Wife of Ogun Governor, Mrs Bamidele Abiodun, has called on women to imbibe the culture of regular screening for breast cancer as essential way of preventing the disease.
Bamidele made the call at the launch of Breast Cancer Awareness programme in Abeokuta on Monday, organised by Ministry of Health, in conjunction with Ajose Foundation.
She said that the current administration in the state had shown positive dispostion toward promoting breast cancer screening among women.
Represented by Mrs Olamide Dairo, the governor’s wife described breast cancer as the most common cancer among women across the world, saying early detection would ensure easier and cheaper treatment.
She assured that her Foundation and relevant government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) would continue to work with the private sector and community influencers to sponsor free mammogrammy among female residents In her address, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, said women in the state can prevent breast cancer by registering with the State Health Insurance Scheme under the “Ilera D’ero” initiative.
She pointed out that a token of N1000 monthly will facilitate regular screening and treatment of the disease among other over 300 diseases covered by the scheme.
She said that with developing countries like Nigeria contributing the highest quota of about 61% to the global burden of breast cancer, schemes like “Ilera D’ero” would help to reverse the trend over time.
The commissioner assured that her leadership remained committed to providing cancer screening programme for Ogun citizens, adding that it had been captured in the freshly-launched 2023 Annual Operational Plan for the Health Sector.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Kayode Oladehinde, charged participants to utilize the information provided at the programme and spread the message of early detection of cancer to their loved ones.
In her lecture, the President, Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Dr Bisi Dedeke, urged women to embrace regular self-examination of their breasts within the comfort of their homes and clinical examination at health facilities.
Ogun government has sealed four private hospitals in the state for alleged various infractions, warning other owners of private facilities to uphold the standard of practice required by law or face sanctions.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the sealed hospitals included: Ise Oluwa Hospital, Obada; Rainmond Hospital, Divine Glory Hospital and Ise Oluwa Hospital Annex, all at Papalanto in Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state.
Speaking during the monitoring and compliance exercise, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, said that the move was informed by an unprofessional prescription by a certain medical doctor in the social media space.
She quoted the doctor’s prescription as stating that: “No heart beat: The body system is normal,” stating that it emanated from one of the sealed hospitals a few days ago.
Coker, who was represented by the Director, Hospital Services in the ministry, Dr Solomon Sokunbi, expressed dissatisfaction over what she called the unprofessional medical report.
According to her, the medical report connotes quackery, as far as medical practice is concerned, warning that such practice will not be tolerated in the state.
The commissioner said that the said facility had been traced and sealed accordingly, alongside the remaining three, over lack of qualified medical staffers, non-registration of the premises and medical negligence, among other offences.
Stating that human life was precious and must not be toyed with, she added that the health of the people of the state, irrespective of their class or status remained important to the present administration.
Coker said that the state government’s goal of achieving universal health coverage could not be realised without the involvement of the private sector, stressing that things must be done in line with global best practices.
She said private medical practitioners were free to walk into the ministry to find out the criteria for registration of their health facilities.
This, the commissioner said, would ensure that only qualified medical personnel were employed to treat people.
“In Ogun, we have rules and regulations guiding registration of health facilities.
As such, whenever our monitoring team discovers that a hospital has deviated from the rules and regulations, we have no choice than to close it down,” she said.
The commissioner warned that owners of hospitals, clinics, medical laboratories and other medical facilities operating without full approval of the state government risked closure of their facilities, paying fine and facing possible legal action.
She assured that the exercise would be a continuous one, aimed at ensuring that quackery and untoward sharp practices in the medical profession were reduced to the barest minimum across the state.
Ogun Government on Wednesday said it has renovated no fewer than 100 primary health care facilities in the state.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker disclosed this during an interview with journalists in her office in Abeokuta.
According to her, the renovation will provide a good ambiance and psychological motivation for the personnel.
She added that it would enable the newly recruited medical personnel to deliver efficient and effective healthcare services to the grassroots.
“The governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun promised the citizens affordable, efficient, and qualitative healthcare services, which he has continued to do alongside the renovation of dilapidated PHCs across the state, to create a conducive environment.
“We’re determined to make Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) in the 236 wards across the 20 local government areas of the state more functional,” she said.
The commissioner said government would intensify efforts to renovate other facilities to standard, to improve access to health care services for residents.
She added that many ailments could be addressed at the primary healthcare level, thereby, decongesting secondary and tertiary health facilities.
The Ogun Ministry of Health, in collaboration with APIN Public Health Initiatives, has inaugurated a One-stop Shop to cater for the key population in its HIV response move.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, at the inauguration on Thursday in Abeokuta, said it was imperative to cater for the key population against stigmatisation from any quarter.
Coker, represented by Dr Tayo Lawal, Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, said that the One-stop shop provided many services to the key population, especially those living with HIV under one roof.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that APIN Public Health Initiatives is a leading non-governmental organisation that focusses on prevention, care and treatment services to sex workers, gay, transgender people, among others.
NAN also reports that the shop is situated at the premises of the State Agency for the Control of AIDS (SACA) in Abeokuta.
Coker said that the HIV response was in consonance with the key populations like the sex workers, gay, transgender and those who inject drugs, among others.
According to her, these populations are vulnerable and affected by HIV due to risk behaviours, marginalisation and structural factors.
“The HIV response underscores the importance of working with Key Populations (KPs): sex workers, gay, transgender people, people who inject drugs and people in prisons and other enclosed settings.
“Globally, these populations are particularly vulnerable and disproportionately affected by HIV due to risk behaviours, marginalisation and structural factors such as stigmatisation.
“Others are discrimination, violence, human rights violation and criminalisation, which contribute to lack of access to health services.
“With the advent of community testing, more HIV positive people including, KPs are able to know their status,” she said.
Coker said that from 2020 till date, community testing alone had contributed about 39 per cent of new HIV cases, while KPs contributed about 10 per cent of those currently on Anti-retroviral Therapy (ART).
She noted that the shop was effective in reducing barriers to retention, adherence to treatment and provision of comprehensive services that met diverse needs.
The commissioner thanked APIN for its collaboration in strengthening the public health system, saying that the state was keen on partnership as part of its mandate in achieving universal health coverage.
In his remarks, Dr Olabanjo Ogunsola, the Associate Director, Community and Prevention Services, APIN, said the initiative had partnered with the state government on public health for five years.
Ogunsola said the One-stop shop has the capacity to provide services on the spot ranging from testing, treatment and laboratory services.
He assured the state government of APIN’s continued support and partnership, urging it to replicate the shop in other parts of the state.
“As we work together in this journey, we’re assuring the Government of Ogun that we’ll continue to do our part as partners and look forward to more collaboration,” Ogunsola said.
Also, the Executive Secretary of Ogun, SACA, Dr Kehinde Fatungase, said that no fewer than 27,000 people are on treatment, giving the state a 61 per cent success rate.
Fatungase said that 80 per cent mark would be achieved, if the One-stop shop could bridge the gap of the 18,000 people needed to be treated.
“Currently in Ogun, we’re putting 27, 000 people on treatment and that has moved the state to 61 per cent treatment coverage.
“The landmark for treatment coverage is 80 per cent, so that means we’re still lagging behind by 11 per cent.
“But, we’re confident that with partnership like this, in the next one or two years, we’ll cover it up.
“What we need to do is to get about 18,000 people on treatment,” he said.
An alumnus of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu, Ogun, Dr Muyiwa Abdul, has donated a state-of-the-art pediatric surgical facility to the hospital.
The donor, a United States-based Forensic Psychiatrist, said that the teaching hospital contributed to his foundation in the profession, hence, his decision to give back to the institution.
He said that the decision to name the facility after his mother, “Iye Moji”, Madam Grace Modupe Abdul, was a way of appreciating her sacrifices toward his success.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, while inaugurating the project, said the rapid development of the health sector in the last few years had been achieved through such sustained collaboration.
According to her, the project is a reflection of government’s commitment to upscaling the state-owned tertiary health facility through innovative funding.
She called on other well-meaning individuals to join hands with the state government to make healthcare more accessible in the state.
“Through innovative funding, we have been fortunate to enjoy sustainable partnerships such as this project facilitated by our donor.
“What he has done is invest in our children, and invariably our future.
This investment means that he has partnered with us in our social development drive.
“No one knows what the child who will benefit from this facility would become in the future.
They could become governors, ministers, or commissioners tomorrow.
“So, this pediatric building and equipment are in line with our resolve to protect the lives of our children in Remo, other parts of the state, and across Nigeria at large,” she said.
The commissioner, while appreciating the donor, whose 50th birthday coincided with the project launch, assured him that the state government would judiciously put the facility to use and effectively maintained.
The Chief Medical Director, OOUTH, Dr Oluwabunmi Fatungase, described the facility as the first of its kind in the history of the institution.
She said that the entire management staff was excited that the project was donated by “one of it’s products”.
Ogun Government has announced the release of entrance examination results into its College of Nursing Science for the 20222023 academic session.
Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, in a statement issued on Friday in Abeokuta, said that applicants could only access their results by logging into the school’s official portal: www.mohsonmportal.com.
Coker put the cut-off point for indigenes at 28 out of 60 points and 29 out of 60 points for non-indigenes, saying that information contrary to this should be disregarded.
She added that successful candidates would be contacted via SMS and e-mail for oral interview, scheduled for July 14 at 8 a.m. at the institution’s Abeokuta campus, within the premises of Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba.
The commissioner appreciated the candidates who applied for admission into the college.
She said that the Gov. Dapo Abiodun-led administration would continue to be fair, equitable and transparent to all.
Ogun Government has assured candidates seeking admission into
its colleges of nursing sciences of fairness and equity to secure the future of the healthcare system in the state.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, gave the assurance on Wednesday in Abeokuta while monitoring
entrance examination into the state’s College of Nursing Sciences for the 20222023 academic session.
She said the selection process of successful candidates would be “solely based on merit”.
Coker said the present administration had standardised nursing education across the board as the colleges were
among the best in the country.
She added that application for the entrance examination had been digitalised, noting that registration, payment for
forms and other processes could only be done online.
She said applicants no longer have to leave the confines of their homes to apply for admission, noting that “as I walk
around monitoring this examination, I see hopeful faces. In years past, many of them will wear gloomy faces but this year
“This is because the candidates are full of spirit. They know that they stand a good chance of gaining admission without
knowing anybody; all they need to do is perform well in the examination.
“Apart from getting full accreditation and collegiate status for our nursing schools, the present administration has resolved
to continuously improve the standard of nursing education in the state.”
The commissioner said quality nursing education was about the people that the students would serve after becoming qualified
She pointed out that admitting unqualified candidates was detrimental to services in hospitals and the human health.
br> The Ministry of Health in Ogun
on Monday unveiled a popular Nollywood actor, Odunlade Adekola, as its state Health Insurance Ambassador.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, unveiling Odunlade as the state Health Insurance Ambassador, said this was part of the state efforts to expand the insurance scheme across the state.
Coker said that the choice of the actor was borne out of his versatility and spontaneity to create awareness on the scheme.
He said that the wide reach and acceptance of the actor by both young and old would serve as “a catalyst to propagate the movement and acceptance of the scheme across the state”.
Coker said: “We will like to draw awareness for our
health insurance acceptance in the communities.
”We looked up and down in Nigeria and inward in Ogun and our Ambassador cannot be anybody else than Mr Odunlade Adekola, because he is a son of the soil.
“He was born right here in Abeokuta and he’s a very familiar face on our screens and on radio.
“We want the public to engage in our health insurance process, hence, the choice of this multi-talented and influential brand Ambassador,” he said.
The commissioner, who signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Adekola, said that the state has registered 50,000 indigents in 196 primary healthcare centres in the state.
Coker said the indigents are those from the informal sector, who cannot afford out of pocket payment to access quality healthcare, hence, the need to raise awareness for more registration.
She said that the residents who registered, were expected to pay N12,000 annually to register for the insurance scheme, so as to access healthcare at any of the primary health centres in the state.
“A couple of weeks ago, the insurance law mandated that we, as citizens of Nigeria, must have health insurance.
“This means that we will have a sustainable way of financing our healthcare and no one will have to pay out of pocket to access healthcare.
“Of the 50,000 that registered, we have been able to employ 50 doctors, 40 midwives and about to employ 64 more doctors to ensure that when you visit a health centre, you’ll meet a doctor or skill health professional to attend to you,” she said.
Accepting the ambassadorial duty, Adekola said that as “health is wealth” such should not be taken with kid’s glove.
He promised to work hand in hand with the ministry to improve the state health sector.
The actor pledged to propagate the ideals of the health insurance scheme to reach the nooks and crannies of the state.
He appreciated the state government for choosing him as the ambassador of one of the most important sector in the country.
The Ogun Government on Tuesday says it is planning to inaugurate a “Hub and Spoke” Pilot Project
to incorporate Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) in health facilities to reduce maternal and perinatal deaths.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, said this at a meeting with the TBAs at Ilisan-Remo in Ikenne Local Government Area of the state.
Coker described the project as “a strategic referral pathway that integrates TBAs, Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Secondary Health facilities
and the Teaching Hospital, to fast-track a drastic reduction of perinatal deaths in the state.”
The commissioner said that the government had identified TBAs as integral part of its vision of enhancing the maternal and perinatal healthcare system.
He added that “this project will avail us the opportunity to come to terms with the fact that many of our people are comfortable with the TBAs.
“So, we have decided to bring these traditional maternity practitioners to the table, understand their challenges, train them on dangers and signs of safe motherhood, and neonatal care.
“By collaborating with TBAs, we also have the massive chance to provide supportive supervision of their activities. This will go a long way to positively impact the maternal and perinatal burden in the state.”
Coker called on relevant stakeholders in Ikenne Local Government Area to support the pilot phase of the project, “which would be inaugurated officially very soon.”
According to the commissioner, the project will be replicated in other council areas of the state in the coming months.
Reacting, the state Chairman of the TBAs, Mr Oladehinde Shoremekun, said that the relationship between the present administration and his members through the Ogun Alternate Medicine Board had been yielding good results.
Shoremekun said that the proposed Hub and Spoke project would reduce maternal and perinatal deaths in the state.
Ogun State Government says it has introduced a 24-hour ambulance
service across communities and rural areas to address health emergencies.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, said this at a news conference on Friday in Abeokuta.
She said the state could only boast of five basic life support ambulances in 2019, which currently
increased to 26 to cover the nine federal constituencies.
According to her, the 24-hour ambulance service is extended to communities and rural areas, with
over 16 ambulance points in strategic locations across the three senatorial districts.
Coker said the introduction of tricycle ambulances in the hinterlands had been helpful in addressing
infant and maternal mortality, which in the past was occasioned by the lack of transportation to health facilities.
The commissioner added that 70 per cent of Ogun residents in rural areas could easily be transported
to any nearby primary healthcare centre in case of emergency.
She said “we have been able to provide community ambulance services, which means people can call us for emergency response.
“We are happy that the trust of Ogun residents in our government keeps increasing, considering the 220 total emergency
calls received in 2018, and the 520 calls received in 2021.”
Coker noted that the formal inauguration of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund in February gave the window of
opportunity to access five per cent of the fund, which enabled the government to give free emergency care to victims
in the first 48 hours.
The Director, Ambulance and Emergency Services, Dr Hassan Adelakun, said the department had national emergency
toll-free lines 112 and 08112000033 available for 24 hours to activate the nearest ambulance point.
According to the director, the department also provides free follow-up service, which transfers patients to any higher level of care.
He added that patients were also being moved under the follow-up service from homes, offices and communities
to the nearest facility to access healthcare.