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The Ogun State Government has instituted a panel of enquiry to look at the remote and immediate causes of the current challenges facing the State-owned Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH).

In a statement issued on by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Kunle Somorin said the 9-man committee is chaired by Dr Yemi Onabowale, the Chief Medical Director of Reddington Hospital.

The committee is expected to assess the operational modalities of the hospital and ascertain its compliance with acceptable standard for medical training, research and tertiray health care services.

The committee’s specific terms of reference are:

  1. To assess the current operations of the hospital, in line with expectations as a teaching/tertiary institution;

2.To determine the state of facilities of the various units and departments and make recommendations to the state on the steps necessary to ensure sustainable operations in the institution;

  1. Determine quick wins and palliative actions to stem further degeneration of the institution and facilities;
  2. Review all third party arrangements in the institution, including the Private-Public Partnership (PPP) and other services
    provisioning arrangement and determine their level of
    compliance at the time of that engagement and with the efficacy but more especially suitability for the intent of the State Government;
  3. Review and recommend programme and strategies to ensure that the operation of the hospital is self-sustaining and financially independent;
  4. Any other reviews as might be critical to the long-term sustainability of the image and productivity of the institution.

To work with Dr Onabowale on the committee are:

  1. Dr. Folabi Ogunlesi –
  2. Dr. (Mrs) Dupe Oludipe – Member
  3. Dr.Kehinde Ololade – Member
    5.Alhaji Wasiu Lawal –
    6.Mr. Olumide Obube – Member
  4. Akinola Adekunle – Member
    8.Femi Akinwunmi – Member�

Deputy Director, Hospital Services in the State Ministry of Health, Dr Shokunbi Solomon will serve as the Secretary to the Panel.
While speaking at the 43rd Annual General Scientific Meeting  of the West African College of Physicians(WACP) with the theme, ” HEALTHCARE GOVERNANCE IN NIGERIA” held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Governor Abiodun said that his commitment to the people of the state was to look after their welfare, adding that the state was also committed to restructuring the Health Insurance Scheme by addressing the identified lapses to make it more  efficient and affordable.

He disclosed that with the panel of enquiry on the OOUTH, the tertiary institution would be able to serve as an effective referral center to the lower tier and healthcare delivery centres.

He added that his administration was committed towards ensuring that a hospital was designated in the three senatorial district as a specialized hospital of excellence that would treat a particular ailment.

Abiodun noted that when he visited OOUT in Sagamu last month and the General hospital in Ilaro last weekend he saw that a lot needed to be done to re- position the health sector in the state.

He reiterated that the state was deeply committed to rehabilitating, equipping and staffing of general hospitals across the state.

“The Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital will serve as an effective referral center to the lower tier and healthcare delivery centers.

The governor noted that his administration would restructure the health insurance scheme to make it more effective and accessible to the people, adding that efforts would be made towards improving infant and mortality rate in the state.

Prince Abiodun also disclosed that his government would be committed to the re-training and recruitment of more medical personnel, saying that the working conditions for medical personnel in the state would be improved upon.

In his welcome address, the National Chairman, West African College of Physicians, Dr. Abel Nze Onunu noted that the time was ripe for the country to examine the impact of social ills on healthcare in the country, adding that with the increased rate of poverty, a lot of people were now turning into alternative health resolution to seek solutions to their medical challenges.

He also opined that some form of auditing ought to be done on health care professional training and practice,adding that the process would help to enhance a good human healthcare resources management in terms of availability and distribution.

Also,the Chairman, Organizing Committee, Dr. Sunday Malomo regretted that despite the fact that the country has some of the best brains as well as world class physicians and health workers, the country also has some of the worst and most embarrassing health indices, saying that it was time to collectively harness resources to run people -focused health system in an efficient manner.

In his goodwill message,, the Chief Medical Director, Federal Medical Center, Professor Musa Olomu noted that it was time for government to intervene in the influx of the countries best medical brains to other countries,adding that it was equally important for government to look into  massive training of resident doctors to effectively provide services to the people.

Kunle Somorin
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

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Ogun Kickstarts Free Surgery Intervention Programme



Ogun Kickstarts Free Surgery Intervention Programme




@OGSG_Official on Monday began the process of offering free surgical services to indegents in the state.

The Executive Secretary of Ogun State Health Insurance Agency, Dr. Afolabi Dosunmu, who stated this at the flag-off of registration for the intervention held at the State Hospital, Ijaye, Abeokuta, said the intervention was a directive given by Governor Dapo Abiodun to provide succour to the people at this difficult time.

Dr. Dosunmu said hospitals in the state are ready to carry out the directive of the governor.

“The modalities are very simple as long as you are a resident of the state, as long as you have one surgical need or the other, you are free to walk into any of our state or general hospitals and enroll on the insurance scheme.

“The doctors there will assess you if it is a case that is ready for surgery and once all other perimeters have been concluded, we will get the surgery done.”

He said those whose cases are not ready for immediate surgery, would be enrolled for them to have access to the intervention when they are ready.

He added: “It is possible for someone to have, for example, cataract, and the cataract is not yet matured, we will still enroll the person. We will give the person a date for when the cataract is going to mature.

“For example, if you want to remove fibroid when you see the doctor and the doctor said your electrolyte is a bit high or your blood pressure is a little bit high, it needs to be controlled before you can be taken in for surgery”, Dr. Dosunmu explained.

The Executive Secretary noted that surgery operations would start on Tuesday as there were a lot of cases that needed urgent attention.

“We have a matching mandate from the governor for us to enroll 70,000 people and it is broken down to 20,000 pregnant women till they deliver even if the delivery is through cesarean section. The child is delivered, in the first six months, we will take care of its medical needs.

“We have also been asked to enroll 20,000 market women and 30,000 poor people in the state. Among the 70,000, any other person in the state that needs surgery, they have to come down and get their surgery done.”

He lauded the state governor for impacting directly on the lives of the people saying, “Everything is free from the moment they walk in and get enrolled, screened and do tests as well as the surgery and even after surgery.”

Also speaking, Mrs. Olusola Akintola, a retired secondary school principal, commended Governor @dabiodunMFR for the programme, saying it would help the less privileged take care of their medical bills while Mr. Semiu Koleosho, said he enrolled in the programme to enable his son to benefit from the free surgery.


Ogun Kickstarts Free Surgery Intervention Programme

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How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs



How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs



There has been a recent widespread of bed bug infestation in some parts of the world. In Nigeria, this is a common occurrence in many homes.


While, on one hand, bed bugs are very easy to bring into your home without you realizing it, on the other hand, they could be a very difficult creature to get rid of; as not only are they hard to find, but they could also pose resistance to some insecticides.


How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs


In this section, I will explain the signs of bedbug infestation to watch out for in your home and how to get rid of them. If you are interested, let’s get started.

How to Detect Bed Bugs in Your Home:
Bed bugs are dark yellow, brown, or red-coloured tiny insects. They are found in tiny cracks and hidden places around the home or office, mainly on Mattresses, Bed frames, Furniture, Loose wallpapers, Clothing, Wardrobes, Electrical sockets and fittings, Cabinets, and others.

Early Signs of Bed Bugs in Your Home:
One of the early signs of bed bugs in your home is the appearance of bites on your body after waking up. The other possible signs include

-Dark stains or Blood spots on your bedding which could have resulted from bed bug bites or squashed ones
-Bed bugs poo or Small Dark spots on furniture, bedding, wallpapers, and walkways. Each excretion is about 0.5 to 1.0mm
-Bites on your skin (neck, face arms, leg, and general body) when you are asleep, with the appearance of itchy red or purple spots.
-Seeing Live insects or Adult Bed Bugs in your home. The average adult bed bug is about 5mm long.

Bed Bug Bites and Treatment.
If you have noticed any of the above signs, the following remedies are suggested

-Make sure to keep the affected area clean.
-Apply anti-inflammatory oil such as Basil or Lavender on the affected areas.
-If the bite spot feels itchy and you can’t resist scratching, you can place a clean damp cloth to help with the itching.
-Seek immediate medical attention at your pharmacy or hospital.

Fortunately, bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases. The health effects of bed bug bites may include irritation, and itching, and can result in infection if the bite spots are scratched. While some individuals do not react to bed bug bites, in some cases, affected persons have been reported to have some swelling of the affected areas.

Dos (Bed Bugs DIY Home Remedy)
-Regular cleaning and vacuuming of your environment
-Regularly wash bedding and clothing material in hot water (above 50 degrees) and tumble-dry for 30 minutes.
-Refrigerate affected bedding and clothing in a plastic bag for about 4 days.
-Eliminate clutter in your house as much as possible.
-Clean your bedroom more frequently most especially underneath your bed and cabinets
-Be careful with shared laundry facilities
-Apply bed bug killer spray or any other recommended insecticide as the last option if you notice the presence of Beg bugs in your home.

Don’ts (Bed Bugs DIY Home Remedy)
-Avoid bringing second-hand bedding, furniture, and clothing materials into your home. We rely on second-hand clothing a lot in Nigeria. For this reason, make sure to wash these clothes very well before bringing them into your home. you may soak them in hot water for about 30 minutes.
-Avoid sleeping overnight in a hotel, hostel, care homes, or guest house with suspected bed bug infestation signs such as the presence of blood stains or bed bug poo on bed linen.
-Don’t spread bed bugs to others. Slash any disposed mattress so others don’t take it for use.

Seeking Professional Service
If you have tried all the above suggestions on how to get rid of bedbugs from your home but you still notice their presence, then it’s time to seek the services of pest control professionals who are equipped and experienced in responding to even the most difficult bed bug infestations.

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Nigeria Cannot Continue to be Dumping Ground, Says Anyakora As FG, World Bank Train Pharma Manufacturers



Nigeria Cannot Continue to be Dumping Ground, Says Anyakora As FG, World Bank Train Pharma Manufacturers

Nigeria Cannot Continue to be Dumping Ground, Says Anyakora As FG, World Bank Train Pharma Manufacturers

By Johnson Fadipe




Nigeria will soon become the hub of pharmaceutical manufacturing in Africa and beyond, if the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector in the country lives up to its full potentials. CEO, Bloom Public Health, Professor Chimezie Anyakora, made this declaration on Tuesday in Lagos at the commencement of the second phase of the capacity-building workshop for local pharma manufacturers organized by the Federal Government and the World Bank.
Anyakora added that the reason for the program is to support drug manufacturers in Nigeria to produce quality medicines so that the nation’s pharmaceutical industry will stand strong.







“We can’t continue to be a dumping ground as a country and this is the reason this massive effort is being put together and I am happy that the federal government is supporting it. It is a journey to make Nigeria a big leader in drug manufacturing.
“The intention is to make Nigeria the India of Africa in drug manufacturing. This is why we are training the manufacturers so that they will be well-grounded to produce drugs that can compete globally”, he said.
Speaking further, Anyakora observed that that excellence in pharmaceutical manufacturing can be attained in Nigeria if the relevant industry players can scale up their games with passion and the right energy. He added that the Nigeria pharma industry is ‘falling our hands’ because all stakeholders have not done enough to compete at the global level, despite their capabilities.



Nigeria Cannot Continue to be Dumping Ground, Says Anyakora
As FG, World Bank Train Pharma Manufacturers





On his part, the Honourbale Commissioner for Health, Lagos State, Professor Akin Abayomi, stated that the essence of the event is to equip the pharmaceutical manufacturers in Nigeria with what it takes not only to produce drugs that will meet local needs but also export and compete globally.






“The essence of this program is to see how we can increase the production of drugs that will meet local consumption and also produce drugs that meet the World Health Organisation’s GMP. It is also important for us to ensure that products that are produced in Nigeria have bioequivalence because it is not good to have a product that carries 500mg and what the patient gets after using the product is just 30%. We are ready to patronise local drug manufacturers as long as their products are standard”, he said.






Meanwhile, the Federal Government, through the Director, Chemical and Non-Petrochemical Industrial Development Department, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Onuorah Francis expressed its commitment towards working with relevant stakeholders in Nigeria to build a vibrant and formidable pharmaceutical industry that will not only meet local consumption but also play at the global level.








Onuorah further said that the Federal Government is ready to develop and make the industries in Nigeria work, adding that the ministry has met with stakeholders in the pharma industry and is ready to work with them to produce Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API).
Also speaking at the event, the Director, Foods and Drug, Federal Ministry of Health, Pharm. (Mrs) Bunmi Aribeana stated that Nigeria has about 169 pharma manufacturers, producing different ranges of drugs in different areas, but bio equivalent remains a critical factor that needs to be addressed. She urged all stakeholders to join hands together to build a vibrant and strong pharmaceutical industry that will compete globally.
In his remarks, the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency (NNMDA), Professor Martins Emeje also charged stakeholders in Nigeria to work hard to build the pharmaceutical in Nigeria.

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