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Shun ‘japa’ syndrome, LUTH CMD advises young doctors

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Prof. Wasiu Adeyemo, the Chief Medical Director, (CMD) of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), has advised new medical doctors from the University of Ilorin to shun ‘japa’ syndrome and practise in the country.

Adeyemo gave this charge on Monday at the induction ceremony of 144 medical graduands of the College of Health Sciences, held in Ilorin.

The don who spoke on the topic: “Brain Drain in Health Sector: The Grass is Greener Here Too”, congratulated the inductees, saying “your future is the very bright sun going to shine on everything you do”.

He emphasised on the need for the young medics to contribute their quotas towards the peace and progress of the country.

He, however, bemoaned low remuneration and general poor working conditions medical doctors are subjected to in the country.

According to him, it is important for such young professionals to stay behind in order to contribute their quotas to national development like many of their patriotic senior colleagues.

“While hoping that all will be well soon in addressing these factors, particularly remuneration, infrastructures, and adequate funding.

“It is important that we, elders in the profession, engage these younger ones about the many opportunities here such as, clinical practice, public and private, academic, and research, among a very long list of opportunities,” he said.

Adeyemo observed that it is not the proposed mandatory five-year practice that will mitigate the effect of the brain drain, but understanding why Nigerians always take delight in relocating to other countries.

He urged elders in the profession to create and allow free flow of mentoring between them and the young graduates as done in the law profession.

He explained that young graduates should be discouraged from taking decisions that will hurt them.

The CMD added that young medical doctors need mentors amongst the elders to redirect their thoughts as he advised the graduands to emulate and be encouraged by the styles and accomplishments of their senior colleagues who remain at home to produce them.

Earlier in his opening remarks, Prof. Wahab Egbewole, SAN, the Vice Chancellor, University of Ilorin, congratulated the graduands and their parents on the successful completion of their training.

He charged them to show the world compassion, care and concern to humanity.

 

“Today we are celebrating with your parents who have paid the dues to make sure you are here today. Remember that although it was not easy but they did it for you.

“To show appreciation also do it to the Nigerian society that has produced you. Remember that the lexicon today has moved from ‘Japa’ to ‘Japada’.

“Therefore use the latest lexicon to stay here and make use of the best opportunity you have here,”he said.

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Unknown Gunmen Abduct Channelstv Reporter In Port-harcourt

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Some unknown gunmen have kidnapped Joshua Rogers, the ChannelsTV reporter in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Politics Nigeria learnt that Rogers was picked up close to his residence at Rumuosi in Port Harcourt and to an unknown destination by the gunmen around 9pm on Thursday, April 11.

The reporter was driving his official ChannelsTV branded car when the hoodlums accosted, pointed a gun at him and took him away in the same vehicle.

 

Rogers was said to be returning from his official assignment in Government House after a trip to Andoni for a government event when the incident happened.

Already, the gunmen were said to have contacted his wife and demanded a N30million ransom for bis release.

His cameraman confirmed the incident and appealed to his abductors to set him free unconditionally.

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Lassa Fever Kills 150 In Nigeria — NCDC

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According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), 150 people died from Lassa virus in 125 local government areas throughout 27 states in the federation between January and March 2024.

The NCDC reported that the deaths were recorded with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 18.6% overall from week one to week thirteen, 2024. This is higher than the CFR for the same time in 2023 (17.5%).

In its Lassa Fever Situation Report Epi Week 13, which was released on March 25–31, 2024, the agency revealed that 806 of the 5,295 suspected cases that were recorded were confirmed. Eyes Of Lagos reports,

According to the report, in week 13, the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 25 in Epi week 12, 2024 to 15. These cases were reported in Ondo, Bauchi, Plateau and Edo states.

 

In total for 2024, 27 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 125 LGAs, even as 62 percent of all confirmed Lassa fever cases were reported from Ondo, Edo, and Bauchi states, while 38 percent of cases were reported from 24 states with confirmed Lassa fever cases.

Of the 62 percent confirmed cases, the NCDC said Ondo reported 24 percent, Edo 22 percent, and Bauchi 16 percent. The predominant age group affected is 31-40 years (Range: 1 to 98 years, Median Age: 32years), with a male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases of 1:1.

From the report, the number of suspected cases (5,295) increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2023 (4,338).

The agency confirmed that the National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Incident Management System has been activated to coordinate response at all levels at the Emergency Operations Centre, EOC.

No new healthcare worker was affected in the reporting week 13, the report noted.

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