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Nigeria Health Watch

Top Ten News Items on Health out of Nigeria

Vanguard, 06 May 2016
Global Fund uncovers fraud in malaria, TB, HIV/AIDS grants to Nigeria

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, GFATM, an international financing institution that invests the world’s money to save lives, has suspended disbursement of funds for malaria, HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis, following discovery of large scale fraud by recipient organisations in Nigeria. The discovery of the fraud, involving millions of dollars, was uncovered after an audit of grants to Nigeria by the Office of the Inspector General, OIG, an arm of the Fund. A message on Nigeria audit reports by the Executive Director, Global Fund, Mark Dybul, said findings showed that “the audit report on Nigeria covered US$889 million of Global Fund grants, and found systemic weakness in the controls in various government entities. 

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Global Fund, 03 May 2016
Office of the Inspector General​ ​investigation in Nigeria

An Office of the Inspector General (OIG) investigation found evidence of systematic embezzlement, fraudulent practices and collusion between 2010 and 2014 by a sub-recipient of Global Fund grants. The investigators concluded that a total of US$3,816,766 in expenditure by the Nigerian Government’s Department of Health Planning, Research and Statistics (DPRS) was non-compliant and is proposed for recovery. The expenditure was mainly related to training for a web-based health information system. The Global Fund Secretariat has discontinued its relationship with DPRS and barred any individuals identified by the OIG investigation from implementing Global Fund grants. An external fiscal agent is now in place to validate all travel and training-related expenditure and ensure that all vendors are paid by bank transfer rather than cash.

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Premium Times, 03 May 2016
Nigerian govt directs hospitals to treat gunshot victims without police clearance

The Federal Government on Tuesday directed medical doctors to treat emergencies including gun-shot victims without requesting police clearance or other restraints. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, gave the directive at the swearing-in of 342 foreign trained medical doctors and six dentistry graduates in Abuja. The foreign graduates were successful in the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) assessment held from April 6 to 8, which enables them to practice in the country. Mr. Adewole urged them to treat patients on emergency before asking for money, adding that life is more precious than money. He further advised them to continually practice within the limit of their competence and imbibe global best practice to better their lots in the profession.

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Punch, 04 May 2016
LAUTECH hospital sacks residents doctors

The management of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo has sacked some members of the Association of Resident Doctors in the hospital. The President of ARD, Dr. Adeyinka Owolabi, said this at a press conference in Osogbo on Tuesday. He, however, said he and his colleagues would strongly resist the sacking and intimidations and blackmail employed by the management to stop them from fighting for their rights. Owolabi said, “Sincere attempts from outside the state to intervene in the crisis were resisted by the state government. The state government and their representatives have taken to blackmail, intimidation and unjust victimisation of our members. “Residency training is guided by policies which are not peculiar to our hospital here alone. The sacking of some of our members was unjustly done.

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This Day, 04 May 2016
Ondo Health Workers protest non-payment of five months salary
 
Activities at all government health facilities in Ondo City was Tuesday paralysed as health workers in the service of the Ondo State Government trooped out to streets to protest non payment of their five months salary. The workers comprising doctors, nurses, phamacists, laboratory attendants, records officers gathered as early as 8a.m. at the Specialist Hospital Ondo with different placards and leave branches changing solidarity songs. The protesters also barricaded road leading to the Mother and Child Hospital, thus paralysing vehicular activities in the area.
 
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The Naation, 05 May 2016
Lagos to build N49b medical park

The Lagos State government plans to build a N49billion medical park in partnership with the private sector. Commissioner for Health Jide Idris, who briefed reporters after the weekly State Executive Council Meeting, said the project is in line with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s commitment to improving healthcare experience, promote medical tourism and excellent healthcare services. The project has been awarded to MEDIPARK International Limited Consortium, comprising MEDIPARK International Limited, Cleveland Clinics Ohio USA, St. Barnabas Healthcare System New Jersey and American Hospital Management Company, Washington DC.

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AllAfrica, 05 May 2016
FMOH workers protest against Perm Sec Shamaki

Dozens of workers in the federal health ministry marched to the Head of the Civil Service in central Abuja to protest against their own permanent secretary Amina Shamaki and her handling of staff affairs at FMOH. They demanded the Head of Service (HOS) to post a "knowledgeable and competent permanent secretary" to run FMOH. The workers, who were met by Innocent Ogbonnaya, permanent secretary for career management office at HOS, flayed the choice of doctors to occupy the top three sensitive posts in the ministry, insisting that was the cause of its problems. Hassan Habba, who led the protesters, said, "To our dismay, whether it happened in error, the Permanent Secretary is a medical doctor, the Minister is a medical doctor, the Minister of State is a medical doctor, we have a problem. You must give us somebody who will serve as an arbiter between these two people. We need an experienced person to lead that ministry. That is why we are having problem here."

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Vanguard, 30 April 2016
Lagos General Hospital: Patients’ tales of woes, pains, anguish.

Are public hospitals houses of health or homes of death? This is the pertinent question on the lips of patients seeking healthcare services in government health institutions in Lagos and environs in recent times. To say that government health institutions are overwhelmed and that their facilities are overstretched would be an understatement. Expectedly, people who check into hospitals face risks. While expecting to get better, some actually end up getting worse. There are so many unfortunate horror stories about hospital risks, danger of medical complications, and perhaps worse of all, the human errors, which cannot be ruled out. 

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All Africa, 05 May 2016
Demand for better health more than just shouting - Forum

Health experts have said the voice of citizens must lead priorities in health, if efforts in health care are to make any positive impact. Speaking at a forum, Making Our Voices Count - Active Citizenship for Health, organised by the group Nigeria Health Watch, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, a managing partner for the health consultancy EpiAfric, said, "It isn't enough to just go and shout, we have to shout effectively." "Accountability stems from demand," he told Daily Trust. "If we as citizens keep quiet, we shouldn't expect our government to focus on health. They will only focus when we ask them to, and to ask them we have to educate ourselves on how to do that.

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Nigeria Health Watch, 03 May 2016
As the Health Minister’s 10,000 PHC transformation agenda starts, we urge him to keep primary health care under ONE roof

We are in May. Later this month we will mark one year into the tenure of the Buhari administration, a quarter of its four-year mandate. Also in May, we anticipate the kick-off of the Minister’s promised “one newly functional” primary health centre per day. The appointment of Professor Isaac Adewole as Minister of Health was met with quiet optimism across the health sector. Professor Adewole’s first few public statements were mostly on the effects of medical tourism, a tragic phenomenon, but one that is largely inconsequential to the vast majority of Nigerians who cannot afford it. However, he soon changed his focus to primary health care. He was initially widely reported to have stated an intention to build 10,000 new PHCs. He, however, has since corrected this to a new phrase in the Nigerian health sector, an intention to “make functional” 10,000 PHCs in two years; 5,000 in 2016 and another 5,000 in 2017.

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