Major health stories last week

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health
Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Federal Govt., JOHESU yet to agree as strike continues

The striking health workers are yet to resolve their conflict with the Federal Government as the crisis still lingers on.

The strike which has entered it fifth week has paralysed major health activities in secondary and tertiary health institutions across the country.

As part effort to resolve the crisis, the Interim officials of the Nigerian Health Institutions Chairmen Forum (NHICF) paid a courtesy call to the minister of health, Isaac Adewole where he urged the Federal Government and the striking health workers to find a lasting solution to the ongoing strike.

Also, the Senate, in a bid to resolve the crisis intervened by meeting with the leadership of the striking union to listen to their grievances and demand.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki also met with the minister of health and the minister of labour, Chris Ngige to hear the government’s side.

Suspected Cholera outbreak claims 12 in Adamawa

A suspected Cholera outbreak has claimed 12 lives in Mubi North and Mubi South local government areas of Adamawa, according to an official of the state Ministry of Health.

The Head of Emergency Operation Centre and Director Public Health in the ministry, Bwalki Dilli, said about 134 suspected cases had so far been reported from the two local government areas.

Mr Dilli said 11 stool samples collected from the patients all tested positive using the rapid diagnostic test kit. He said the samples have been taken to a reference laboratory and the results were being awaited.

Mr Dilli said the state emergency operation centre toll-free telephone lines for reports and enquires on health emergencies are: 08031230359 and 07080601139.

Ebola: Two of three Congo patients who escaped quarantine dead

Two of three Ebola patients who escaped quarantine in the Congo river port city of Mbandaka have died, the head of medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres’ (MSF) mission in the city said on Wednesday.

The third patient was found alive and is currently under observation by MSF and the WHO, Henri Gray said.

This time, health officials are particularly concerned by the disease’s presence in Mbandaka, a crowded trading hub on the Congo River with road, water and air links to Congo’s capital, Kinshasa.

400 pharmacies, patent medicine stores sealed in Adamawa

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed 400 pharmacies and patent medicine stores in Adamawa for various offences.

The Director, Inspection and Monitoring of the council, Anthonia Aruya, said in Yola that the affected comprised 35 pharmacies and 365 patent medicine stores out of the 527 inspected by the PCN.

“400 premises made up of 35 unregistered pharmacies and 365 patent medicine stores were sealed for various of offenses, some of which include operating without registration with PCN, failure to renew premises licence, dispensing ethical products without supervision of a pharmacist, poor sanitary conditions, others.”

Doctors separate conjoined twins in Yola

A team of surgeons led by the Chief Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Yola, Auwal Abubakar, has successfully separated four-month-old conjoined female twins.

Mr Auwal said the surgery was conduct by different medical units.

He said the surgery was conducted on May 14, adding that the chances of survival of the twins were excellent.

The director said it took his team four hours to perform the operation which was the second of its kind in the hospital.

Guild rejects appointment of non-doctors in Lagos Health Commission

The Medical Guild has rejected the appointment of a non-medically qualified person as the Permanent Secretary of the state Health Service Commission.

According to them, it contravenes the Health Sector Reform Law 2006 setting up the commission.

The Medical Guild in a communiqué during the Ordinary General Meeting of the Guild in Lagos said it was also rejecting the Lagos State Government’s appointment of consultant pharmacist into the state Health Services, as well as other circulars regarding radiographers and medical laboratory scientists.

Codeine: Lagos targets Mental Health Law, parenting

The Mental Health Law, when passed in lagos state would effectively address the problems of drug abuse, the Lagos State Commissioner of Health, Jide Idris has said.

The law has gone through the second reading, However, it is yet to become a legal document.

While awaiting the passage of the Bill, Mr Idris urged parents and guardians to establish close relationship with their children and wards to enable them monitor them so as to notice change(s) in their behaviour and attitude.

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