Doctors fault Health Minister for dismissing brain drain

The National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP) have faulted the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire’s remarks that Nigeria has enough doctors. The association, while describing the statement as irresponsible, claimed that since 2019, the number of migrating doctors in search of greener pastures has tripled, leaving a huge gap in the number of available specialists to attend to patients across the country. Recall that Ehanire, during a briefing two weeks ago, stated that the country has enough doctors because between 2,000 to 3,000 doctors are…

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‘More Nigerians suffering mental illness due to economic hardship, insecurity’ – Psychiatrist

A consultant Neuro-psychiatrist, Dr. Jimoh Adejumo, has said that economic hardship coupled with the level of insecurity in the country could trigger mental illness on more Nigerians. Adejumo, who works with the Federal Neuro-psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, disclosed this to newsmen yesterday, in Lagos.  He explained that the current economic hardship, coupled with the level of insecurity in the country might likely inflict mental illness on more Nigerians. He said these include inflation, poverty, child abuse, rape, broken homes and broken marriages, financial problems, traumatic experiences and degrees of violence among…

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4,722 Nigerian nurses, midwives top foreign medical workers in UK — Report 

The data from the United Kingdom (UK)’s National Health Service, (NHS), has said that at the end of May, not less than 1,000 medical workers, (medics), including doctors had migrated from Nigeria and other African countries to the UK, with Nigeria accounting for more than 60% of the migrants. The data shows that one in three doctors and nurses who joined the NHS in England last year were recruited from overseas with the major catchment area being Nigeria, a development the NHS says has raised concerns that the health service…

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Osinbajo makes first appearance after surgery

…Thanks doctors About a week after undergoing surgery on his leg, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo made his first appearance in photographs shared on his social media accounts yesterday. Osinbajo who stood alongside his wife, Dolapo, appreciated the management of Duchess International Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos, following successful surgery on his right femur (thigh bone). Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, informed Nigerians on July 16 that the “VP is in the hospital for a surgical procedure on account of recurrent pain in the leg possibly sustained from an injury while playing squash”. In an…

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WHO declares monkey pox an international public health emergency

The World Health Organisation, (WHO), yesterday declared monkey pox a public health emergency of international concern, a designation reserved for the most serious global disease outbreaks. That puts monkey pox on the same list as six other outbreaks with the same WHO label since 2007: Covid-19, Zika, H1N1 flu, polio and Ebola, which has been designated an emergency twice. WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, made the decision to issue the declaration despite a lack of consensus among experts serving on the U.N. health agency’s emergency committee. It was the first…

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Marburg virus alert: “Avoid unnecessary travels”, FG tells Nigerians

The Federal Government has urged Nigerians to avoid non-essential travels to locations where the outbreak of the Marburg virus disease (MVD) has been reported for the time being. This advisory, among others, is coming from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) as the Ghanaian authorities declared an outbreak of the MVD, which was confirmed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the 17th of July 2022. While the NCDC stated the overall risk of both importations of the disease and its potential impact on the Nigerian population is moderate,…

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Kaduna: After visiting 2 State govt-owned hospitals, Sheikh Gumi says Nigeria’s healthcare system has collapsed

Kaduna-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Abubakar Gumi, has declared that the nation’s healthcare system has collapsed and requires urgent attention to revive it. He stated this yesterday, when he visited two major State government-owned hospitals in Kaduna, namely Gwamna Awon General Hospital, in Kaduna-South and Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital, in Kaduna-North of the Kaduna metropolis. During the visits, Sheikh Gumi offered cash gifts to vulnerable patients while appealing to wealthy individuals in the society to assist the less-privileged in the society, particularly those who are suffering from one ailment…

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Covid-19: FG reviews guidelines for international travel

The Federal Government has begun a review of the Covid-19 travel advisory and public health safety measures. The action, it was learnt, followed the concerns being raised by travellers over exorbitant fees paid for Covid-19 tests at Nigeria airports and alleged extortion and other unwholesome practices. According to an issued statement by the Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC) yesterday, the Presidential Steering Committee on Covid-19 is expected to announce an updated travel advisory soon. The Federal Government mandates passengers who present negative PCR test results before boarding aircraft travelling…

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Insecurity, economic downturn predisposing Nigerians to mental illness – Psychiatrists

More Nigerians are predisposed to mental illness due to kidnapping, banditry and fuel scarcity amidst the current economic hardship in the country, the Psychiatrists Association of Nigeria has said. President of the Association, Prof. Taiwo James Obindo, noted that stress is a major predisposing factor to mental illness, saying that if an individual finds it difficult to overcome the normal stresses of life then the person cannot be said to be mentally healthy. Quoting the World Health Organisation (WHO) data, Obindo said, “One out of four Nigerians is at risk…

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Health: Gombe Partners West African College Of Surgeons, To Begin Residency Training in O&G/ Family Medicine

…As College’s Accreditation Team Praises Governor Inuwa For Remodeling & Providing Ultra-modern Facilities At Specialist Hospital, Others Umar Kaltungo The West Africa College of Surgeons has described the structures and facilities at the Gombe specialist hospital as ones that bear all the hallmarks of a system that is susceptible to progressive change and will therefore need the support, encouragement and disposition of the institution to actualize the hospital’s dream of commencing the training of Resident Doctors in Obstetrics and Gynecology/ Family Medicine before other departments follow suit soon. The Accreditation…

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