Fourteen-year-old Adejolaoluwa Osunbade of Roemichs International School, Ilorin, on Friday convened a lecture on impact of peer pressure among teenagers.
Ms Osunbade said the initiative was borne out of her desire to make the society a better place as building a society was the work of all.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lecture was titled ”The Impact of Pear Pressure Among Teenagers: The right circle, the right influence”.
”The reason behind it is that I noticed that a lot of teenagers are not independent about their decisions, they do a lot of things because their friends are doing them.
”And our society does not need leaders or people that will be easily influenced by other people’s decision.
”This programme will benefit students and other teenagers to know how to make decisions by themselves without being influenced by their friends or peers,” the SS2 student said.
Dr Ayotunde Omotosho, a Consultant Psychiatrist at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), while speaking on the topic, said the lecture organised would have tremendous benefits because peer pressure has mental effects as it relates to young people.
”Research shows that young people generally are heavvily influenced by what their peers do and say and it can be positive or negative.
”It is important to emphasise the effects of peer pressure because it can affect the mental health in a number of ways because young people can be influenced in terms of their perspectives, choices and the support hat is available to them.
”The lecture will have a ripple effect on the students present here because they will take what they have learnt here to their peers and step down the knowledge,” Omotosho said.
ThenChief Counsellor, University of Ilorin, Mrs Annor Patricia, advised parents to make friends with their children to curb the influence of peer pressure.
”Peer pressure influence can be tackled from home, parents should learn to relate with their childdren.
”Some parents just throw the childdren to the school, but if they listen to their children, they will know when something is wrong.
”Parents shouldd make a move to understand their children, know their friends.
If you did not let them have a feeling of detachment, they will tell you their mind,” she said.
She added that schools should also have counsellors to help their students intervene when they have peer pressure issues”It is in the national policy of every school to have a counselor, so that the students will be able to reach the counselor and for the counsellors to be able to intervene in issues like this,” Annor said.
The Principal of the school, Mr Kevin Massey, said he was not surprised that one of the students off the school came up with the idea.
”I am not surprised that one of our students came up with this idea because this is one of the things we instill in them.
”But that does not take away from the initiative and the courage she had in coming up with such a thing,” Massey said.
The mother of the girl, Mrs Atinuke Osunbade, said she was happy her daughter’s dream was coming to pass.
”She reads a lot from when she was little, so when she came up with the idea that she wants to do an enlightenment programme on peer pressure, I thought she was joking.
”But she approached my mum (because I do not work here) that she wants to drop a letter at the government house, which she did and this is the result.
”I am very proud of her and I am happy that her dream is coming to reality,” Osunbade said.
NAN reports that representatives from GDSS Agbabiaka, GDSS Tanke, GDSS Fate, GDSS Gaa-Akanbi, Senior Secondary School Danialu, Premium High School, Royal Bolt College, Waziri Secondary School and Chaste Intellect International School attended the event.
Prof. Benjamin Bolaji of the Department of Anaesthesia, University of Ilorin, has advocated for multidisciplinary approach of medical practitioners in tackling rising spate of maternal mortality in the country.
Bolaji made the call on Thursday in Ilorin on the sidelines of the 9th Scientific Conference of the Society of Obstetric Anaesthetists of Nigeria (SOAN) in association with the Nigeria Society of Anaesthetists (NSA).
The don who teaches in the Faculty of Health Sciences of the university attributed the ugly trend to haemorrhage during childbirth.
He called for the need in partnering with international organisations for provision of resources needed to practically launch the crusade against the menace.
The anaesthetist, who lamented on the lack of equipment and other facilities in public health institutions, noted that many specialists in medical profession are leaving the shores of the country in droves.
He observed that more of the professionals in the health sector would have to be recruited to help in the efforts at reducing maternal mortality.
“The leading cause of maternal mortality, specifically, is haemorrhage; pregnant women bleeding during delivery and another cause is infection.
“If we are going to tackle the issue of maternal mortality, we need multidisciplinary approach; the nurses, obstetricians, anaestheticians and medical laboratory scientists will be involved.
“We need to collaborate and when we are collaborating, we even need international partners because of the resources they can give us,” he said.
Bolaji, who is also a Consultant with the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), observed that there is need to involve the community and promoters that can give access to the communities, adding that education and advocacy is important.
According to him, in order to reduce maternal mortality, there should be free access to specialist based services.
He explained that maternal mortality is unevenly distributed in the country, saying that the North West has the highest death rate.
He added that the rate is low in the South East and South West when compared to North West. Speaking at the occasion, Mrs Olufolake AbdulRazaq, the wife of Kwara Gov. Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq, said the conference came at the appropriate time because it was in tandem with the vision of the present administration in the health sector.
She explained that the state government had made resources available for safe motherhood with the resuscitation of primary healthcare centres across the state.
“We know that the administration of AbdulRazaq has put a lot of things in place to ensure safe motherhood.
“The scope of Kwara is the whole 16 local government areas and to bring health more closer to the community.
We look at things from the ward level.
“The government had keyed into basic healthcare fund.
At that level, it ensures that one primary healthcare centre works per each of the wards.
We have close to between 450 and 600 primary healthcare centres that are working effectively,” she said.
She explained that in basic healthcare, fund is specifically allocated to one PHC per ward, and enrollment is done in a way that people would get enrolled received free treatment.
“The treatment is for children that are under five, pregnant mothers, the indigents and others in different categories are captured in each of those facilities.
“Pregnancy is incomplete without the birth of a live-baby.
When we have that kind of system and government invests in it, you will see that what government is funding is also in tandem with what they (SOAN) are saying,” she said.
Two students of the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, Tobiloba Daniel and his suspected lover, Arewa Abayomi, have been found dead in Daniel’s off-campus hostel room.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the deceased were both 200-Level students and were writing ongoing examinations when the incident happened.
According to an eyewitness, a KWASU student, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “We suspect they were lovers and became concerned when they were not seen during an examination and for three days.
“It was when some of their friends got to their hostel room outside the school that they found them dead and naked.
” Reacting to the development, the Director, University Relations of KWASU, Dr Saeedat Aliyu, said there was no official communication on the matter.
However, the Police Spokesman in the state, SP Ajayi Okasanmi, who confirmed the incident, said: “The information is that the two of them were found dead inside their room and the police were alerted.
“Our officers pulled down the door and they were taken to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) for autopsy.
“Investigation into the matter is ongoing,” Okasanmi said.
The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has served a two weeks ultimatum to the Federal and State Governments to press home members lingering demands.
Dr Godiya Ishaya, the President of the association, issued the ultimatum during a news conference organised at the end of the Extraordinary National Executive Council (E-NEC) Meeting on Sunday in Ilorin.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the E-NEC meeting which was hosted by the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), had in attendance 79 chapters of the association from both state and federal tertiary health institutions across Nigeria.
According to Ishaya, NARD resolved to further extend thenultimatum by another two weeks after observing the federal government efforts as a show of goodwill from the association.
“This we believe will give the Federal Government adequate time to substantiate their efforts with results which will avert industrial harmony,” he said.
The NARD president urged the federal government to urgently implement and commence payment of the 2022 Medical Residency Training Fund (MRTF) in full to members using the old template, while the shortfalls, using the reviewed template be computed and incorporated into 2023 budget and paid in arrears.
He said that the association would continue to work closely with the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) towards implementation and payment of the new hazard allowance to all affected healthcare workers by the government.
Ishaya lamented the slow pace encountered in the payment of the 2020 MRTF to members who were omitted, while decrying the worsening spate of brain drain in healthcare system leading to a perpetual shortage of manpower with attendant burnout.
“The deplorable situation has led to the shutdown of the Federal Medical Centre, Owo,” he said.
He added that the association is also concerned about the conditions of members in various stages government owned hospitals, including Abia, Ekiti, Imo and Ondo, which he said had remained unchanged, where members are owed salary arrears spanning for months.
Ishaya however commended the efforts made by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, as well as National Salaries Income and Wages Commission towards the upward review of the MRTF.
He appealed to government not to delay further the full implementation and payment of the newly upgraded Hazard Allowance since its circularisation by the federal government on Dec. 22nd, 2021. Ishaya added that the ultimatum would be duly communicated to government to ensure resolutions reached and further escalations averted.
He therefore appealed to well meaning Nigerians to intervene in the terrible and deplorable conditions of members in the affected states tertiary health institutions.
The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has conferred an award of excellence on Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara.
A statement issued by Mr Gbenga Falade, the Press Secretary, Kwara Ministry of Health, on Sunday in Ilorin, said that the award was in recognition of the commitment of AbdulRazaq’s administration to the healthcare sector.
Dr Godiya Ishaya, the the NARD National President, who spoke on the sidelines of the Extraordinary National Executive Council Meeting, held in Ilorin, explained that the association’s performance rating was not beclouded with sentiments.
Ishaya affirmed that the association was specifically inspired by the commencement of residency training at the state-owned General Hospital in Ilorin.
According to him, the residency training is a precursor to producing highly qualified specialists, who are expected to be deployed by the state government to actualise its dream of providing quality healthcare delivery services to the citizens.
The NARD president stressed the need for the state government to align and integrate the ongoing training programme into the duly legislated Medical Residency Training Programme (MRTP) of the Federal Government.
In his acceptance speech, AbdulRazaq appreciated the gesture and special time dedicated by the national body of the association to evaluate “what we are doing in Kwara towards transforming and changing the narratives in the healthcare space”.
Represented by Dr Raji Razaq, the state Commissioner for Health, the governor said that he gladly accepted the award and wholeheartedly dedicate it to the overall hard-working health workforce in the state.
AbdulRazaq further acknowledged the “new demand to work appropriately with the Ministry of Health and the Office of the Head of Service to build on the foundation laid to achieve more”.
The statement also read that the award presentation was also extended to past leaders of the association, including Dr Ademola Aderibigbe, a renowned physician and Nephrologist, and a host of other philantropists who have supported NARD.
In his welcome address, Dr Dele Abdullahi, the Chairman of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) branch, commended the participants as well as the commitment of thd AbdulRazaq-led administration to healthcare.
Abdullahi appreciated the unprecedented support received from the government in accomplishing the various community medical and surgical outreaches undertaken by the local branch of the association.
The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) is meeting in Ilorin to discuss service delivery and welfare of its members.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the issues are being deliberated at an Extraordinary National Executive Council Meeting.
Dr Godiya Ishaya, the National President of NARD, stated this on Friday during a courtesy visit on the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Prof. Yusuf Dasilva.
Ishaya said that the event is a hybrid and a follow up from the July meeting earlier conducted by the association.
He explained that members of the association are constantly going through hazard in the course of performing their duties, adding that series of attention have been drawn to their plight.
The NARD president however expressed optimism that progress was being made to overcome some of the challenges facing members.
He added that the meeting would ensure resolutions are made to some lingering burning issues.
Ishaya commended the CMD, for restoration of call rooms, expansion of secretariat and lodge for members, as well as supporting next of kin of deceased members.
Members and President of NARD on a courtesy visit to the CMD-UITH, Prof. Yusuf Dasilva, heralding an Extraordinary National Council Meeting in Ilorin on Friday.
He appealed for more conducive working condition for members and manpower, as well as other necessary emoluments.
“Some of our members have left for greener pastures.
We appealed that exited colleagues should be replaced,” he said.
Responding, the CMD of UITH advised NARD to “deliberate on burning issues gently and maturedly”.
Dasilva assured the association of continuous effort to engage members on improving welfarism, while also pledging support of the management of the hospital.
He also advised NARD to key into the Federal Government Health Reform Committee and make recommendations where necessary changes can be made for the health sector.
According to him, the association can form a committee in order to formulate memorandum that can assist the government.
Similarly, the NARD president who also visited the CMD of the state owned General Hospital, Ilorin, Dr Ahmed Abdulkadir, urged the management to look into salary structure of members.
Ishaya called on the management of the hospital to resolve the issue of under-staffing and domestication of residency programmes for NARD members at the hospital.
Also responding, Abdulkadir explained that the Residency Training at the general hospital started in 2020, adding that presently the training is on Family Medicine as well as Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
He disclosed that the residency training would soon include Medicine and Surgery, adding that the present administration of Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has a soft spot for the health sector.
The CMD said the state government had already set up a committee to revamp the health sector, while urging the association to add their inputs.
USAIThe United State Agency for International Development (USAID), has expressed its readiness to collaborate with the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) on the control of in Kwara.
Mrs Nike Kehinde, the Team Lead of USAID, said this on Tuesday when she visited UITH hospital management in Ilorin.
According to her, the agency is promoting a new project known as the Centre for Clinical Care and Research in Nigeria.
The team lead who gave a brief overview of the initiative’s goals and objectives, described it as a programme aimed at accelerating AIDS control.
Kehinde, who said the project would run for five years, said that it was now being implemented in 10 local governments in Kwara.
She said the project would help patients with drugs and laboratory work as well as provide a financial incentive to the hospitals.
According to Kehinde, the agency funded by the U.
S. government delivers lifesaving treatment to more than 1.5 million individuals, over 83 per cent of the total estimated 1.8 million Nigerian people living with HIV.
She also said that it supported comprehensive services to more than one million vulnerable children and their family members affected by HIV.
The team lead, therefore, solicited for the support of the UITH management on the project.
Responding, Prof. Yusuf Dasilva, the Chief Medical Director of UITH, commended the agency and assured them of the support of the hospital.
He urged them to assist the hospital management in the training of its staff as well as other incentives that would promote the health and welfare of the citizenry.
University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) has inaugurated the Comprehensive Health Centre, Idi Isin, Oko-Olowo in Ilorin South Local Government Area of Kwara.
Information about the inauguration is in a statement issued by Mrs Elizabeth Ajiboye, the Head of Corporate Affairs of UITH on Monday in Ilorin.
Ajiboye stated that the health centre had commenced operations, aimed at reaching the grassroots.
According to her, the health facility will boost Primary Health Care Services in the area and by extension the state.
She added that it would also bridge the gap of deficit in prompt healthcare delivery services at the grassroots.
The head of the corporate affairs department urged people in the community and surrounding to access the health centre for their PHC needs.
She added that “this brings to four, the number of comprehensive health centres under the purview of UITH.
“Others include health care centres established in Ihima in Kogi, Kishi in Oyo State and Esie in Kwara.
Medical experts have cautioned patients and healthcare providers against disregarding medical advice.
They issued the advice on Saturday in Ilorin during a presentation at the Grand Round of the Antibiotic Stewardship Committee programme of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH).
Dr Olufemi Lawani of the Department of Microbiology, UITH, says healthcare professionals and patients are guilty of the emergence of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medicines, making infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death.
Lawani spoke on: “Antimicrobial Consumption and Prescription Gaps in UITH: Fallout of Global Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) 2017 to 2021”.
The microbiologist said that one of the aims of PPS was to reduce antimicrobial resistance and that the total consumption of the antimicrobial was a critical factor in the development of resistance.
According to him, we all contribute to the emergence of AMR as healthcare professionals by failing to follow updated clinical guidelines.
He also said that regulators regulated poorly while government on its part compromised access to standard healthcare.
Lawani therefore urged all stakeholders to upscale their roles towards drastic reduction in what he described as a medical menace.
Also, Dr Taofik Oloyede of the Department of Epidemiology and Community Health, UITH, made a presentation entitled: “Healthworkers Knowledge on Antimicrobial Resistance and Disposition to its Control Measures”.
Oloyede stressed the need for improving awareness and understanding of AMR among health professionals.
The epidemiologist said that renewed awareness would be one of the key strategies of the global and national action plans to combat AMR and delay further emergence and spread of resistance.
He therefore advised healthcare professionals to constantly familiarise and update themselves on modern treatment guidelines.
Yusuf Dasilva, the Chief Medical Director of UITH, assured participants of the management’s commitment to meeting recommendations outlined in the presentations.
Dasilva was represented by Dr Louis Odeigah, the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee of UITH.
Dr Aminu Aliyu, Consultant Gastroenterologist with University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), on Saturday advised healthcare providers to discuss options of management of Hepatitis and side effects of drugs with their patients.
Aliyu gave the advice at the Grand Round Presentations of the UITH entitled: “Hepatitis Infections: Screening and Vaccination”.
He observed that treatment of Hepatitis ‘B’ could be life-long, which require healthcare providers to discuss options of management with their patients.
“The clinical goal of treatment is to improve the quality of life of affected patients,” he added.
He described Hepatitis as an inflammation of the liver, adding that alcohol consumption, several health conditions and some medications can all cause this condition.
The Hepatologist explained that transmission of the viral infections are the most common cause of hepatitis and could happen vertically or horizontally.
According to him, vertical transmission occurs between mother and child during pregnancy or labour, while horizontal transmission can occur from child to child at schools especially, where there is a cut in the skin or mucosal surface.
The specialist further stated that unprotected sexual activities with an infected partner is another major source of contracting the disease.
He listed some of the symptoms of the disease to include fever, headaches, yellowness of the eyes, vomiting and general feeling of unwell, among others.
“Even though hepatitis is common all over Nigeria, it is prevalent in the North-Central geo-polical zone especially Nasarawa State.
“The Hepatitis ‘B’ case recorded in Nasarawa is about 8.1 per cent while Hepatitis ‘C’ is at 1.1,” he said.
Aliyu also advised that patients would need to ensure that all their immediate family members are screened for the disease.
He encouraged abstinence from ingestion of alcohol, smoking and herbal concoctions as a preventive measure.
“Immunity against the disease can either come naturally or via vaccinations,” he added.
Aliyu also canvassed for improved healthcare education, sustained vaccination exercise, proper screening, faithfulness to sex partner and robust contact tracing as some of the veriatble measures that would lead to a drastic reduction of infection in Nigeria.