the debate, Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe (APC, Kwara Central) said Federal Medical Centres were incapacitated as a result of the absence of legal backing establishing them and insufficient funding.  
 
“We have about twenty-three Federal Medical Centres that were established across the country, but without legal backing.
 
“The consequence of such is that there are, what I will call policy somersault as regards the operations of these centres.
 
“You see some of the centres that have enough facilities and manpower to even be termed a Teaching Hospital, but because the legal framework did not state the standard, in terms of infrastructures, manpower and services, they remain like that, and it becomes at the whims and caprices of the policy makers in the Federal Ministry of  Health. 
 
“The consequences in terms of funding allocation, Federal Medical Centres receive less fund compared to Teaching Hospitals, the lawmaker said. 
 
On his part, Senator Ibn Na’Allah said the bill was timely as it seeks “to ensure that all institutions of government are governed by law.”
 
“We cannot continue to operate a democracy where public funds are disbursed to institutions that are not recognize by law. That is not right,” Na’Allah added.
 
The bill after scaling Second Reading was referred by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, to the Committee on Health for further legislative work.
 
The Committee which is Chaired by Senator Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe is expected to report back in four weeks.
  

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