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Two snipper victims escape death in Ilorin

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 Dr. Yusuf Abdulraheem, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Yusjib Industrial Medicare, Ilorin, says it took the hospital several hours of intensive care to resuscitate two patients who ingested snipper on Wednesday.

Dr Abdulraheem told newsmen in Ilorin on Thursday that the first case was that of a woman, which was reported to his office at about 5:00 a.m.

He said that the woman drank the banned substance because of alleged infidelity by her husband.

The CMD said when the husband saw his wife drinking the Snipper, he quickly hit her hand away from her mouth, spilling the remaining content on him.

“When they came to the hospital, the odour of the substance was all over the husband.

“We placed her on observation for six hours and we ensured that she was free of the agent before we discharged her,” Abdulraheem said.

The CMD said another case was more serious than the first one when the matter was reported to the hospital around 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

He said it took him and his team no fewer than 12 hours to resuscitate a 27-year-old man, who he simply identified as Seyi.

He said when the patient was brought to the hospital, he was almost lifeless, gasping for breath.

Abdulraheem said the team did all it could to flush out the poison from his system.

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Group tasks govt. on preparedness for outbreak of epidemics

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The National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP) has urge all State Governments to improve on their alertness and preparedness in curtailing spread of epidemic diseases in Nigeria.

The call was made in a Communique made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday and signed by Dr. Abubakar Ayinla, President of NAGGMDP and Dr. Nura Abubakar, General Secretary, of the association.

The Communique was issued by NAGGMDP, at the end of the National Executive Council Meeting of the association, which took place in Abeokuta, Ogun State between Sept. 26 to 29th.

The communique explained that the need for government at all tiers to be at alert on outbreak of epidemics, stems from re-emergence diseases in other countries of the world.

It urges all state Governors not to renege in their constitutional role of entrenching an effective Secondary health care system as they strive towards achieving Universal Health Coverage in their respective domain.

The Communique reiterates that human resource for health is a key component of an effective health care delivery in the supply chain for an appropriately managed health care system.

It stated therefore that government and all stakeholders in health care should show increased commitment to accomplishing the various components to further strengthen the nation’s health care delivery.

The Communique appeal to State Governors to revisit their perspective on their employees and see them as key stakeholders and an inevitable tool that must be well catered for.

It also commends State Governors and Governments like Ogun state that have now begin to see their health work force as an important partner and stakeholder in the accomplishment of their health policies and mandate to the people.

“We implore State Governments that are yet to be up to date in the payment of salaries and allowances of their respective health care work force to do so in the best interest of the citizens.

“State Governments should give necessary support to the health care system towards strengthening it and eliminating drawbacks as occasioned with ‘last miles’, expiration of scarce consumables while under storage,” it said.

The Communique also commended President Muhammadu Buhari on his commitment to health care and for placing ‘round-pegs’ into ‘round holes’ in the appointment of Ministers into the health ministry.

It therefore appeal to all the State Governors to follow suit in assigning roles to appropriately trained and medically qualified persons as Honourable Commissioners for Health and other
key functional offices to discharge effective and qualitative health care to the citizens.

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National hospital @20: Over 3,000 Abuja residents get free medicare

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Aminat Isah, Abuja

Over 3,0000 Kuchingworo residents have received free medical Check-up during a medical outreach programme to mark the 20th anniversary of National Hospital Abuja.

The Chief Medical Director of National Hospital Abuja, Dr. Jaf Momoh, while speaking to newsmen at a press briefing to mark the hospital’s 20th anniversary said the National Hospital management would not relent on its oars in ensuring every patient gets the best service delivery from the hospital.

According Jaff. “As a pioneer staff, I have had the rare honour to have witnessed the various developmental stages of the hospital with successive boards and respected senior colleagues who had steered the ship of the top management of this great institution.

“I acknowledge your various contributions towards the development of this citadel of excellence and the noble feats the hospital has attained. To the esteemed and invaluable staff of this hospital, I commend your immense efforts, toil and sweat to bring this hospital to a lofty height.

“The National Hospital started on September 1st, 1999, 20 years ago. The hospital started as a 200-bed hospital with approximately 400 staff, with about 30 specialists’ consultants.

“Today, the hospital is 450 beds, 2,000 staff with 120 specialist consultants in various fields.

“It is now a national center of excellence in cancer care, neonatology, in-vitro fertilization, trauma care with a sub-regional level 1 trauma center. Its services are now computerized.

The CMD further revealed that a number of milestones have been a

achieved since 1999 with 2,345,437 outpatients already treated, while over 172,783 were on admission.

He also said “155,663 were discharged, 30,094 deliveries, 29,065 live birth, 202,844 ANC, 10,909 road traffic accident, 50,249 operations, 446,951 Radio Dianostic, 8, 543 Hemodialysis and 818 IVF success.”

The Chairman Governing Board of Abuja National Hospital Rt Hon. Olubunmi Patricia Etteh said the guidance and tremendous support given to the hospital by the Federal Government in the midst of dwindling financial resources is what has keptnit afloat.

Etteh, who was a former Speaker House of Representatives, said the present board was commissioned barely a year and a half ago, precisely on 6th March, 2018, and have recorded some modest achievements among which are: commissioning of national Cancer Centre, pgrade/expansion of private wing to ‘executive private wing’ for hospitalization of top Nigerians, Commissioning of 2 Linac Machines, Commissioning of CT Scanner, Provision of an archive for long-term documentation/record keeping as well as Slight dredging of Erosion Site.

The permanent secretary office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Dr. Amina Shamaki, at the flag-off of the medical outreach in Kuchingoro Community, commended the management of the hospital for the gesture and said it would help in improving the health indices of people in the country.

Others activities lined up for the celebrations includes anniversary lecture, endowment, a tour of the hospital new facilities, Jumat prayer, sporting activities, walk for life, novelty football match, gala/award night and finally a thanksgiving church service.

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World Pharmacy Day: PSN condemns online purchase of drug

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The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) on Wednesday in Ilorin caution people on use of online pharmacy in purchasing prescription drugs.

Mr Aliu Bakau, Chairman of PSN, Kwara Chapter made the warnings during an Press Conference to mark the World Pharmacy Day Celebration 2019, themed:” Safe and Effective Medicines for all”.

Bakau said prescription drugs must be authorised and prescribed by doctors and pharmacists, adding that the requirements for prescription drugs is interface between the patient and doctors and the pharmacists.

The PSN Chairman explained that PSN is not averse to technological innovations and development, however observed that technology has its own limitations.

“Drugs are not commodities that should be sold through superarkets, kiosks and hawkers. There are standardized outlets for pharmaceuticals,” he said.

He advised people to schedule visits with their doctors and pharmacists, adding that diseases can be manage and patient need not die from their diseases.

He advised people to always keep their drugs at required temperature, while pledging that pharmacists are ready to partner with States and Federal Governments to provide safe and effective medicine for the people across the country.

Also speaking, the Director of Pharmaceutical Services, Kwara Ministry of Health, Dr Barakat Olarewaju said the PSN, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and other relevant agencies are cooperating to to fight the menace of drug abuse in Nigeria.

She explained that the watch word is to reduce demand for controlled drugs and only make it available to patients who have legitimate need for them.

Olarewaju said that even pharmacist are required to sell these drugs under stringent condition.

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