Health workers at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, and Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, on Wednesday rendered skeletal services at their facilities due to the ongoing industrial action by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU).
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that JOHESU had on Sunday asked its members to withdraw their services and embark on a nationwide strike starting from midnight Sept. 13.
The health workers were asking the Federal Government to address the alleged “failures and decaying infrastructure in the health sector” and pay the shortfall in COVID-19 hazard allowances for their members.
NAN reports at the hospitals that some nurses, laboratory scientists, pharmacists and other health workers were seen rendering skeletal services to few patients that came to treatment.
At the Emergency Section of the hospital in Igbobi, few patients who had previous appointments were seen waiting to be attended to.
Also, a patient, Mr John Paul, told NAN that he came for the “dressing’’ of his left hand which was on the Plaster of Paris (POP), saying that he had been in the hospital since 7.00a.m without anybody to attend to him.
“I was rushed to Igbobi Hospital early September when I was unconscious as a result of a road accident.
“I was discharged last week because of the resident doctors’ strike, only to get here again this morning to hear that the health workers are on another strike.
“I am seriously in pain; l came here since morning, they were just sending me around to different departments like OPD Section, through dressing room and nobody attended to me,’’ he said.
Another patient with broken leg, Ibrahim Kabiru, said he came for dressing if his wounds complained, but was surprised that nobody was on ground to attend to him because of the strike.
Kabiru appealed to the Federal Government to urgent address the grievances of the health in overall interest of the suffering patients who have no means of going to the private hospitals for treatment.
Some of the patients on admission also called on the government to come to their aids by attending to the health workers demands so that the strike could be called off.
Commenting, an Administrative Staff at Igbobi, who pleaded anonymity, said that they were not working in compliance with the JOHESU’s strike, pointing out that only critical and emergency cases were being attended to.
“Though, we are in total compliance with the strike, critical emergency cases are being attended to by our consultants and senior doctors.
“Patients cannot be abandoned completely like that, because as our job is to save lives.
“We appeal to the Federal Government to attend to our demands so that we can go back to work soon,’’ the official pleaded.
Also, a Medical Laboratory Scientist, who spoke with NAN on condition of anonymity, said there was need for urgent strengthening of the nation’s healthcare system.
According to him, health workers are an integral part of the nation’s health system and should be adequately catered for.
He said that JOHESU members understood the value of human lives and would always do their best to safeguard same.
The scientist appealed to the government to heed to the demands of the union in other not to cripple the health sector and also save the lives of citizens.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Olagoke Olatoye
Edo Polls: Foundation commends security personnel
Cleen Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has commended the conduct of the security personnel deployed for the Edo State Governorship election on Sept. 19.
Mr Benson Olugbuo, the Executive Director of the foundation, gave the commendation in a preliminary statement on the conduct of the election.
Olugbuo said that the conduct of the security agents made the electorate feel safe and confident while carrying out their civic duty.
“We observed the feeling of safety at the polling units. Our reports showed that 78 per cent of the polling units were safe and secure while 22 per cent were observed to be somewhat safe and secure.
“Report from our observers also showed that 94 per cent of the security personnel at the polling units were approachable and 83 per cent of the security personnel were impartial.
“However, we observed that at Uwa Primary School, Ward 10, Pollin Unit 21, Oredo Local Government Area, party and security agents were observed monitoring electorate’s votes in the cubicle disregarding the secrecy of the balloting system,” he said.
He lauded the security for early arrivals at 86 per cent of the polling units and for not scaring or threatening the safety of the electorate with the possession of firearms.
Olugbuo said its foundations observers also reported that on the aggregate, 83 per cent of the polling units had three or more security personnel which boosted voters’ safety and confidence.
He said that 96 per cent of security personnel were observed to be wearing easily identifiable name tags, which also encouraged voters to feel safe.
He said that apart from wearing of facemasks, there was no physical distancing and there was absence of sanitisers.
He said that other observations were vote trading across the state, malfunctioning of some smart card readers and late commencement of voting in few places.
Olugbuo said that the organisation would continue to observe the elections and issue its post-election statement to detail more on the overall conduct of the security personnel.
He said that the observation was done by its trained observers under the platform of the Election Security Support Centre (ESSC), of the foundation, in collaboration with the Police Service Commission (PSC).
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Donald Ugwu
8 burnt to death in Lagos-Ibadan expressway accident
Eight persons were on Saturday night burnt to death in a lone accident involving a Mazda bus on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Mr Ahmed Umar, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abeokuta on Sunday.
Umar explained that the accident, which occurred at about 8:45 p.m. near Saapade bridge, was caused by tyre burst.
This, he said, resulted in the bus summersaulting and bursting into flames.
The sector commander added that 11 people were involved in the accident made up of three male adults, one female adult, one child and six unidentified persons.
“The suspected cause of the lone accident involving the Mazda bus marked AAA 249 VX was tyre burst which led to loss of control before crash and bursting into flames immediately,” he said.
He said that FRSC operatives contacted the Sagamu Fire Service immediately for a joint rescue operation.
Umar said that three injured victims were taken to Idera Hospital, Sagamu, for medical attention while the Health Department of Remo North Local Government Area was contacted on the burnt victims.
He advised motorists to drive cautiously, obey traffic rules and regulations and ensure that their tyres were in good condition.
Edited By: Mufutau Ojo)
Newborn safely delivered under Ajah bridge
The Lagos State Emergency Managment Agency (LASEMA) has said that its ambulance team at Eti-osa delivered Ms Blessing Emmanuel, a 35 year-old woman of a live male baby.
Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu,
LASEMA, told Newsmen on Saturday that the baby was delivered at about 4:30 p.m under the Ajah Bridge.
”The lady, who has no home nor family in Lagos, is from Cross River State.
”Mother and baby are fine and have been taken to Island Maternity where they will get expert care,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Omowole
NCDC records 189 new COVID-19 cases, total now 57,145
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Saturday.
“As at Sept. 19, 2020, 189 new confirmed cases and one death was recorded in Nigeria.
“Till date, 57,145 cases have been confirmed, 48,431 cases have been discharged and 1,095 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” it said.
The agency stated that the 189 new infections were reported from 15 states of the federation.
“Lagos (70), Plateau (37), FCT (24), Kaduna (19), Rivers (12), Oyo (5), Ogun (4), Ebonyi (3), Katsina (3), Ondo (3), Osun (3), Imo (2), Yobe (2), Ekiti (1), Nasarawa (1),” it said.
The agency said that cloth masks provide protection when properly worn and cared for.
“Wear mask covering your nose and mouth, handle mask with clean hands and wash cloth face masks after each use.
“MaskOnNaija with other preventive measures. Learn how to make your own face mask: covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/media/files/DI… ,” it advised.
“TakeResponsibility and adhere to all non pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19 if you must travel,“ it said.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujini/Sadiya Hamza