Wednesday, 27 April 2016

FRSC says "Speeding" is Responsible For Ekiti Doctors Crash

Following the extremely saddening death of six senior medical doctors in a fatal motor accident along Kaduna road while on their way to attend the 56th Annual Conference and General Delegates Meeting of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, in Sokoto, the Minister of Health has released a statement  through the Ministry's Director of Media and Public Relations, Boade Akinola.

According to the statement, "Our prayers is that almighty God in his infinite mercy will give the family, friends and the entire members of NMA the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. To the survivors, our prayers is that they will recover soon and get integrated into their normal daily activities."

The National Officers’ Committee, NOC, of the NMA also announced the names of the six deceased doctors to include: Dr. Alex Akinyele, who was the Secretary NMA Ekiti, Federal Teaching Hospital, FTH, Ido Ekiti; Dr. Tunde Aladesanmi, General Surgeon, FTH, Ido Ekiti; Dr. O.J. Taiwo, Anatomic Pathologist, Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, EKSUTH, Ado-Ekiti.

Others are Dr. Ogunseye J.B who was the NAGGMDP National Secretary, Hospital Management Board, HMB, Ekiti; Dr. Olajide .O, EKSUTH President of the Association of Resident Doctors, ARD; Dr. Atolani Adeniyi, Secretary NAGGMDP, Ekiti State. Also killed in the road mishap was the NMA Ekiti Driver, whose name was given as Mr. Ajibola.

The NMA President, Dr. Kayode Obembe and its Secretary General, Dr. Adewunmi Alayaki, have declared one week of mourning for our fallen colleagues and directed all doctors to show solidarity by wearing a Black band on the left arm over white overall.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Sector Head of Operations, Deputy Corps Commander Salisu Galadunci, on Tuesday attributed the accident that claimed the lives of six Ekiti State medical doctors to speeding. The accident occurred on Sunday at Doka, along Abuja –Kaduna road.

“Twelve medical doctors and a driver were in an 18-seater bus travelling to Sokoto for Nigeria Medical Association (NMA)’s annual conference and had a tyre burst due to over speeding,” Mr. Galadunci said.

“The vehicle overturned with the occupants and six of the doctors died along with the driver while six others survived with various degrees of injuries.

“Bodies of the victim were evacuated to St. Gerard Hospital for depositing and medical attention.”

One of the survivors, the Ekiti state NMA’s branch Chairman, John Akinbote, however blamed the death of the doctors on lack of immediate medical attention.

He said: “Those that died would have survived if we got good medical attention from the point of the accident to the Doka General Hospital in Kaduna.

“It became even worst, when we got to Doka Hospital and there was no single doctor to attend to us and the only nurse on duty had no first aid facilities to administer treatment.

“I am sure, if FRSC personnel that took us to Doka Hospital and the nurse on duty had medical facilities to give first aid treatment, our doctors and driver wouldn’t have died.”

Another survivor, Stephen Ayosanmi, said the driver had slammed the brakes when the tyre blew out causing the bus to somersault.

May the souls of the departed Rest in Perfect Peace!!!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

'Horror Dentist' Sentenced To Prison

Dr. Jacobus Van Nierop
A French court has found a man dubbed the “horror dentist” guilty of assault and fraud and sentenced him to eight years in prison. The court also barred him from practising dentistry for life.
Dutch dentist Jacobus Van Nierop, 51, had fled to Canada in late 2013. He was arrested in New Brunswick in 2014 and then ordered extradited.
Van Nierop, who French media dubbed the “horror dentist”, was accused of causing “mutilations” or “permanent disabilities” to scores of patients from 2009 to 2012, of overcharging patients and billing them for imaginary procedures and of illegally practicing dentistry in France.
About 100 plaintiffs had filed complaints against Van Nierop, ranging from having multiple healthy teeth removed, drill bits left in their gums and teeth, abscesses, recurrent infections and misshapen mouths after he did work on patients.
One patient, Sylviane Boulesteix, 65, testified she was unexpectedly summoned to the Dutchman’s dental office in May 2012. Without warning, the dentist pulled eight of her teeth out and immediately fixed dentures on her raw gums. For hours, the woman said she sat “gushing blood.”
In the following days, she said Van Nierop refused to relieve her pain. A judicial expert described the dentist as a “cruel and perverse” man whose incompetence made Boulesteix lose several healthy teeth, go through a trauma and suffer irreversible damage to her mouth.
Psychiatric experts said Van Nierop shows a narcissistic pervert personality with an absence of all moral sense and that he doesn’t feel any compassion.
Van Nierop replied: “I have no feelings anymore. So, if I was offering my apologies today, I would be lying.”


Tuesday, 5 April 2016


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Nigerian Medical Students To Spend 7 Years, Not 11 in School

The NUC’s Head, Information Department, Mrs. Adebukola Olatunji, said in a statement on Monday that medical students will only spend seven years in school, rather than 11 years which was widely reported in the news.

Olatunji said newsmen misrepresented the NUC’s Executive Secretary, Prof. Julius Okojie, who was quoted to have announced the 11-year training period for medical students while giving the keynote address at the matriculation and inauguration of the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, on March 12, 2016.

She said, “Although, the so-called ‘11-year Medical Programme’ stories have been credited to the Commission’s Executive Secretary, Prof. Julius Okojie’s keynote address, titled, ‘Development of Medical Education in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges’, which was delivered at the Matriculation and Inauguration of the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, on Saturday, March 12, 2016, nowhere in that lecture was 11 years mentioned or implied.

“Prof. Okojie, who was represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary l, Prof. Chiedu Mafiana, had explained that the new curriculum provides for a seamless seven-year programme.

“With the new curriculum, a medical student would be expected to graduate in Basic Medical Sciences, with options in Anatomy, Medical Biochemistry and Physiology in the first four years, before proceeding for the clinical training that would run for three years.”


Abandonment of Utako District Hospital, Abuja Sparks Concerns

Residents of Utako community, a major district in Abuja are extremely worried about the deplorable state of Utako District Hospital complex which has remained uncompleted for more than 10 years.

The hospital complex, initially intended to become the only hospital in Utako and awarded at the cost of over N4.3 billion to M/S PPC Medical Systems, has now turned into a refuse dump.

Like a typical Abuja slum, the densely populated Utako village is without proper sewage disposal system, thereby causing some members of the community to channel their drainages into the abandoned complex.

The residents have also built over 20 public bathrooms near the fence channelling the waste into the hospital complex. The dirty water, which terminates at the heaps of refuse in the buildings, is an eyesore.

The compound is water logged and, probably in a bid to channel the wastes out of the complex, a small portion of the fence by Obafemi Awolowo Road has been broken, causing the waste to flow into the street and across the road into a manhole.

Muyiwa Azeez, a taxi driver, said after a heavy downpour, the road was usually flooded with waste which forced motorists to use only a single lane.

"If any vehicle splashes the water on you, you would want to return home to shower and change your clothes because of the foul smell," he said, adding that he plied the road with even greater caution during the rainy season.

Kingsley Ike works in a pharmacy near the complex and said he had lost many customers due to the stench from the building. He said the stench was so strong that even after closing the doors and windows of his pharmacy, the odour still found its way into the building.

A woman who identified herself as Theresa and sells snacks near a shopping plaza in the area said:
"The smell makes me feel headache, even my customers who will want to sit here to eat cannot stay because of the odour."

While the FCT Water Board and the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) have been trading blames on whose responsibility it is to curtail the environmental menace in the area, government has been silent about the project and its consequence on the residents as efforts to get the reaction of the FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat have been unsuccessful.

Aso Chronicle found out that about N2.222 billion of the N4.263 cost of the project had been paid while there are reports that work was suspended due to the outcome of a ministerial committee's evaluation.

Written by: Taiwo Adeniyi, Olayemi John-Mensah, Rejoice Iliya & Ajayi Adewale Johnson

Mechanic Charged With Stealing Ex-Lagos Health Commissioner's N1m

A 45-year-old auto mechanic was on Monday arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly obtaining N1 million under false pretence from a former Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Leke Pitan.

The mechanic, Gbenga Daramola, whose address was not given, is facing a three-count charge bordering on fraud, obtaining, conversion ‎and stealing levelled against him by the police.

Prosecuting Corporal Cyriacus Osuji told the court that the defendant fraudulently obtained the sum of N1million from Dr. Leke Pitan under the pretence of repairing his ‎Mercedes Benz S600 with registration number EPE 800 DU.

He alleged that the defendant converted the said sum to his personal use.

“The defendant also intentionally damaged the brain box of the Mercedes Benz S600 and the side mirrors valued at ‎N200,000” the prosecutor added.

According to him, the offences are punishable under Sections 312 (2), 285 and 337(7) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The defendant denied the charges.

Magistrate O. Kusanu (Mrs.) granted him bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties each in the like sum, one of whom must be a blood relation.

The case was adjourned till ‎April 28, for mention.

I must say this mechanic is in serious trouble...(he never expected "it").


Monday, 4 April 2016

Nigerian Nurse Forced to Abort 320 Pregnancies

This is the story of Abigail Olori, a 26-year-old nurse who was "tricked" by Alhaja Latifat and her husband three years ago into travelling to Libya to commit illicit abortions for young girls.

In an interview with Vanguard, Abigail described how the couple concluded plans for her to travel to Italy to work as an auxiliary nurse but unknown to her, she was making the biggest mistake of her life.

She said: “Before the journey, they said they wanted me to become an auxiliary nurse for them in Italy but unfortunately I found myself in Libya. They took me  via the desert. We were about 30 that were taken to Libya from Nigeria.

“Since I didn’t have parents, I was only able to raise N10, 000 which the Alhaja  claimed was for the passport  she procured for me. The agreement was that I will work and pay her N2.4 million once I get to Italy which included the amount she spent to take me abroad and the return on her investment.

“Before we left Nigeria, they took us to a native doctor called Ewe in Abeokuta, Ogun State where we were made to swear an oath.  It was after the oath that we were taken to Libya instead of Italy.

“Initially when I got to Libya and found out that my responsibility was to abort pregnancies for young girls, I refused but Alhaja Latifat and her husband locked me up in a room and beat me severely with a mop stick I had no option but to bulge. Each time I refused to perform abortion for any of the girls, they will lock me up and beat me.

“That was how I started assisting them to terminate unwanted pregnancies for the young girls who were working as call girls for Alhaja Latifat. We had girls within the ages of 10-15 working as call girls, sleeping with all sorts of men unprotected.

 “My main responsibility was to carry out abortion for the girls forced into prostitution. By my calculation, I would have aborted 320 pregnancies in the process. They built instrument which I used to perform the abortion on the girls. If a pregnancy  was about a month, and the girl in question notified  Alhaja Latifat about the development, the Alhaja will not allow me to abort the baby till the pregnancy was about four or five months old. Apart from carrying out abortions, I also performed the job of a physician to the girls.

“I worked for  the Alhaja for about three years and I was able to raise the amount from the abortion I was performing on the girls and the money I got from my male friends who were into armed robbery in Libya. Like the call girls, I was not allowed to operate a bank account. Since I didn’t operate any bank account, the money I earned was kept with Alhaja Latifat. Within two years I was able to pay the N2.4m  agreed amount on the contract and also give her N1.5M which I kept with her as my personal savings.

“Meanwhile, trouble started after I demanded that she gives me back my N1.5m which was with her as I wanted to return to Nigeria. Immediately after I demanded for my money, this strange sickness started. I began to grow thin and lose weight. And then skin rashes began to appear all over my body. Look at me I am now a shadow of myself. I don’t know what is wrong with me. I feel very weak too.

“I was rescued alongside two other girls  weeks after  Basirat and Omobolanle were rescued through an NGO, Alliance for Rights Defender, owned by  human activists and lawyer, Mr. Ojay Akinwale.
Mr Akinwale has been the one working with operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP). Since I was rescued and brought back to Nigeria, Alliance for Rights Defender has been  instrumental to providing medical care for me.  I want to get well first and I also want the Federal Government to investigate Alhaja Latifat, her husband and others running this human trafficking as a family business by taking advantage of young girls from indigent families”.

A saddening story altogether but I have a feeling the "mysterious" illness could be HIV.


Cute Medical Cake Designs!

I found some amazing "medical" cake designs online and if you are thinking of a good cake design for your next birthday, you may just find one too lovely to resist. You could also tweak the design to your preference. #SweetTooth

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Test Your Surgery Knowledge

A 38-year-old male is admitted to the hospital after being found lying on the floor unconscious from a drug overdose. The next morning, he is alert and complains of constant pain in the anterior aspect of his left leg.
On examination, you note pain with passive stretching, pain with palpation anteriorly, and a slightly decreased dorsalis pedis pulse on the left. There is no oedema or erythema. Radiographs of the lower extremity are normal. Which one of the following would you do now?

a. Recommend rest, ice, and elevation, along with physical therapy
b. Begin empiric intravenous antibiotics
c. Order duplex Doppler ultrasonography of the left leg
d. Order impedance plethysmography of the left leg
e. Obtain immediate surgical consultation

The correct answer is E.

The patient has a history and symptoms very suggestive of a compartment syndrome of the anterior compartment of the left leg. A common cause of this serious problem is limb compression during prolonged recumbency related to drug or alcohol overdose. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential in order to avoid permanent, severe disability.

The five “P’s” of compartment syndrome are pain, pallor, paresthesias, pulselessness, and paralysis. If distal pulses are reduced, then muscle necrosis has occurred and immediate surgical consultation is necessary. Duplex Doppler ultrasonography and impedance plethysmography are used to evaluate for deep venous thrombosis. Given the decreased pulses, however, this diagnosis is much less likely and such testing may needlessly delay urgent surgical treatment. Intravenous antibiotics would be appropriate for cellulitis. This diagnosis is unlikely in this scenario given the absence of fever, erythema, and oedema, and the presence of a diminished pulse. Rest, ice, and elevation are inappropriate treatment modalities for compartment syndrome.

Just For Laughs!!!

A therapist has a theory that couples who make love once a day are the happiest. So he tests it at a seminar by asking those assembled, “How many people here make love once a day?” Half the people raise their hands, each of them grinning widely. “Once a week?” A third of 
the audience members raise their hands, their grins a bit less vibrant. “Once a month?” A few hands tepidly go up. Then he asks, “OK, how about once a year?”

One man in the back jumps up and down, jubilantly waving his hands. The therapist is shocked—this disproves his theory. “If you make love only once a year,” he asks, “why are you so happy?”

The man yells, “Today’s the day!”



US-Based Nigerian Anaesthesiologist Gets 25 Year Prison Sentence For Running a "Pill Mill'

A Nigerian anaesthesiologist, Dr. Theodore Okechukwu was sentenced last week to 25 years in federal prison for running a “pill mill” operation in Dallas. 

According to authorities, vans loaded with homeless people would pull up one after another in front of Dr. Okechukwu’s Lake Highlands clinic. There patients handed over cash for falsified drug prescriptions through bars guarding a “caged cash room” at the clinic.

Dr. Okechukwu was said to have conspired with drug dealers by handing out prescriptions for the painkiller hydrocodone at his Medical Rehabilitation Clinic for cash payments, often without examining the patients and the dealers later sold the drugs on the street for profit.

Prosecutors also said Dr. Okechukwu and his conspirators ran the drug trafficking operation since at least 2012 and earned more than $530,000 during the first eight months of 2014. The clinic has now been shut down.

Records show Okechukwu received his medical degree from the University of Lagos in Nigeria in 1980. He obtained his Texas medical license in 2000.

In addition to the doctor, who was immediately taken into custody by U. S. marshals, one of his associates, Elechi N. Oti, 50, of Augusta, Ga., was sentenced to eight years in federal prison.

Okechukwu, 59, and Oti were convicted of drug charges by a federal jury in October 2015, along with two others.

Emmanuel C. Iwuoha, 52, of Allen, and Kelvin L. Rutledge, 43, of Dallas, were each convicted on one count of conspiracy to unlawfully distribute a controlled substance. They are scheduled to be sentenced in April.

....Altogether a pitiable  end for a doctor! 

Arsenal and Chelsea Players Took Banned Drugs: Doctor's Report

Dr. Mark Bonar
A British doctor, Dr. Mark Bonar has claimed in an expose by The Sunday Times newspaper that English Premier League footballers were among 150 sports stars prescribed banned performance-enhancing drugs.

The 38-year-old doctor claims to have had a network of "secret clients" which included footballers from Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester City.

Dr Bonar, who was filmed covertly, is heard telling reporters he had also worked with an England cricketer, British Tour de France cyclists, a British boxing champion, tennis players and martial arts competitors.

"In the past six years he has treated more than 150 sports people from the UK and abroad variously with banned substances such as erythropoietin (EPO), steroids and human growth hormone, and the sports performance improvements were phenomenal," the report said.

Dr Bonar told the reporters athletes knew about his services through word of mouth.

Britain's sports minister John Whittingdale said he was "shocked and deeply concerned" by the allegations aired in the newspaper report and has demanded an urgent probe.

"Sports fans are entitled to be sure that what they are watching is true and fair with all athletes competing on a level playing field," the Culture, Media and Sport Secretary said in a statement.

"I have asked for there to be an urgent independent investigation into what action was taken when these allegations were first received and what more needs to be done to ensure that British sport remains clean.


Friday, 1 April 2016

(PIC) Baby Flashes 'Peace' Sign During Ultrasound

These expecting parents had a shock when they took a look at their ultrasound of their unborn child.

While some may have seen a peaceful sleeping baby , this one proved to be a bit livelier.

The cheeky unborn baby appears to be sticking two fingers up at his parents in the ultrasound.

The photo has divided opinion as to whether the baby is making a rude gesture or a peace sign.

Janine Godfrey and husband Ryan from Milton, Massachusetts, saw the funny side and shared the photo of their unborn child on social media.

And the couple know their baby is going to a boy - and a mischevious one at that.

The image was also shared by WBZ-TV anchor David Wade, who is the brother-in-law of Janine.

He captioned the picture: "He comes in peace! Local mom and ultrasound tech shocked as baby gives the peace sign."


Can you guess the diagnosis?

This is the Leser-TrĂ©lat sign.  It is defined as the sudden eruption of multiple seborrheic keratoses caused by a malignancy/cancer ...