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Top Ten News Items on Health out of Nigeria

Leadership, 10 June 2016
LUTH Nurses begin indefinite strike

Nurses and Midwives at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, on Friday began an indefinite strike to press home their demands. The nurses and midwives under the aegis of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) are protesting what they called stagnation, non-payment of salary and inadequate facilities. Mr Olurotimi Awojide, the State Chairman of NANNM, told newsmen in Lagos that the association had given the management a seven-day ultimatum which expired on June 9. Other demands are outstanding 2015 promotion results of 71 nurses, non-payment of nurses employed in 2015, lack of consumables, inadequate manpower and irregular water and power supply. “We have been having series of problems with LUTH management for a while now which we have made effort to resolve but all to no avail.

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Daily Post, 13 June 2016
Ogun doctors declare indefinite strike

Residents Doctors in the employment of Ogun State government have declared an indefinite strike action from today (Monday). The doctors made the resolution at a press conference addressed by the chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Oladunni Adetola, in Abeokuta. According to the association, the strike which will be restricted to Mondays and Tuesdays, is indefinite until the state government accede to their demands. The demands include recruitment of more doctors, provision of drugs in hospital pharmacies, improved condition of service, and improvement of basic infrastructure at the state hospitals. Dr Adetola said, “Imagine a general hospital having only a doctor covering it. Most of our hospitals have less than half of the personnel they had about seven to eight years ago.

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Information Nigeria, 16 June 2016
Unpaid salaries: Ekiti Medical Doctors declare indefinite strike

Medical doctors in Ekiti State on Wednesday declared an indefinite strike in protest of their five-month unpaid salaries and to demand improvement of medical facilities in their hospitals. The strike notice was contained in a communique signed and issued by the acting president of the Association of Resident Doctors, Tunji Alaoye, and the chairman of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners, Ekiti State, Folu Ekundare. It would be recalled that organized labour in Ekiti State issued a stay-at-home order to worker three weeks ago for reasons of unpaid salaries. Health workers, who initially obeyed the directive, later withdrew citing love for the citizenry and the hope that government would consider paying their January salary from the last federal allocation.

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Premium Times, 10 June 2016
Doctors strike disrupts services at UCH

Normal medical services have been disrupted at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, following the nationwide strike called by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that members of the UCH local chapter of the association joined their counterparts in other States and Federal Government-owned hospitals on an indefinite industrial action to press home their demands for improved working condition. Lugman Ogunjimi, the NARD’s branch chairman, made this known in Ibadan on Friday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Mr. Ogunjimi said that NARD took the decision at the ordinary meeting of the association’s National Executive Council held between May 30 and June 5 in Jos, Plateau. He said 16 out of the 58 federal health facilities have been exempted from the initial centre-based strike for the commitment of their chief medical directors, to implement Federal Government’s directives.

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Nigeria Today, 10 June 2016
In Uyo: Teaching Hospital doctors embark on strike
 
We are embarking on an indefinite strike from today. The problem is about the incomplete salaries that we have been receiving for two years now. The University of Uyo Teaching Hospital Branch of the Association of Resident Doctors has embarked on an indefinite strike over "incomplete salaries’’. The President of the association, Dr Christian Adeneye, made the announcement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Uyo on Friday. Adeneye explained that resident doctors in the hospital had been receiving incomplete salaries since 2014, saying that all efforts to make government see reason on the mater had failed. "We are embarking on an indefinite strike from today. The problem is about the incomplete salaries that we have been receiving for two years now. "We have been negotiating with the Federal Government but there is insincerity on the part of government".
 
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Punch, 03 June 2016
Doctors begin indefinite strike over salary in Nasarawa
 
Medical doctors in Nasarawa State have embarked on an indefinite strike over payment of salaries. Dr. Friday Omolei, Chairman of the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association and Secretary, Dr Peter Attah, said at a news briefing on Friday in Lafia. The doctors said that the strike was due to alleged government’s failure to correct their salaries in tandem with the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the association had issued a one-week strike notice to the state government on May 26. Omolei said the association took the “painful” decision, as the government had failed to respond to the doctors demand since 2014. The chairman said that the association was open to dialogue, but would not return to work until its demands were met. “From January 2016 till date, there has been mass exodus of doctors from the employment of Nasarawa state government due to poor remuneration and high tax regime.
 
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Today.Ng, 09 June 2016
Bayelsa NMA decries non-payment of salaries, threatens strike

Bayelsa State chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) yesterday decried the non-payment of their members five months’ salaries, saying the continued delay in the payment of salaries and wages had affected healthcare delivery in the state, among others. Besides, the association said the non-payment of salaries had reduced hospital attendants as patients struggled to procure drugs, pay for test or pay their bills on their discharge from hospitals. The consequences, they maintained would lead to Bayelsans, resorting to self-treatment, patronize quacks and in the worst case scenario opt to die at home as the non-payment of salaries was a ready template for anti-social upheaval, psychiatric manifestation especially depression/suicide, self-denial, self-pity, escalating vices such as theft and violence. 

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Punch, 15 June 2016
Abuja quack doctor arrested after 10 years’ practice

The police have arrested a suspected quack doctor, Victor Akpan, in the Gwarinpa area of Abuja. PUNCH Metro learnt that Akpan, who had been running a private hospital for 10 years, allegedly operated with forged and stolen certificates. As a quack doctor, he was said to have performed caesarean sections, removed fibroids and delivered pregnant women of babies. His arrest came exactly one year after the arrest of a senior medical officer with the Federal Ministry of Health, Martins Ugwu, by the police for practising as a medical doctor with stolen certificates for over nine years. PUNCH Metro learnt on Tuesday that Akpan’s arrest was sequel to investigations by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. It was gathered that the suspect was the owner of Luna Maternity and Surgery Hospital, an outfit he opened in 2006 using a forged licence – four years after the MDCN refused to grant him licence to practice as a homeopath. The Head of the Inspectorate Division of MDCN, Dr Henry Okwuokenye, who had been investigating Akpan, said the regulatory agency did not grant him a homeopathic practice licence “because the school he claimed to have graduated from in Enugu State was not approved to train students in alternative medicine.”

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Today.Ng, 16 June 2016
‘Nigeria to achieve global standard healthcare by 2020’

Nigeria has developed a document detailing comprehensive and innovative strategies to facilitate the growth of the country’s healthcare system to meet global standards. More than 50 top officials of Federal Ministry of Health and other MDAs have received a copy each of the 72 -page document entitled “Nigeria Benchmark Medical Zone (BMZ) Project”. The proposal, presented by Alpha Zomax Consultants, Inc of USA, is designed to establish in each of six Nigeria’s geopolitical zones and the FCT, Abuja, a Benchmark Medical Zone (BMZ). In a statement yesterday in Abuja, the chief executive officer of Alpha Zomax Consultants Inc of USA, Dr Lasbry Uzoma, said the Nigeria BMZ Project would rekindle the healthy regional competition and active private sector vibrancy that characterized the North, West and Eastern Regions in the 1950s and 1960s before the slippery overreliance on oil. He said if India, Pakistan, South Korea, Singapore, Brazil and other dynamic developing countries have successfully revitalized their healthcare systems, Nigeria is well placed to achieve the same.

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Nigeria Health Watch, 14 June 2016
How many Nigerians are living with HIV?

This has been an increasingly controversial question recently. Understanding the burden of HIV in Nigeria is more important now than ever before, because, aside from Nigeria having the second largest population of people living with HIV, and only being able to find about 750,000 people to put on treatment, we are also the subject of an embarrassing Global Fund investigation. In July this year, many Nigerians working on HIV/AIDS will attend the next International Conference on AIDS holding in South Africa, only the second time ever it’s being held in Africa, with the inevitable scrutiny this will bring the HIV response in Nigeria. Your Nigeria Health Watch team will make sure that you do not miss a thing from the conference in Durban. The official HIV prevalence by UNAIDS in Nigeria is 3.2% among the adult population, giving a total estimate of 3.4 million Nigerians living with HIV, and not 5 million as widely reported by Nigerian newspapers recently.

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