The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has performed 99 surgeries for free for residents of Nde community at Bakor Hospital in Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River.
Chairman of NMA in the state, Dr Agam Ayuk, disclosed this on Saturday in an interview with Nigeria News Agency at the end of the free medical outreach carried out by the association.
NAN reports that the outreach was part of the activities earmarked for the celebration of the 2019 Physicians Week in the state.
Ayuk told NAN that a total of 1,300 patients were seen by the team of doctors that went for the outreach.
He said that the surgeries carried out include herniorraphies, myomectomies, lipoma excision, hydroceletomies, bladder stone removal and breast lump excision.
He added that 148 women were screened of breast and cervical cancer, 30 persons underwent abdominal scans, distribution of 244 glasses to patients after eye check, while 158 laboratory tests and screenings were also carried out.
“This outreach marks the end of the 2019 Physician’s Week in the state. The outreach was very successful.
“We saw at least 1,300 patients and we were able to carry out 99 surgeries for different ailments. For the surgical procedure, we are happy that we met our target.
“The challenge on our side was that we couldn’t have enough time to attend to all patients that came.
“We had skilled specialists, there was no procedure that was beyond us. We did our best to improve the health of those we attended to,” he said.
Ayuk commended Dr Sylvester Ebaye, the Chief Executive Officer of Bakor Hospital for donating his facility for the outreach and for also cooperating to enhance the activities of the association in the state.
He also thanked the staff of Bakor, the host community, elders and youths for their cooperation towards the success of the programme.
“We received support from Sen. Sandy Onor who is representing Cross River Central in the National Assembly and Mr Elvert Ayambem who is representing Ikom 2 in the Cross River House of Assembly; we appreciate their efforts.
“I must also commend the team of doctors that came out for this outreach, their services have added value to the health standard of the beneficiaries,” Ayuk said.
Mr James Ojong, 68, who got free glasses and drugs after eye check, commended the association for its humanitarian service in the area.
Also, Mrs Jessica Agbor, who benefited from breast cancer screening, lauded the association for choosing the area for the outreach, adding that most of them do not have money to visit hospitals.
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The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Kogi chapter, on Friday urged the Federal Government to put in place modalities for accessing the one per cent Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) meant to take care of emergency health care services.
The Chairman of the association, Dr Kabiru Zubair, made the call in Lokoja at the opening ceremony of the association ’s 2019 Physicians’ Week and Ordinary General Meeting (OGM), tagged: ”Care Of The Unknown Patient: An Overview”.
Zubair said that the CRF that was set up by the federal government has three components; 50 per cent for primary healthcare, 45 per cent for health insurance scheme, and 5 per cent for emergency care to the people.
He, however stressed that the modalities for accessing the fund is not yet clear, while calling on government to bring out policies for accessing it.
According to him, the theme of the OGM was chosen to bring to fore the issues affecting Nigerians who have suddenly found themselves in an unconscious state resulting from traumatic causes, majorly road traffic accidents or medical critical conditions as the case may be.
The chairman said the call became necessary in order to address all the critical aspects of emergency care services including proper and adequate reimbursement of healthcare providers, especially at the level of private health care facilities.
”We feel that it is time for us to bring the issue to the forefront, so that government can bring out policies in respect of taking care of patients especially in private hospitals.
”Oftentimes private hospitals will treat patients and at the end of the day nobody refunds them for the treatment, so because of this they tend to reject patients.
”So, it is on this note that we are calling on government to bring out policies that would ensure that such patients are taking care of,” he said.
He further advocated for the training of all health workers especially doctors in basic life support and extending such knowledge to other health workers and paramedics for application in critical moments.
Zubair noted that the NMA was presenting free continuous medical education as a requirement for doctors to register at the end of the year, “the association is providing five points medical education to members”.
A Consultant Psychiatrist at the Federal Medical Center Lokoja, Dr Daniel Ajogbon, spoke on the topic: ”Curbing the Increasing Trend of Suicide in Nigeria; The Role of NMA”.
Ajogbon urged all stakeholders to partner with the NMA in ensuring relevant social support, including affordable care for Nigerians that were struggling with all forms of mental health challenges.
The psychiatrist also called on parents to inculcate the habit of resilience in their children in order to reduce the rate of suicide cases in the society.
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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has embarked on a free medical outreach in Nde community at the Bakor Hospital in Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River.
Chairman of NMA in the state, Dr Agam Ayuk, told NAN on Thursday at Nde community that the outreach was part of the activities for the celebration of the 2019 Physicians Week in the state.
According to him, the week was an opportunity for doctors in the state to give back to the society through improved health.
He also added that the outreach was part of the association’s Corporate Social Responsibility towards catering for the needs of the people.
He told the Nigeria News Agency that the association brought in senior surgeons and gynaecologists that carried out about 100 surgeries for different ailments.
He said that most presented cases for surgeries included hyenia for children and adult, breast and lungs cancer, glaucoma, fibroid among others.
“For this year, we choose Cross River Central for the outreach because we have a standard facility that will enhance our activities.
“Generally, we have over 2,000 persons who have registered to be screened and we are doing a wide range of general medicare.
“We are doing surgeries, gynaecological surgeries, hyenia, eye check, cervical screening, scan and laboratory investigation.
“We are doing a wide range of activities for the benefit of the community and for those who are coming from neighbouring local government areas.
“The services are free of charge. The association is bearing the chunk of the burden. We have those who have supported; we commend the Chief Executive Officer of Bakor Hospital, Dr Sylvester Ebaye for donating his facility to us and for all he has contributed,” said.
Ayuk also commended Sen. Sandy Onor, who is representing Cross River Central in the National Assembly, and Mr Elvert Ayambem, who is representing Ikom 2 in the state assembly, for their support.
He thanked all the doctors who volunteered to come out for the outreach, saying that their kind services would greatly improve on the health of the beneficiaries. (NAN)
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The Kwara branch of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) and the Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), on Thursday, collaborated with an NGO, Quinta Health to screen 50 female service personnel in Ilorin.
The exercise was held at the NMA secretariat “Doctor’s House”, where the women were tested with Breast-i machine; which visualises the breast to show any abnormal growth.
Dr Oyeronke Adeleye, NMA member and coordinator of the exercise, told the Nigeria News Agency that the exercise was part of its service to the community.
Adeleye said the choice of service women was to reward them for their service to the nation.
“During our annual Physician’s Week, we dedicated one of our activities to community service.
“For this year, we chose to do the free breast cancer screening for service women because out of all the cancer deaths in the world, breast cancer is the leading cause.
“So we chose the service women because they gave all their service to their fatherland, so we think we should in our little way help them,” she said.
Dr Sanmi Adenikinju from Quinta Health, said the exercise was to ensure early detection for proper management.
Adenikinju said because women found it difficult to conduct self examination, the NGO found it worthy to collaborate with the NMA and MWAN.
One of the beneficiaries from the Nigeria Police Force, Mrs Fatima Issa, said she felt relieved and happy as she was certified okay.
Issa advised women to always seize the opportunity of getting screened whenever the chance arose.
”I also want to advise women to endeavour to do self examination before it gets too late,” she said.
Another beneficiary, Mrs Itunu Owoseni, said she was scared initially but felt relieved after being certified okay.
Owoseni commended the organisers for helping women to overcome their fear.
NAN reports that the service women were from the Nigeria Police, Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, State Security Service and the military.
The screening was part of the activities marking the 2019 Physician’s Week, scheduled to take place between Oct. 12 and Oct. 19. (NAN)
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The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has urged the Federal Government to establish more specialised trauma centres to treat victims across the country.
The call was made in a statement jointly signed by Dr Francis Faduyile, National President of NMA, Dr Olumuyiwa Odusote, General Secretary, NMA and Dr Kunle Olawepo, Chairman Road Safety and Trauma Service Committee.
“Government at all levels should as an emergency and social responsibility commence an overhaul of Nigerian roads to reduce the carnage of massive loss of lives on Nigerian roads,” it said.
The statement noted that Oct. 17 annually, is designated as World Trauma Day by the World Health Organisation in recognition of the enormity of trauma in causing disability and death especially in the young, productive and economically viable age group.
“This day also emphasises prevention and best treatment protocol when trauma occurs,” it said.
According to the statement, globally the number of fatalities arising from trauma annually is conservatively estimated to be about 5.8 million; more than the figures from malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS put together.
“In addition to these deaths, between 20 million and 50 million people globally are estimated to be injured or disabled each year,” it said.
The statement said that the burden of trauma on the world economy was enormous, adding that developing countries such as Nigeria, with enormous resources are under strain from trauma.
It listed causes of trauma to include shooting, burglary, sexual assault, building collapses, flooding and plane crashes.
According to the statement, effect of trauma causes traumatic brain injury, severe blood loss and loss of consciousness, among others.
NMA therefore called on government officials to enforce road vehicular, aviation and maritime safety measures to reduce road, air and ship accidents.
“Drivers and riders should ensure their vehicles are in optimal working conditions and adhere to speed limits and other safety measures on the highways.
“We call for increased security presence and provision of state of the art security gadgets in all nooks and crannies of the country to stem restlessness, militancy, insurgency, strife and wars in all parts of the nation,” it said.
The statement urged people to utilise alternative dispute resolution and maintain interpersonal and communal harmony.
It added that government should relocate citizens living along drainage ways to prevent flooding and death arising from such incident. (NAN)
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The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has called for mandatory enrolment of formal and informal sectors into the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
Dr Ekpe Uche, the Chairman, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Chairman, made the appeal at the 2019 Physicians’ Week of the association on Wednesday in Abuja.
The theme of the 2019 Physicians’ week is: “Care of the unknown patient: An overview”.
The call came against the backdrop of the need for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the challenges facing healthcare delivery in the country.
He said that the topic for the 2019 became imperative because it bothered on the care of those who might not had the means at the time of illness or incapacitation.
According to him, this can be anybody and we have seen firsthand how the management of these patients can be unattractive.
He said that their enrolment should be the indicator that would access the country it was heading towards UHC.
“This is very important; think about a road traffic accident where an unidentified patient is managed without cost,” he said.
The Obstetrician Gynecologist said that the care of the unknown patients was multi-sectoral as well as multidisciplinary.
Dr Ezeichila Joseph, the Chairman, Local Organising Committee of the event, said that the 2019 physicians’ week provided the association another opportunity to review its practice.
He added that it also provided the privileged to update themselves as well as interact with each other and the rest of the world.
He stated that this was aimed at service delivery to the patients and giving back to the society.
According to him, doctors and other health givers are facing an ever more ethical challenge in the course of caring for patients.
These challenges, according to him, include questions on who should make medical treatment decisions for patients unable to speak for themselves.
“And who are unknown and unknowable to the hospital staff and take care of their medical expenses,” he said.
He stated that after the initial medical emergency had passed, medical treatment decisions must be made that could either prolong or curtail a life, noting that who should make those decisions and they should be make. (NAN)
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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called for the release of 5 per cent of Consolidated Revenue fund meant for emergency medical treatment in the country.
Dr Agam Ayuk, Chairman of NMA in Cross River, disclosed this on Tuesday in Calabar to Nigeria News Agency on the sideline of the 2019 Physicians Week.
NAN reports that the theme of the 2019 Physicians’ Week is “Care of the Unknown Patient: Policy Overview and Review.”
He said the release of the fund would help in rendering medical services to unknown patients in the country.
“We have the National Health Act (NHA) that has provided 5 per cent of the Consolidated Revenue Fund in terms of distribution for care of emergency cases.
“Right now, the Federal Ministry of Health has not set up modalities for these funds to be released to care for unknown patients.
“Unkown patients could be someone who has road accident, someone who is brought to the hospital unconscious and cannot be identified immediately and others.
“NMA believes that the government should take concerted efforts and create a policy towards the release of the fund for care of emergency cases which also include unknown patients,” he said.
Ayuk said that for gunshot injury victims, the police has clarified that doctors and health workers should treat them and report to any security agency closer to them for investigation.
“We may have a gunshot injury patient who may not be identified. In this case who pays for the bill. So, what we are saying is that concerted effort should be taken for the release of the funds.
“Unkown patient could be anybody. So we are calling on government at all levels to put this in place. We want this 5 per cent fund to be operationalised so that Nigerians and unknown patients can benefit accordingly,” he added.
NMA’s President, Dr Francis Faduyile, whose speech was read by Ayuk at the occasion, said that Nigerians Physicians have continued to render their services in spite of various challenges.
Faduyile lamented that Nigerian doctors faced challenges such as kidnapping, incessant harassment and assault, poor general working conditions amongst others. (NAN)
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The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Kogi Chapter, on Tuesday donated medical consumables to the managements of Federal Medical Centre (FMC) and the Kogi State Specialist Hospital (KSSH), Lokoja.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the NMA also distributed some free items to children at the Emergency Paediatric Unit (EPU) and Post Natal wards at the two hospitals.
The event was part of the association’s activities to mark 2019 Physicians Week and Ordinary General Meeting (OGM).
The chairman of the association, Dr Kabiru Zubair, while presenting the items to the Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) of the hospitals in Lokoja, said that the items were donated for the care of patients as part of the union’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
He commended the two CMDs for their unflinching support for the association and its members in the state.
He commended the medical directors for the good work in managing the hospitals for the benefit of all.
”You are also our members, and if you succeed it would lead to the overall improvement of the healthcare of our people in Kogi and Nigeria at large,” Zubair said.
He, therefore, enjoined the two hospitals’ managements to sustain the support for the association, while assuring them of the total cooperation of their members.
Zubair noted that the association on Oct. 14 offered free medical services to over 100 workers of Lokoja Local Government in the state.
In their separate responses, Dr Olatunde Alabi and Dr Ahmed Attah, the CMDs of FMC and KSSH respectively, commended the NMA for the gesture, and assured them of their full support.
NAN reports that Dr Stephen Shaibu, the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), KSSH, received the items on behalf of the CMD, Attah.
Items donated were several packs of absorbent cotton wool, methylated spirit, syringes and gloves; while diapers, tooth pastes, biscuits and some juice drinks were distributed to children. (NAN)
Dr Adedayo Faduyile, the President of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), on Tuesday said about 48 members of the association had been kidnapped in the last two years.
Faduyile said this at a news conference to mark 2019 Physicians’ Week in Akure.
He said the theme of this year’s week, “Care of the Unknown Patient: An Overview”, was chosen to bring to light issues affecting Nigerians who found themselves in traumatic causes, especially, road traffic accidents.
The NMA president said doctors in the country had been facing challenges like kidnapping in the line of duty, incessant harassment/assault by patients and their relations, unfortunate maltreatment by employers with poor salaries.
He said these challenges had contributed to doctors leaving the country.
“The Nigerian doctors decided to celebrate this year with the theme based on the identified lacuna in the care of this category of patients, especially in respect of policy framework.
“In the last one year, Nigerian doctors have had significant input in the improvement of the health of the nation.
“In this regard, I appreciate all physicians who have been working assiduously in ensuring that we collectively fulfill our key responsibilities to the Nigerian state.
“It is worthy of note that all have not been well with Nigerian doctors; the kidnapping of our members in the course of discharging their duties to the Nigerian state with some still in captivity.
“Despite the various challenges, Nigerian physicians have continued to render desirable health care services, and we thank God for another year.
“I want to state that it is important to continue to strive to improve ourselves for the betterment of the Nigerian populace,” he said.
Faduyile thanked the Federal Government for releasing one per cent of Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) part of which should be channelled to treatment of emergency conditions.
“It is sad to note that the Federal Ministry of Health is yet to put template in place for judicious use of the money.
ncluding proper and adequate reimbursement of providers especially, at the level of private health care facilities.
“The Nigerian Medical Association uses this opportunity to drum support for the formulation of enduring policy for the care of the unknown patients, and appeal to government at all levels to be more responsive and responsible to the welfare of Nigerian physicians.
he abysmal physicians to patients ration and rise in brain drain drought mainly by the poor general working condition in the health sector,” he said. (NAN)
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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called for partnership with government at all levels in providing social support including affordable care for Nigerians that are struggling with all forms of mental health challenges.
NMA President, Dr Francis Faduyile, made the call on Tuesday in Calabar during the 2019 Physicians’ Week with the theme “Care of the Unknown Patient: Policy Overview and Review”.
Nigeria News Agency reports that Faduyile’s speech was read at the occasion by Dr Agam Ayuk, NMA Chairman in Cross River.
He explained that the call became necessary considering the alarming rate of suicide in Nigeria.
According to him, the trend has not spared any group including Nigerian doctors and other health professionals.
He maintained that it was the role of NMA to strategise with other stakeholders on facts and myths regarding mental health conditions including depression, their signs and symptoms and how to get basic care.
“NMA hereby call on government at all levels and all stakeholders to partner with us in ensuring relevant social support, including affordable care, for Nigerians that are struggling with all forms of mental health challenges.
“I want to state that it is important for us to continue to strive to improve ourselves for the betterment of the Nigerian populace.
“This year’s theme was chosen based on the identified lacuna in the care of this category of unknown patients especially in respect of police framework.
“The theme was also chosen to bring to fore the issues affecting Nigerians who suddenly found themselves in an unconscious state from traumatic cause, majorly Road Traffic Accident or medical conditions like cardiovascular diseases,” he added.
He further said that any Nigerian could fall into the category of an unknown patient, hence the need for an enduring policy for the care of the unknown patients.
“NMA wishes to bring to the knowledge of the public that the Nigerian government has not deemed it pertinent to accord the desired attention and value to this category of patients, the unknown patients.
“Physicians are making selfless sacrifices to sustain healthcare delivery in the country amidst various challenges including incessant harassment and kidnapping in the line of duty; we need government’s protection,” he said.
Speaking, a former Chief Medical Director of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Prof. Rowland Ndoma-Egba, said the responsibility of any hospital was to provide services to the populace.
Also, Dr Emmanuel Essien, a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Federal Neuro-psychiatric Hospital, Calabar said that suicide has become the second leading cause of death globally.
Essien identified some causes of suicide to include; economic hardship, unemployment, new pressure faced by youths, increasing mental illness and isolation. (NAN)
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