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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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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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Tinubu approves upgrade of Federal College Dental Technology Enugu to University

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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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Japa: 26,715 health workers left Nigeria for UK

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Japa: 26,715 health workers left Nigeria for UK
•National President of MHWUN, Comrade Kabiru Ado Sani Minjibirq
The Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) has said that available records from the British government showed that a total of 18,224 Nigerian health workers were granted visas by the United Kingdom in one year.

It said that the worrisome brain drain in the country ‘s health sector is becoming really scary.

According to the union, Nigeria presently topped the list of emigrant health workers in Africa as the number of Nigerians under the health and care skilled work visa has risen by 215 per cent (18,224), from 8,491 in 2022 to 26,715 as at end of 2023.

Quoting the figures from the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), the National President of MHWUN, Comrade Kabiru Ado Sani Minjibir, also said that about 75,000 nurses from Nigeria have left the shores of the country to practise their trade in the United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Australia and others between 2017 and 2023.

Minjibir gave the mind-blowing statistics in a speech delivered at the 11th Quadrennial National Delegates Conference of MHWUN in Abuja Friday.

He lamented that the current economic woes in the country is impacting negatively on the health sector, adding that workers in the health institutions in Nigeria are worst hit as the economy degenerates.

He blamed the exodus of health professionals from the country on the poor welfare conditions and dilapidated facilities, saying that many health workers who were unable to stand the heat choose to leave for foreign countries.

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Giving further insights on the state of affairs in the country’s healthcare system, Minjibir said: “Today in Nigeria, the doctor to patients ratio has ballooned to about one doctor to 5,000 patients. Instead of one nurse to 144 patients, the figures have shut to one nurse to 1,660 patients.

“The result is that the few remaining health workers are overloaded with an overwhelming healthcare burden of a population of over 220 million people.”

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In the area of welfare, Minjibir said the remuneration structure and delivery in most of our public health Institutions constituted a disgrace.

He said that a comparative analysis of the salaries earned by doctors in Nigeria and five developed countries showed that from 2019 and since the adjustment of the minimum wage to date, an average doctor in Nigeria earns about $5,912.

“In contrast, an average medical doctor in Canada earns about $75,460. Doctors in the US earn about $79,400 annually while those in the UK earn an average $63,600. In Germany, a doctor earns about $143,500 in a year, while it is $83,927 in France and $70,386 in Italy. This humongous difference in salary applies to other cadres of health workers,” he said.

Minjibir said that it is not only doctors and nurses that are leaving the country but other health professionals in fields of radiography, laboratory science and technicians, morticians, community and environmental health workers.

He said that anotherr worrisome dimension is that most of the health workers that left the country were hardly replaced thus compounding the occupational stress of the few remaining workforce in the health sector.

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However, the MHWUN president said that there are still many Nigerian health workers who are willing and committed to stay in the country and make sacrifices despite the poor remuneration but that they are being discouraged by unattractive work environment.

On the efforts made by the union to improve the situation in the health sector, Minjibir said that both MHWUN and the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has held series of engagements with the Federal government which culminated in the signing of several agreements.

He said that some of the successfully negotiated agreements include the Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS), increased hazard allowance for health workers, consultancy status for different health sector professionals, COVID-19 allowance, wage award and the flagship (CONHESS) adjustment, among others.

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Apart from ensuring that the conditions of work, especially health infrastructure, is standard, Minjibir said that government should overhaul public health policies to ensure adequate healthcare financing, investment, research and innovation.

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