The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Kwara chapter, has advised doctors to always go for regular medical check-up to ascertain the status of their health.The Chairman of Kwara NMA, Dr Abdulkadir Ahmed, gave the advice on Friday in Ilorin, during medical check-up for doctors, as part of activities to mark the 2022 Physicians’ Week.Ahmed observed that most doctors were busy in the clinics trying to save lives, adding that members hardly remember to check their health status.He said “we felt that as an association, we should look at how we care for members, which is the paramount agenda of this administration.“We are going to make sure that our members are healthy and they are fit to do their job and take care of their families too.”The Kwara NMA chairman explained further that two days had been set aside to enable members to get screened to know their health status.According to him, part of the activities marking the physician’s week also include engaging with young doctors and mentoring them generally, as well as medical practice and future plans for the profession.Dr Mariam Abdulbaqi, the Vice-Chairman of the Kwara NMA, explained the importance of the week, adding that it is a week-long event designed to celebrate members and review their contributions to the society.She added that “as we all know, there is brain drain in the country; doctors are being overworked, and they hardly have time for themselves.“We have recorded a few deaths among doctors due to treatable and preventable diseases.“The NMA has realized that members spent a lot of time managing other people without actually looking after themselves.”Abdulbaqi observed that for the first time, some doctors discovered that they have elevated blood glucose levels, while others found that their blood pressure was high.“You would not be surprised that when you ask a lot of doctors the last time they checked their blood pressure, they would tell you they could not even remember.“We are happy that we incorporated health fitness checks in our activities because we realize that we need to take our health very seriously.”NewsSourceCredit: NAN
Dr Ibrahim Wada, Chief Executive Officer , Nisa Medical Group, Abuja, has urged young doctors to contribute their quotas to the development of the medical profession in Nigeria.
Wada made the call at a talk show organised by the Nigerian Medical Association Young Doctor Forum (NMA-FCT YDF) on Thursday in Abuja.
He advised them to be patient as Nigeria still remains the best place to be.
Wada said that in spite of the challenges confronting the medical profession, they must remain in the country to contribute their quota to change the narrative.
“My advice for the young doctors, I know we are facing difficult times in the profession and many of you are thinking of what to do “I have gone out and come back and served the country in different capacities medically.
“I can tell you that North, East, South, and West, the best home is still your country, your home is the best, there can be opportunities to train abroad.
“As for the challenges the medical profession is facing, I see hope especially now that health insurance is being made to work.
“What has saved the Western world where we are running to is that everybody chips in to make things work through health insurance.
Dr Bioku Muftau, the Deputy Head of Clinical Services, Research and Training, Federal Medical Centre, Abuja, advised the doctors to be patient with the situation of things with the medical profession.
He said that young doctors are the future leaders of the medical profession and urged them to live up to their responsibilities.
“We must continue to be one, we need to liaise and discuss with the government especially on the challenges the profession is facing now,he said.
He urged the governments at all levels to improve on the working conditions of the doctors, adding that there are more Nigerian’s doctors abroad.
Dr Charles Ugwuanyi, Chairman, NMA-FCT, reminded the young doctors that they are in the formative stage of their lives, adding that the experiences they gather now would shape their future.
He said that if they remained in the profession with passion and service to humanity, it would build them and guide them through their career.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the association also carried out medical and surgical outreaches at the Dutse Alhaji Comprehensive health centre.
The outreaches featured medical consultations, minor surgeries, giving out reading glasses, breast cancer screening among others .
NAN also reports that both events were part of the activities to mark the 2022 NMA Physicians’ Week, an event celebrated annually to recognise the sacrificial works of Physicians and to give them prominence.
No fewer than 500 persons benefitted from the one-day free medical outreach organised by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Anambra chapter.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the outreach, which was part of activities to mark the 2022 NMA Physicians’ Week and Scientific Conference, was held at Alor in Idemili South Local Government Area. The NMA Physicians’ Week is an annual event during which the sacrificial works of Physicians are given prominence and doctors are celebrated.
The event is celebrated concurrently in all states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and has “Nigeria’s Health Care Delivery System and the 2023 Democratic Transition: A Time to Change the Narrative.
” Dr Jane Ezeonu, the Chairman of NMA in Anambra, said the free medical outreach was done in collaboration with Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN).
Ezeonu said that the outreach was NMA’s unique way of giving back to society through increasing access to healthcare.
She added that the medical team comprise 27 medical doctors, including consultants in various specialties, eight nurses and medical students.
She pointed out that more than 500 patients, including men, women and children, were offered free consultation, laboratory investigation and medication.
She said “over 200 women were screened for breast and cervical cancer, while patients with abnormal findings and results were linked to relevant healthcare facilities for follow up.
“Remember, we had earlier visited the Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) Camp in Umuleri which is hosting victims of flood disaster in Anambra West for free medical consultation and donation of relief materials.
” The NMA boss said that the Anambra branch of the association is calling attention to the brain drain in the country’s health sector.
She also urged government to tackle the issue of insecurity in the health sector, poor remuneration, inadequate work environment, the lack of work tools, among others.
Ezeonu thanked the MWAN Anambra, the Management and Staff of Alor Health Centre and the leadership of Alor People’s Convention for their support.
NAN reports that the Physicians Week and Scientific Conference will end on Saturday with inter zonal sports competition in Nnewi.
No fewer than 2, 000 residents of Ikate community in Lagos State have benefited from the free medical outreach organised by the Lagos State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the medical outreach was conducted in partnership with the Oba Saheed Elegushi Foundation, as part of activities marking the Physicians’ Week 2022. Dr Benjamin Oluwatosin, the Chairman, NMA Lagos, on Wednesday said that the gesture was done to complement government’s efforts to improve and promote universal health care for the people.
“Today, we are doing a very important medical outreach and we are glad to bring our love to make the people in this community happy,” he said NAN reports that services rendered by the health personnel included general consultation, dental check-up, blood pressure check, cervical smear screening, blood sugar check and eye check among others.
“We are giving glasses to over 100 people today to make them feel good and have better sight.
“A lot of the people we attended to have bad dental conditions and it is really bad because many of them have never visited a dental clinic.
“We examined their mouths and we saw a lot of grossly broken down teeth.
They are not even aware of the cause, let alone how to prevent it.
It’s sad,” he said.
“Also, Dr Kolawole Aramide, the vice-president of the association, noted that a lot of work still needed to be done in the aspect of public health.
“We need more activities for the government to take the message to the downtrodden, and not just treatment alone.
Logistically, when the people think about the treatment aspect, they get scared because they don’t have the finance.
Sensitisation will go a long way,” he said.
In his remarks, the Special Adviser on Public Affairs to Oba Saheed Eleguishi, Mr Temitope Oyefeso, said the initiative was to complement government’s efforts in bringing healthcare to the doorstep of the people.
“The Eleguishi Palace is glad to partner with the NMA in this initiative.
“The turnout has been a positive one and we will ensure that we have programmes like this regularly,” he said.
A beneficiary, Mr Bolaji Hassan, commended the initiative, saying residents particularly the elderly, always look forward to such programmes.
“I had problem reading, and also seeing became difficult for me especially at night.
So, I came here for the test and eyeglasses was recommended for me,” he said.
Another beneficiary, Mrs Asake Fuja, who came for dental check-up, expressed satisfaction with the test and the whole exercise.
“I had my teeth cleaned up and properly treated,” she said.
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Adamawa chapter, on Wednesday, donated food and non food items to orphans of Adamawa Orphanage and Day Care Centre, Yola. Speaking during the presentation of the items in Yola, the NMA Chairman, Dr Solomon Bulus, said the donation was part of activities to mark the 2022 Physicians’ Week in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NMA Physicians’ Week is an annual event during which the sacrificial works of physicians are given prominence and doctors are celebrated.
Celebrated concurrently in all states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the theme for this year is “Nigeria’s Health Care Delivery System and the 2023 Democratic Transition: A Time to Change the Narrative.
” The chairman, therefore, said that part of the association’s mandate is to promote wellness and wellbeing.
Bulus said the items presented are to help the orphanage in the task of taking care of the orphans.
He appreciated the efforts of the matron and staff of the orphanage for taking good care of the children.
Responding, the Matron of the orphanage, Mrs Rakiya Suleiman, congratulated the association for successful celebration of the 2022 Physician’s Week and thanked the medical workers for the gesture.
She assured judicious use of the items donated.
NAN reports that items donated included rice, macaroni, indomie noodles, biscuits, juice, among others.
The Benue chapter of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called on the state government to review the salary and allowances of medical and other health workers in the state.
The state NMA Chairman, Dr Ushakuma Anenga, made the call on Wednesday in Makurdi at the opening of a scientific conference, as part of activities to mark the 2022 Physicians’ Week. Dr Usha Anenga, NMA Chairman Benue Chapter The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NMA Physicians’ Week is an annual event during which the works of physicians are given prominence and doctors celebrated.
The theme of this year’s week-long event is “Nigeria’s Health Care Delivery System and the 2023 Democratic Transition: A Time to Change the Narrative.
” Anenga said in spite of efforts of the Benue government in revamping the health sector, medical and health personnel are still not getting their dues.
The NMA chairman said the state government should approve hazard allowance for doctors and protect them from kidnappers.
“The Nigerian doctor is poorly paid, over worked, lacks necessary work tools and are a target of kidnap.
“State employed doctors are owed salaries and not paid as at when due.
“Manpower shortage, and implementation of the minimum wage and more finances and equipment are needed, as well as improved infrastructure,” he added.
He said the situation has led to brain drain as medical doctors move to greener pastures.
“In Benue we have more patients waiting to see a few doctors, more time spent in waiting, surgeries suspended,” he said.
Anenga however said in spite of the challenges, the prevalence of HIV has dropped in the state while Benue was the best in vaccine coverage in North Central.
“Residency training funds for aiding doctors’ exams fees are paid, the Benue state government was the first to domesticate and implement it fully.
“We have ongoing renovations at many general hospitals, the Benue University Teaching Hospital and Primary Health centres are underway.
According to him, there is significant infrastructure development, especially in the area of primary health in the state.
The NMA chairman advised members of the union to join politics to ensure the prioritisation of the health sector by government.
Veteran Doctors at the event.
In his remarks, Benue Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Joseph Ngbea said medical doctors should join politics so as to shape decisions that affect their profession.
The commissioner pledged that the government would look into issues affecting health workers as it strived to upgrade health facilities in the state.
The Guest Speaker, Prof Shima Gyoh, who has been in the medical field for 62 years, called on government to end the gross underfunding of the health sector.
“The infrastructure of health institutions and the condition of service of health workers must be improved.
“There is too much of the military attitude and language in dealing with health and other workers.
“Greater investment in health would have to be done at the same time with strict budgetary discipline to ensure that the funds are applied towards the goals for which they were voted.
“The Nigeria Medical Association must bring harmony to the health team and determine how best to nudge the government to live up to its obligations,” Gyoh said.
The retired surgeon and Professor of Surgery, called for strict regulation of traditional medical practitioners to save the public from exploitation.
Also, Dr Hameed Mohammed, an Associate Professor and Consultant Radiologist, Benue University Teaching Hospital, spoke on “Mitigating the Impact of Brain Drain on the dwindling human resources for health in Nigeria”.
According to him, in spite of the negative effect of brain drain on the nation’s health system, there are some advantages to it.
“Though it is a tragedy, there are some advantages like exposure, knowledge acquisition, remittance flow and other benefits in source countries for both returnees and the diasporas.
“Those who have left have justifiable reasons for leaving and those who have chosen to stay should be saluted for their courage and for not giving up on their country.
“The loss in monetary value can be compensated for in social capital,” he added.
Another paper on health sector reforms in the face of emerging health threats was presented by Prof. Audu Onyemocho, a Professor of Community Health, Federal University of Health Sciences Otukpo.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the week-long event began with media engagements and will be rounded off with visits to orphanages, a novelty football match and breast cancer awareness walk.
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) said that the rate at which doctors were migrating for greaner pastures implied a serious man power crisis in the health sector.
The doctors raised the alarm at the opening ceremony of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Anambra Chapter’s Physicians’ Week and Scientific Conference held in Nnewi.
The theme of the Week is “Nigeria’s Healthcare Delivery System And The 2023 Democratic Transition: A Time To Change The Narrative”.
Dr Jide Onyekwelu, the Secretary General of NMA, who delivered the lecture, said the burden of brain drain on the country was huge as it was expensive to train a medical doctor.
Onyekwelu said while the UN standard recommended an average of one doctor to 500 patients, the ratio had dropped to about 1:5000 due to the declining number of doctors in the country.
He called on the Nigerian government to find out what made practising outside the country more attractive to Nigerian doctors.
“Brain drain has devastated our medical sector.
Nigerian doctors are well trained, that is why they are well sought after elsewhere but our government does not appreciate the quality of our doctors, so they leave to other countries.
“But they still travel to those countries where they are to see them, the same people they refused to make comfortable here,” he said Mr Peter Obi, candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 presidential election, described continued migration of Nigerian trained medical doctors to other countries as unacceptable.
Obi was represented by Prof. Chinyere Okunna, the Commissioner of Economic , Office of MDGs and Development Partners during his administration as Governor of Anambra.
He said it took a high sense of patriotism for any doctor to still practise in Nigeria in the face of the challenges bedeviling the sector.
According to Obi, any doctor still in Nigeria and working is displaying great patriotism.
“This is because the environment is unfriendly, equipment are not there, payment is not attractive and there is insecurity of doctors.
“Sadly, doctors, especially young ones, are leaving the country in their numbers,” he said.
Obi said during his administration in Anambra, there were challenges in the health sector, including a period of industrial action by doctors, the problems were amicably resolved and the sector was in its optimal functional state.
He said industrial action was a legitimate instrument of bargaining but what mattered was how the parties settled the differences and how the system came out of it.
He said his government collaborated effectively with the mission to build a virile health sector, including building the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka from scratch.
“I am happy with the theme you have chosen for this Year’s Week celebration because the time to act is now, if you have good governance here, the health sector won’t be as poor as it is now.
“Strikes and picketing are legitimate ways workers can express their grievances or draw attention to areas of making the system get better, I don’t blame anybody for embarking on a strike.
Dr Jane Ezeonu, chairman of NMA in Anambra, said the Week was organised in conjunction with Nnewi Branch to draw the attention of government to the dwindling medical human resource challenges and its impact on the sector in Nigeria.
Ezeonu said the NMA would deliver free medical services to 2,000 patients during the physicians’ week and hold its maiden zonal sports competition among the five zones in the state.
The award of Physician of the Year was presented to Dr Chukwudi Ihekweaba, a staff member of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital by Prof. Gerald Uduigwe, Provost, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Medical College.
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has urged the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the health sector of the country.
Dr Omosehin Adeyemi-Osowe, Ondo Chairman of NMA, made the appeal in Akure while addressing newsmen as part of activities marking the 2022 Physicians’ Week. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of this year’s lecture is Nigeria Healthcare Delivery System, and the 2023 Transition: A time to Change The Narrative.
Adeyemi-Osowe disclosed that Nigeria had the highest number of doctors working in the United Kingdom behind India and Pakistan.
The chairman noted that the country was losing her human resources to health in geometric progression.
In spite of this, he said, Lassa Viral Hemorrhagic fever, Malaria, COVID, Ebola, Marburg were still very much available in the face of worsening incidences of systemic Hypertension with or without complications.
“We call on our governments to quickly declare ’emergency action’ in Nigeria’s health sector for the sake of her citizens,” he said.
The chairman, who also expressed sadness at the devastating effects of the flood ravaging the nation, however, appealed to government at all levels to assist victims and also actively initiate measures to avert flooding.
“We also call on Federal Government to actively initiate measures to avert another flooding.
“This is one flood too many in our recent history as a nation; we say no more floods while we watch.
“Our beloved country is passing through difficult times but I know that if we persevere and continue being the best that we can be, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
“Nigeria is at a turning point and we all are hereby charged to stand as compatriots to obey the call of Nigeria.
” We must never let the labours of our heroes past be in vain.
All citizens must respond to the call of Nigeria for good leadership and should never, for pecuniary benefits, sell or support candidates that cannot move our nation forward.
“Furthermore, let me inform you all that the Nigerian doctor is poorly paid, over- worked, lack necessary work tools and has become a target for kidnap.
” We as Nigerian doctors have been taken from the lofty heights of nobility to nothingness by the neglect and possible disdain for the health sector by successive governments,'” he said.
Adeyemi-Osowe observed that in spite of the national drawbacks, the Nigerian doctor had a lot to celebrate this week just for being alive.
“The penchant of state governments for seizing or slashing our salaries and paying it piecemeal at their convenience without interest has become a subject of folklore and hence cannot be allowed to continue.
“The era of blind loyalty is over.
Let us all patiently wait to hear the plans of the presidential candidates for Nigeria, especially in the health sector, before pitching our political support tent,” he said.
Nigeria’s healthcare delivery system has been facing enormous challenges needing serious attention, the Kano branch of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) declared in Kano on Tuesday.
Chairman of the branch, Dr Abdullahi Kabir-Suleiman, made the declaration at the opening of its 2022 Physicians Week. He listed the challenges to include inadequate manpower as against burgeoning population, lack of state-of-science equipment and increased morbidity and mortality from infectious diseases like malaria and poor remuneration of doctors.
Another serious challenge was that of brain drain among medical personnel to foreign countries in unprecedented large numbers, he noted.
“Mainly, the brain drain is caused by poor remuneration and lack of enabling environment to practice effectively and efficiently in Nigeria.
“Brain drain has worsened the doctor-patient ratio as the ratio is now one doctor to 10,000 patients as against WHO’s recommendation of one doctor to 600 patients.
’’ he said.
Kabir-Suleiman called on governments at all levels to strengthen and rescue the healthcare delivery system from total collapse.
He stressed that if drastic measures were not taken to mitigate brain drain, the country’s fragile healthcare will sink into an unprecedented crisis.
“We can recall our collective experiences during Ebola outbreak, during COVID-19; during monkeypox and recently during the recent cholera outbreak in flooded parts of the country.
Our healthcare system needs a holistic reform,’’ he added.
Suleiman said the NMA celebrated the Physician Week annually to create awareness on contemporary national issues and also to give back to the community.
The theme of the week is: “Nigeria’s Healthcare Delivery System and the 2023 Democratic Transition: A time to change the narrative.
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), FCT Chapter, has called on the Federal Government to initiate measures to avert future floods that may have critical effect on Nigerians.
The NMA National President, Dr Uche Ojinmah, made the call on Tuesday in Abuja at a news conference as part of the activities to mark the 2022 Physicians week.
Represented by Dr Charles Ugwuanyi, Chairman, NMA-FCT, the President described the recent flood as too many in the nation’s history, while calling for measures that would put a stop to that.
Ojinmah also sympathised with victims of the recent flooding in the country on behalf of NMA, and called on the government at different levels to work together in helping the victims recover.
According to him, NMA has to stop the 2022 Physicians Week national opening ceremony and razzmatazz as a result of the massive flood affecting Bayelsa and some other states.
He said that the situation had dampened the mood of the nation, adding that, NMA from its meagre resources, sent some relief materials to some of the people affected by the flood in Bayelsa.
The NMA President encouraged other branches of the association in affected states to roll out medical outreach programmes and send solidarity messages to the state governors and some dignitaries in affected states.
“I am hereby using this auspicious occasion to send a message of love and sympathy from NMA to all fellow citizens affected by the flood disasters ravaging the nation.
“Our beloved country is passing through difficult times but I know that if we persevere and continue being the best that we can be, there is light at the end of the tunnel, we pray for quick resolution and recovery.
“Nigeria is at a turning point and we all are hereby charged to stand as compatriots to obey the call of Nigeria.
We must never let the labours of our heroes’ past be in vain.
“All citizens must respond to the call of Nigeria for good leadership and should never for pecuniary benefits sell or support candidates that cannot move our nation forward.
“May God grant us the courage to be who we ought to be by standing for equity and progress,’’ he said.
Ojinmah called for better welfare package for Nigerian doctors, saying that they are poorly paid even when they worked overtime.
He also called for necessary work tools to enable the doctors discharge their duties.
“ Nigerian doctors have been taken from the lofty heights of nobility to nothingness by the neglect and possible disdain for the health sector by successive governments.
“The review of doctors’ salary (CONMESS) has been due since 2014 based on the 2009 collective bargaining agreement the association signed with the government.
“The review of the salary is paramount if the government does not want more brain drain of doctors in the country.
“Most Nigeria doctors have moved to the United Kingdom for greener pastures,” Ojinmah said.