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10,697 medical laboratory scientists left Nigeria – Registrar

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10,697 medical laboratory scientists left Nigeria – Registrar
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The Registrar of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria, Dr Tosan Erhabor, says no fewer than 10,697 medical laboratory scientists have migrated abroad in search of greener pastures.

He said in 2023 alone, more than 4,504 medical laboratory scientists left the country.

Erhabor told the News Agency of Nigeria that a policy was being put together by the Federal Ministry of Health to address the current exodus of health workers abroad.

“The total number of medical laboratory scientists that have migrated is 10,697,” he said.

He said the policy, when launched, would regulate migration of Nigerian health workers.

Erhabor said the government had reviewed the hazard allowance of health professionals to boost their productivity.

“Government is considering reviewing the minimum wage and certain peculiar allowance of health professionals. Safe and conducive work environment can be a panacea for reducing the pace of brain drain amongst medical laboratories,” he said.

Erhabor attributed the migration of medical scientists to different reasons.

“Some are leaving as a result of poor remuneration and uncertainties in the career progression in teaching hospitals. Others are leaving in order to study abroad, acquire new skills and enhance their professional status.

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“Good numbers are also leaving because of the security situation in the country, poor infrastructure and lack of modern equipment to work with.

“Above all, the rising cost of living is making it practically impossible for an average medical laboratory scientist to provide basic care and quality education for their children,” he said.

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46 confirmed dead in Ebonyi Lassa fever outbreak

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The Ebonyi State Ministry of Health has revealed that the state recorded 53 cases in 2023 while 36 people lost their lives as a result of Lassa fever outbreak across the state.

This is according to the Disease Surveillance Notification Officer, state Ministry of Health, Mr. Orogwu Sampson, through a statement issued by the Public Relations officer, Miss Lucy Anyim on Saturday in Abakiliki.

The statement added that from January 4 to February 16, 2024, about 25 people have been infected including two healthcare workers with 10 deaths.

According to him, he said that the disease cuts across all ages. Nothing that out of the 25 confirmed cases,16 people were males while 9 people were females. Adding that those who died comprised; a pregnant woman, two children, men and women.

Orogwu explained that the Local Government Areas affected include; Onicha, Ikwo, Ezza North, Ebonyi, Izzi, Ohaukwu, Abakaliki with Hausa quarters and Nkaliki residential areas recording the highest number of cases.

“the other LGAs that have not recorded a case so far may be because they have not reported not that it doesn’t exist there”.

He said that the treatment is free and urged people to go for early detection, early presentation and treatment to avoid further loss of lives.

On his part, the State Epidemiologist, Dr. Ogbonna Nwambeke enumerated the efforts of the State Government together with the partners such as WHO, Breakthrough Action Nigeria, UNICEF among others to reduce the ugly menace and called for provision of logistics to increase surveillance and community engagement against risk factors.

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Nwambeke advised people to stop bush burning, avoid eating rats and not to touch the surface an infected person has touched as well as maintain high level of personal and environmental hygiene like covering their food and utensils properly.

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He appreciated the State Government for giving them large volume of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to give to health workers at National Obstetrics Fistula Centre in Abakiliki to ensure that their own health workers are alive to save others.

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Doctor to Nigerians: Don’t watch AFCON final if you have any of these nine medical conditions

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Doctor to Nigerians: Don’t watch AFCON final if you have any of these medical conditions

The death of some football fans while watching the semi-final match between Nigeria and South Africa at the ongoing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has raised concerns over cardiovascular health of many Nigerians.

A warning was issued ahead of the final match between Nigeria and the host nation, Cote d’Ivoire scheduled for Sunday.

Nigerian businessman, Osondu Nwoye, who was based in Cote d’Ivoire; former lawmaker Cairo Ojougboh; and the Kwara State University Deputy Bursar, Ayuba Abdullahi are among those who died while watching the intense semi-finals between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Bafana Bafana of South Africa.

Experts have cautioned Nigerians to avoid getting overly excited during games and emotional events while advising taking breaks if needed.

Here are nine categories of fans who should not watch the game:

1.     Arrhythmias – An arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, is a problem with the rate or rhythm of your heartbeat. Your heart may beat too quickly, too slowly, or with an irregular rhythm. It is normal for your heart rate to speed up during physical activity and to slow down while resting or sleeping.

2.     Sudden Heart Attacks – Sudden cardiac death can be defined as death resulting from abrupt loss of cardiac function with or without previous heart disease unexpected within one hour of onset of symptoms.

3.     Stroke

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4.     Underlying heart conditions

5.     Complications of hypertension – Experts observed that in heart diseases three out of every 10 adult Nigerians have high blood pressure, many of whom are unaware of their hypertensive status.

6.     Cardiomyopathies

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7.     Valvular disorders

8.     Pulmonary thromboembolism

9.     High blood lipids/cholesterol (dyslipidaemia)

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Enugu Gov’t suspends health worker over negligence, dereliction of duty

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…asks pregnant women against patronizing traditional birth attendants

The Enugu State Government, Tuesday, suspended Mrs Pascaline Njoku, a community health extension worker at Ameke Health Centre in Aninri Local Government Area over negligence and dereliction of duty.

This was as the Executive Secretary of the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, ESPHCDA, Dr Ifeyinwa Ani-Osheku, appealed to pregnant women to stop patronising traditional birth attendants, warning about the dangers associated with the practice.

The suspension of Mrs Njoku followed the report and findings by the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency over her absence from her duty post without authorisation and failure to attend to patients.

While communicating the decision to suspend the health worker in order to allow for a full-scale investigation, Dr. Ani-Osheku said Mrs Njoku’s absence from her duty post resulted to one Mrs Emeka Nkemdirim giving birth to twins in a car on her way to a private hospital at Awgu.

Dr. Ani-Osheku, who insisted that every healthcare worker must stay on their duty posts, said the new administration has been working round the clock to provide a better working environment and improved welfare for health workers in the state.

She commended the state governor, Dr. Peter Mbah, for ensuring that the needs of workers in the state are prioritised, saying the behaviour of Mrs Njoku deviated from the ethics of the profession and the principles espoused by the present administration.

Even though Mrs Emeka was immediately attended to by other healthcare workers after the delivery, the Executive Secretary visited the family of the mother of twins alongside the Chairman of the council area, Hon. Bennett Ajah, and other health workers to see how they were fairing as well as provide support to them.

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She stated that government would sanction every staff involved in the dereliction of duty in line with the provisions of the Enugu State Public Service Rules, urging members of the public to seize the opportunity afforded by the state’s whistleblowing policy to report unethical behaviours observed anywhere in the public service.

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She further advised pregnant women to desist from visiting traditional birth attendants for delivery as it is unsafe since most of them are not qualified to midwife delivery.

“This is a peculiar case. Visiting traditional birth attendants (TBAs) can lead to complications and worsen conditions of pregnant women during delivery as some of the practices are unwholesome and unprofessional. Even though the patient attended ante-natal care at the primary healthcare centre at Ameke Ofuma, she battled at the TBA’s house for almost three days until the matter got out of hand before they now decided to come to the primary healthcare centre.

“So, our women should see hospitals as the only place for safe delivery because of the trained professionals, who are on the ground to attend to them and manage crisis situations,” he added.

Felicitating the family of Mrs Njoku over her safe delivery, the Council Chairman, Hon. Ajah, while commending the Mbah administration for prioritising healthcare in the 2024 Budget, including the planned construction of 260 Type 2 primary healthcare centres in all the electoral wards, said that the Council would not tolerate negligence and dereliction of duty by health workers in local government.

He promised that his government would continue to work with the Mbah’s administration in improving the health and living standards of the council area.

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