A 33-year-old man, Sunday Saleh, whose wife has spent two months in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), on Monday appealed for financial help from well meaning individuals and organisations to continue with her treatment.
The wife, Mary Saleh, is suffering from post-natal complications since Aug. 9, when she delivered a baby boy through a caesarean section.
Saleh, a gardener at a private house in Benin, said he had spent over N500,000 since his wife’s Blood Pressure (BP) shot up after the surgical operation, landing her in the ICU of the tertiary hospital.
“When she delivered a baby boy on Aug. 9, through operation, her BP shoot up and was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit because she was having breathing difficulty and since then, she has been in coma and on oxygen.
“I have spent all the money I have; I have been selling my property to make sure my wife come out alive and also take care of the baby’s feeding.
“I have spent over N500,000 so far including the baby delivery and feeding.
The money I am still owing now is over N600,000 and my wife is still on oxygen at the ICU.
I am also taking care of the little baby,” he said.
Saleh, who had a boy earlier, said things were becoming more difficult for him since the mother of two was battling with her life at the hospital.
“I am calling on government, well meaning Nigerians, corporate organisations to help me because I don’t have money now and I am exhausted financially.
The hospital has really been very helpful,” said the gardener.
He noted, however, that some good Samaritans had donated some money for him to buy baby food for the new born and some drugs for his wife so that her treatment can continue.
“Now, I really need help because to feed is very difficult for me and the money for ICU is much.
“They may stop giving her treatment now as I don’t have the money to buy drugs and I am also owing over N600,000,” he said.
The Prime Minister, Rev. The Hon Robinah Nabbanja, has assured Members of Parliament that the planned regional cancer treatment centers will be operational by FY 2025/2026, as per the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) plan.
Nabbanja responded to a question posed during Prime Minister's time during the plenary session chaired by Vice President Thomas Tayebwa, on Thursday 22nd September 2022.
Kumi District MP H.E. Christine Apolot called on the Prime Minister to brief the House on the government's commitment to establish regional cancer centres.
Nabbanja, also Leader of Government Affairs, said the Northern Uganda Regional Cancer Center in Gulu district is nearing completion and the site is expected to be handed over by the end of the year.
AUDIO: Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja “Equipment has been dispatched and is on site, awaiting installation.
The regional center project in Gulu was approved by Parliament in 2020,” she said.
She added that feasibility studies have been completed for the Eastern and Western Uganda regional cancer centers in Mbale and Mbarara districts, respectively.
She said that the concepts of both projects were presented to the development committee of the Ministry of Finance.
“In the meantime, the UCI has started working on the start-up structures in Mbale to have a basic service while waiting for a comprehensive project to accommodate all cancer services,” said Nabbanja.
She added that meanwhile, Mbarara has a very active cancer care service second only to the Kampala service with over 3,000 patients seen in the last financial year.
“This has been achieved using the infrastructure, equipment and human resources available,” she said.
Nabbanja added that in northwestern Uganda, basic cancer prevention and early detection services have been established in Arua district with available infrastructure and equipment, while ICU awaits funding for the project.
The ICU's plan is to establish regional cancer centers in eastern, northern, western and northwestern Uganda to address the growing burden of cancer and decongest the Uganda Cancer Institute located in the Mulago National Referral Hospital.
The management of University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Oyo State, on Saturday declared that Dr Omololu Olunloyo, a former Governor of Oyo State, is still alive, contrary to some online media reports.
Some online media had on Saturday reported the death of the former governor.
The Public Relations Officer of UCH, Mr Toye Akinrinlola, told NAN that Olulonyo, 87, “is very much alive and he is in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital”.
Akinrinlola said that as at 11.00 a.m on Saturday, his condition remained stable, assuring Nigerians that he is being given the best care.
Meanwhile, the family of the former governor, responding to the purported death of Olulonyo, urged Nigerians to pray for the quick recovery of the former governor.
The family, in an unsigned statement said: “We appreciate the public for the interest shown in the wellbeing of our father, Chief (Dr) Victor Omololu Sowemimo Olunloyo (a.k.a VOSO).
“In the tradition of the Olunloyo family of Ibadanland and based on the principles of integrity, inclusion and openness upon which our revered father, VOSO has always stood, we would like to inform the Nigerian public that we would greatly appreciate your prayers for our father, who is presently in the ICU at UCH Ibadan.
“As a public figure, we believe that his condition should not be hidden from the Nigerian public who have a right to know about their leaders.
“Please accept our most sincere thanks for your all concern and goodwill.
May God Almighty bless you all and our dear country Nigeria.”
The Coca Cola company and its partner, Medshare, in collaboration with Federal Government, on Friday donated equipment worth N3 billion to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano under the Safe Birth Initiative (SBI).The equipment and supplies were formally unveiled and handed over at a special event held at the Hospital in Kano.At the handover ceremony, the Managing Director of Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, Alfred Olajide, said the initiative was aimed at improving maternal outcomes and reducing child mortality incidents.“The Safe Birth Initiative is a part of the company’s wellbeing Programme, to support the efforts of the government in reducing the alarming numbers of women and newborns who die from birth-related issues,” he explained.Olajide restated Coca Cola’s commitment to upholding the health and well-being of women as pillars of the society.Nwamaka Onyemelukwe, Director Public Affairs and Sustainability, said that through the SBI, the company wanted to support the untiring efforts of hard-working doctors, midwives and nurses.She said the health workers battled against great odds in public hospitals to manage life-threatening complications affecting mothers and the newborn.”The issue of maternal mortality is very important to us. Globally, Coca-Cola has a commitment to women whom we consider pillars of the society and also pillars of our business in Africa, where they have always played a dominant role in our vast distribution and retail network,” she said.She said the equipment donated included anaesthetic machines, baby Incubators, ICU beds, Ultrasound and Auto Clev, among others.Onyemelukwe added that company, with it’s partner had trained over 20,000 women and youths across the state on series of transformative skills and knowledge programmes.The company also presented certificates to biomedical engineers trained by the company in collaboration with Medshare International USA.Prof. Auwal Gajida, the Chairman Medical Advisory Council of the hospital, who pledged judicious use of the items, commended the company for the gesture.He said that the gesture would go a long way in improving maternal outcomes and reducing child mortality incidents.“I commend and thank the management of Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited for these very wonderful initiative aimed at strengthening our capacity to address the issue of maternal and newborn mortality in Nigeria. “We are here today, receiving loads of medical equipment worth $720,000,” Gajida added.Alhaji Ado Kurawa, District Head of Tarauni who represented the Emir of Kano, commended the companies for their efforts in reducing child mortality incidents.He urged other companies and corporate organizations to emulate coca-cola.
Intensive care patients in Lesotho will soon be spared a trip to South Africa for treatment. The country is about to open its first intensive care units in public hospitals.
At Mafeteng Hospital in southwestern Lesotho, an eight-bed intensive care unit will be on a ventilator with tubed-in oxygen and can accommodate a dedicated wing for COVID-19 patients. There is also an oxygen plant on site. The plant and oxygen supply are configured to reduce the cost of oxygen by up to 50%.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has been training the doctors and nurses who will operate the new unit, which was financed by the World Bank. Five officials from the Ministry of Health, two doctors and three nurses, have been receiving training in admission criteria, oxygen therapy, high-flow therapy, invasive mechanical ventilation, non-invasive mechanical ventilation, medication management, and management of critical and severe COVID cases. -19. They will become WHO-certified trainers themselves as the intensive care unit project expands.
"The training is theoretical and practical, using the material available in the hospital," said Dr. Raúl González Rodríguez, one of the trainers of the Case Management team of the WHO Regional Office for Africa.
Mafeteng Hospital Medical Officer Dr. Senate Mathaha said the new unit would ease the burden of care for trauma, diabetes, obstetric complications, HIV-related complications and now COVID-19.
“Caring for ICU patients requires a lot of special skills in addition to dedication and meticulous attention to detail,” he said, mentioning among them inserting a central line, intubation and operating machines like infusion pumps and fans.
“Hopefully, after all ICU needs have been met and there has been ongoing training for staff, we will be able to care for critical patients,” he added.
At the Berea Hospital, in the north of the country, the nurse and midwife, Sello Ramakanate, highlighted the improvements that a new intensive care unit will bring for the treatment of traumatic brain injuries, which are common in the area.
“Due to the mountainous terrain and the use of donkeys and horses as means of transportation, the incidence of traumatic brain injuries is high. With limited access to health facilities, there is a relatively high occurrence of maternal and child emergencies with some ending as deaths due to a lack of critical care skills for obstetric patients,” he said. “Alcohol use and violence are also rife in Lesotho, particularly in areas where emergency care is limited and there is no capacity for intensive care. Life-threatening blood loss, head injuries and other conditions are common, with some patients dying due to the lack of an intensive care unit.”
More ICU beds planned in Lesotho
Dr. Francis Mupeta, WHO Lesotho COVID-19 case management consultant, noted that more ICU beds are needed as the country relied on South Africa for treatment in some cases.
“Critical patients would be evacuated to South Africa. I think the arrival of COVID-19 and the lockdowns when South Africa was overwhelmed by critically ill patients exposed the weaknesses in Lesotho's healthcare. This ICU project is a step in the right direction to ensure attention is paid to intensive care,” he said.
Dr. Mupeta said the ICU project began as the Lesotho government began to address the issues of increasing capacity to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients and reducing COVID-19 mortality. A nationwide assessment, including the level of ICU capacity, identified only ten beds in private facilities, which was prohibitively expensive for most of the population.
The project aims to increase intensive care unit beds to 36, located in various hospitals across the country, adding five to 10 beds per year.
Dr. Pheello Ishmael Mobe, a general practitioner at Berea Hospital and a trainee in this program, said further skill development would be needed for the journey ahead.
“The more training we receive, the better we will be in intensive care. Through the experience of this training, when the ICU opens, we will be able to do mechanical ventilation. I hope that over time our skills will improve to care for critically ill patients. Ultimately, Lesotho will benefit when the country is able to train more of its own specialists,” she said.
Dr. Richard Banda, WHO Representative in Lesotho, said that COVID-19 has highlighted the gap in the treatment of severe forms of the different diseases.
“ICUs are not just about COVID-19. The ICU is about the severity of the disease. All diseases can develop into serious forms, and a universal health system should take this into account. We will continue to work with our partners to close those gaps for a more equitable health system,” she said.
International College of Surgeons (ICS) has identified Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the health industry as an evidence-based solution to ameliorate the effect of global pandemic.Dr Ibrahim Wada, Medical Director, Nisa Premier Hospital and Nisa groups, said this at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the International College of Surgeons, Nigeria Section, while delivering the 14th Eruchalu Memorial Lecture on Monday in Abuja.In his paper, tagged “The role of Public Private Partnership Value-Chains in Improving Healthcare Services in Nigeria during COVID-19 pandemic,” Wada described the pressure brought by COVID-19 on health system globally as enormous.Wada explained that the PPP arrangements secured the needed cold chains and rapid movement of goods and services to the required places.The partnership, according to him, helped in ameliorating the rapid growth of the pandemic as well as reduction in mortality rates.The theme of the conference is “Global COVID-19 Pandemic: Effects on Safe Surgical Services, Training and Research”.Wada said that through PPP arrangements and collaboration of all and sundry, the nation was able to mitigate the disruptions caused by the pandemic in the system.He identified the disruptions and inadequacies in the country’s health system due to the pandemic to include disruptions at the level of patients, hospital services, supply chains and availability of manufactured goods.Wada defined PPP as a cooperative venture between the public and private sectors, built on the expertise of each partner that best meets clearly-defined needs through the appropriate allocation of resources, risks and rewards.“In the healthcare provider environment, it became rapidly apparent that there were acute shortages of isolation wards and intensive care facilities.“Evidence of PPP which is collaboration emerged quickly whereby philanthropic organisations put up isolation centres and provided Intensive Care Unit (ICU) spaces in support of government efforts to contain the pandemic.“The government provided the lands, policies and license while the private organisations provided funds, buildings, personnel, training and equipment,” he noted.Wada further said that the private sector supported government hospitals to be able to float ICU facilities with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), facemask, ventilators and volunteer personnel.Wada, who decried the dearth of testing centres in the wake of the pandemic, said the gap resulted in several days of delays to obtain test results, referral and individual apathy.According to him, this gap was also closed through PPP as private testing centres were licensed by the government to complement what it had and this eased testing delays and allowed for quicker diagnosis.“There is no doubt that the licensing of private labs, working in collaboration with government committees, the NCDC and Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, eased the delays in obtaining results and improved treatment outcome for patients.“Also on vaccines production, foreign manufactured vaccines were obtained through COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access, a worldwide initiative aimed at equitable access to vaccines.“This was directed by GAVI vaccine alliance, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and WHO alongside key delivery partner UNICEF”.He added “the critical collaboration aided the unprecedented large-scale distribution of the vaccines among others,” he said.Wada, who frowned at the death of 20 Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) members due to patients affected by the pandemic, blamed the number on inadequate testing and screening.According to him, had the public-private cooperation in the management of the pandemic started early enough, perhaps more lives would have been saved.He, however, called for local production of vaccines as well as medical implements and consumables like PPE, medication and hand gloves.Wada emphasised “this can be best achieved if the government enters into PPP arrangements with relevant manufacturers as quickly as possible.” (
The Police Command in Ekiti say they are investigating a bloody clash between two rival political parties in a part of the State on Saturday.
Spokesman for the Command, DSP Sunday Abutu, made this known in Ado-Ekiti, while reacting to the clash, which ensued between supporters of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and Social Democratic Party (SDP) at Itaji-Ekiti, Oye Local Government Area of the State.
Abutu said investigation to unravel what actually transpired, and the number of casualties, as well as the possible arrest of culprits had already commenced, while normalcy returned to the area.
“But on the killing of a person, we are yet to get that confirmation. As soon as that is done, I will update the press,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that one person was alleged to have died during the attack, with several others wounded, and now battling for life.
Local sources said the victim was among three persons, also allegedly shot at the scene, when the supporters of the SDP governorship candidate, Mr Segun Oni, and that of APC, Mr Biodun Oyebanji, allegedly engaged themselves in a gun duel.
Apart from the alleged casualty, the two persons who were shot during the violent act are said to be receiving treatment at the Intensive Care Unit of the Ekiti University Teaching Hospital, (EKSUTH), Ado-Ekiti.
But speaking while confirming the encounter and killing, APC State Publicity Secretary, Mr Segun Dipe, and the Director, Media and Publicity, Biodun Oyebanji Campaign Organisation, Chief Taiwo Olatunbosun, said those affected were allegedly shot by SDP political thugs, who swooped on a faulty campaign vehicle, belonging to APC candidate in Itaji-Ekiti.
The duo claimed that the thugs, besides shooting the dead member in the chest, also allegedly rained bullets on a vehicle belonging to the Special Adviser on Road Infrastructures to the Governor, Mr Rufus Adunmo.
The APC spokesperson, Segun Dipe, particularly called on the police and other security agencies, to arrest the perpetrators for peace to reign in Ekiti before and during the poll.
“We were attacked, but we will not be daunted. We refused to be provoked. The hands of the law will catch up with whoever was the mastermind. We will not allow them to derail what is happening in Ekiti.
“The peace of Ekiti should not be tampered with. We now see the people opposed to peace in Ekiti, who have been creating mayhem in Ekiti.
“As I speak with you, we are at the Ekiti State Teaching Hospital. The dead member had been deposited in the morgue, while the two injured are at the ICU section of the facility. This is not the kind of election our people deserve,” he said.
However countering the position of the ruling APC, the Director of Media and Publicity of Segun Oni Campaign Organisation, Mr Jackson Adebayo, said the APC should be held responsible for what happened.
“We were at the palace at Itaji-Ekiti where Segun Oni was meeting with the traditional rulers of Oye Local Government Area, while some people were outside the palace. Suddenly we saw about five buses fully loaded with political thugs associated with the APC.
“They started shooting sporadically. We initially thought they were shooting to scare us away, people were running helter skelter without knowing that they really were targeting our members to kill.
“They were also trying to force their way to where Segun Oni was may be in an attempt to assassinate him. That was when they were repelled by security agencies who came to the rescue.
“But unfortunately, one of the thugs missed his vehicle, because he fell down. We interrogated him and he said they were agents of APC. They left, we learnt one of them died later, but I would not know how,” Adebayo said.
Kenya is seeking international partnerships as it seeks to solidify its foothold as a regional center of excellence for health.
Speaking during a meeting with the Brazilian ambassador to Kenya, Silvio Albuquerque, who had paid him a courtesy visit in his office, the cabinet secretary for health, Mutahi Kagwe, said that Kenya has improved its capacity in the last ten years to through increased investment in the health sector. “Perhaps we have done more in ten years than we have done since independence. The Coronavirus pandemic that hit the world nearly two years ago has resulted in even more investments, especially in terms of ICU beds and Oxygen,” observed the Health CS.
He said that Kenya remains ready to partner with Brazil in the framework of the Kenya-Brazil Joint Commission for Cooperation in areas such as public health laboratories, diagnostic regulation, cancer management and universal health coverage. “What we need from Brazil is to understand how UHC works and to understand how the financing model works. We reverted to a health insurance system to ensure that every individual is covered. Those who can pay do, while those who can't are paid by the government." He added Kagwe.
Speaking during the meeting, the Brazilian Ambassador said that the two countries have much to learn from each other's experiences as they move to the next level of bilateral cooperation. “I foresee a large area of cooperation between our two countries in the health sector. We should focus on public institutions, especially on cancer prevention and treatment. The Rio de Janeiro cancer institute would be a perfect point of reference.” Said the ambassador from Albuquerque.
Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) and Kisumu County Referral Hospital in Kenya are engaged in discussions with Brazil's Barretos and Detronix cancer hospital on areas of cooperation in education and training, cancer patient care, resource mobilization , cancer support infrastructure, prosthesis production, cervical cancer equipment, wellness facilities, as well as transfer of knowledge and experience.
Czech companies Linet, TSE, SMT and MZ Liberec provided medical equipment for modern neonatal and delivery ICU roomsADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, January 27, 2022/APO Group/ --
In January 2022, the first part of the Czech “tied financial donation” for Ethiopia was installed at the Abebech Gobena Hospital in Addis Ababa. Czech companies Linet, TSE, SMT and MZ Liberec provided medical equipment for modern neonatal and delivery ICU rooms. Representatives of MZ Liberec carried out the installation and training of hospital staff.
Named after the founder and director of one of the oldest Ethiopian orphanages, also known as Mother Teresa of Africa, Abebech Gobena Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in the Ethiopian capital and focuses on the care of maternal and child health. The hospital was established after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic to strengthen the capacities of the Ethiopian health system. The provision of headboards, delivery beds, children's beds, baby radiator heaters, transport baby incubators and electrocoagulators as part of the official Czech development aid was very well received by the hospital staff and by representatives of the Ministry of Health. from Ethiopia, who appreciated the high quality of the products provided.
The second part of the "tied financial donation" comprising medical gas generating units will be installed in Ethiopia in the coming months.
Dr Ayodapo Soyinka, Medical Director, Alimosho General Hospital, Igando, Lagos State, has reasserted his commitment to evolving culture of excellence to scale up quality and prompt service delivery to patients.Soyinka stated this during the end of the 2021 party organised for members of staff on Friday.He said:” My vision is to make Alimosho General hospital a world class hospital where all services in the various sub-specialisations in medical practice are on offer to our patients.“A situation where patients can access quality service delivery promptly and safely.“We are already introducing new services, training our staff, a world class 100 bedded casualty building has reached 80 percentage completion and the construction of a standard diagnostic centre has also started.“The government has also promised us an ICU centre and a mortuary centre and with these and other things coming up, Alimosho Hospital will be self independent”.According to him, the hospital is also evolving in status, adding that is gradually becoming a para-teaching hospital.“Presently, we have a nursing school and a medical school college within the hospital, making it a para-teaching hospital in the state,” he said.The medical director commended members of staff of the hospital for their commitment and contributions in moving the hospital forward.“The essence of this end of the year party today is to unwind and come together to celebrate ourselves for all our effort in 2021.“2021 was a very challenging year for everyone but we are grateful to be alive, party and merry together and it is a good way to start the year and prepare us ahead of our tasks this year,” he said.The best staff in each department in the hospital were giving award for their outstanding service in 2021