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FG to distribute Motorcycles to Agric extension workersThe World Health Organisation (WHO), in collaboration with other donor agencies, on Monday, donated 853 motorcycles to the Federal Government to strengthen diseases surveillance across the country.

Dr Wondi Alemu, WHO Country Representative in Nigeria, while presenting the motorcycles to the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, in Abuja, said that surveillance was critical to disease control, elimination and eradication.

Lassa fever 653x365The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has urged health workers across the country to strictly adhere to standard Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) procedures while handling patients at all times and not just when Lassa fever is suspected.
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Chief Executive Officer of the NCDC, gave the advice in Abuja against the backdrop of reports that four cases of Lassa fever and three deaths among health care workers in Ebonyi State were recorded early in the week.

Nigeria NAFDAC logoThe National Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Friday canvassed the establishment of test-laboratories across the 36 states to help in effective monitoring of foods and drugs.

The Deputy Director and Kwara State Coordinator, Mrs Roseline Ajayi, made the call in an interview with the newsmen in Ilorin.

download 9Enugu State government has urged residents to be vigilant, following the fresh outbreak of Lassa fever in Ebonyi State.The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Fintan Ekochin, made the appeal yesterday.He said although the disease has not been reported in the state, there were concerns about those who travel to and from Ebonyi.
He said: “Lassa fever has been a challenge in Ebonyi State as the people are prone to having issues that may lead to deaths. “Our concern is about those commuters, if they contact the disease, how do we select them from the general public, quarantine and treat them?”He said presently, since the disease is not endemic among the Enugu population, the risk remains lower.

Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti(ABUTH), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with one of the most prominent medical institutions, the Aster Group of Hospitals in Dubai, United Arab Emirates as part of efforts to end spending of billions of naira by Nigerians seeking medical treatments abroad.

The partnership, according to ABUAD's founder, Chief Afe Babalola(SAN) , will make the Afe Babalola Teaching Hospital and the Dubai based medical institution to partner in the areas of clinical, technical and administration to lend support for the new Teaching Hospital. The memorandum was signed in the hospital on Tuesday, where it was agreed that Aster will offer short and long terms as well as permanent partnership for smooth take off of ABUATH.

Speaking afte the memorandum was signed, Dr. Navin Pascal , who spoke on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of Aster, said the hospitals has subsidiaries in nine countries and had been receiving over patients from over 90 countries across the world.He said it was sad that Nigeria loses over 35,000 doctors to advanced countries due to poor remunerations, saying the trend has been affecting healthcare service in the country.

Aster has become a referral centre in the middle East. Our partnership with ABUAD will be in the areas of training, technical and

administration.What we will do is to train the doctors here so that ABUAD can be self sufficient in having experts that can perform critical operations that can make the rich and middle class Nigerians to see the hospitals
as a better alternative.

We appreciate the fact that ABUAD is working hard for humanity and Aster partnering with it will bring a paradigm shift in Nigeria's

health sector”, he said.Babalola revealed that a delegation will leave for Dubai in January 26 to perfect the MoU agreement .

In this partnership, ABUTH and Aster are equal partners. Though, we agreed for long and short terms, but the memorandum may be forever
depending on its workability.

Nigerians can't afford to be spending so much on medical tourism and I have faith that this partnership will make the country to be a leading nation in healthcare services.He said the breaking down of medical equipment in critical areas like dialysis , oncology and cardiology was becoming embarrassing,urging Aster to bring in experts in biomedical engineering to train the experts in ABUATH to prevent such from occurring in the hospital.

Source: Guardian

Nigeria Minister Health MyRotary 0The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has been in operation for over ten years but it seems to have failed in the realization of the objectives for which it was established. Key among its failures is the non-realization of the objective of making health care available to Nigerians at an affordable cost. As at date many Nigerians still pay out of their pocket for medical expenses; a retrogressive health care funding mechanism. This has continued to drive many families to catastrophic health expenditures and poverty. There is therefore an urgent need to review the scheme with a view to finding out factors responsible for its poor performance and proffer solutions that can lead to improvement in the scheme. This is necessary in order to accelerate the expansion of the scheme to cover many Nigerians within the shortest possible time.

bed spacesNigeria’s former Minister of Health, Professor Adenike Grange has blamed the Nigerian governments at all levels for the poor health care delivery system in the country.

Delivering a keynote speech at the 19th Professor Bassey Andah Memorial Lecture at weekend, Professor Grange said short life expectancy caused by high infant and maternal mortality rate is one of the major challenges facing the country’s healthcare delivery system.

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