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Federal hospital CEOs diverting drug funds, PSN alleges

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Federal hospital CEOs diverting drug funds, PSN alleges
•PSN President, Prof. Cyril Usifoh
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria has called on the Federal Government to probe alleged corrupt cases made against some of the Chief Executive Officers of the Federal Health Institutions.

A communique of the 96th annual national conference of the PSN, titled, ‘Jewel City 2023,’ also raised alarm over the unregistered two million drug sellers in the country.

The communique, signed by the President, PSN, Prof. Cyril Usifoh, and National Secretary, Mr. Garfa Madehin, noted that the conference was held between October 30 and November 4 at Gombe International Conference Centre, Bauchi Road, Gombe State, Nigeria.

“The conference called for the probe of corruption against some of the CEOs of the FHIs, whom empirical data confirms, indulge in the procurement of drugs through their proxies in addition to diverting Drug Revolving Funds accruable to identifiable bank accounts that are not official accounts in their institutions.

“The conference called for a special retreat to resuscitate GRF by bringing together the HODs of Pharmacy and the CEOs of all the FHIs with a caveat to mandate the PSN National Executive Council to sponsor the same if the Federal Ministry of Health is interested in such collaboration,” the communique read.

The PSN also warned that the mortality rate in the health system would surpass the all-time high of 10.8 per cent recorded in 1998 if the funding of the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria was neglected.

It read, “The conference highlighted the unfavourable status quo of over two million unregistered drug sellers, 35 open markets, fake drug syndrome with a high incidence rate of 16 per cent  to 48 per cent  based on various national and international studies in the last 25 years, the unacceptably high rate of drug abuse involving the use of narcotics and controlled drugs even when the government embarks on what has always been described as insufficient funding of agencies involved with drug distribution in Nigeria.”

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The PSN, in the communique, called for proactiveness in dealing with emerging diseases and also appealed to the Federal Government to fund research-based pharmacists in pharmaceutical institutions.

“The conference called for proactiveness in dealing with emerging diseases, including Lassa fever, Ebola, coronavirus, Monkeypox, Buruli ulcer, diphtheria, and other related diseases.

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“The conference encouraged government at all levels to make funds available to research-based pharmacists in research institutes, drug research and production units, centre for drug discovery and the pharmacy schools to identify, research, and produce drugs of choice for use in our peculiar environment. This is the only way to actualise the concept of universal health coverage with pharmacists as the pivotal point persons,” it added. (The PUNCH)

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Doctor, Nurses detained over missing placenta, umbilical Cord

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Doctor, Nurses detained over missing placenta, umbilical Cord

The Kwara State Police Command has commenced a discreet investigation into the mysterious disappearance of umbilical cord and placenta of a newly born baby at Government Cottage Hospital, Iloffa in Oke-Ero Local Government Area of the state last Sunday.

A woman identified as Mrs C. B. A. Williams, a Class Teacher at Orota Secondary School, Odo-Owa in the Oke-Ero council area reportedly gave birth to a baby on Sunday night while the umbilical cord and the placenta were yet to be given to her by the hospital workers as at the time of this report.

Five health workers who are suspects in the matter are currently being detained by the General Investigation Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department of the command in Ilorin.

The suspects detained by the police late Thursday afternoon after interrogation included one Dr. Ajibola, a resident doctor in the hospital, and three nurses identified as Rukayat Adeloye, Aishat Awolusi, and Peace Alabi as well as Toyin Adewumi, a ward attendant at the hospital.

The police were later involved when efforts to settle the controversy at various layers of hierarchies in the local government failed.

It was further gathered that it took spirited efforts of elders of the Odo-Owa community to calm the fray nerves of restive youths who suspected foul play and were about to burn down the hospital on Tuesday over the incident.

Mrs Williams delivered her baby at the hospital on Sunday night at about 7 pm after hours of labour.

Williams, while narrating her ordeal, said that she was rushed to the hospital while experiencing labour pains on Sunday afternoon and gave birth to a baby at about 7pm the same day.

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“I was feeling some labour pains on Sunday and I got to the Cottage hospital, some minutes past 1pm on Sunday, and told the particular Nurse Adeloye I met on duty that I was having contractions. She was the one that attended to me after confirming that I was truly in labour.

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“She took me into the labour room and asked me to wait because I still had more time. Not quite long after I came, the doctor also came in and instructed the nurse to usher me into the labour room.

“In the course of the delivery, it was one nurse Alabi who took the delivery, and nurse Adeloye and the Ward Attendant identified as Mrs Toyin were the three people present.

She said that she delivered the baby and was in the hospital till the following morning before she was discharged and allowed to go to her home.

She, however, said that the hospital workers gave her a nylon containing her personal items but did not give her the placenta and the umbilical cord of the baby when they asked her to go home.

“Though they handed a black nylon bag to me I discovered that there are two missing items inside the nylon; those are the umbilical cord and the placenta,” she said.

When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer, Kwara State Police Command, Ejire-Adeyemi Toun, confirmed the incident, adding that the investigation is ongoing.

“The police are investigating the incident and five suspects have been arrested in connection with it, an investigation is still ongoing,” the PPRO said.

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Five teenagers remanded for allegedly killing 18-year-old student

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A Makurdi Magistrate’s Court, on Thursday remanded five teenagers in a correctional facility for allegedly killing an 18-year old student, named Yakubu Garba.

The defendants are being charged with criminal conspiracy, terrorism and culpable homicide.

They are Abdullahi Ismail, 14; Ismail Abubakar, 18; Mustapha Yakubu, 15; Suleiman Ismail, 18, and Sani Yahaya, 18.

The defendants are residents of Imam Street, Abinsi in Guma Local Government Area, Benue.

The Magistrate, Cynthia Ikpe did not take the plea of the defendants for lack of jurisdiction.

She ordered them to be remanded at the Makurdi Correctional Centre to enable the police to undertake proper investigation on the matter.

He adjourned the case until June 26, 2024.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Inspector Friday Inedu told the court that the father of the deceased, Garba Sani reported the matter at the Abinsi Police Station on May 9.

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Inedu said that the defendants committed the offences on May 8, at Imam Street, Abinsi, Guma Local Government Area, Benue.

He said that the defendants and others now at large, stormed the area with cutlasses and other weapons to attack his 18-year old son.

”The injuries inflicted on him as a result of the attack led to his death.

“Investigation is still ongoing, we urge the court for another date for the mention of the case,” he said.

The prosecutor said that the offenses contravened section 97 and 222 of the Penal Code Law of Benue State, 2004.

He further said that the offense contravened Section 4(2) of the Abduction, Hostage Taking, kidnapping, Secret Cult and Similar Activities (Prohibition) Law, 2017.

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Tinubu approves upgrade of Federal College Dental Technology Enugu to University

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu

As part of his dedicated efforts to build robust human resources for the health and social welfare sector, President Bola Tinubu has approved the conversion of the Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy, Enugu, to a full-fledged University of Allied Health Sciences.

This is contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale on Thursday in Abuja

He stated,”The Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy in Enugu will now be known as the Federal University of Allied Health Sciences, Enugu, and will be domiciled under the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

“This presidential directive comes at a time when President Tinubu, who doubles as the African Union (AU) Champion for Human Resources for Health, is set to train 120,000 frontline health workers nationwide within 16 months; to double the number of primary health facilities in local communities across all local government areas of the federation from 8,800 presently to over 17,000 over the next three years, and is doubling the number of health personnel graduating from accredited nursing and midwifery institutions over the next three years in order to meet the aspirations of Nigerians for accessible, affordable, and quality healthcare services across the nation.”

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