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NARD vs FG: Adeleke urges dialogue between parties

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Sen. Adeleke Mamora, the immediate past Minister of Science and Technology, has called for a reasonable dialogue between the Federal Government and the striking doctors belonging to the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).

Mamora, also a former Minister of State for Health, made the call in Abuja on Tuesday at the opening ceremony of the 2023 Annual General Meeting of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA-FCT).

He enjoined all parties in the dispute to embrace dialogue as a way of resolving the impasse.

“For me, I will never succumb to pressure for something I know will not be possible, what is happening now is a situation of carryover.

“We must look at a holistic approach to the issues, so I appeal to our colleagues to dialogue,” he stressed.

Also, Sen. Tony Nwoye, Anambra North Senatorial District (Labour Party), stated that there was the need to protect the image of the medical profession.

Nwoye who said that the medical profession was more like a sacrifice, noted that medical doctors put a lot of hours to work and that they need to get their reward on earth and not in heaven.

According to him, “it is a terrible thing that most Nigerian doctors are now migrating as a result of the situation of their work in Nigeria, and poor working environment.”

He said few days ago, he wanted to access a medical facility in his home state, and that every hospital he visited in Anambra state, none has a functional “Electrocardiogram” (EGC).

He said that such a situations in Nigerian hospitals are not the same with that of the ones abroad, stressing that this called for a concern from Nigeria’s leaders.

Nwoye, however, pledged to see a different situation with the coming in of the 10th National Assembly, adding that there was the need to find a lasting solution to the tussle between the NARD, the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Federal Government.

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Former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on health services, Yusuf-Tanko Sununu, urged doctors to also involve themselves in politics.

According to him, a doctor without political awareness, or without any role in politics is doomed.

He said that doctors are critical to political decisions, and that medical politics was important in this present situation of the country, saying that everybody must be involved.

Sununu called on doctors to be emphathetic with their work, stressing that they must put themselves in the condition of the patients they are taking care of.

“A doctor must have the ability to listen attentively, have wisdom to interprete things the way they are, and must have the knowledge of patients and drugs.

“A doctor must have a good communication skills for him to be able to play a role in politics, whenever we refuse to participate in politics it will affect us, we have a role to play in politics,” he stressed.

Dr Ibrahim Wada, the Chairman of the occasion and founder of Nisa Medical Group, Abuja, urged all doctors who are willing to Japa (migrate) to other countries to think twice before they go.

 

He, however, assured doctors that the health sector would be better if government gives serious attention to the sector.

Earlier, Dr Charles Ugwuanyi, Chairman, NMA-FCT, noted that government had in many ways contributed to the emigration of health workers, but called for a change in the situation.

He expressed the hope that after the AGM, with the contribution of various speakers, the Federal Government would see reasons to accede to the demands of the doctors to quickly end the ongoing strike.

He said with the response of the Federal Government, public confidence would be restored in government hospitals and reduce the human capital flight out of a struggling health space.

“The truth is, doctors and all health care professionals deserve a lot more than what they are asking for, should the government decide to get it right this time,” 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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