Nigeria: National Hospital Celebrates ’13 Years of Uninterrupted in Vitro Fertilisation’

Jun 21, 2018 0

The National Hospital Abuja, on Wednesday celebrated 13 years of providing uninterrupted In Vitro Fertilisation Services (IVF) to Nigerians. Speaking at the ceremony, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Jaf Momoh, said the management was honoured to mark 13 years of successes in making families happy. Represented by Olaomi Olowole, the Director Clinical Services, Mr Momoh added that the achievements were greatly attributed to a sustained and successive IVF management centre. He said a lot of pregnancies had been achieved at the IVF centre which had served as encouragement to lots of women, couples, families and Nigeria at large. He said the event was aimed at celebrating the pioneer members of staff and the patients for the achievements recorded over the years. “The centre commenced operation in 2006 and almost everyone who worked from inception, is here today to celebrate the 13 years of its existence, this shows that we can achieve a lot as a people in harmony. “We are also celebrating the joy that the centre has provided for so many... ...

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Nigeria: Female Medical Doctor Dies Over Unpaid Salaries in Kogi

Jun 20, 2018 0

It was a sad day for staff of the Kogi State Specialist Hospital in Lokoja as the Head of Department of Internal Medicine, Dr. Chukwudibe Rosemary, suddenly died while another Dr. Idris Nuhu and three nurses slumped due to alleged exhaustion and over work. Also, a ward attendant equally slumped and currently on admission with the three nurses. The staff had not  been paid since February this year by Kogi State Government following traffic payment adopted by the government. The deceased female doctor, who was admitted last Sunday evening for heart related issues, suddenly developed complications around 2 a.m. yesterday as her colleagues battled her for over five hours but lost her in the early hours of monday. On hearing the news of the passing of Rosemary, another, Dr. Idris Nuhu and three nurses also slumped simultaneously and currently on admission at the Maternity ward of the hospital. According to one of the staff of the hospital, her death was not unconnected to financial problem as the deceased was heard lamenting that her... ...

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Kenya: Ministry of Health on the Spot Over Acquisition of CT Scanners

Jun 19, 2018 0

Kenya: Ministry of Health on the Spot Over Acquisition of CT Scanners The controversial acquisition of the Sh8 billion CT scan machines has come back to haunt the government after a parliamentary committee summoned Health Principal Secretary Peter Tum to explain why the cost of the machines was inflated. Mr Tum  suppose to appear on Monday before the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee, which is chaired by Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi. The contract for acquiring of the machines was signed between the Treasury on behalf of Kenyan government and China through the China Development Bank, on August 21, 2017. ...

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NHS funding: Theresa May unveils £20bn boost

Jun 17, 2018 0

The NHS in England is to get an extra £20bn a year by 2023 as a 70th “birthday present”, Theresa May says. It means the £114bn budget will rise by an average of 3.4% annually – but that is still less than the 3.7% average rise the NHS has had since 1948. The prime minister said this would be funded partly by a “Brexit dividend”, but also hinted at tax rises. Labour said the government had failed to fund the NHS properly and was relying on a “hypothetical” windfall. Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said Labour’s taxation plans meant his party could match the Conservatives’ spending plans and “will go further”. In her BBC interview, Mrs May did not spell out how the £20bn a year would be funded but said: “As a country we will be contributing more, a bit more, but also we will have that sum of money that is available from the European Union.” But Commons Health and Social Care Committee chairwoman Sarah Wollaston described the idea... ...

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Babies most likely to be born at 4am, study finds

Jun 15, 2018 0

Four o’clock in the morning is the time most babies are born spontaneously in England, with the majority arriving between 01:00 and 07:00, a study shows. While planned C-section births tended to happen on weekday mornings, births after induced labours were more likely to occur around midnight. Overall, more than 70% of births took place outside regular working hours. The analysis of five million births between 2005 and 2014 was carried out by University College London. The researchers said there could be implications for staffing of midwives and doctors, with only 28% of births taking place between 09:00 and 17:00 on weekdays. Since the 1950s, patterns of birth have changed because of rising rates of intervention, such as C-sections and inductions. Prof Alison Macfarlane, research author from City, University of London, said that “current trends in obstetric intervention at birth may work in opposite directions”. With rates of induction rising, she said induced births were more likely to occur at night, while rates of pre-planned caesareans – which are also... ...

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 Nigeria: World Blood Donor Day – African Region Not Meeting Blood Need – WHO

Jun 14, 2018 0

As the world celebrate blood donor day today, the World Health Organisation (WHO), has expressed worry that the African region is not meeting its blood needs, as patients requiring transfusion are dying due to blood shortages. This was contained in the World Blood Donor Day message by WHO Regional Director in Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti. She said although countries have made significant progress to improve the availability and safety She stressed that adequate supplies of safe blood can only be assured through regular, voluntary, unpaid donations. Moeti, therefore,urged countries to support voluntary blood donations as a solidarity act for all, and to ensure that national blood services have sustainable funding for blood safety programmes. “I encourage ministries of health to put active measures in place to strengthen national blood services to enhance universal access to safe blood. “Blood transfusion saves lives. It helps patients suffering from life-threatening conditions to live longer, better quality lives, and supports complex medical and surgical procedures. “It has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and... ...

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Kenya: Ministry Warns of Disease Outbreaks in Several Counties

Jun 13, 2018 0

The Ministry of Health has issued an alert on disease outbreaks in several counties. Director of Medical Services Jackson Kioko said on Tuesday that four epidemics had been reported in the country since January. Cholera, measles, Chikungunya and Rift Valley Fever outbreaks have been reported in various parts of the country. Dr Kioko said the ministry had been working with the affected county governments to contain the epidemics. He noted that a total of 4,954 cholera cases had been reported since the beginning of the year. Out of these cases, 75 deaths had been reported, he said. The affected counties are Mombasa, Garissa, Siaya, Tharaka-Nithi, Meru, Kirinyaga, Busia, Tana River, Turkana, Murang’a, Trans Nzoia, West Pokot, Nairobi, Nakuru, Isiolo, Machakos, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Kiambu and Kilifi. Dr Kioko said nine counties had managed to contain the outbreak. The ministry had responded to the cholera outbreak by appointing a national disease outbreak task force. He said the ministry had also responded by issuing alerts and educative materials. Dr Kioko added that the ministry... ...

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Nigeria: 19 New Cholera Cases Reported in Adamawa

Jun 12, 2018 0

Adamawa Ministry of Health has confirmed 19 new cases of cholera in Mubi North and Mubi South Local Government areas. A statement on Monday by the Information Officer of the ministry, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, said that 16 of the new cases were recorded in Mubi South while three were reported in Mubi South. Abubakar said that so far a total of 1,227 cases were recorded within the past one month with 20 deaths while 19 patients were still on admission at the treatment centre in Mubi General Hospital as at June 10. He said Hong local government has five cases without death, Maiha local government has three cases without death, Mubi North has 526 cases with 11 deaths,while Mubi South has 693 cases with nine deaths. ...

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