Friday, 19 February 2016

JOHESU Postpones Strike Action, Give 21-Day Ultimatum

So far 2016 has been eventFUL and we've witnessed myriads of drama in many industries in Nigeria including the health sector (side-eyes at Governor Aregbesola). But it appears the "mother-of-all-battles" is set to resume in the health sector---JOHESU Vs NMA.

The grouse remains the same between both parties, but in the face of recent happenings and the current political clime, I have an eerie feeling the health sector may witness a change of EPIC proportions--akin to the dawn of a new era.

I am referring to the Federal Government acceding to JOHESU's demand for the heads of Federal Health institutions to be designated “Chief Executive Officers, against the present Chief Medical Directors”- part of their 10-point agenda.

Other demands include the implementation of new circular on the promotion of its members from CONHESS 14 to 15 as directors, placing a premium on the need to sanction defaulting hospital managements.

JOHESU also wants all Heads of Services (HoS) to ensure the expedited issuance of an enabling circular that authorizes consultancy cadre for health professionals and the conferment of a consultancy status on those who have adhered to due process.

The workers have been pressing for these demands for a long time and I feel it might finally happen.

Still, in a show of good faith, JOHESU shelved their planned nationwide strike action on Thursday and extended the ultimatum issued to the Federal Government by 21 days.

But this is only a brief reprieve as the union has placed it members on alert for a strike action should the Government fail to heed its demands.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has condemned the intended strike action by JOHESU and maintain they will not participate in the strike action while imploring intensive security measures be put in place to protect doctors.

....So the die is cast 'again' and the rumble begins!

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Kenyan Doctors Allowed To Advertise Their Services

Daniel Yumbya
Doctors in Kenya are ecstatic about a new law that gives them the freedom to advertise their services.

According to the Kenyan Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB) CEO, Daniel Yumbya, the new law allows hospitals and doctors to advertise the services they offer, as well as the cost of those services.

In an interview with NTV, Yumbya said the move will help enlighten patients about available health experts within their locality and hence help them make informed health choices.

Before the new law, advertising by doctors was prohibited and was an offence punishable by law.

I think if this type of law ever gets passed in Nigeria, it could become a CIRCUS ............or maybe not!

Sunday, 14 February 2016


Happy Valentine' Day Friends!!!! Today, let's celebrate ourselves and each other.

Take a little time to smile, laugh and just be you without a worry for once (if you can).

From me to you---lots of hugs and smiles. X

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Nigeria gets $290000 Equipment to fight Lassa fever

The Federal Government has received a donation of health equipment worth $290,000 from the African Development Bank as a support to address the outbreak of Lassa fever and other current health challenges in the country.

The equipment, which includes two ambulances, 30 Bajaj motorcycles, 34 safety boxes and other items, were procured by the World Health Organisation with funding from AfDB.

A statement by the Director (Media and Public Relations) in the Ministry of Health, Mrs. Boade Akinola, on Friday said the Country Director of WHO, Dr. Rui Gama Vaz, presented the equipment to the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole in Abuja.

According to him, the equipment was initially to curtail the spread of Ebola epidemic, however since Nigeria has succeeded in curtailing Ebola, it can be used to address any other epidemic.

Receiving the equipment, Adewole said that the equipment would help Nigeria to prepare against any eventuality that may occur.

He said, "We thank you very sincerely and we need more, this is just the beginning the whole World must be prepared for eventualities as global warming is bringing quite a number of challenges in the health sector, yesterday was Lassa, day before yesterday was Ebola today and tomorrow is Zika virus and we don’t know what would happen tomorrow and thereafter."

I concur--who knows whats next? Still waiting for the new STD that Pastor Adeboye predicted.


Friday, 12 February 2016

Egyptian Doctors Protest Escalating Police Brutality

On Friday, thousands of Egyptian doctors took to the streets to protest police brutality, following the alleged assault of two doctors in a hospital last month.

According to reports, one of the doctors was assaulted at a Cairo hospital after telling a police officer that his cut was simple and didn't require stitches. The Policeman then beat up the doctor and a colleague and dragged them off into custody.

The protesters gathered outside the Doctors' syndicate headquarters in Qasr El-Aini Street near down town Cairo, carrying banners demanding the “immediate trial of the criminals who humiliated doctors.”

The Egyptian Medical Syndicate also held an emergency meeting on Friday and called for the prosecution of the police officers involved in the assault.

The syndicate warned that the protests would continue if the officers involved are not brought to trial.

Since then, the Arabic hashtag interpreted "support the doctors' syndicate" has been trending on Twitter in Egypt.

OAUTH Doctors To Embark on Solidarity Strike

In a show of solidarity with their colleagues who have been suffering for several months from Osun state's government half-salary policy, doctors from Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH) and in the state's local government councils have decided to embark on a three-day strike starting Wednesday, next week.

The strike was announced in a communique signed by the Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association in Osun State, Dr. Suraj Ogunyemi and Secretary, Dr. Adeola Ajibare.

The communique read, "Arising from the emergency general meeting to deliberate on the issues of unpaid salaries and other issues pertaining to the welfare of doctors and their work environment, the following resolutions were made:

That a peaceful  protest rally would be staged from OSAMDO House to the Osun State House of Assembly on Tuesday February 16, 2016 by 9:00am.

That local government doctors working with Osun State, residents and consultants working with Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile Ife will join the ongoing industrial action from 00:00 hour Wednesday February 17, 2016 till Friday 19, 2016.”

It is saddening to note that even though doctors at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH), Osogbo have been on strike since September 28, 2015 over payment of half salaries by the state government, Governor Aregbesola is busy constructing an "unnecessary"airport ---A case of  putting the cart before the horse!

Meanwhile, I'm singing singing "solidarity forever!"

Thursday, 11 February 2016

The Real Reason JUNK FOOD is Bad For You

Scientists say they have cracked what makes processed foods like burgers and ready meals harmful and they hope it will pave the way to healthier food.

According to the researchers, processed food contain high levels of bacterial molecules known as ‘pathogen-associated molecular patterns’ (PAMPs) which may increase the risk of conditions such as coronary artery disease and type 2 diabetes.

They also found that PAMPs were undetectable in fresh foods, but abundant in junk food and processed foods like ready-chopped vegetables, onions, pasta sauces and sandwiches, suggesting that they grow during the manufacturing process, when food is chopped and refrigerated.

Lead researcher Dr Clett Erridge, of the University of Leicester, said: 'It has been understood for many years that frequent consumption of highly processed foods, particularly processed meats, is associated with increased risk of developing a range of diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity.'

"PAMPs can cause our immune systems to over-react in a manner that might be damaging to health when we eat foods containing these molecules," he said.

During the research, volunteers who ate a diet low in PAMPs for a week had their white blood cell (WBC) reduced by 11 per cent and their 'bad' LDL cholesterol levels reduced by 18 per cent.

Scientists hope this new knowledge will help food manufacturers in removing the molecules from food, making them healthier without changing the taste, texture, cost or ingredients.

The study was published in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases.  

YABATECH Student's Death Sparks Protest

A student of Yaba College of Technology Lagos, died today after  she was allegedly denied treatment by health officials in the school's health centre.

The deceased, Dazan Charity Olubukola, was a final year HND II student of the Department of the Food Technology and Management. 

As result of the sad incident, the school was in a state of unrest today, as several students protested her death.

“Dazan died at about 4am today. She was expected to write her final examination in two weeks time. She was in the medical centre before she was improperly discharged by one of the doctors. This was against her will. After she returned to her hostel, she later developed complication (in the) midnight. She was rushed back to the medical centre where they failed to give her adequate attention until she gave up,” an anonymous female student explained to Daily Trust.
May her soul rest in perfect peace!

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Zika Virus Also Linked to Guillain-Barré syndrome
It appears the worst is not yet over with the ongoing outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

The virus (notorious for causing microcephaly) has now been linked to a spike in Guillain-Barré syndrome in seven countries with a concurrent outbreak of Zika virus.

Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare condition in which a person’s immune system attacks their peripheral nerves and can result in muscle weakness and loss of sensation in the legs and/or arms.

Although most people recover fully from even the most severe cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome, some continue to experience weakness post-recovery.

With the virus spreading at an alarming rate worldwide-- from the Americas to as far as Asia and Europe, several countries have been raising funds to combat the disease and fund research. On Monday, President Barack Obama requested $1.8 billion in emergency funds to help combat Zika virus. 

Meanwhile, it is most probable that the virus is already in Nigeria, but there has been no reported spike in cases of microcephaly.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

I'm back!!

I had to take a long break when I was ill to give myself time to recover. Unsurprisingly, it was sort of difficult to get back to work again.

All the same, I'm back now and I hope I do better this time.

Here's to a lovely week....Hugs!

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