The Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Abuja has decried the rate at which the resident doctors have left the service, saying it has an adverse effect on the generality of healthcare delivery in the country.
The Chairman, Board of Management of the hospital, Dr Alex Ideh, made the disclosure when he led a delegation on a courtesy visit to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, on Friday in Abuja.
Ideh said the situation among other challenges faced by the hospital made them to seek government’s intervention through the SGF’s office.
He listed other major equipment needed by the centre to includes Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), fire truck, solid waste truck and liquid waste truck.
“Today, we have completed building to house the Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine.
“That equipment is a very expensive equipment, but its benefits to the generality of Nigerians cannot be overemphasis.
We have completed everything about its building, but we do not have the machine, we therefore, thought it wise to bring this to your attention.
“It is not an easy thing even if you want to put it in the budget, because of the constraint of the budget envelope that is usually given from the ministry to all the parastatals under them, it is difficult for it to be accommodated in our budget.
“We thought we should tell you about this to get some special intervention fund, so that we can have the machine at the medical centre.
” On doctors’ brain drain, Ideh sought the urgent need for the government to address the issue as the country was losing doctors to other nations of the world.
“We also want to use this opportunity to talk about issue that has been affecting the generality of healthcare delivery in the country and this is the issue of brain drain.
“This is a very serious matter.
In our last employment exercise, we employed about 70 residents doctors in January, 25 of them have left the service and they all gone to Canada, Saudi Arabia and others.
“The same percentage applied to nurses and lab technicians, pharmacists, so this is a big challenge and we felt that we should come and table before you to liaise with relevant authorities so that the can be a way for the replacement of the doctors.
” Responding, Mustapha commended the team and the Chief Medical Director of the centre, Prof. Saad Ahmed, for their concern in medical service delivery and their efforts in different medical exercises they have conducted at the centre.
” I was just looking at some of the clips you sent to me sometimes ago, it is loaded to the fact that FMC Abuja is doing well in major surgery which is quite commendable, it means that so much is going on at the medical centre.
” Citing the COVID-19 pandemic as an example, the SGF said equipping hospitals in the country should be of major concern to the government to protect the country against future medical challenges.
“I have said it and I will continue to say it that the COVID-19 pandemic came with challenges but it also provided opportunities for us to re-engineer the entire medical services and infrastructure in this country, ” he said.
Mustapha, however, assured the medical team to deliver its request to the appropriate authorities for considerable action.
A Clinical Pathologist, Dr Wale Olusanya, has advocated the establishment of more laboratories, equipped with modern and effective cancer diagnostic equipment to check incidences of cancer in the country.
Olusanya, who is the Centre Manager of Bola Tinubu Health and Diagnostic Centre (BTHDC), made the call in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos.
He said that data from the Global Cancer Observatory shows that cancer is a major health challenge in the country, causing an estimated 78,899 deaths in 2020 and about 124,815 new cases diagnosed yearly.
He, however, added that more laboratory screening tests with appropriate devices could offer reliable results for prompt diagnoses, which could save lives and reduce patient’s hospitalisation.
The pathologist said accurate data from cancer screening could assist doctors to detect malignant cells before they spread to other parts of the body.
According to him, tests can reveal significant abnormalities in different body organs and help in monitoring the progression of cancerous cells for proper management.
He explained that a combination of imaging tests such as CT scan, Ultrasound and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) would assist in the early detection of tumors, inflammation and other signs of cancer, especially in patients that are at a high risk.
He said “cancer treatment is more effective in the early stages.
This is the reason why we need to bridge the gap in screening by establishing more laboratories that have modern equipment.
“We have the expertise and relevant diagnostic tools that use modern technology in screening.
This aligns with our mission of enhancing patient care and safety.
“Our partnership with the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) has helped doctors to detect latent cancers at an early stage.
“This helps them in properly managing the disease and preventing it from spreading to other parts of the body.
“For cancer survivors, these screening procedures help in identifying untreated cells and reoccurrences.
” Olusanya also said that the BTHDC was planning more partnerships to support hospitals in the treatment of cancer.
He added that to provide continued support to patients, BTHDC had been working with stakeholders to understand the challenges in cancer diagnosis.
The collaboration would assist to meet the needs of providing accurate data that would aid diagnosis and treatment for better outcomes.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the BTHDC is a public-private partnership project between LASUTH and the PPC Healthcare, a leading innovative healthcare solutions provider.
Nigerian gospel singer Timothy Godfrey (a.
k.a Tim Godfrey), has expressed gratitude to God for healing him from near paralysis after years of pains.
The singer took to his Instagram page in a video clip to express how grateful he was to God for the great miracle.
“I was admitted at a hospital after getting hellish pains on my back and arms,” he said.
Godfrey said he was told by scientists that his bones were 20 years older than his age, causing him to go for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
“They told me also that my bones showed I was over 60-years-old, while I am in my 40s; this is coupled with a shift in my spinal cord disc,” he said.
The gospel singer said this made him go for a through treatment and intensive prayers, expressing gratitude to God for healing him.
“I was always in pain.
Sometimes I will hold my hand to my face and cry so badly.
They told me that I had overstretched my body and a lot of other evil reports.
“But as the song says when there is a chance for evil, God turns it for good.
I went home after some treatments and intensive prayers believing that I am healed and it is so.
“Right now I’m really grateful to God for the gift of healing.
I imagine the plan of the enemy was that I’ll be paralysed but God turned it around.
“To you reading this, God is turning that situation around for your good.
No matter the report of the enemy concerning your life, the report of the lord says – he’s turning everything in your favour,” he said.
Godfrey is a talented Nigerian gospel musician, who started his music career at an early age in 2004. He is also a music director, conference speaker, voice instructor, producer, instrumentalist, presenter, music and art training consultant.
He is also a musical concert clinician and writer.
The singer grew into one of the biggest gospel music stars in Africa.
He is known for his song ‘Nara’ in collaboration with Travis Greene, a record he founded.
Godfrey is equally the manager and founder of a gospel band called “Tim Godfrey and the Xtreme”, a Christian musical group.
A professor of Radiology, Abiodun Adeyinka, has urged the Federal Government and private sector to invest in ‘Interventional Radiology’ to boost modern medicine practices in Nigeria.
Adeyinka, a consultant radiologist, College of Medicine, UCH, Ibadan, made the at the 2022 faculty day celebration by the Faculty of Radiology, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, on Monday, in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the programme is: “Role of Interventional Radiology In Modern Medicine In Nigeria”.
He described interventional radiology as a sub-specialty in radiology that performs various minimally-invasive procedures that diagnose, treat and cure many kind of conditions using medical imaging guidance such as X-rays, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or ultrasound.
Adeyinka,the key speaker at event, said that interventional radiology had not replaced surgery but provided a less invasive way of doing some surgical procedures that would had kept patient in the hospital for about three to four weeks.
According to him, with the interventional radiology the surgical procedure is done on a daily basis and achieves the same result as surgery and the patient leaves the hospital within some hours.
He said that interventional radiology remained the best medical offer a patient could get because “it is an advancement in the medical practice.
” “Instead of an open surgical operation, the interventional radiology can be used to give a permanent cure to fibroids, cancer and cardiac conditions.
“It can be used to stop the supply of blood to fibroid tumor in women and once the tumor no longer gets blood, it shrinks and dies.
“But where we are having problems is in the area of equipment; the materials and equipment used in interventional radiology are quite expensive.
“That’s why we need government as well as private sector to come in and provide or subsidise the cost of some of the equipment,” he said.
Adeyinka, therefore, urged government to make it easier for the equipment to be imported into the country by reducing or totally removing the excessive tariffs placed on them at the ports.
“There are some of our partners abroad that want to donate some of the equipment to Nigeria but due to high tariffs, they are stocked there at the port.
“There are just about 19 centres in Nigeria that have interventional radiology.
Even if government can’t provide the equipment, at least it can create the enabling environment for the equipment to easily enter the country,” Adeyinka said.
The Faculty Chairperson, Prof. Rachel Akinola, identified consumables and manpower as major challenges that limit the adoption and practice of interventional radiology in Nigeria.
Akinola, also a consultant radiologist, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), said there were limited number of trained professionals to handle interventional radiology in Nigeria.
In her speech of welcome, Akinola, also lamented that the few available trained professionals were leaving the country to practice abroad.
She, therefore, called on the government to intensify efforts not only to train professionals on interventional radiology, but to retain the already trained doctors and medical professionals.
Another consultant radiologist, Dr Caleb Yakubu, said the essence of the programme was to sensitise and educate the general populace on the relevance of radiology in medical operations.
Yakubu, also the Coordinator, One-Stop-Breast Clinic, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), said the objective was to educate the public on ways to benefit from the modern medical advancements that were evolving.
He emphasised the need for women to go for cancer screening with the aid of mammography machines.
Yakubu added that government ensure provision of the machines in states and federal hospitals across the country.
“The key to effective management of cancer is early detection.
And eight out of every 10 Nigerian women has breast cancer.
And the type of breast cancer they have is very aggressive and they are presented late.
“So, let government provide mammography machines in all government hospitals and make them readily available, accessible and affordable so that Nigeria women can easily be screened for cancer,” he said.
A retired consultant radiologist, Prof. Gbadebo Olusegun, urged the Federal Government to do everything possible to stop the increasing brain drain and medical tourism among the Nigerian citizens.
According to him, setting up functional and equipped interventional radiology centres with trained professionals will help to curb medical tourism and brain drain in the country.
“Unfortunately, hard times are here, where we are confronted with massive brain drain of medical professionals and unimaginable foreign exchange bastardisation.
“If people can get in Nigeria the same quality of healthcare they seek abroad, they will have no reason to travel to another country.
“This will also conserve foreign exchange and save capital flight,” Olusegun said.
Football Kings of West Coast Football Kings of West Coast By Chukwuemeka Opara, News Agency of Nigeria Nigerian soccer fans direly needed succour when the Super Eagles, bungled a veritable opportunity to appear in its seventh World Cup final in Qatar.
The Eagles disastrously drew 1-1 with the Black Stars of Ghana in Abuja on March 29, in one of the African playoffs for the November, 2022 mundial.
The team had drawn 0-0 with the Ghanians four days earlier in Kumasi thereby eliminated on the infamous away goals rule.
The fans were aghast, with those inside the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja, going berserk.
They destroyed stadium facilities and anger was palpable across the nation.
After darkness comes light, as the old adage goes.
But there seemed to be no light at the end of this tunnel.
The distraught fans needed succour.
The Eagles next engagements were two international friendlies against World Cup bound Mexico and Ecuador in the United States of America in May and AFCON 2023 qualifiers against Sierra Leone and Sao Tome in June. There were however two sub-regional youth competitions in between: The West African Football Union (WAFU) Zone B, U-17 and U-20 championships.
In this two competitions to be hosted in Niamey, Niger Republic and Cape Coast, Ghana respectively, the two finalists would qualify for the African U-20 and U-17 championships in 2023. These were competitions of lesser magnitude, but to an average Nigerian football fan, every victory mattered.
The question sprouted: Would the Flying Eagles and Golden Eaglets be ready?
The apprehension was somewhat confirmed.
The Flying Eagles only resumed camping with barely three weeks to the competition in May. Coach Ladan Bosso hurriedly invited players to camp.
He lamented the shortness of the preparatory period, but vowed to present a team which would spring surprises.
Coach Nduka Ugbade, also lamented, but made the same promise on the Golden Eaglets.
To the average Nigeria fan, the preparatory period was too short for both teams to make impact.
The interest waned.
The Flying Eagles however, kicked off the competition in Niamey with a 2-0 spanking of defending champions Ghana on May 8. The team drew 2-2 with Burkina Faso to qualify for the semi-finals, where it beat an enterprising Ivorian team 2-1 to qualify for the final.
This final qualification also earned it a berth at the African U-20 championships in Egypt in 2023. The team outclassed Benin Republic 3-1 in the final to win the competition.
The triumph took many fans by surprise.
Joy was restored even if on a minute scale.
The wish was for the Golden Eaglets to follow suit in June. The joy could perhaps be restored in full.
The Eaglets fortunately took the cue and took the WAFU Zone B, U-17 competition by storm.
The team on June 11, whitewashed hosts Ghana 4-2. It defeated Togo 3-1 to qualify for the semifinal where it humbled Cote d’ Ivoire 3-1. The team sensationally beat a stubborn Burkina Faso 2-1 in the final to win the competition.
Thus, the new kings of the West African sub region football had emerged.
The News Agency of Nigeria sought the views of football fans in Ebonyi on both teams and steps to be taken by relevant authorities to ensure that the kingship extends to the African continent and perhaps, the world.
Chaka Nweze, Pioneer Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi congratulated the Golden Eaglets for the feat, noting that they duly followed the footsteps of their immediate seniors, the Flying Eagles.
Nweze, also former Chairman of Ohaozara Local Goverment Area of the state, said the victories of both teams showed that the astute ‘can do’ spirit of Nigerians always stand them out among their peers.
Nweze said both teams showed astuteness in their resolve to win the competitions right from the preparations.
“I watched the Flying Eagles training in Abuja before the competition.
Despite the short period of preparation, they showed tenacity to succeed.
One could see aggression, commitment and efficacy in their approach.
“They dismembered teams they played in their trial matches.
The team continued from where it stopped at the competition proper and beat all opponents to emerge champions,” he said.
The soccer enthusiast said that the Golden Eaglets had a similar experience that was even more precarious.
Bosso had the luxury of picking more established players for the Flying Eagles, but Ugbade had the challenge of raising a team from a pool of rookies who are in schools and academies.
“Ugbade who captained the Eaglets to win the inaugural FIFA Kodak U-16 World Cup in 1985, also contended with the initial setback of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Most of his first team players reportedly failed the MRI scan and he had to raise a formidable team within such a short period,” he said.
The former Super Eagles fullback still raised a team which tore opponents to tatters in the trial matches and in the regional championship in Ghana, Nweze noted.
He advised coaches of both teams to sustain such domineering posture when they compete at the CAF and world championships.
Brendan Okafor, a football historian, also commended both teams for their splendid performances at the sub regional competitions and urged them to follow the steps of their predecessors who reigned in the continent and in the world.
Okafor recalled that the national youth teams which dominated the sub region in respective competitions in the past, also did so in continental and world competitions.
“The Flying Eagles that won bronze at the World Youth Championship in 1985 were the best in the sub region and won the African Youth Championship.
“The competition was then contested on a home and away basis.
The 1989 set to the competition also won the African championship then called the ‘Tessema Cup’ and gallantly lost to Portugal in the final of the World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia.
“The 2005 set also conquered Africa en route another silver medal win at the World Youth Championship in Holland.
“The Golden Eaglets squad that took the world by storm and won the inaugural FIFA U-16 World Cup in China in 1985 were the best in Africa.
So also were the squads which also conquered the world in Japan 1993, South Korea 2007, United Arab Emirates 2013 and Chile 2015,” he said.
Okafor advised that just as the above mentioned successful teams, the coaches should retain the bulk of the players who ruled the sub region.
“We floundered in the past when teams were disbanded or their blending arrangements distorted before major competitions.
“The Flying Eagles and Golden Eaglets coaches must had noticed areas of weakness and should strengthen the affected departments in their teams.
They must ensure that the players who would be drafted to fortify the teams are better than the ones they are replacing.
“There should be no place for quota system in the set-ups.
The best players, no matter their geo-political inclinations should be selected.
Undue interferences from political and related interests should be jettisoned,” he said.
Martin Agunanne, former Rangers International Feeders team player, praised the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) for appointing experienced and competent coaches for both national teams.
“Coach Ladan Bosso had garnered enough experience to assemble a formidable team.
Having failed with the Flying Eagles in 2007 and 2020, Bosso knew that this might be his last opportunity to impress as a national team handler.
“He quickly set to work with the present team and with less than three weeks to the competition in Niger Republic, produced a team that oozed talents from all departments.
“Nduka Ugbade follows in the same streak.
He was an assistant to Manu Garba when the Eaglets conquered the world in 2013. “He subsequently moved with Garba yet as assistant to the Flying Eagles in 2015. It is instructive to note that Emmanuel Amuneke who was also an assistant to Garba in 2013, went on to defend the title as the Eaglets head coach in 2015,” he said.
Agunanne advised both coaches to monitor the players who ensured victories for their teams.
“The period between these periods of conquests and the continental championships in 2023 is far and the players if not monitored, might derail.
“The players’ progress at their various clubs should be monitored to ensure that they stay fit and focused because the opposition at the continental championships would be tougher.
“The coaches should be in steady contact with the various clubs where these players ply their trades to ensure they are ready to conquer Africa and the world.
“The coaches should also use this free period to scout for players to fortify areas of deficiency and not to distort the laid down team building process,” he said.
Mrs Jane Ofoke, a teacher and football enthusiast, called for prayers and adequate support for both teams as they represent the hope of happiness.
“Between the World Cup qualification ouster and the recent floundering of the Super Falcons in the recently concluded African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Morocco, football fans had been disillusioned over our teams’ performances.
“Successes in the African U-20 and U-17 championships in 2023 will bring joy to Nigerians and keep the country in good stead of credible performances at both world championships.
The players need prayers to maintain their current form and be free from injuries.
“The NFF and the sports ministry should adequately motivate the players and officials.
A situation where the Golden Eaglets were reportedly rewarded with N40, 000 for their conquest in Ghana is appalling.
It will not motivate the players.
“The only motivating factor to them will be to excel at the competitions, to secure lucrative deals either at home or abroad.
“The coaches of both teams should be sent to refresher courses abroad to gain more exposure and be in tune with modern dynamics of the game.
Redundancy will definitely affect their abilities to compete at the continental and world levels,” he said.
Unarguably, with motivation, the two teams will maintain their lead as the Football Kings of the West Coast.
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The Federal Government on Sunday says it has put in place all mechanism to monitor and curb the outbreak of monkey pox causing anxiety around the world.
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said this at the inauguartion of projects executed by Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto.
Ehanire said the government is monitoring the outbreak and making effort to enlighten the public on the disease and how to prevent its spread.
He said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was committed to improve the quality of healthcare delivery in the country.
“This is a commitment to meet the highest standard found elsewhere in the world, as not everyone has the desire or means to travel abroad for treatment.
“As such, I call on doctors, nurses and care providers to bear this in mind and commit to the stated objective of excellence in service delivery to our people.
“Government has provided you the tools we today bear witness to,” he said.
The minister added that this administration has since inception in 2015, made a point of investing in the health sector through budgetary provision and special intervention projects.
“The Brachytherapy Centre constructed at this facility as an additional treatment centre for cancer, is one such projects to be commissioned today.
“In 2021, the Federal Executive Council also granted approval for the construction, procurement and installation of a linear accelerator and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine for this hospital.
“These modern medical equipment will improve diagnostics and management of cancer, neurosurgery and orthopaedics cases,” he added.
Ehanire disclosed that the government was in the process of providing oxygen plants across the nation, to improve management of critically ill patients requiring oxygen therapy.
He called on every Nigerian yet to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to avail themselves of the vaccination to support the 70 per cent ratio needed for herd immunity and healthier society.
While assuring the commitment of the government to resolve grievances of health sector, the minister urged health professionals to support the growth of health system by putting aside acrimony.
He congratulated the management of Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital for achieving so much in their tenure, while commending Sokoto State government for their support to the hospital.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State lauded the federal government for its commitment toward addressing brain-drain in the health sector of the country.
Tambuwal, represented by Dr Ali Inname, the state Commissioner for Health, said the brain-drain in the health sector was making the state to lose many of its health personnel.
Earlier, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Anas Sabir, highlighted some of the hospital’s challenges, including inadequate manpower, electricity and aging facilities.
Projects inaugurated by the minister included the newly established Nuclear medicine department, Brachytherapy Centre, Cardiothoracic Centre and upgraded Intensive Care Unit.
Also inaugurated was the Multipurpose Centre, female students hostel, female medical ward, molecular laboratory, renovated Trauma Centre, and Accident and Emergency Department, among others.
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi called on the federal government on Thursday to take over the state government-owned King David University Teaching Hospital for Medical Sciences in Uburu.
Umahi made the appeal in Uburu, Ohaozara Local Government Area, of the state during President Muhammadu Buhari's inauguration of the hospital as part of his two-day official visit to the state.
The governor said the request was made necessary because the scope of the hospital was beyond the management of any one state.
“Earlier I had pleaded with the president to approve the inauguration and he said we should go celebrate and we have been celebrating ever since.
"It's good that the president is inaugurating the building and I'm tempted to call it the Federal Teaching Hospital," he said.
He also said that the hospital would go a long way in solving the country's medical tourism challenges as it has the best facilities obtainable anywhere in the world.
"The hospital has a cardiac surgery department, the best Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines, among other first-rate facilities," he said.
Umahi thanked Buhari for his assistance in building King David University of Medical Sciences, which he described as a Center of Excellence.
“The building is three years old and was built with direct labor.
“Any work done on the project was executed by our people and we are happy to witness its completion,” he said.
He said the twin flyover that runs past the university was built at a cost of N2 billion and was 700 meters long.
"The dual highway that also passes through the university connects Mpu in Enugu," he said.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that Buhari, inaugurating the projects, praised the governor for ensuring they were of high quality.
“I am not an engineer of any discipline but I can see the quality with my eyes.
"I am very impressed with this performance and the project seems durable," said Buhari.
The Federal Executive Council, FEC, has approved three contracts for the procurement of equipment for cancer management at the Federal Medical Centre, Kastina and Usman Dan Fodiyo University, Sokoto.
Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, briefed State House correspondents after a virtual FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said, “FEC today considered three memos from the ministry of health—all of them were in respect of procurement.
“First was a memo from Federal Medical Centre, Kastina, for an Oncology and Radiotherapy Centre to be able to handle cancer cases.
“The projected award was to a company for N1.23 billion with a completion period of 42 weeks.’’
Mr Ehanire said that the project would be executed by a Nigerian company.
According to him, the second and third memos are for re-equipping UDUS which is one of Nigeria’s Centres of Excellence for managing cancer.
“Their equipment is old and broken down; the most important is the leading accelerator which is going to be replaced and the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine which will also be replaced.
“The MRI machine at the cost of N440.4 million from the budget appropriation to replace the old dysfunctional one and the linear accelerator at 887.6 million from the Special Intervention Fund,’’ he said.
Mr Danjuma Adamu, the Taraba Commissioner for Information and Reorientation on Thursday said Gov. Darius Ishaku was committed to completing all ongoing projects in the state before the end of his tenure.
Adamu said this at a monthly interactive session with newsmen in Jalingo.
He said that the projects would be completed in spite of persistent fall in the state’s revenue.
The commissioner said that Taraba Government had made remarkable headway in the provision of health and other services and would continue to explore every opportunity to bring development to the people.
Adamu noted that insecurity had been a major factor militating against development in the state.
He said that through conscious efforts and collaboration with security agencies, normalcy had returned to most of the troubled areas.
According to him, some of the displaced persons are already returning to their homes.
He said that as part of efforts to reposition the health sector, the state government had procured four Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for the general hospitals in Takum, Wukari, Bambur and Gembu.
Adamu said that work on installation of solar power roof farms to sustain the machines was ongoing at all the locations.
“Gentlemen, I want to inform you that His Excellency Darius Ishaku is firmly committed to the timely completion of all ongoing projects he started before the end of his tenure in spite of the dwindling resources as occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
“The governor has not left anyone in doubt about his commitment to take the state to greater heights.
“As we speak, some of the affected people have returned to their homes in Chonku and Assa Chiefdoms.
“Work is progressing steadily in the all-important dualisation of the 18 km Jauro-Yinu to Panti-Napu City Gate,” he said.
Edited By: Adeleye Ajayi
Hoodlums have invaded Kogi Central Medical Store, looted and vandalised medical equipment and consumables worth billions of Naira.
Dr Saka Audu, the State Commissioner for Health, disclosed this at a press conference on Wednesday, after he led a team from the ministry and the media to inspect the burgled medical store located along Zone 8, Lokoja.
Audu expressed shock over the unfortunate development, saying it would be very difficult for the state to recover from it.
He said that the state did not have the capacity to recover what had been carted away or vandalised in a short period without adequate external intervention and support.
”With a heavy heart I am obliged to make public a very sad development, the kind of which I have never witnessed in my whole life.
”The Kogi State Central Medical Store was burgled and equipment worth billions of naira were stolen.
”Those equipment that couldn’t be stolen like the walk in refrigerator for immunisation, components of Scan machines were vandalised beyond repair, while others were moved from the store and broken into pieces in nearby bushes.
”The situation is indeed worrisome, and should be a cause for concern to all Kogites as it sets us back many paces in our efforts to provide quality healthcare to all.
””It is also beyond my comprehension as the items in our store bear no semblance to food items which could be of benefit to these heartless invaders. The impact of this dastardly act will linger for a long time,” he said.
The commissioner said that the state was currently quantifying the extent of damage and would eventually make public the list of stolen items and cost implications.
He said that the state had lost the entire content of the medical store, saying not even office equipment or ordinary immunisation cards were spared.
According to him, medical equipment such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Computed Tomography machines, Digital Mammography, Digital Radiography, consumables, drugs, office furniture, air conditioners, solar power unit, fans, among others were either looted or vandalised.
”The implication of this is that the Drug Supply Chain and cold chain for routine immunisation will be disrupted; we will not be able to carry out routine immunisation for the good people of Kogi State.
”This is one of the saddest moments in my entire tenure as the commissioner for health, as I keep picturing a gloomy and uncertain aftermath for the Kogi State Health Sector.
”I am heartbroken and we are at a loss on how to come out of this predicament.
”A store that successive State Government Administrations and Health Development Partners have invested billions of naira to equip was emptied in a matter of hours is heart wrecking,”Audu said.
He appealed to the federal government, development partners, donor agencies and well meaning Nigerians to assist the State Government in that regard.
Also speaking, Dr Abubakar Yakubu, the Executive Director, Kogi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (KSPHCDA), noted that 20 tonnes capacity Cold Room recently built for vaccines by the agency was completely vandalised.
He said that the cold room which was fully sponsored by the state government to be commissioned soon was destroyed, and that its 100KVA inverter and 36 solar batteries carted away.
Edited By: Benson Iziama and Abdullahi Yusuf