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  •   Benue Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association NMA Dr Ushakuma Anenga has warned against using herbal remedies to treat diabetes Anenga gave the advice on Wednesday in Makurdi during an awareness program to mark World Diabetes Day for Pensioners The event was organized by the NMA chapter Society for Family Physicians and Medical Women Association of Nigeria He urged people with the condition to stick to their medications and maintain exercise diet in order to live long According to him diabetes prevention starts from youth and warns against sedentary lifestyle and encourages people to maintain regular exercise Unenga also said that overeating lack of exercise and excessive alcohol consumption are risk factors that predispose many people to diabetes The president of the state NMA said that people should monitor their health statistics especially weight loss to start an early treatment of diabetes He said diabetes treatment and control was too expensive for retirees with dwindling incomes and social networks Unenga said that social challenges such as insecurity poverty and increased stress level increase blood pressure and stimulate blood sugar Diabetes specialist Dr Barbara Akinbowa said Africa is expected to record the highest cases of diabetes between 2040 and 2050 ahead of Europe and the Americas which currently top the list Akinbowa also said that statistics from the International Diabetes Federation put seven out of 10 people over the age of 70 as diabetics worldwide He expressed concern that the African health system could be overwhelmed if steps are not taken to prevent the situation We need to raise more awareness we need to educate our people about this imminent danger so that we don t fall victim to it he added Akinbowa said that excessive consumption of processed foods in the name of westernization was the main cause of diabetes in addition to hereditary factors Therefore he called for a return to traditional African foods to reduce the rate of diabetes on the continent Mr Michael Terngu Vembe State Chairman of the Nigerian Pensioners Union appealed to the state government to provide free medical treatment to pensioners with diabetes and hypertension He praised the organizers and said that more than 250 retirees have benefited from the awareness campaign Vembe requested the extension of the program to the three senatorial districts so that more pensioners benefit Agishi Benjamin a diabetic patient said he has been with the disease for 19 years and has only survived thanks to proper nutrition and medication The food is good but don t eat more than the required amount Diabetes is a deadly disease but it kills faster depending on how you manage it he added Dan Edwin Ter another retiree who has had the condition for six years said he is finding it difficult to obtain medication due to non payment of his government pension arrears Ter said that he has been surviving thanks to the goodwill of friends family and associates The Nigerian News Agency reports that in addition to raising diabetes awareness organizers provided free treatment and donated test kits to retirees edited Source Credit NAN
    NMA warns against use of herbal medicine for diabetes treatment
      Benue Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association NMA Dr Ushakuma Anenga has warned against using herbal remedies to treat diabetes Anenga gave the advice on Wednesday in Makurdi during an awareness program to mark World Diabetes Day for Pensioners The event was organized by the NMA chapter Society for Family Physicians and Medical Women Association of Nigeria He urged people with the condition to stick to their medications and maintain exercise diet in order to live long According to him diabetes prevention starts from youth and warns against sedentary lifestyle and encourages people to maintain regular exercise Unenga also said that overeating lack of exercise and excessive alcohol consumption are risk factors that predispose many people to diabetes The president of the state NMA said that people should monitor their health statistics especially weight loss to start an early treatment of diabetes He said diabetes treatment and control was too expensive for retirees with dwindling incomes and social networks Unenga said that social challenges such as insecurity poverty and increased stress level increase blood pressure and stimulate blood sugar Diabetes specialist Dr Barbara Akinbowa said Africa is expected to record the highest cases of diabetes between 2040 and 2050 ahead of Europe and the Americas which currently top the list Akinbowa also said that statistics from the International Diabetes Federation put seven out of 10 people over the age of 70 as diabetics worldwide He expressed concern that the African health system could be overwhelmed if steps are not taken to prevent the situation We need to raise more awareness we need to educate our people about this imminent danger so that we don t fall victim to it he added Akinbowa said that excessive consumption of processed foods in the name of westernization was the main cause of diabetes in addition to hereditary factors Therefore he called for a return to traditional African foods to reduce the rate of diabetes on the continent Mr Michael Terngu Vembe State Chairman of the Nigerian Pensioners Union appealed to the state government to provide free medical treatment to pensioners with diabetes and hypertension He praised the organizers and said that more than 250 retirees have benefited from the awareness campaign Vembe requested the extension of the program to the three senatorial districts so that more pensioners benefit Agishi Benjamin a diabetic patient said he has been with the disease for 19 years and has only survived thanks to proper nutrition and medication The food is good but don t eat more than the required amount Diabetes is a deadly disease but it kills faster depending on how you manage it he added Dan Edwin Ter another retiree who has had the condition for six years said he is finding it difficult to obtain medication due to non payment of his government pension arrears Ter said that he has been surviving thanks to the goodwill of friends family and associates The Nigerian News Agency reports that in addition to raising diabetes awareness organizers provided free treatment and donated test kits to retirees edited Source Credit NAN
    NMA warns against use of herbal medicine for diabetes treatment
    General news2 weeks ago

    NMA warns against use of herbal medicine for diabetes treatment

    Benue Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Ushakuma Anenga, has warned against using herbal remedies to treat diabetes.

    Anenga gave the advice on Wednesday in Makurdi during an awareness program to mark World Diabetes Day for Pensioners.

    The event was organized by the NMA chapter, Society for Family Physicians and Medical Women Association of Nigeria.

    He urged people with the condition to stick to their medications and maintain exercise diet in order to live long.

    According to him, diabetes prevention starts from youth and warns against sedentary lifestyle and encourages people to maintain regular exercise.

    Unenga also said that overeating, lack of exercise and excessive alcohol consumption are risk factors that predispose many people to diabetes.

    The president of the state NMA said that people should monitor their health statistics, especially weight loss, to start an early treatment of diabetes.

    He said diabetes treatment and control was too expensive for retirees with dwindling incomes and social networks.

    Unenga said that social challenges such as insecurity, poverty and increased stress level increase blood pressure and stimulate blood sugar.

    Diabetes specialist Dr. Barbara Akinbowa said Africa is expected to record the highest cases of diabetes between 2040 and 2050, ahead of Europe and the Americas which currently top the list.

    Akinbowa also said that statistics from the International Diabetes Federation put seven out of 10 people over the age of 70 as diabetics worldwide.

    He expressed concern that the African health system could be overwhelmed if steps are not taken to prevent the situation.

    “We need to raise more awareness, we need to educate our people about this imminent danger so that we don't fall victim to it,” he added.

    Akinbowa said that excessive consumption of processed foods in the name of westernization was the main cause of diabetes in addition to hereditary factors.

    Therefore, he called for a return to traditional African foods to reduce the rate of diabetes on the continent.

    Mr. Michael-Terngu Vembe, State Chairman of the Nigerian Pensioners Union, appealed to the state government to provide free medical treatment to pensioners with diabetes and hypertension.

    He praised the organizers and said that more than 250 retirees have benefited from the awareness campaign.

    Vembe requested the extension of the program to the three senatorial districts, so that more pensioners benefit.

    Agishi Benjamin, a diabetic patient, said he has been with the disease for 19 years and has only survived thanks to proper nutrition and medication.

    “The food is good, but don't eat more than the required amount.

    “Diabetes is a deadly disease, but it kills faster depending on how you manage it,” he added.

    Dan-Edwin Ter, another retiree who has had the condition for six years, said he is finding it difficult to obtain medication due to non-payment of his government pension arrears.

    Ter said that he has been surviving thanks to the goodwill of friends, family and associates.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that in addition to raising diabetes awareness, organizers provided free treatment and donated test kits to retirees.

    edited

    Source Credit: NAN

  •   Health Minister Dr Osagie Ehanire says the Federal Government is working to improve conditions of service for Nigerian doctors to control the migration of medical personnel The minister revealed this when he appeared at the Nigerian News Agency ministerial forum in Abuja He also said that the federal government had been working to recruit experienced Nigerian doctors living abroad so they could offer health care services to Nigerians virtually to improve conditions of service The established health reform committee is working and analyzing that we have been talking with the Ministry of Labor about how to do it We are also talking about involving those who have been abroad for many years who are highly specialized specialists who know a lot about high tech medicine to work with us even if it is virtually so that they can do virtual consultations They can come here every three to six months for a few weeks and do practical work so we can gain some of their experience and knowledge This is so that we can harvest the knowledge and skills that they developed after working for many years in highly developed countries Describing the problem of migration of health workers especially doctors and nurses as a global phenomenon and not unique to Nigeria Ehanire added that people in those professions were becoming a highly mobile professional group He said I have spoken to the health authorities in the UK and they have told me that their doctors are also leaving for Canada New Zealand and other countries where the pay is better So the movement of doctors is not unique to Nigeria Ghana has the same experience I spoke to the Egyptian Minister of Health they have the same experience in mobility of doctors and even in Europe European doctors move to where the salaries are better As far as we are concerned we have problems with the very experienced ones leaving Ehanire explained that Nigeria produces about 3 000 doctors every year and the number that goes is about 1 000 so in fact there is a surplus of doctors He added that many doctors were still looking for where they could do their internship or serve their residency saying that once they get some training the younger ones could be quickly replaced According to the minister the Federal Government is also working on the civil service rules so that the replacement is fast so that once a doctor leaves he can be replaced within a week and this makes it difficult to immediately reinstate those who leave public hospitals So once that s possible it will be done but at a much higher level than those with postgraduate training we re doing everything we can to improve the condition of the service he added reports that the migration of doctors and other health personnel from Nigeria to other countries around the world has increased astronomically and the story is that there are better working conditions and remuneration abroad Following such reports many stakeholders in the health sector including the Nigerian Medical Association NMA and the Nigerian Resident Physicians Association NARD have lent their voices to the brain drain issue They said that unless drastic measures are implemented to stem the wave of brain drain national health indices may spiral out of control leaving Nigeria at the bottom rung among the courtesy of nations edited Source Credit NAN
    Minister says FG working toward improving doctors’ condition of service
      Health Minister Dr Osagie Ehanire says the Federal Government is working to improve conditions of service for Nigerian doctors to control the migration of medical personnel The minister revealed this when he appeared at the Nigerian News Agency ministerial forum in Abuja He also said that the federal government had been working to recruit experienced Nigerian doctors living abroad so they could offer health care services to Nigerians virtually to improve conditions of service The established health reform committee is working and analyzing that we have been talking with the Ministry of Labor about how to do it We are also talking about involving those who have been abroad for many years who are highly specialized specialists who know a lot about high tech medicine to work with us even if it is virtually so that they can do virtual consultations They can come here every three to six months for a few weeks and do practical work so we can gain some of their experience and knowledge This is so that we can harvest the knowledge and skills that they developed after working for many years in highly developed countries Describing the problem of migration of health workers especially doctors and nurses as a global phenomenon and not unique to Nigeria Ehanire added that people in those professions were becoming a highly mobile professional group He said I have spoken to the health authorities in the UK and they have told me that their doctors are also leaving for Canada New Zealand and other countries where the pay is better So the movement of doctors is not unique to Nigeria Ghana has the same experience I spoke to the Egyptian Minister of Health they have the same experience in mobility of doctors and even in Europe European doctors move to where the salaries are better As far as we are concerned we have problems with the very experienced ones leaving Ehanire explained that Nigeria produces about 3 000 doctors every year and the number that goes is about 1 000 so in fact there is a surplus of doctors He added that many doctors were still looking for where they could do their internship or serve their residency saying that once they get some training the younger ones could be quickly replaced According to the minister the Federal Government is also working on the civil service rules so that the replacement is fast so that once a doctor leaves he can be replaced within a week and this makes it difficult to immediately reinstate those who leave public hospitals So once that s possible it will be done but at a much higher level than those with postgraduate training we re doing everything we can to improve the condition of the service he added reports that the migration of doctors and other health personnel from Nigeria to other countries around the world has increased astronomically and the story is that there are better working conditions and remuneration abroad Following such reports many stakeholders in the health sector including the Nigerian Medical Association NMA and the Nigerian Resident Physicians Association NARD have lent their voices to the brain drain issue They said that unless drastic measures are implemented to stem the wave of brain drain national health indices may spiral out of control leaving Nigeria at the bottom rung among the courtesy of nations edited Source Credit NAN
    Minister says FG working toward improving doctors’ condition of service
    General news3 weeks ago

    Minister says FG working toward improving doctors’ condition of service

    Health Minister Dr. Osagie Ehanire says the Federal Government is working to improve conditions of service for Nigerian doctors to control the migration of medical personnel.

    The minister revealed this when he appeared at the Nigerian News Agency ministerial forum in Abuja.

    He also said that the federal government had been working to recruit experienced Nigerian doctors living abroad so they could offer health care services to Nigerians virtually. to improve conditions of service.

    “The established health reform committee is working and analyzing that; we have been talking with the Ministry of Labor about how to do it.

    “We are also talking about involving those who have been abroad for many years who are highly specialized specialists who know a lot about high-tech medicine to work with us even if it is virtually so that they can do virtual consultations.

    “They can come here every three to six months for a few weeks and do practical work so we can gain some of their experience and knowledge.

    “This is so that we can harvest the knowledge and skills that they developed after working for many years in highly developed countries.”

    Describing the problem of migration of health workers, especially doctors and nurses, as a global phenomenon and not unique to Nigeria, Ehanire added that people in those professions were becoming a highly mobile professional group.

    He said: "I have spoken to the health authorities in the UK and they have told me that their doctors are also leaving for Canada, New Zealand and other countries where the pay is better.

    “So the movement of doctors is not unique to Nigeria, Ghana has the same experience. I spoke to the Egyptian Minister of Health; they have the same experience in mobility of doctors and even in Europe, European doctors move to where the salaries are better.

    “As far as we are concerned, we have problems with the very experienced ones leaving.”

    Ehanire explained that Nigeria produces about 3,000 doctors every year and the number that goes is about 1,000, "so in fact there is a surplus of doctors."

    He added that many doctors were still looking for where they could do their internship or serve their residency, saying that "once they get some training, the younger ones could be quickly replaced."

    According to the minister, the Federal Government is also working on the civil service rules so that the replacement is fast, so that once a doctor leaves, he can be replaced within a week. and this makes it difficult to immediately reinstate those who leave public hospitals.

    "So once that's possible, it will be done, but at a much higher level than those with postgraduate training, we're doing everything we can to improve the condition of the service," he added.

    reports that the migration of doctors and other health personnel from Nigeria to other countries around the world has increased astronomically, and the story

    is that there are better working conditions and remuneration abroad.

    Following such reports, many stakeholders in the health sector, including the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the Nigerian Resident Physicians Association (NARD), have lent their voices to the brain drain issue.

    They said that unless drastic measures are implemented to stem the wave of brain drain, national health indices may spiral out of control, leaving Nigeria at the bottom rung among the courtesy of nations.

    edited

    Source Credit: NAN

  •   Medical experts pharmacists task govt on importation of fake substandard drugs Normal 0 false false false EN US X NONE X NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Style Definitions table MsoNormalTable mso style name Table Normal mso tstyle rowband size 0 mso tstyle colband size 0 msStakeholders in the health sector have called on the Federal Government to take bold and concrete steps to sanitise the sector by ensuring that fake and substandard drugs and chemicals no longer find their ways into the country The stakeholders who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria across the South Western states of Oyo Ondo Osun Ogun and Kwara on Thursday said that fake and substandard drugs had wrecked serious havocs in the nation s health sector Mr Eniola Akindeko Chairman Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria PSN Ondo State chapter urged government agencies to be proactive and ensure that only genuine pharmaceutical companies were issued licences to import drugs into the country Akindeko said that it had become imperative for consumers to join hands with concerned government agencies to curb the rate at which fake drugs were being imported into the country by patronising only licenced pharmaceutical stores According to him if consumers can cultivate the habit of patronising only licensed and reputable medicine stores it will incapacitate those importing fake drugs To checkmate the inflow of fake drugs into the country two things must be taken into consideration the regulator and the consumer approaches The regulating agencies must ensure that only reputable pharmaceutical companies are granted licences to import pharmaceutical products into the county It is the responsibility of agencies like NAFDAC Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria PSN NDLEA Nigerian Port Authority and Nigeria Custom Service to collaborate and ensure that only genuine pharmaceutical companies are allowed to import drugs into the country Akindeko said Speaking with NAN in Ilorin Mr Roland Tomiwa Chairman of the Community Pharmacist Kwara chapter advised the various regulatory agencies on effective monitoring of drugs that were being imported into the country According to Tomiwa fake and substandard drugs and chemicals will never cease from coming into Nigeria until concerned government agencies are alive to their responsibilities He suggested that the agencies should ensure that all the drugs and chemicals coming to Nigeria met the statutory requirements before being allowed into the distribution chains Tomiwa advised the agencies to blacklist all companies that were involved in importing fake and counterfeit drugs and chemicals and release their names to the public The chairman of the community pharmacist also advocated for the establishment of a viable well funded and independent pharmacovigilance agency to ensure that drugs adverse effects and traceability were properly done by NAFDAC To Mr Rilwan Olaniyi a pharmacist the regulatory bodies in charge of maintaining standard pharmaceutical products in the country are to be blamed for the prevalence of fake and counterfeit drugs and chemicals According to him some of the regulatory bodies are paid to get the fake products certified So awareness should be created for people and individuals to know about the dangers of consuming these bad products This is because if no one is buying them those importing them will be out of business Government can also subsidise the standard products to ensure affordability by ordinary Nigerians The Coordinator of NAFDAC in Osun Mr Anikoh Ibrahim said that the agency would continue to work toward achieving its mission of safeguarding public health Ibrahim said this would be done by ensuring that only quality drugs food and other regulated products were manufactured imported distributed advertised sold and used in the country He said that the agency would not relent in ensuring that regulated products were of consistent good quality and made available at all times to the satisfaction of the consumers According to him NAFDAC is committed to ensuring that processed foods drugs medical devices cosmetics chemicals and biological vaccines are thoroughly scrutinised to ensure consistent quality for Nigerians Another pharmacist Mrs Kehinde Olawale also stressed the need for regulatory agencies to intensify efforts at clamping down on fake pharmaceutical companies bringing fake and counterfeit drugs in the country Olawale who is the Managing Director Kentom Pharmacy said that the regulatory agencies needed to enforce strict measures of compliance in order to checkmate the activities of pharmaceutical companies importing fake drugs into the country Although she said that government agencies might have been clamping down on those engaging in the unwholesome acts she however said that more still needed to be done Olawale said that the pharmaceutical body had a lot to do in term of engaging stakeholders on the dangers associated with importation of fake drugs into the country She said that awareness campaigns to get citizens informed on the dangers of counterfeit drugs would go a long way in addressing the issue of fake drugs Similarly Mr Kayode Atere an officer of Pharmacist Council of Nigeria PCN in Osun said checkmating importation of fake or substandard drugs should be the duty of the government agencies manning the nation s borders Although PCN works in collaboration with NAFDAC it only regulates operations of pharmaceuticals and their owners including their operational premises However it is NAFDAC that regulates importation of pharmaceutical products into the country he said Atere noted that NAFDAC had all the necessary equipment to check all the drugs and chemicals being imported into the country The medical experts who spoke with NAN in Ogun raised alarm over what they called the influx and prevalence of fake and substandard drugs in the country and its negative implications on the health of citizens They unanimously called for concerted efforts at checking the menace Dr Godwin Okon a Public Health Physician told NAN that the use of fake drugs was responsible for the growing cases of hypertension heart failure stroke hearing defects loss of sight and other illnesses in the country Okon noted that the nation had continued to lose thousands of its citizens annually due to increasing use of fake drugs He called on NAFDAC and other relevant agencies to redouble their efforts by ensuring that imported drugs were carefully monitored at both pre shipment and destination levels Dr Adekunle Ashimi Chairman Nigerian Medical Association NMA Ogun chapter urged NAFDAC to strengthen collaborations with relevant agencies such as Nigeria Customs Service NCS and others in stemming the tide He stressed the need for availability of experts and equipment at the nation s borders to help discover fake and substandard drugs The NMA chairman also called for proper education of citizens on how to discover fake drugs at the point of purchase Mr Abiodun Obube Vice Chairman Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria PSN Ogun chapter said that the association had continued to work in tandem with the regulatory agencies to ensure that fake or expired drugs were not brought into the state Obube said that the organisation had continually embarked on unscheduled inspections to pharmaceutical firms in order to discover any possible illicit practice Through this he said that PSN had discovered some illicit practices which had led to closure of some firms in the state We engage in continuous monitoring and inspection to ensure we don t have fake drugs and expired drugs in circulation in the state Recently the wife of the governor Mrs Bamidele Abiodun set up a committee on drug control with members of our association as strong members of the committee We are trying as much as possible to leverage that and ensure that we don t have fake drugs in Ogun and Nigeria generally There is a unit that we call Pharmacy Inspection Committee whose statutory responsibility is to inspect all pharmaceutical outlets within the state he said Mrs Jane Osime a civil servant in the state Ministry of Health stated that over dependence on foreign manufactured goods including essential drugs had continued to have negative impacts on the nation s economy Osime noted that local pharmaceutical firms in the country had low capacity to manufacture drugs She stressed the need for the government to give them a boost so that the country could be less dependent on imported drugs Speaking with NAN in Ibadan Mr Jones Agbonifo a pharmacist called on NAFDAC to step up efforts to checkmate pharmaceutical companies importing fake drugs and substandard chemicals into the country According to Agbonifo issue of fake and substandard drugs has been constituted serious threat to the pharmaceutical industry for a very long time He said that the havoc being caused by the menace was unimaginable citing premature death and morbidity as few of the consequences of consumption of fake drugs He urged NAFDAC to redouble its efforts at flushing out perpetrators of the criminal acts in the society He urged the agency and other relevant bodies at the nation s seaports airports and land borders to ensure proper monitoring and checks on all drugs coming into the country He also tasked pharmacists and other people dealing in drugs trade to always ensure strict compliance with the ethics of the profession Also Mrs Ibukun Adejare a diabetic patient pleaded with government to take the issue of fake drugs seriously Adejare who said she was once a victim of fake drug urged the general public to always be mindful of where they buy drugs to avoid consumption of fake or expired ones She narrated how consumption of fake drugs had contributed to her deteriorating health condition NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Medical experts, pharmacists task govt. on importation of fake, substandard drugs
      Medical experts pharmacists task govt on importation of fake substandard drugs Normal 0 false false false EN US X NONE X NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Style Definitions table MsoNormalTable mso style name Table Normal mso tstyle rowband size 0 mso tstyle colband size 0 msStakeholders in the health sector have called on the Federal Government to take bold and concrete steps to sanitise the sector by ensuring that fake and substandard drugs and chemicals no longer find their ways into the country The stakeholders who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria across the South Western states of Oyo Ondo Osun Ogun and Kwara on Thursday said that fake and substandard drugs had wrecked serious havocs in the nation s health sector Mr Eniola Akindeko Chairman Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria PSN Ondo State chapter urged government agencies to be proactive and ensure that only genuine pharmaceutical companies were issued licences to import drugs into the country Akindeko said that it had become imperative for consumers to join hands with concerned government agencies to curb the rate at which fake drugs were being imported into the country by patronising only licenced pharmaceutical stores According to him if consumers can cultivate the habit of patronising only licensed and reputable medicine stores it will incapacitate those importing fake drugs To checkmate the inflow of fake drugs into the country two things must be taken into consideration the regulator and the consumer approaches The regulating agencies must ensure that only reputable pharmaceutical companies are granted licences to import pharmaceutical products into the county It is the responsibility of agencies like NAFDAC Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria PSN NDLEA Nigerian Port Authority and Nigeria Custom Service to collaborate and ensure that only genuine pharmaceutical companies are allowed to import drugs into the country Akindeko said Speaking with NAN in Ilorin Mr Roland Tomiwa Chairman of the Community Pharmacist Kwara chapter advised the various regulatory agencies on effective monitoring of drugs that were being imported into the country According to Tomiwa fake and substandard drugs and chemicals will never cease from coming into Nigeria until concerned government agencies are alive to their responsibilities He suggested that the agencies should ensure that all the drugs and chemicals coming to Nigeria met the statutory requirements before being allowed into the distribution chains Tomiwa advised the agencies to blacklist all companies that were involved in importing fake and counterfeit drugs and chemicals and release their names to the public The chairman of the community pharmacist also advocated for the establishment of a viable well funded and independent pharmacovigilance agency to ensure that drugs adverse effects and traceability were properly done by NAFDAC To Mr Rilwan Olaniyi a pharmacist the regulatory bodies in charge of maintaining standard pharmaceutical products in the country are to be blamed for the prevalence of fake and counterfeit drugs and chemicals According to him some of the regulatory bodies are paid to get the fake products certified So awareness should be created for people and individuals to know about the dangers of consuming these bad products This is because if no one is buying them those importing them will be out of business Government can also subsidise the standard products to ensure affordability by ordinary Nigerians The Coordinator of NAFDAC in Osun Mr Anikoh Ibrahim said that the agency would continue to work toward achieving its mission of safeguarding public health Ibrahim said this would be done by ensuring that only quality drugs food and other regulated products were manufactured imported distributed advertised sold and used in the country He said that the agency would not relent in ensuring that regulated products were of consistent good quality and made available at all times to the satisfaction of the consumers According to him NAFDAC is committed to ensuring that processed foods drugs medical devices cosmetics chemicals and biological vaccines are thoroughly scrutinised to ensure consistent quality for Nigerians Another pharmacist Mrs Kehinde Olawale also stressed the need for regulatory agencies to intensify efforts at clamping down on fake pharmaceutical companies bringing fake and counterfeit drugs in the country Olawale who is the Managing Director Kentom Pharmacy said that the regulatory agencies needed to enforce strict measures of compliance in order to checkmate the activities of pharmaceutical companies importing fake drugs into the country Although she said that government agencies might have been clamping down on those engaging in the unwholesome acts she however said that more still needed to be done Olawale said that the pharmaceutical body had a lot to do in term of engaging stakeholders on the dangers associated with importation of fake drugs into the country She said that awareness campaigns to get citizens informed on the dangers of counterfeit drugs would go a long way in addressing the issue of fake drugs Similarly Mr Kayode Atere an officer of Pharmacist Council of Nigeria PCN in Osun said checkmating importation of fake or substandard drugs should be the duty of the government agencies manning the nation s borders Although PCN works in collaboration with NAFDAC it only regulates operations of pharmaceuticals and their owners including their operational premises However it is NAFDAC that regulates importation of pharmaceutical products into the country he said Atere noted that NAFDAC had all the necessary equipment to check all the drugs and chemicals being imported into the country The medical experts who spoke with NAN in Ogun raised alarm over what they called the influx and prevalence of fake and substandard drugs in the country and its negative implications on the health of citizens They unanimously called for concerted efforts at checking the menace Dr Godwin Okon a Public Health Physician told NAN that the use of fake drugs was responsible for the growing cases of hypertension heart failure stroke hearing defects loss of sight and other illnesses in the country Okon noted that the nation had continued to lose thousands of its citizens annually due to increasing use of fake drugs He called on NAFDAC and other relevant agencies to redouble their efforts by ensuring that imported drugs were carefully monitored at both pre shipment and destination levels Dr Adekunle Ashimi Chairman Nigerian Medical Association NMA Ogun chapter urged NAFDAC to strengthen collaborations with relevant agencies such as Nigeria Customs Service NCS and others in stemming the tide He stressed the need for availability of experts and equipment at the nation s borders to help discover fake and substandard drugs The NMA chairman also called for proper education of citizens on how to discover fake drugs at the point of purchase Mr Abiodun Obube Vice Chairman Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria PSN Ogun chapter said that the association had continued to work in tandem with the regulatory agencies to ensure that fake or expired drugs were not brought into the state Obube said that the organisation had continually embarked on unscheduled inspections to pharmaceutical firms in order to discover any possible illicit practice Through this he said that PSN had discovered some illicit practices which had led to closure of some firms in the state We engage in continuous monitoring and inspection to ensure we don t have fake drugs and expired drugs in circulation in the state Recently the wife of the governor Mrs Bamidele Abiodun set up a committee on drug control with members of our association as strong members of the committee We are trying as much as possible to leverage that and ensure that we don t have fake drugs in Ogun and Nigeria generally There is a unit that we call Pharmacy Inspection Committee whose statutory responsibility is to inspect all pharmaceutical outlets within the state he said Mrs Jane Osime a civil servant in the state Ministry of Health stated that over dependence on foreign manufactured goods including essential drugs had continued to have negative impacts on the nation s economy Osime noted that local pharmaceutical firms in the country had low capacity to manufacture drugs She stressed the need for the government to give them a boost so that the country could be less dependent on imported drugs Speaking with NAN in Ibadan Mr Jones Agbonifo a pharmacist called on NAFDAC to step up efforts to checkmate pharmaceutical companies importing fake drugs and substandard chemicals into the country According to Agbonifo issue of fake and substandard drugs has been constituted serious threat to the pharmaceutical industry for a very long time He said that the havoc being caused by the menace was unimaginable citing premature death and morbidity as few of the consequences of consumption of fake drugs He urged NAFDAC to redouble its efforts at flushing out perpetrators of the criminal acts in the society He urged the agency and other relevant bodies at the nation s seaports airports and land borders to ensure proper monitoring and checks on all drugs coming into the country He also tasked pharmacists and other people dealing in drugs trade to always ensure strict compliance with the ethics of the profession Also Mrs Ibukun Adejare a diabetic patient pleaded with government to take the issue of fake drugs seriously Adejare who said she was once a victim of fake drug urged the general public to always be mindful of where they buy drugs to avoid consumption of fake or expired ones She narrated how consumption of fake drugs had contributed to her deteriorating health condition NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Medical experts, pharmacists task govt. on importation of fake, substandard drugs
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    Medical experts, pharmacists task govt. on importation of fake, substandard drugs

    Medical experts, pharmacists task govt.

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    MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; msStakeholders in the health sector have called on the Federal Government to take bold and concrete steps to sanitise the sector by ensuring that fake and substandard drugs and chemicals no longer find their ways into the country.  

    The stakeholders, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria across the South-Western states of Oyo, Ondo, Osun, Ogun and Kwara on Thursday, said that fake and substandard drugs had wrecked serious havocs in the nation’s health sector.  

    Mr Eniola Akindeko, Chairman Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Ondo State chapter, urged government agencies to be proactive and ensure that only genuine pharmaceutical companies were issued licences to import drugs into the country.  

    Akindeko said that it had become imperative for consumers to join hands with concerned government agencies to curb the rate at which fake drugs were being imported into the country by patronising only licenced pharmaceutical stores.  

    According to him, if consumers can cultivate the habit of patronising only licensed and reputable medicine stores, it will incapacitate those importing fake drugs.  

    “To checkmate the inflow of fake drugs into the country, two things must be taken into consideration: the regulator and the consumer approaches.  

    “The regulating agencies must ensure that only reputable pharmaceutical companies are granted licences to import pharmaceutical products into the county.  

    “It is the responsibility of agencies like NAFDAC, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), NDLEA, Nigerian Port Authority and Nigeria Custom Service to collaborate and ensure that only genuine pharmaceutical companies are allowed to import drugs into the country,” Akindeko said.  

    Speaking with NAN in Ilorin, Mr Roland Tomiwa, Chairman of the Community Pharmacist, Kwara chapter, advised the various regulatory agencies on effective monitoring of drugs that were being imported into the country.   

    According to Tomiwa, fake and substandard drugs and chemicals will never cease from coming into Nigeria until concerned government agencies are alive to their responsibilities.  

    He suggested that the agencies should ensure that all the drugs and chemicals coming to Nigeria met the statutory requirements before being allowed into the distribution chains.  

    Tomiwa advised the agencies to blacklist all companies that were involved in importing fake and counterfeit drugs and chemicals, and release their names to the public.   

    The chairman of the community pharmacist also advocated for the establishment of a viable, well funded and independent “pharmacovigilance” agency to ensure that drugs’ adverse effects and traceability were properly done by NAFDAC.  

    To Mr Rilwan Olaniyi, a pharmacist, the regulatory bodies in charge of maintaining standard pharmaceutical products in the country are to be blamed for the prevalence of fake and counterfeit drugs and chemicals.  

    According to him, some of the regulatory bodies are paid to get the fake products certified.  

    ”So, awareness should be created for people and individuals to know about the dangers of consuming these bad products.  

    ”This is because if no one is buying them, those importing them will be out of business.  

    ”Government can also subsidise the standard products to ensure affordability by ordinary Nigerians.  

    The Coordinator of NAFDAC in Osun, Mr Anikoh Ibrahim, said that the agency would continue to work toward achieving its mission of safeguarding public health.  

    Ibrahim said this would be done by ensuring that only quality drugs, food and other regulated products were manufactured, imported, distributed, advertised, sold and used in the country.  

    He said that the agency would not relent in ensuring that regulated products were of consistent good quality and made available at all times, to the satisfaction of the consumers.  

    According to him, NAFDAC is committed to ensuring that processed foods, drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, chemicals and biological vaccines are thoroughly scrutinised to ensure consistent quality for Nigerians.  

    Another pharmacist, Mrs Kehinde Olawale, also stressed the need for regulatory agencies to intensify efforts at clamping down on fake pharmaceutical companies bringing fake and counterfeit drugs in the country.  

    Olawale, who is the Managing Director, Kentom Pharmacy, said that the regulatory agencies needed to enforce strict measures of compliance in order to checkmate the activities of pharmaceutical companies importing fake drugs into the country.  

    Although she said that government agencies might have been clamping down on those engaging in the unwholesome acts, she, however, said that more still needed to be done.  

    Olawale said that the pharmaceutical body had a lot to do in term of engaging stakeholders on the dangers associated with importation of fake drugs into the country.   

    She said that awareness campaigns to get citizens informed on the dangers of counterfeit drugs would go a long way in addressing the issue of fake drugs.  

    Similarly, Mr  Kayode Atere, an officer of Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN) in Osun, said checkmating importation of fake or substandard drugs should be the  duty of the government agencies manning the nation’s borders.  

    “Although PCN works in collaboration with NAFDAC, it only regulates operations of pharmaceuticals and their owners, including their operational premises.

    However, it is NAFDAC that regulates importation of pharmaceutical products into the country,” he said.  

    Atere noted that NAFDAC had all the necessary equipment to check all the drugs and chemicals being imported into the country.  

    The medical experts, who spoke with NAN in Ogun, raised alarm over what they called the influx and prevalence of fake and substandard drugs in the country and its negative implications on the health of citizens.  

    They unanimously called for concerted efforts at checking the menace.  

    Dr Godwin Okon, a Public Health Physician, told NAN that the use of fake drugs was responsible for the growing cases of hypertension, heart failure, stroke, hearing defects, loss of sight and other illnesses in the country.

    Okon noted that the nation had continued to lose thousands of its citizens annually due to increasing use of fake drugs.   

    He called on NAFDAC and other relevant agencies to redouble their efforts by ensuring that imported drugs were carefully monitored at both pre-shipment and destination levels.  

    Dr Adekunle Ashimi, Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Ogun chapter, urged NAFDAC to strengthen collaborations with relevant agencies, such as Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and others in stemming the tide.  

    He stressed the need for availability of experts and equipment at the nation’s borders to help discover fake and substandard drugs.  

    The NMA chairman also called for proper education of citizens on how to discover fake drugs at the point of purchase.   

    Mr Abiodun Obube, Vice-Chairman, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Ogun chapter, said that the association had continued to work in tandem with the regulatory agencies to ensure that fake or expired drugs were not brought into the state.

    Obube said that the organisation had continually embarked on unscheduled inspections to pharmaceutical firms in order to discover any possible illicit practice.  

    Through this, he said that PSN had discovered some illicit practices, which had led to closure of some firms in the state.  

    “We engage in continuous monitoring and inspection to ensure we don’t have fake drugs and expired drugs in circulation in the state.  

    “Recently, the wife of the governor, Mrs Bamidele Abiodun, set up a committee on drug control, with members of our association as strong members of the committee.  

    “We are trying as much as possible to leverage that and ensure that we don’t have fake drugs in Ogun and Nigeria generally.  

    “There is a unit that we call Pharmacy Inspection Committee, whose statutory responsibility is to inspect all pharmaceutical outlets within the state,” he said.   

    Mrs Jane Osime, a civil servant in the state Ministry of Health, stated that over-dependence on foreign manufactured goods, including essential drugs, had continued to have negative impacts on the nation’s economy.  

    Osime noted that local pharmaceutical firms in the country had low capacity to manufacture drugs.  

    She stressed the need for the government to give them a boost so that the country could be less dependent on imported drugs.  

    Speaking with NAN in Ibadan, Mr Jones Agbonifo, a pharmacist, called on NAFDAC to step up efforts to checkmate pharmaceutical companies importing fake drugs and substandard chemicals into the country.  

    According to Agbonifo, issue of fake and substandard drugs has been constituted serious threat to the pharmaceutical industry for a very long time.  

    He said that the havoc being caused by the menace was unimaginable, citing premature death and morbidity as few of the consequences of consumption of fake drugs.  

    He urged NAFDAC to redouble its efforts at flushing out perpetrators of the criminal acts in the society.  

    He urged the agency and other relevant bodies at the nation’s seaports, airports and land borders to ensure proper monitoring and checks on all drugs coming into the country.  

    He also tasked pharmacists and other people dealing in drugs trade to always ensure strict compliance with the ethics of the profession.  

    Also, Mrs Ibukun Adejare, a diabetic patient, pleaded with government to take the issue of fake drugs seriously.  

    Adejare, who said she was once a victim of fake drug, urged the general public to always be mindful of where they buy drugs to avoid consumption of fake or expired ones.  

    She narrated how consumption of fake drugs had contributed to her deteriorating health condition.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Experts in the health sector in the North East have identified burnout as major cause of unethical behaviour among health workers towards patients in the country The experts including health professionals academics activists and patients spoke while responding to a News Agency of Nigeria survey on unprofessional attitudes of health personnel in Bauchi Damaturu Dutse Gombe Maiduguri and Yola They defined burnout as the state of having no energy or enthusiasm because of working too hard Burnout is a state of emotional physical and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress It occurs when you feel overwhelmed emotionally drained and unable to meet constant demands NAN reports that alleged unethical behaviours by some medical workers in health facilities has been a source of concern to many across the country with some calling for strict penalties against such erring personnel The situation as encapsulated by some patients in Dutse Jigawa called for proactive measures to address towards enhancing access to quality healthcare service delivery at the grassroots Recounting her ordeal Zainab Tijjani a housewife blamed health workers for unfriendly attitude towards patients Tijjani said that she presented her baby for consultion at a health facility in the area where she experienced unpleasant and embarassing encounter with a doctor on duty The baby is having cough and I visited the clinic The doctor on duty inquired whether I delivered of the baby at the same facility And I answered in the negative I told him that it was in Kano He then said to me why don t you take the baby back to Kano and see the doctor there she lamented Tijjani however said that she reported the matter to the management of the hospital who promised to look into the complaint Another victim Ahmad Zailani blamed the workers for unruly behaviour towards their clients stressing that special training was imperative to rejig professional attitude among health workers in the state In Yobe some patients decried alleged misconduct by medical personnel at the State Specialist Hospital Damaturu Ms Zulai Bello and Falmata Muhammad accused medical personnel for alleged truancy and dereliction to duty Patients will leave house as early as 6 00 a m to enable them to see doctor on time but they doctors will not come until around 10 00 am They further alleged that some nurses at the facility harass patients without provocation However Dr Joshua Abubakar a lecturer Department of Community Medicine Gombe State University said unthical behaviour being exhibited by health workers could be linked to pressure frustration and lack of motivation in workplace He said the situation was compounded by manpower gaps bedeviling the sector thus exposing workers to operate against the World Health Organisation WHO standards In most cases the ratio is one doctor to 10 000 patients in the country this is as against the WHO standards of one doctor per 800 patients By the time a doctor attended between 50 and 60 patients in a day and at the end exhausted what do you expect Respect to clients is paramount to quality healthcare service delivery however health workers tend to behave irrationally due to lack of motivation and pressure from work he said The surgeon advocated recruitment of additional health personnel creation of enabling working environment and improved salaries to check the menace Health workers should know that they are serving humanity therefore respect matters and urged them to change their attitude towards patients Corroborating the stance Dr Ummu Hani Ja afar a medical doctor with Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital ATBU TH said that pressure was largely responsible for the perceived negligence on the part of health personnel She noted that shortage of qualified personnel negatively affected performances in health facilities across the country According to her health workers are professionals trained to deliver services to meet clients demands The ratio is worrisome as the work is overwhelming Some of the actions are cause by fatigue rather than deliberate she said She however blamed the situation to the lackadaisical attitude of clients to health workers culminating to a frosty relations Similarly Ms Elizabeth Carr Coordinator Journalist for Public Health and Development Initiative J4PD a non governmental organisation said that some health workers lack passion for the job Some of the health workers never wanted to study health courses their parents forced it on them in view of the lucrative nature of the profession Poor supervision mechanism lack of adherence to hierarchy and scheme of service contributed to issues around professionalism among health workers she said To address the menace Dr Kabir Ibrahim Executive Secretary Jigawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency JGPHCDA said the Agency had adopted proactive measures to promote good work ethics and ensure treatment of patients with respect and dignity The attitude of health workers is a major challenge in quality service delivery not only in Jigawa but in Nigeria and other African countries We are training health workers on the need to appreciate and support sick persons in accordance with ethics of the profession he said According to him the state has recorded significant improvement in the campaign to curb the menace and improve relationships Additionally Dr Mohammed Ghuzule Permanent Secretary Borno Ministry of Health said patients were being encouraged to report acts of negligence or misconduct by medical workers in the state He said the ministry had provided complaint boxes in healthcare facilities to facilitate prompt action to unprofessional conduct by personnel The official said the Directorate of Medical Services entertains complaint against doctors junior and middle cadre personnel and the Directorate of Laboratory Services for those who work in the laboratories While for nurses and pharmacists Directorates of Nursing Services and Pharmaceutical Services Moreso the Yobe Commissioner for Health Dr Lawan Gana restated government s commitment to enhance quality healthcare service delivery He said the ministry would not condone negligence and unprofessional conducts warning that erring personnel would be sanctioned Moreso Dr Solomon Bulus Chairman Nigeria Medical Association NMA in Adamawa expressed readiness of the association to protect the rights of patients in public and private health facilities across the state According to Bulus medical workers are expected to dedicate themselves to the care and wellbeing of their clients in line with ethics of the profession He said the association was sensitising its members on the imperative of protecting the interest of patients especially on confidentiality and effective service delivery Sometimes communication gap resulted to alleged negligence by health workers not minding the ratio he said This he said made it hard for patients to comprehend reasons behind delays in rendering services in clinics He therefore called for training and enforcement of guiding principles to promote good work ethics among medical practitioners For his part Mr Murtala Aliyu of the Department of Nursing Services Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe advocated communication and behavoural training for medical personnel to enhance service delivery towards achieving Universal Health Coverage UHC in the country NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Burnout, workload cause unethical behaviour among Nigerian health workers – Experts
     Experts in the health sector in the North East have identified burnout as major cause of unethical behaviour among health workers towards patients in the country The experts including health professionals academics activists and patients spoke while responding to a News Agency of Nigeria survey on unprofessional attitudes of health personnel in Bauchi Damaturu Dutse Gombe Maiduguri and Yola They defined burnout as the state of having no energy or enthusiasm because of working too hard Burnout is a state of emotional physical and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress It occurs when you feel overwhelmed emotionally drained and unable to meet constant demands NAN reports that alleged unethical behaviours by some medical workers in health facilities has been a source of concern to many across the country with some calling for strict penalties against such erring personnel The situation as encapsulated by some patients in Dutse Jigawa called for proactive measures to address towards enhancing access to quality healthcare service delivery at the grassroots Recounting her ordeal Zainab Tijjani a housewife blamed health workers for unfriendly attitude towards patients Tijjani said that she presented her baby for consultion at a health facility in the area where she experienced unpleasant and embarassing encounter with a doctor on duty The baby is having cough and I visited the clinic The doctor on duty inquired whether I delivered of the baby at the same facility And I answered in the negative I told him that it was in Kano He then said to me why don t you take the baby back to Kano and see the doctor there she lamented Tijjani however said that she reported the matter to the management of the hospital who promised to look into the complaint Another victim Ahmad Zailani blamed the workers for unruly behaviour towards their clients stressing that special training was imperative to rejig professional attitude among health workers in the state In Yobe some patients decried alleged misconduct by medical personnel at the State Specialist Hospital Damaturu Ms Zulai Bello and Falmata Muhammad accused medical personnel for alleged truancy and dereliction to duty Patients will leave house as early as 6 00 a m to enable them to see doctor on time but they doctors will not come until around 10 00 am They further alleged that some nurses at the facility harass patients without provocation However Dr Joshua Abubakar a lecturer Department of Community Medicine Gombe State University said unthical behaviour being exhibited by health workers could be linked to pressure frustration and lack of motivation in workplace He said the situation was compounded by manpower gaps bedeviling the sector thus exposing workers to operate against the World Health Organisation WHO standards In most cases the ratio is one doctor to 10 000 patients in the country this is as against the WHO standards of one doctor per 800 patients By the time a doctor attended between 50 and 60 patients in a day and at the end exhausted what do you expect Respect to clients is paramount to quality healthcare service delivery however health workers tend to behave irrationally due to lack of motivation and pressure from work he said The surgeon advocated recruitment of additional health personnel creation of enabling working environment and improved salaries to check the menace Health workers should know that they are serving humanity therefore respect matters and urged them to change their attitude towards patients Corroborating the stance Dr Ummu Hani Ja afar a medical doctor with Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital ATBU TH said that pressure was largely responsible for the perceived negligence on the part of health personnel She noted that shortage of qualified personnel negatively affected performances in health facilities across the country According to her health workers are professionals trained to deliver services to meet clients demands The ratio is worrisome as the work is overwhelming Some of the actions are cause by fatigue rather than deliberate she said She however blamed the situation to the lackadaisical attitude of clients to health workers culminating to a frosty relations Similarly Ms Elizabeth Carr Coordinator Journalist for Public Health and Development Initiative J4PD a non governmental organisation said that some health workers lack passion for the job Some of the health workers never wanted to study health courses their parents forced it on them in view of the lucrative nature of the profession Poor supervision mechanism lack of adherence to hierarchy and scheme of service contributed to issues around professionalism among health workers she said To address the menace Dr Kabir Ibrahim Executive Secretary Jigawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency JGPHCDA said the Agency had adopted proactive measures to promote good work ethics and ensure treatment of patients with respect and dignity The attitude of health workers is a major challenge in quality service delivery not only in Jigawa but in Nigeria and other African countries We are training health workers on the need to appreciate and support sick persons in accordance with ethics of the profession he said According to him the state has recorded significant improvement in the campaign to curb the menace and improve relationships Additionally Dr Mohammed Ghuzule Permanent Secretary Borno Ministry of Health said patients were being encouraged to report acts of negligence or misconduct by medical workers in the state He said the ministry had provided complaint boxes in healthcare facilities to facilitate prompt action to unprofessional conduct by personnel The official said the Directorate of Medical Services entertains complaint against doctors junior and middle cadre personnel and the Directorate of Laboratory Services for those who work in the laboratories While for nurses and pharmacists Directorates of Nursing Services and Pharmaceutical Services Moreso the Yobe Commissioner for Health Dr Lawan Gana restated government s commitment to enhance quality healthcare service delivery He said the ministry would not condone negligence and unprofessional conducts warning that erring personnel would be sanctioned Moreso Dr Solomon Bulus Chairman Nigeria Medical Association NMA in Adamawa expressed readiness of the association to protect the rights of patients in public and private health facilities across the state According to Bulus medical workers are expected to dedicate themselves to the care and wellbeing of their clients in line with ethics of the profession He said the association was sensitising its members on the imperative of protecting the interest of patients especially on confidentiality and effective service delivery Sometimes communication gap resulted to alleged negligence by health workers not minding the ratio he said This he said made it hard for patients to comprehend reasons behind delays in rendering services in clinics He therefore called for training and enforcement of guiding principles to promote good work ethics among medical practitioners For his part Mr Murtala Aliyu of the Department of Nursing Services Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe advocated communication and behavoural training for medical personnel to enhance service delivery towards achieving Universal Health Coverage UHC in the country NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Burnout, workload cause unethical behaviour among Nigerian health workers – Experts
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    Burnout, workload cause unethical behaviour among Nigerian health workers – Experts

    Experts in the health sector in the North-East have identified burnout as major cause of unethical behaviour among health workers towards patients in the country.

    The experts including health professionals, academics, activists and patients spoke while responding to a News Agency of Nigeria survey on unprofessional attitudes of health personnel in Bauchi, Damaturu, Dutse, Gombe, Maiduguri and Yola.They defined burnout as the state of having no energy or enthusiasm because of working too hard.

    “Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.  

    “It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands”.   

    NAN reports that alleged unethical behaviours by some medical workers in health facilities has been a source of concern to many across the country with some calling for strict penalties against such erring personnel. 

    The situation as encapsulated by some patients in Dutse, Jigawa, called for proactive measures to address towards enhancing access to quality healthcare service delivery at the grassroots.

    Recounting her ordeal, Zainab Tijjani, a housewife, blamed health workers for unfriendly attitude towards patients.

    Tijjani said that she presented her baby for consultion at a health facility in the area where she experienced unpleasant and embarassing encounter with a doctor on duty .

    “The baby is having cough, and I visited the clinic.

    “The doctor on duty inquired whether I delivered of the baby at the same facility.

    And I answered in the negative.

    “I told him that it was in Kano. He then said to me, why don’t you take the baby back to Kano and see the doctor there,” she lamented.

    Tijjani, however, said that she reported the matter to the management of the hospital who promised to look into the complaint.

    Another victim, Ahmad Zailani blamed the workers for unruly behaviour towards their clients, stressing that special training was imperative to rejig professional attitude among health workers in the state.

    In Yobe, some patients decried alleged misconduct by medical personnel at the State Specialist Hospital, Damaturu.

    Ms Zulai Bello and Falmata Muhammad, accused medical personnel for alleged truancy and dereliction to duty.

    “Patients will leave house as early as 6:00 a.

    m. to enable them to see doctor on time, but they (doctors) will not come until around 10:00 am”.

    They further alleged that some nurses at the facility harass patients without provocation.

    However, Dr Joshua Abubakar, a lecturer, Department of Community Medicine, Gombe State University, said unthical behaviour being exhibited by health workers could be linked to pressure, frustration and lack of motivation in workplace.

    He said the situation was compounded by manpower gaps bedeviling the sector, thus exposing workers to operate against the World Health Organisation (WHO) standards.

    “In most cases, the ratio is one doctor to 10,000 patients in the country, this is as against the WHO standards of one doctor per 800 patients. 

    “By the time a doctor attended between 50 and 60 patients in a day, and at the end exhausted, what do you expect?

    “Respect to clients is paramount to quality healthcare service delivery, however, health workers tend to behave irrationally due to lack of motivation and pressure from work,” he said.

    The surgeon advocated recruitment of additional health personnel, creation of enabling working environment and improved salaries to check the menace.

    “Health workers should know that they are serving humanity, therefore, respect matters,” and urged them to change their attitude towards patients.

    Corroborating the stance; Dr Ummu Hani-Ja’afar, a medical doctor with Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital (ATBU-TH), said that pressure was largely responsible for the perceived negligence on the part of health personnel.

    She noted that shortage of qualified personnel negatively affected performances in health facilities across the country.

    According to her, health workers are professionals trained to deliver services to meet clients’ demands.

    “The ratio is worrisome, as the work is overwhelming.

    “Some of the actions are cause by fatigue rather than deliberate,” she said.

    She, however, blamed the situation to the lackadaisical attitude of clients to health workers culminating to a frosty relations.

    Similarly; Ms Elizabeth Carr, Coordinator, Journalist for Public Health and Development Initiative (J4PD), a non-governmental organisation, said that some health workers lack passion for the job.

    “Some of the health workers never wanted to study health courses, their parents forced it on them in view of the lucrative nature of the profession.

    “Poor supervision mechanism, lack of adherence to hierarchy and scheme of service contributed to issues around professionalism among health workers,” she said.

    To address the menace; Dr Kabir Ibrahim, Executive Secretary, Jigawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (JGPHCDA), said the Agency had adopted proactive measures to promote good work ethics and ensure treatment of patients with respect and dignity.

    “The attitude of health workers is a major challenge in quality service delivery not only in Jigawa but in Nigeria and other African countries.

    “We are training health workers on the need to appreciate and support sick persons in accordance with ethics of the profession,” he said.

    According to him, the state has recorded significant improvement in the campaign to curb the menace and improve relationships.

    Additionally; Dr Mohammed Ghuzule, Permanent Secretary, Borno Ministry of Health, said patients were being encouraged to report acts of negligence or misconduct by medical workers in the state.

    He said the ministry had provided complaint boxes in healthcare facilities to facilitate prompt action to unprofessional conduct by personnel.

    .

    The official said the Directorate of Medical Services entertains complaint against doctors, junior and middle cadre personnel, and the Directorate of Laboratory Services for those who work in the laboratories.

    While for nurses and pharmacists, Directorates of Nursing Services and Pharmaceutical Services.

    Moreso; the Yobe Commissioner for Health, Dr Lawan Gana restated government’s commitment to enhance quality healthcare service delivery.

    He said the ministry would not condone negligence and unprofessional conducts, warning that erring personnel would be sanctioned.

    Moreso; Dr Solomon Bulus, Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Adamawa, expressed readiness of the association to protect the rights of patients in public and private health facilities across the state.

    According to Bulus, medical workers are expected to dedicate themselves to the care and wellbeing of their clients in line with ethics of the profession.

    He said the association was sensitising its members on the imperative of protecting the interest of patients, especially on confidentiality and effective service delivery.

    “Sometimes communication gap resulted to alleged negligence by health workers not minding the ratio,” he said.

    This, he said, made it hard for patients to comprehend reasons behind delays in rendering services in clinics.

    He, therefore, called for training and enforcement of guiding principles to promote good work ethics among medical practitioners.

    For his part; Mr Murtala Aliyu of the Department of Nursing Services, Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe, advocated communication and behavoural training for medical personnel to enhance service delivery towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the country.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Nigerian Medical Association NMA on Saturday ascribed its 5 1 victory over the Nigerian Union of Journalists NUJ in a novelty football match in Abuja to fitness of its players The Secretary NMA FCT Chapter Dr Michael Olarewaju a Gynaecologists said members had always involved in various sports ranging from football volleyball lawn tennis to basketball Olarewaju said this had made its members to keep fit all the time He said that the players usually trained every weekend on the pitch used for the match which made them to master the pitch Olarewaju said that the victory also came due to cheering of the players by ladies who were members of the healthy living committee of the association According to him the ladies teach the doctors how to live very healthy and carry out sporting activities He said that the captain of its team was also a member of the healthy living committee On the allegation by the NUJ that NMA played the game with mecenaries Olarewaju denied it saying that its players were all doctors I had earlier spoken with the representative of the NUJ Chairman Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche and I told him that we have different categories of doctors We only brought some young doctors to play the game everyone that played on this field today is a doctor there are some of them I know personally some of them are quite young intern Others are not quite young but let me tell you we train on this field virtually every weekend and that is number one number two our doctors keep fit I personally jog on this axis every day and on Saturdays I do it for two hours when I m into it playing with NUJ is a bragging right for us because we are used to sport At the NMA National game our team here came second simply because we had a fatigue before the end of that game he said Olarewaju said that not too long ago its team thrashed the Nigeria Bar Association NBA adding that sports was a regular thing for the association Also Dr Aliyu Abubakar Sadiq Registrar Department of Radiologist University of Abuja Teaching Hospital ABUTH who was starman of the match said that football was a passion for him He said that football had been in his vein right from his childhood Primary Secondary and up to the University level adding that he played for the school team at every level Sadiq told newsmen that he tried to keep fit any moment he had the opportunity saying that he usually played for the local team in Gwagwalada area where he lived I like to enjoy myself on the field of play that is the spirit behind my performance I put my strength into playing against the NUJ I play for the striker team of NMA Gwagwalada he said Mr Simeon Agada a player from the NUJ Correspondent Chapel appreciated NMA for organising the game saying it had added more strength to him He said that it had been long he played football Agada said that he played football very well before but had to stop due to age He thanked NMA for inviting NUJ to play with it adding that NUJ team was able to discover its lapses in the game Agada attributed the huge goals from NMA to lapses on the defensive line of NUJ adding that the defenders could not organise themselves very well Agada also blamed the mid fielders for the goals noting that they didn t coordinate themselves very well We lost a lot of chances I will want to advise our players to make use of these chances next time we play those chances could have been converted to goals if we made use of them Football is a game of chance and once you lose it your opponent takes advantage of that he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the football game brings to an end the 2022 NMA FCT celebration of Physicians Week NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Novelty Football Match: NMA ascribes 5-1 winning over NUJ to fitness of players
     The Nigerian Medical Association NMA on Saturday ascribed its 5 1 victory over the Nigerian Union of Journalists NUJ in a novelty football match in Abuja to fitness of its players The Secretary NMA FCT Chapter Dr Michael Olarewaju a Gynaecologists said members had always involved in various sports ranging from football volleyball lawn tennis to basketball Olarewaju said this had made its members to keep fit all the time He said that the players usually trained every weekend on the pitch used for the match which made them to master the pitch Olarewaju said that the victory also came due to cheering of the players by ladies who were members of the healthy living committee of the association According to him the ladies teach the doctors how to live very healthy and carry out sporting activities He said that the captain of its team was also a member of the healthy living committee On the allegation by the NUJ that NMA played the game with mecenaries Olarewaju denied it saying that its players were all doctors I had earlier spoken with the representative of the NUJ Chairman Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche and I told him that we have different categories of doctors We only brought some young doctors to play the game everyone that played on this field today is a doctor there are some of them I know personally some of them are quite young intern Others are not quite young but let me tell you we train on this field virtually every weekend and that is number one number two our doctors keep fit I personally jog on this axis every day and on Saturdays I do it for two hours when I m into it playing with NUJ is a bragging right for us because we are used to sport At the NMA National game our team here came second simply because we had a fatigue before the end of that game he said Olarewaju said that not too long ago its team thrashed the Nigeria Bar Association NBA adding that sports was a regular thing for the association Also Dr Aliyu Abubakar Sadiq Registrar Department of Radiologist University of Abuja Teaching Hospital ABUTH who was starman of the match said that football was a passion for him He said that football had been in his vein right from his childhood Primary Secondary and up to the University level adding that he played for the school team at every level Sadiq told newsmen that he tried to keep fit any moment he had the opportunity saying that he usually played for the local team in Gwagwalada area where he lived I like to enjoy myself on the field of play that is the spirit behind my performance I put my strength into playing against the NUJ I play for the striker team of NMA Gwagwalada he said Mr Simeon Agada a player from the NUJ Correspondent Chapel appreciated NMA for organising the game saying it had added more strength to him He said that it had been long he played football Agada said that he played football very well before but had to stop due to age He thanked NMA for inviting NUJ to play with it adding that NUJ team was able to discover its lapses in the game Agada attributed the huge goals from NMA to lapses on the defensive line of NUJ adding that the defenders could not organise themselves very well Agada also blamed the mid fielders for the goals noting that they didn t coordinate themselves very well We lost a lot of chances I will want to advise our players to make use of these chances next time we play those chances could have been converted to goals if we made use of them Football is a game of chance and once you lose it your opponent takes advantage of that he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the football game brings to an end the 2022 NMA FCT celebration of Physicians Week NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Novelty Football Match: NMA ascribes 5-1 winning over NUJ to fitness of players
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    Novelty Football Match: NMA ascribes 5-1 winning over NUJ to fitness of players

    The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), on Saturday ascribed its 5-1 victory over the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in a novelty football match in Abuja, to fitness of its players.

    The Secretary, NMA FCT Chapter, Dr Michael Olarewaju, a Gynaecologists, said members had always involved in various sports, ranging from football, volleyball, lawn tennis to basketball.

    Olarewaju said this had made its members to keep fit all the time.

    He said that the players usually trained every weekend on the pitch used for the match which made them to master the pitch.

    Olarewaju said that the victory also came due to cheering of the players by ladies who were members of the healthy living committee of the association.

    According to him, the ladies teach the doctors  how to live very healthy and  carry out sporting activities.

    He said that the captain of its team was also a member of the healthy living committee.

    On the allegation by the NUJ that NMA played the game with mecenaries, Olarewaju denied it, saying that its players were all doctors.

    “I had earlier spoken with the representative of the NUJ Chairman, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche, and I told him that we have different categories of doctors.

    “We only brought some young doctors to play the game, everyone that played on this field today is a doctor, there are some of them I know personally, some of them are quite young intern.

    “Others are not quite young, but let me tell you, we train on this field virtually every weekend and that is number one, number two, our doctors keep fit.

    “I personally jog on this axis every day and on Saturdays.

    I do it for two hours when I’m into it, playing with NUJ is a bragging right for us because we are used to sport.

    “At the NMA National game, our team here came second simply because we had a fatigue before the end of that game,” he said.

    Olarewaju said that not too long ago, its team  thrashed the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), adding that sports was a  regular thing for the association.

    Also, Dr Aliyu-Abubakar Sadiq, Registrar, Department of Radiologist, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), who was starman of the match, said that football was a passion for him.

    He said that football had been in his vein right from his childhood, Primary, Secondary and up to the University level, adding that he played for the school team at every level.

    Sadiq told newsmen that he tried to keep fit any moment he had the opportunity, saying that he usually played for the local team in Gwagwalada area where he lived.

    “I like to enjoy myself on the field of play, that is the spirit behind my performance.

    ” I put my strength into playing against the NUJ, I play for the striker team of NMA Gwagwalada,” he said.

    Mr Simeon Agada, a player from the NUJ Correspondent Chapel, appreciated  NMA for organising the game, saying it had added more strength to him.

    He said that it had been long he played football.

    Agada said that he played football very well before, but had to stop due to age.

    He thanked NMA for inviting NUJ to play with it, adding that NUJ team was able to discover its lapses in the game.

    Agada attributed the huge goals from NMA to lapses on the defensive line of NUJ, adding that the defenders could not organise themselves very well.

    Agada also blamed the mid fielders for the goals, noting that they didn’t coordinate themselves very well.

    “We lost a lot of chances, I will want to advise our players to make use of these chances next time we play, those chances could have been converted to goals if we made use of them.

    “Football is a game of chance and once you lose it, your opponent takes advantage of that,” he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the football game brings to an end the 2022 NMA-FCT celebration of Physicians’ Week
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  •  The Nigerian Medical Association NMA Zamfara Chapter on Saturday organised a one day dialogue with governorship candidates of political parties on health sector in the state The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the dialogue was part of the activities of 2022 Physicians Week in the state The event has the theme Health Care Delivery System and the 2023 Democratic Transition A time to Change the Narrative Only three candidates participated in the dialogue Alhaji Sagir Dansadau of the National Rescue Movement NRM Dr Ahmad Hashim of African Democratic Congress ADC and Dr Dauda Lawal of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP who was represented by Dr Aliyu Tsafe The state NMA Chairman Dr Sanusi Bello said the dialogue aimed to give opportunities to candidates of political parties in the state to inform people of the state their agenda for health sector Bello represented by the state Vice Chairman of the Association Dr Ibrahim Jibril said the event was organised considering the Democratic Transition ahead of 2023 general elections You know we the medical doctors and health sector in general have many challenges and those challenges can be solved with political will This is also aimed at addressing the worrisome issues in health care sector such as brain drain due to low pay and low motivation for health workers Other problems include issue of out of pockets expenditure to sponsor health care treatment for vulnerable groups and less privileged among others he added The moderator of the dialogue and former NMA Chairman in the state Dr Mannir Bature commended the governorship candidates for attending the event Bature described their responses as good steps in addressing the challenges facing health care sector in the state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: NMA organises dialogue for governorship candidates in Zamfara
     The Nigerian Medical Association NMA Zamfara Chapter on Saturday organised a one day dialogue with governorship candidates of political parties on health sector in the state The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the dialogue was part of the activities of 2022 Physicians Week in the state The event has the theme Health Care Delivery System and the 2023 Democratic Transition A time to Change the Narrative Only three candidates participated in the dialogue Alhaji Sagir Dansadau of the National Rescue Movement NRM Dr Ahmad Hashim of African Democratic Congress ADC and Dr Dauda Lawal of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP who was represented by Dr Aliyu Tsafe The state NMA Chairman Dr Sanusi Bello said the dialogue aimed to give opportunities to candidates of political parties in the state to inform people of the state their agenda for health sector Bello represented by the state Vice Chairman of the Association Dr Ibrahim Jibril said the event was organised considering the Democratic Transition ahead of 2023 general elections You know we the medical doctors and health sector in general have many challenges and those challenges can be solved with political will This is also aimed at addressing the worrisome issues in health care sector such as brain drain due to low pay and low motivation for health workers Other problems include issue of out of pockets expenditure to sponsor health care treatment for vulnerable groups and less privileged among others he added The moderator of the dialogue and former NMA Chairman in the state Dr Mannir Bature commended the governorship candidates for attending the event Bature described their responses as good steps in addressing the challenges facing health care sector in the state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: NMA organises dialogue for governorship candidates in Zamfara
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    2023: NMA organises dialogue for governorship candidates in Zamfara

    The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Zamfara Chapter, on Saturday organised a one day dialogue with governorship candidates of political parties on health sector in the state.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the dialogue was part of the activities of 2022 Physicians’ Week in the state.

    The event has the theme, “Health Care Delivery System and the 2023 Democratic Transition: A time to Change the Narrative.

    Only three candidates participated in the dialogue – Alhaji Sagir Dansadau of the National Rescue Movement (NRM), Dr Ahmad Hashim of African Democratic Congress (ADC) and Dr Dauda Lawal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who was represented by Dr Aliyu Tsafe.

    The state NMA Chairman, Dr Sanusi Bello, said the dialogue aimed to give opportunities to candidates of political parties in the state to inform people of the state their agenda for health sector.

    Bello, represented by the state Vice Chairman of the Association, Dr Ibrahim Jibril, said the event was organised, considering the Democratic Transition ahead of 2023 general elections.

    “You know, we the medical doctors and health sector in general, have many challenges and those challenges can be solved with political will.

    ”“This is also aimed at addressing the worrisome issues in health care sector such as brain drain due to low pay and low motivation for health workers.

    “Other problems include issue of out-of-pockets expenditure, to sponsor health care treatment for vulnerable groups and less privileged, among others,” he added.

    The moderator of the dialogue, and former NMA Chairman in the state, Dr Mannir Bature, commended the governorship candidates for attending the event.

    Bature described their responses as good steps in addressing the challenges facing health care sector in the state.


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  •  The Nigerian Medical Association NMA has appealed to the three tiers of government to sustain efforts at revitalising primary health care PHC system in the country Dr Benjamin Olowojebutu the Chairman NMA Lagos Zone made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Lagos Olowojebutu said that although progress had been made gaps in health coverage persist for those in the lowest income levels marginalised population and those in hard to reach areas He said that for quality of lives to improve the PHC system must move to incorporate people s needs and preferences into their service delivery especially in communities What has happened in Nigeria in the last few years is that we have changed the focus of healthcare to specialised care left the PHCs to disrupt operations at tertiary hospitals We must domesticate PHCs as a vital tool in community participation and also have a robust referral system that ensures PHCs does their own job the secondary and tertiary hospitals does theirs too We know that as a nation if the health indices decline productivity quality of lives and life expectancy would be impacted negatively he said Olowojebutu also said that ensuring access to primary health care would spur fast attainment of universal health coverage According to him adequate financing of the centres will ensure quality service delivery since the current PHC system does not adequately meet the needs of the vast population He advised citizens to intensify engagement with prospective leaders on plans and policies that would enhance the health sector as electioneering continues nationwide NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NMA seeks sustained efforts to revitalise PHCs
     The Nigerian Medical Association NMA has appealed to the three tiers of government to sustain efforts at revitalising primary health care PHC system in the country Dr Benjamin Olowojebutu the Chairman NMA Lagos Zone made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Lagos Olowojebutu said that although progress had been made gaps in health coverage persist for those in the lowest income levels marginalised population and those in hard to reach areas He said that for quality of lives to improve the PHC system must move to incorporate people s needs and preferences into their service delivery especially in communities What has happened in Nigeria in the last few years is that we have changed the focus of healthcare to specialised care left the PHCs to disrupt operations at tertiary hospitals We must domesticate PHCs as a vital tool in community participation and also have a robust referral system that ensures PHCs does their own job the secondary and tertiary hospitals does theirs too We know that as a nation if the health indices decline productivity quality of lives and life expectancy would be impacted negatively he said Olowojebutu also said that ensuring access to primary health care would spur fast attainment of universal health coverage According to him adequate financing of the centres will ensure quality service delivery since the current PHC system does not adequately meet the needs of the vast population He advised citizens to intensify engagement with prospective leaders on plans and policies that would enhance the health sector as electioneering continues nationwide NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NMA seeks sustained efforts to revitalise PHCs
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    NMA seeks sustained efforts to revitalise PHCs

    The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has appealed to the three tiers of government to sustain efforts at revitalising primary health care (PHC) system in the country.

    Dr Benjamin Olowojebutu, the Chairman, NMA Lagos Zone, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Lagos.

    Olowojebutu said that although progress had been made, gaps in health coverage persist for those in the lowest income levels, marginalised population and those in hard-to-reach areas.

    He said that for quality of lives to improve, the PHC system must move to incorporate people’s needs and preferences into their service delivery, especially in communities.

    ”What has happened in Nigeria in the last few years is that we have changed the focus of healthcare to specialised care, left the PHCs to disrupt operations at tertiary hospitals.

    ”We must domesticate PHCs as a vital tool in community participation and also have a robust referral system that ensures PHCs does their own job, the secondary and tertiary hospitals does theirs too.

    ”We know that as a nation, if the health indices decline, productivity, quality of lives and life expectancy would be impacted negatively,” he said.

    Olowojebutu also said that ensuring access to primary health care would spur fast attainment of universal health coverage.

    According to him, adequate financing of the centres will ensure quality service delivery, since the current PHC system does not adequately meet the needs of the vast population.

    He advised citizens to intensify engagement with prospective leaders on plans and policies that would enhance the health sector as electioneering continues nationwide.


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  •  The Imam of the National Hospital Mosque Abuja NHA Mr Jamilu Abdullahi has advised medical practitioners to perform their tasks with humility sincerity and dedication The Imam made the call at the Friday Jumaat Prayer as part of the activities lined up to celebrate the 2022 Nigerian Medical Association NMA physicians week He specifically called on the Muslim medical officers to uphold the tenet of Allah whom he said is a holy man with purification of character all through his reign Abdullahi told the Muslim medical officers that the practice of their profession should be different from others as the Muslim religion only accepted holiness and sacrifice The practicing of your profession must be different from others as Muslim medical practitioners this is because you believe in Allah you are expecting reward from Allah you are expected to be sincere You must follow the footsteps of Allah purify your intention especially on your duty let your work be in conformity with Allah You will get your reward on this earth if you are not sincere with your work but if you are sincere with it you will get on this earth and also get thereafter at the world beyond You were a Muslim first before you became a medical practitioner put your religion forward and with this you will always have the feeling of Allah in your work he stressed Imam also advised the practitioners to always put in their best in the revival of their patients and to humble themselves and allow Allah to praise and uplift them According to him nothing is hidden before Allah whether they do it right or not He also called on them to continue to engage themselves in knowledge searching through the reading of books and engage with their colleagues in knowledge sharing According to Abdullahi you must be humble no matter your level and you must not look down one any other of your colleagues Also Mr Khidir Alhassan one of the Imams NHA called on medical practitioners to remove rivalry within the profession adding that all sections of the profession must take themselves as one He also called on them to respect the superiority of others especially with their senior colleagues as leadership in the profession was part of doctrine of Allah Be humble with one another there is no remuneration that can commensurate with the service you are offering you must be humble as part of the process of life and for life to continue Allah give more prominence to life unity is important in the profession we must be united if we want success disharmony cannot bring any meaningful result within the medical profession Alhassan said In his goodwill message Dr Charles Ugwuanyi Chairman NMA FCT called on the medical practitioners to ensure efficient clinical services in the face of a new democratic dispensation Represented by Dr Abdullahi Jatau of the Federal Ministry of Health Ugwuanyi said that the medical community found it worthy to observed prayers for the medical profession and that was why the National Hospital Mosque was chosen for the prayer He called for prayers for the hospital and the country at large NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NMA Physicians Week: Muslim Cleric tasks medical practitioners on humility, sincerity in service
     The Imam of the National Hospital Mosque Abuja NHA Mr Jamilu Abdullahi has advised medical practitioners to perform their tasks with humility sincerity and dedication The Imam made the call at the Friday Jumaat Prayer as part of the activities lined up to celebrate the 2022 Nigerian Medical Association NMA physicians week He specifically called on the Muslim medical officers to uphold the tenet of Allah whom he said is a holy man with purification of character all through his reign Abdullahi told the Muslim medical officers that the practice of their profession should be different from others as the Muslim religion only accepted holiness and sacrifice The practicing of your profession must be different from others as Muslim medical practitioners this is because you believe in Allah you are expecting reward from Allah you are expected to be sincere You must follow the footsteps of Allah purify your intention especially on your duty let your work be in conformity with Allah You will get your reward on this earth if you are not sincere with your work but if you are sincere with it you will get on this earth and also get thereafter at the world beyond You were a Muslim first before you became a medical practitioner put your religion forward and with this you will always have the feeling of Allah in your work he stressed Imam also advised the practitioners to always put in their best in the revival of their patients and to humble themselves and allow Allah to praise and uplift them According to him nothing is hidden before Allah whether they do it right or not He also called on them to continue to engage themselves in knowledge searching through the reading of books and engage with their colleagues in knowledge sharing According to Abdullahi you must be humble no matter your level and you must not look down one any other of your colleagues Also Mr Khidir Alhassan one of the Imams NHA called on medical practitioners to remove rivalry within the profession adding that all sections of the profession must take themselves as one He also called on them to respect the superiority of others especially with their senior colleagues as leadership in the profession was part of doctrine of Allah Be humble with one another there is no remuneration that can commensurate with the service you are offering you must be humble as part of the process of life and for life to continue Allah give more prominence to life unity is important in the profession we must be united if we want success disharmony cannot bring any meaningful result within the medical profession Alhassan said In his goodwill message Dr Charles Ugwuanyi Chairman NMA FCT called on the medical practitioners to ensure efficient clinical services in the face of a new democratic dispensation Represented by Dr Abdullahi Jatau of the Federal Ministry of Health Ugwuanyi said that the medical community found it worthy to observed prayers for the medical profession and that was why the National Hospital Mosque was chosen for the prayer He called for prayers for the hospital and the country at large NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NMA Physicians Week: Muslim Cleric tasks medical practitioners on humility, sincerity in service
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    NMA Physicians Week: Muslim Cleric tasks medical practitioners on humility, sincerity in service

    The Imam of the National Hospital Mosque, Abuja (NHA), Mr Jamilu Abdullahi, has advised medical practitioners to perform their tasks with humility, sincerity and dedication.

    The Imam made the call at the Friday Jumaat Prayer, as part of the activities lined up to celebrate the 2022 Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) physicians week.

    He specifically called on the Muslim medical officers to uphold the tenet of Allah whom he said “is a holy man with purification of character all through his reign”.

    Abdullahi told the Muslim medical officers that the practice of their profession should be different from others as the Muslim religion only accepted holiness and sacrifice.

    “The practicing of your profession must be different from others as Muslim medical practitioners; this is because you believe in Allah, you are expecting reward from Allah, you are expected to be sincere.

    “You must follow the footsteps of Allah, purify your intention especially on your duty, let your work be in conformity with Allah.

    “You will get your reward on this earth if you are not sincere with your work, but if you are sincere with it, you will get on this earth and also get thereafter at the world beyond.

    “You were a Muslim first before you became a medical practitioner, put your religion forward and with this, you will always have the feeling of Allah in your work,’’ he stressed.

    Imam also advised the practitioners to always put in their best in the revival of their patients, and to humble themselves and allow Allah to praise and uplift them.

    According to him, nothing is hidden before Allah, whether they do it right or not.

    He also called on them to continue to engage themselves in knowledge searching through the reading of books, and engage with their colleagues in knowledge sharing.

    According to Abdullahi, you must be humble no matter your level, and you must not look down one any other of your colleagues.

    Also, Mr Khidir Alhassan, one of the Imams, NHA, called on medical practitioners to remove rivalry within the profession, adding that all sections of the profession must take themselves as one.

    He also called on them to respect the superiority of others, especially with their senior colleagues, as leadership in the profession was part of doctrine of Allah.

    “Be humble with one another, there is no remuneration that can commensurate with the service you are offering, you must be humble as part of the process of life and for life to continue.

    “Allah give more prominence to life, unity is important in the profession, we must be united if we want success, disharmony cannot bring any meaningful result within the medical profession,’’ Alhassan said.

    In his goodwill message, Dr Charles Ugwuanyi, Chairman, NMA-FCT, called on the medical practitioners to ensure efficient clinical services in the face of a new democratic dispensation.

    Represented by Dr Abdullahi Jatau of the Federal Ministry of Health, Ugwuanyi said that the medical community found it worthy to observed prayers for the medical profession and that was why the National Hospital Mosque was chosen for the prayer He called for prayers for the hospital and the country at large.


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  •  The Nigerian Medical Association NMA in Niger has offered free surgical intervention and medical services to no fewer than340 indigents at Busu community of Lavun Local Government Area of Niger Speaking shortly after the medical and surgical outreach on Saturday at Busu Dr Mohammed Yusuf Chairman of NMA in Niger who is also a staff at the Federal Medical Centre FMC Bida explained that 282 patients benefitted from the free medical consultations He disclosed that 16 patients had general surgeries while 42 patients had obstetric scanning This is our physicians week it is time to give back to the society and part of of it is that we want to see how we can render free medical services Healthcare delivery in Nigeria is not something that only government can do and healthcare financing out of pocket is the one that people are used to You pay from your pocket and to reduce that out of pocket health care financing that is why we come out render such free medical services to our people Dr Yusuf said According to him the medical interventions to the people of Busu community and its environs is an annual event where members of the association reach out to the indigent as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility to the masses He said that the association is doing its best annually to see how it can help indigent people with health challenges Yusuf also pointed out that Busu community is an agrarian community with many aged citizens He noted that some of the common health challenges observed included hypertension diabetes malaria fever and hernia He listed some of the surgical procedures that were performed to include surgeries for hernia lipoma and hydrocele among others He advised people to always make out time for medical evaluation adding that early detection of ailment could save lives Yusuf advised the government to partner more with the association so as to reach as many communities as possible and assist them in their various health challenges In his remarks a relative of one of the old patient who received surgical intervention commended the medical doctors for their humanitarian gestures and for saving his son s life Also speaking Hajiya Fatima Idris Busu and Alhaji Usman Mohammed Somaji commended the medical practitioners for sacrificing their time out of their tight scheduled to come and offer them free medical services They said that the gesture was timely considering the present economic hardship being face by the people and prayed to God to always be the association s strength and guide it in the discharge of its duties and responsibilities nannewsngr com NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NMA offers free surgery to 340 indigents in Niger
     The Nigerian Medical Association NMA in Niger has offered free surgical intervention and medical services to no fewer than340 indigents at Busu community of Lavun Local Government Area of Niger Speaking shortly after the medical and surgical outreach on Saturday at Busu Dr Mohammed Yusuf Chairman of NMA in Niger who is also a staff at the Federal Medical Centre FMC Bida explained that 282 patients benefitted from the free medical consultations He disclosed that 16 patients had general surgeries while 42 patients had obstetric scanning This is our physicians week it is time to give back to the society and part of of it is that we want to see how we can render free medical services Healthcare delivery in Nigeria is not something that only government can do and healthcare financing out of pocket is the one that people are used to You pay from your pocket and to reduce that out of pocket health care financing that is why we come out render such free medical services to our people Dr Yusuf said According to him the medical interventions to the people of Busu community and its environs is an annual event where members of the association reach out to the indigent as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility to the masses He said that the association is doing its best annually to see how it can help indigent people with health challenges Yusuf also pointed out that Busu community is an agrarian community with many aged citizens He noted that some of the common health challenges observed included hypertension diabetes malaria fever and hernia He listed some of the surgical procedures that were performed to include surgeries for hernia lipoma and hydrocele among others He advised people to always make out time for medical evaluation adding that early detection of ailment could save lives Yusuf advised the government to partner more with the association so as to reach as many communities as possible and assist them in their various health challenges In his remarks a relative of one of the old patient who received surgical intervention commended the medical doctors for their humanitarian gestures and for saving his son s life Also speaking Hajiya Fatima Idris Busu and Alhaji Usman Mohammed Somaji commended the medical practitioners for sacrificing their time out of their tight scheduled to come and offer them free medical services They said that the gesture was timely considering the present economic hardship being face by the people and prayed to God to always be the association s strength and guide it in the discharge of its duties and responsibilities nannewsngr com NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NMA offers free surgery to 340 indigents in Niger
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    NMA offers free surgery to 340 indigents in Niger

    The Nigerian Medical Association  (NMA) in Niger has offered free surgical intervention and medical services to no fewer than340 indigents at Busu community of Lavun Local Government Area of Niger.

    Speaking shortly after the medical and surgical outreach on Saturday at Busu, Dr Mohammed Yusuf, Chairman of NMA in Niger who is also a staff at the Federal Medical Centre, (FMC), Bida, explained that 282 patients benefitted from the free medical consultations.

    He disclosed that 16 patients had general surgeries, while 42 patients had obstetric scanning.

    “This is our physicians week, it is time to give back to the society and part of of it is that we want to see how we can render free medical services.

    “Healthcare delivery in Nigeria is not something that only government can do and healthcare financing out of pocket is the one that people are used to.

    “You pay from your pocket and to reduce that out of pocket health care financing that is why we come out render such free medical services to our people,” Dr Yusuf said.

    According to him, the medical interventions to the people of Busu community and its environs is an annual event where members of the association reach out to the indigent as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility to the masses.

    He said that the association “is doing its best annually to see how it can help indigent people with health challenges’’.

    Yusuf also pointed out that Busu community is an agrarian community with many aged citizens.

    He noted that some of the common health challenges observed included hypertension, diabetes, malaria fever and hernia.

    He listed some of the surgical procedures that were performed to include surgeries for hernia, lipoma and hydrocele among others.

    He advised people to always make out time for medical evaluation, adding that early detection of ailment could save lives.

    Yusuf advised the government to partner more with the association so as to reach as many communities as possible and assist them in their various health challenges.

    In his remarks, a relative of one of the old patient who received surgical intervention, commended the medical doctors for their humanitarian gestures and for saving his son’s life.

    Also speaking, Hajiya Fatima Idris-Busu and Alhaji Usman Mohammed-Somaji, commended the medical practitioners for sacrificing their time out of their tight scheduled to come and offer them free medical services.

    They said that the gesture was timely considering the present economic hardship being face by the people and prayed to God to always be the association’s strength and guide it in the discharge of its duties and responsibilities.

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  •  The Nigerian Medical association NMA Zamfara chapter on Friday donated food and non food items to Gusau remand home Speaking during the presentation of the items the state NMA Chairman Dr Sanusi Bello said the donation was part of activities to mark the 2022 Physicians Week The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the week is Health Care Delivery System and 2023 Democratic Transition The Time to Change the Narrative Represented by the Vice Chairman Dr Ibrahim Jibril the chairman said the NMA is marking the 62 Physicians Week all over the country He added that this is part of our annual activities where we offer charity to vulnerable groups in the society We came to this facility to visit our children remanded for minor offences According to him the relief materials comprise rice palm oil toiletries cosmetics among others Responding while receiving the items the Permanent Secretary Ministry for Social Welfare and Community Development Dr Habibu Yelwa commended the association for the visit and the donation describing it as a welcome development Yelwa said Zamfara Government appreciates this visit I am happy to tell you that Gov Bello Matawalle is aware of this visit This is the first time workers association is visiting this home We are hoping to see more of this visit from stakeholders to complement government s efforts in changing the lives of these children The immediate past NMA Chairman in the state Dr Mannir Bature called on the inmates to take their studies seriously NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NMA donates relief materials to remand home in Zamfara
     The Nigerian Medical association NMA Zamfara chapter on Friday donated food and non food items to Gusau remand home Speaking during the presentation of the items the state NMA Chairman Dr Sanusi Bello said the donation was part of activities to mark the 2022 Physicians Week The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the week is Health Care Delivery System and 2023 Democratic Transition The Time to Change the Narrative Represented by the Vice Chairman Dr Ibrahim Jibril the chairman said the NMA is marking the 62 Physicians Week all over the country He added that this is part of our annual activities where we offer charity to vulnerable groups in the society We came to this facility to visit our children remanded for minor offences According to him the relief materials comprise rice palm oil toiletries cosmetics among others Responding while receiving the items the Permanent Secretary Ministry for Social Welfare and Community Development Dr Habibu Yelwa commended the association for the visit and the donation describing it as a welcome development Yelwa said Zamfara Government appreciates this visit I am happy to tell you that Gov Bello Matawalle is aware of this visit This is the first time workers association is visiting this home We are hoping to see more of this visit from stakeholders to complement government s efforts in changing the lives of these children The immediate past NMA Chairman in the state Dr Mannir Bature called on the inmates to take their studies seriously NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NMA donates relief materials to remand home in Zamfara
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    NMA donates relief materials to remand home in Zamfara

    The Nigerian Medical association (NMA), Zamfara chapter, on Friday, donated food and non food items to Gusau remand home.

    Speaking during the presentation of the items, the state NMA Chairman, Dr Sanusi Bello, said the donation was part of activities to mark the 2022 Physicians’ Week.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the week is “Health Care Delivery System and 2023 Democratic Transition, The Time to Change the Narrative.

    ”Represented by the Vice Chairman, Dr Ibrahim Jibril, the chairman said the NMA is marking the 62 Physicians’ Week all over the country.

    He added that “this is part of our annual activities where we offer charity to vulnerable groups in the society.

    “We came to this facility to visit our children, remanded for minor offences.

    ” According to him, the relief materials comprise rice, palm oil, toiletries, cosmetics, among others.

    Responding while receiving the items, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Social Welfare and Community Development, Dr Habibu Yelwa, commended the association for the visit and the donation, describing it as a welcome development.

    Yelwa said “Zamfara Government appreciates this visit; I am happy to tell you that Gov. Bello Matawalle is aware of this visit.

    “This is the first time workers’ association is visiting this home.

    “We are hoping to see more of this visit from stakeholders to complement government’s efforts in changing the lives of these children.

    ”The immediate past NMA Chairman in the state, Dr Mannir Bature, called on the inmates to take their studies seriously.


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