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Enugu Doctor arrested over patient’s death

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An Enugu based medical practitioner, Dr Charles Nwangwu, has been arrested by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Tactical Squad over alleged medical negligence leading to the death of a 68-year-old father of seven.

The family of the deceased had in a petition dated 12th June 2020 addressed to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Adamu Mohammed, alleged that the management of Mount Zion Medical Center, 9th Mile Ngwo, had murdered their father out of medical negligence.

The petition reads in parts:

‘Mr. Jonathan Ugwuanyi now late after a bussiness meeting at 9th Mile Corner presented himself at Mount Zion Medical Center 9th mile corner Ngwo, Enugu, with mild symptoms of loss of appetite, weakness and fever.

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“Around 9.20pm, almost 8hrs after, and with further phone calls, a nurse on duty at the clinic confirmed that he has not been seen by any doctor while the owner of the hospital who has been communicated was no where to be found to review him or to refer him to another hospital.

“At about 6am the next morning one Dr Ngwu, who introduced himself as the director of Mount Zion medical center informed the first son of the diseased, Dr Uchenna Ugwuanyi, said that they lost Mr Jonathan Ugwuanyi.

The petition further revealed that the patient was treated with 3 over dozes of anti-hypertensive within short intervals and by 3.45 am, he was given 20mg of parenteral hydralazine rush, which was the last and very potent vasodilator that killed him immediately.

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It was also revealed in the petition that the said medication was administered by an auxiliary nurse.

When contacted on phone, Dr Charles Ngwu, confirmed that the man was admitted and died in his hospital. He however hauled insults on the deceased’s family, stating that the matter was being handled.

He said: “They are mad people. It is true that they wrote a petition and the patient died in my hospital but the matter is being handled. They are all talking rubbish. Don’t mind them. There is no need telling you anything on that”.

When contacted to comfirm the arrest, the Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Daniel Ndukwe, said he was driving and was not even in Enugu at the moment.


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COVID-19: Whistleblower associated Doctor dies.


A doctor who worked with coronavirus whistleblower Li Wenliang in Wuhan died of the virus last week, state media reported on Tuesday.

Hu Weifeng, a urologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, died on Friday after being treated for COVID-19 and allied issues for more than four months, state broadcaster CCTV said.

He is the sixth doctor from Wuhan Central Hospital to have died from the virus, which emerged in the central Chinese city late last year

Cases have dwindled dramatically from the peak in mid-February as the country appears to have brought the outbreak largely under control.

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The official death toll in the country of 1.4 billion people stands at 4,634 – well below the number of fatalities in less populous nations.

Wuhan Central Hospital has yet to give a formal statement on Hu’s death. In early February it said some 68 staff members had contracted coronavirus.

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Hu’s condition became a national concern after Chinese media showed images of him with his skin turned black due to liver damage.

Fellow doctor Yi Fan showed similar symptoms, but recovered and has since been discharged from hospital.

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The death of their colleague Li Wenliang in February triggered a national outpouring of grief and rage against the government as he documented his final days on social media.

The 34-year-old ophthalmologist was reprimanded by authorities after he warned colleagues about the virus in late December.

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Beijing has since named him a national martyr, but suppressed much of the dissent and criticism sparked by his death.

Other medical whistleblowers at Wuhan Central Hospital – including emergency unit director Ai Fen – have told Chinese media they were punished by authorities for speaking out.

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China has not released a complete figure of the number of medical worker deaths from Covid-19, but at least 34 medics have been awarded posthumous honours by health authorities.

In February the National Health Commission said some 3,387 health workers had been infected.


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UK-Based Doctor slam Pastor David Ibiyeomie over COVID-19


A UK-based doctor identified as Idee Charles has berated popualar Nigerian Cleric and founder of Salvation Ministries, Pastor David Ibiyeomie over his recent comment about Coronavirus.

Pastor David Ibiyeomi had earlier claimed that there is no Coronavirus in Nigeria while stating that that the virus is just a scheme for leaders to steal.

Reacting to the claims made by the Salvation Ministries founder, Dr Idee accused him of being ignorant even though he studied microbiology in school. She accused Pastor Ibiyeomie of deceiving his gullible followers knowing fully well that the virus has killed many around the world, including her colleagues who are health officials.


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Reps tackle health minister on Chinese doctors’ disappearance.


Lawmakers at the House of Representatives have questioned the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, demanding full details of the activities and whereabouts of the Chinese doctors.

The lawmakers at their plenary on Tuesday said they are not satisfied with the statement of the Minister that the Chinese doctors are not guests of the Federal Ministry of Health but that of a Chinese firm in Abuja.

The resolution of the House stems from a motion of urgent public importance raised by Representative Dachung Bagos.

The House, in a separate motion, also resolved to investigate the status of medical and pharmaceutical research in the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria.

They expressed worry that Nigerian scientists and researchers have not been given the necessary support and funding for medical research.

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The Minister of Health las week Thursday told reporters not to question him over the whereabouts of Chinese medical experts who came into Nigeria to support the fight against COVID-19.

Ehanire, while responding to questions at the daily Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing said the medical personnel “are not guests of the Federal Government but CCECC, a construction company.”


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COVID-19: PDP give Buhari govt 2 days ultimatum to find missing Chinese doctors. [Nigeria]


The main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has given the President Muhammadu Buhari government “a 48-hour ultimatum to declare the whereabouts of the medical team from China who were brought in purportedly to assist the nation in its fight against the spread of the COVID-19.”

In a statement shared on its Twitter handle on Saturday night, the main Party was reacting to a declaration by the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, that he cannot account for the whereabouts of the Chinese team.

“More so, the minister’s statement had heightened apprehensions in the public space that the Chinese team, whose identity and activities have been shrouded in secrecy, might have been brought in by a certain cabal for another purpose outside the general public good,” the PDP said.

COVID-19: FFK question where about, mission of Chinese doctors. [Nigeria]

The PDP said it was suspicious, creepy and weird that Dr. Ehanire, who oversees health matters in the country and had repeatedly assured that the Chinese were brought to render medical services and trainings; “and even went personally to receive them at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on April 8, 2020, in an elaborately publicized event, can no longer account for the team.”

The party said it was worried that the Buhari government was not telling Nigerians the truth, and is “playing politics with the lives of our citizens and health safety of our nation.”

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The main opposition said it holds that the government’s inability to account for the Chinese team amounts to direct betrayal of public trust, “which has heightened fears of conspiracies by certain unpatriotic interests in the APC and its administration to compromise the health architecture of our nation and expose our citizens to danger.”

COVID-19: FG confirm all Chinese doctors missing. [Nigeria]

“Nigerians can recall how the Federal Government had failed to respond to demands by our party and other well-meaning Nigerians for the particulars of the members of the team, their medical status, scope of operation, detailed itinerary within our country as well as the safety of the equipment they brought into our nation.

“Our party had expressed worry over scary reports of escalation of the scourge in certain countries reportedly after the arrival of Chinese medical personnel in those countries and insisted that the @OfficialAPCNg administration should be held responsible should there be any sudden upsurge in COVID-19 infection and deaths in our country, with the arrival of the said Chinese medical team,” the party said.

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The party noted that before the arrival of the medical team from Asia, Nigeria’s nation’s coronavirus data stood at 254 confirmed cases with 44 successfully treated by Nigerian doctors and 6 deaths but had skyrocketed to 5,450 cases and 171 deaths as of today.

The PDP said it was insisting that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha “should immediately come out with the truth and provide explanations on the whereabouts of the team in the next 48 hours so as to douse the tension in the country.”


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COVID-19: FG confirm all Chinese doctors missing. [Nigeria]


The Federal Government of Nigeria has said that the whereabouts of the Chinese doctors and technicians who came into the country to offer assistance to Nigeria in the fight against the Coronavirus, is unknown.

Speaking at the daily briefing of the PTF in Abuja on Thursday, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, wondered why there was so much interest in knowing their whereabouts and he told journalists not to ask him the question again.

Ehanire said: “I want to explain first of all that I think not all of them were doctors and I heard that some of them are technicians, but they are staff of CCECC, the Ministry of health is not their host, so we can’t always explain what happened to them or where they are.

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There seems to be a lot of interests in these doctors but they are the staff of a company and I think they are on the company visa. So I will be very happy if you don’t ask me about where they are because they are not really our guests in that sense.

But we have been able to learn some things from them by interacting with them from their experience in their country, we shared ideas about what they did in their country in managing Covid -19.”


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COVID-19: What Happens If FG Relax Lockdown Come Monday – Doctor Reveal. [Nigeria]

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The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has condemned the decision taken by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, relaxing the Coronavirus lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States.

The medical body described the decision as premature, adding that it can potentially expose more Nigerians to the deadly COVID-19.

The doctors warned that Nigeria could experience a surge in the number of Coronavirus cases.

NMA noted that at the moment health workers are grappling with numerous challenges such as lack for bed spaces in epicenters of the pandemic, especially Lagos, yet to be ascertained cause(s) of mass deaths in Kano State and delay in the distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) to public and private hospitals, among others.

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President Buhari on Monday announced that by Monday, May 4, the lockdown will be relaxed in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun.

But the NMA, in a statement in Abuja, signed by its President, Dr. Francis Faduyile, said, “As the incidence of the COVID-19 hits the 2000th mark by this weekend, just seven days after hitting the 1000th mark, it figuratively tilts the epidemiological curve towards an upward spike,” the statement said.

“More so, the revelation by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that the nation lacks bed spaces in Lagos worsens this frightening scenario.

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“The confusing situation in Kano is neither unraveled nor resolved. At the same time, some states continue to live in the delusion of zero COVID-19 incidences.

“The easing of the lockdown even in phases is very premature. Nigeria should learn from her neighbour, Ghana where the same action produced 100 per cent increase in infection rate in just a week.”


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COVID-19: Doctor infect 4 in Ekiti State. [Nigeria]


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Ekiti State has recorded four more Coronavirus disease, Governor Kayode Fayemi said on Saturday.

This brings confirmed cases to eight.

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A statement signed by the governor said the victims contracted the disease from the state’s fourth index case, a 45-year-old medical doctor working with a private clinic in the state.

Fayemi said new positive cases were stable and showed no symptoms of the deadly disease, saying they had been transferred to the Ekiti isolation centre for treatment.

“Ekiti State Government has received notice from NCDC of four (4) new COVID-19 positive cases, in the State.

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“The new cases are primary contacts of the 4th recorded case, a male doctor, aged 45 years old, who carried out a surgery on the recently deceased third positive case, during childbirth.

“The newly confirmed cases are currently stable and asymptomatic and they have been transferred to the State’s Isolation Center, Ado-Ekiti while our contact tracing team have commenced the process of contact identification and tracing of their immediate contacts for isolation,” he said, in a report by The Nation.


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Nigerian Doctor dies after exposure to COVID-19 patient.

A Nigerian doctor, Chugbo Emeka, has died after being exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Lagos.

Emeka who was a private medical practitioner, died today April 15, at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital isolation ward.

Announcing his death via Twitter, the Nigeria Medical Association Lagos state chapter, wrote

”NMA LAGOS regrets to announce the death of Dr. Chugbo Emeka at the LUTH isolation ward. He died on 15/04/2020.He was a Private Medical Practitioner who was exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19. We condole with his family and d medical community for this painful loss. NMA Lagos”

A friend of the deceased, Emeka Okoro, wrote

First case of Nigerian Doctor who has fallen to the #COVID?19 here in Nigeria. Dr Emeka Chugbo MBBS Lagos (1990), a LUTH trained Consultant. Pray God gives his family the strength to bear his loss. So sad now!!! May His Soul Rest in Peace!!!

Nigerian doctor exposed to a COVID-19 patient, dies in Lagos

Lagos remains the epicenter of the Coronarus pandemic in Nigeria with 214 confirmed cases and 7 deaths.


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COVID-19 lockdown: It’s not time to relax – Doctors tell Nigerian Governors


The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has advised state governors against relaxing the lockdown order declared to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.

In a statement on Friday, signed by its president, Dr. Francis Faduyile and Secretary-General, Olumuyiwa Odusote, respectively the NMA said its attention “has been drawn to some isolated statements negating the established measure of preventing COVID-19- social distancing; and orders by some state governors authorising the mass observance of Jumat prayers and Easter Sunday services.


“Of particular concern are: The declaration by the Cross River State Governor that social distancing is not needed while wearing a face mask;

“A moratorium on the lockdown to allow mass gathering in mosques and churches starting from Friday to Sunday in Rivers state;


“The lifting of the ban on Friday prayers by Katsina and Kogi States government.

“We are aware that similar orders have also been given in Ondo, Ebonyi and Imo states which have approved mass attendance of Easter services.

“While appreciating the prime place of religion in our national lives and especially the value Christians place on Easter, we place on record that there is now the evidence of community transmission of COVID-19. As such, relaxing any guideline that promotes mass gatherings in any part of our nation now can only heighten and not flatten the curve of transmission dynamics.

“We, therefore, pray all authorities concerned to rescind their decision in the interest of the safety of lives and implore the Nigerian Police force and other security agencies to ensure that such gatherings do not take place.”


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French virus doctor receive surprise visit from President Macron.


President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday held a surprise meeting with the Marseille-based French medical professor who has caused controversy within the country’s scientific community for insisting the anti-malaria drug chloroquine can beat the coronavirus.

Professor Didier Raoult met Macron at his specialised infectious diseases hospital in Marseille, in a visit that was not announced in advance, the French presidency said.


The meeting lasted three and a half hours and, unusually, media were allowed no access.

The findings of Raoult, a prominent figure in France with shoulder-length blond hair and a grey beard, have divided opinion, with some hailing him as a saviour but others deriding his work as fake.


The Elysee has said that Macron intends to consult a broad spectrum of voices before giving his third address to the nation on the coronavirus epidemic on Monday.

A French presidential official insisted that the meeting did not represent any kind of “recognition” of the professor’s methods ahead of his speech on Monday.


“The president wants to take into account all the tests and studies, including those of professor Raoult. It is not for him (Macron) to settle the debate, this must be done by scientists,” added the official.

‘Strong legitimisation’
Macron is expected to announce that a lockdown that began on March 17 will be further extended beyond April 15, and further measures amid a persistently grim daily death toll, but also signs of gradual improvement.


Raoult has claimed that a new study he has conducted confirms chloroquine’s “efficiency” at combatting the virus.

He was expected to share the findings at the meeting with Macron who has yet to publicly share his opinion on the controversy.


Frederic Dabi, deputy director general of polling firm Ifop, said Macron was seeking to show he was consulting a broad body of opinion.

It is a “way of controlling the comments of Didier Raoult because now he cannot say no one ever listened to him” while also a “strong legitimisation” of a figure who remains hugely controversial.


Raoult, whose theory has been taken up by US President Donald Trump, said his new study of 80 patients showed that four out of five of those treated with the drug had “favourable” outcomes.

He had earlier reported that after treating 24 patients for six days with hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin, the virus disappeared in all but a quarter of them.


The research has not yet been peer reviewed nor formally published in a medical journal.

France on Thursday reported its first fall in the number of patients in intensive care suffering from COVID-19 since the coronavirus epidemic began, with 82 fewer people in intensive care units compared with the day earlier.

The total combined death toll in hospitals and nursing homes now stands at 12,210


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Nigerian Govt reveal total amount spent to convey Chinese doctors, equipment to Nigeria.


The Ambassador of China to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, said the Chinese experts who arrived Nigeria late Wednesday, came to reciprocate the gestures demonstrated by Nigeria during China’s trying times in fighting Coronavirus.

Speaking with newsmen after the arrival of the team along with more medical equipment, the Ambassador acknowledged that the Nigerian government had shown China great solidarity when it struggled with the Coronavirus pandemic. NobleReporters reports


He said the support coming from the Chinese government and its companies in Nigeria was China’s way of reciprocating.

He noted that so far, it had cost China’s construction company, CCECC, about two million dollars to bring in the experts and the medical equipment.


The ambassador said that he could not understand the rationale behind the attitude of some Nigerians who were against the coming of the experts.

“I am struggling to understand the logic; for us, at the most difficult stage of our fight, we received support from Nigeria, it is time for us to reciprocate the friendship and the kindness.


“This is the first time I met the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, since early February and I appreciate the strong support for us from him and the government.

“For the government and Chinese businesses, what we are trying to do is to address the concerns of our dear friends.


“According to the information the CCECCE gave to me, the value of the equipment and medical supplies is around $1.5 million and including the other costs like the flight it is around $2 million,” he said.

He disclosed that the experts were originally billed to stay for one month but noted that the mandatory quarantine may also determine how long they will stay.


The ambassador said the major secret which worked for China, especially in Wuhan the epicentre of the virus, was the lockdown and the success in breaking the chain of transmission.

“The lockdown in Wuhan lasted 76 days, since January Wuhan had been in lockdown, today has been the very first day that the lockdown has been lifted.

“One key measure for us to fight the Covid-19 is to try every means to break the chain of transmission,” he added.


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Chinese medical team arrive Nigeria today.


A 15-member medical team from China will arrive in Nigeria today.

The Chinese medical team will arrive at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, via a chattered Air Peace aircraft.


They are coming to Nigeria despite opposition by the Nigerian Medical Association.

However, the visiting medical team includes experts in infectious diseases, respiratory illness, intensive care, cardiology, neurology, general surgery and anesthesiology.


They are expected to arrive with their drugs, and equipment to carry out COVID-19 tests on the staff of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation in the country.

The Executive Director, CCECC, Mr Jacques Liao, said in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, that the medical team would be coming with 16-ton test kits, ventilators, disinfection machine, disposable medical masks, drugs, infrared thermometer and other items ordered by the Federal Government.


Liao stated that “the primary purpose of the team is to provide CECC employees with critical and necessary healthcare.”

He added, “All members of the working team have tested negative for COVID-19 and shall commence their stay in Nigeria by spending 14 days in quarantine.


“The primary purpose of the team is to provide CCECC employees with critical and necessary health care assistance. They are also coming with adequate personal protective equipment and medical items for the employees.”

The director explained that under the directive of the Embassy of China in Nigeria and in response to the Federal Government’s request, the team may also share with their Nigerian counterparts effective methods on COVID-19 containment.

Liao explained that in keeping with CCECC’s corporate value, ‘stride with Nigeria,’ the firm would be participating in the construction of two COVID-19 response facilities in the Federal Capital Territory for free.


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COVID-19: Nigerian doctors reject plan to receive help from Chinese doctors.


Plans by the Federal Government to invite and 18-member Chinese medical team to help Nigeria in her fight against the deadly coronavirus has met with stiff opposition from the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said on Friday that gifts of medical supplies were being expected from China, organised by a group of Chinese companies working in Nigeria. He added that an 18 man team of Chinese medical experts will come along with the flight.

Ehanire said: ” A special cargo aircraft shall leave Nigeria in a few days to collect the items, which include commodities, PPE and ventilators. Of great interest is an 18 man team of Chinese medical experts, including doctors, nurses and public health advisers, who shall come along with the flight.”

However, NMA President, Francis Faduyile, in a statement Sunday, March 5, said the move is a misplaced priority. He described it as “a thing of embarrassment to the membership of the Association and other health workers who are giving their best in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic under deplorable working conditions.”

Faduyile urged the government to rescind the decision in the overall interest of the country. He asked the government to declare a state of emergency in the health sector and fix health institutions urgently.

The plan of inviting an 18-member team of Chinese medical experts to Nigeria has been criticised since it was announced Friday by the health minister.

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) had advised the federal government against the plan, saying it was unnecessary to invite Chinese doctors as Nigeria was already handling the crisis effectively.

TUC President Mr Quadri Olaleye and Secretary General Mr Musa Lawal-Ozigi, said in a statement that the minimal number of people infected and deaths recorded is a proof that Nigeria is not doing badly in the efforts to handle the situation.

“Truly, the Chinese authorities have done well by not recording more cases in their country; it is novel and also shows their proactiveness and commitment to crises. That notwithstanding, we insist that we do not need them now; rather, we shall continue to adhere to precautions by health professionals to make the job easy,” they said.

On Saturday, the Director-General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Garba Abari, clarified the reasons behind the proposed invitation of a Chinese medical team.

He said the Chinese medical team were only coming to share experiences with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and not to directly take charge of the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

According to him, they will be sharing experiences on how the pandemic was handled in China and giving expert suggestions to our medical teams.

Abari said: “Whatever information the Chinese medical team makes available to NCDC will be filtered and applied to address the peculiar challenges of the country on handling the COVID-19 scourge. This is a global pandemic and from wherever assistance comes, you cannot reject it.”

However, Nigerian doctors opposed the plan. The NMA president said the government did not take into consideration the extant laws regulating the practice of medicine in Nigeria as enshrined in the Medical and Dental Council Act.

“This is one such circumstance where the Medical and Dental Council of Nigerian should be consulted to grant necessary approvals to foreigners to interact with Nigerian patients”, Mr Faduyile explained.

The full statement from the NMA reads:

(1) The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) received the news of the intention of the Federal Government of Nigeria to invite Chinese doctors into the country at this time of a global pandemic with great dismay and utter disappointment.

(2) It is a thing of embarrassment to the membership of the Association and other health workers who are giving their best in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic under deplorable working conditions, and a fragile health system to be subjected to the ignominy of not being carried along in arriving at such a decision.

(3) The lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), grossly inadequate test kits and test centres across the country, and the absolute lack of any form of insurance for the workforce are primordial issues begging for attention at this time.

(4) We are therefore profoundly dismayed to learn that the Federal Government is instead inviting the Chinese who from available accounts are not out of the woods themselves. The spike in cases and the death toll from COVID -19 in Italy coincided with the arrival of the Chinese in the guise of offering assistance. Even the United Nations has only just recently commended the efforts of Nigeria so far.

(5) The Association notes with grave concern that the Government did not take into consideration the extant laws regulating the practice of medicine in Nigeria as enshrined in the Medical and Dental Council Act. This is one such circumstance where the Medical and Dental Council of Nigerian should be consulted to grant necessary approvals to foreigners to interact with Nigerian patients.

(6) The Association appreciates the commendable work done by doctors and health workers at the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the various isolation centres across the country. It expects the Government to show appreciation by channelling the available resources and donations to improving testing facilities to detect more cases and ramp up capacity to train more workers.

(7) The Association is aware of a large pool of General Medical and Specialist Practitioners who are either unemployed or underemployed that can be engaged instead of bringing foreigners who aside from national security concerns may not be conversant with our culture, terrain and peculiar challenges.

(8) The Association believes that this invitation is ill-timed and of no overbearing significance considering that whatever experiences the Chinese have can be shared by digital technology through conferencing bearing in mind that Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu has only just returned from China. We are not averse to the donation of equipment and supplies because we can always do with such support as even the developed countries receive support.

(9) In rejecting the invitation of the Chinese doctors, the NMA would instead urge the Federal Government to review and approve better welfare incentives to the frontline medical personnel. The provision of adequate personal protective equipment, opening and properly equipping more isolation centres and health facilities across the country is an excellent first step. Deploying more resources to facilitate testing as we are beginning to witness community transmission of COVID 19 is equally a better application of scarce resources.

(10) The Government should declare a state of emergency in the Health sector and use the opportunity to fix our health institutions as a matter of urgency in a bid to stem the rot.

(11) The NMA urges the Government to expand the Presidential Task Force to include other critical stakeholders including journalists and the civil society to ensure more robust engagement especially as the decisions of the task force has implications for the health, wealth and security of our country.

(12) It is a great disservice to the morale of the long-suffering frontline health workforce if the Government goes ahead to invite these Chinese doctors. The invitation demeans their sacrifices so far in this pandemic. We fail to see how the 18 man team would impact the current efforts in any significant way.

(13) The Association, however, expects that the Government would rescind the decision in the overall interest of the country.

(14) The NMA would loathe reviewing her participation in the fight against COVID-19 considering the grave implications and the risk to the lives of her members should the Government go ahead with this ill-thought-out invitation at this time.

(15) The Association remains committed to the Nigerian people and the Government. We support the efforts of our frontline health workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and we expect reciprocal trust from the Government.


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Update: NMA order ‘Doctors on strike’ back to work.


The Nigerian Medical Association has asked striking doctors to immediately return to work and help to contain the spread of Coronavirus in the country.

Recall with NobleReporters that Nigerian Doctors went on indefinite strike, first opinion said it’s because of COVID-19 fear and second opinion says, they are not being paid.

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Nigerian doctors went on indefinite strike.

President of the association, Dr Francis Adedayo Faduyile, made the call at a press briefing in Abuja.


”We direct all medical associations that have declared industrial actions against their management to suspend all actions as the National NMA shall take over the dispute and interact with the different organs and agencies of the government. In this regard, the Association of Resident Doctors in the Federal Capital Territory, Kaduna and also in Gombe state as well as NMA in Cross Rivers state are to report back to work and treat Nigerians” he said

The Association of Resident Doctors in Abuja, Gombe and Kaduna states, embarked on the strike action this month over unpaid allowances and salaries. Members of the NMA in Cross Rivers state also went on strike in March over the level of insecurity in the state.


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COVID-19: Doctor caution against consuming raw meat.


A Veterinary Doctor, Dr Mutiu Oladele-Bukola, has urged Nigerians to avoid eating raw, undercooked meats and animal organs to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

Oladele-Bukola, of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), Ibadan, gave the warning on Thursday in Ibadan.

According to him, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has also advised people, who visit live markets in areas that have Coronavirus cases to avoid contacts with live animals and the surfaces they might have touched.

He urged people to avoid eating suya and other roasted meats, especially when they were cold.

“If at all you must eat suya, roasted meats this period, make sure it is served very hot because the virus doesn’t survive in a hot material/environment. So avoid eating suya and roasted meats when they are cold.

“Also don’t use papers to wrap your suya or roasted meat; let it be served very hot in your plate; rats might have climbed on the paper they used to wrap it and this can lead to Lassa fever, another terrible disease.

“When cooking meats, make sure you allow it to boil very well, at least 100-degree level before you bring it down and start eating,” he said.

The veterinary doctor also said that covering the mouth and nose with a tissue or handkerchief while coughing or sneezing could also help prevent transmission, stressing that such tissue paper should be disposed of immediately after use.

He advised animal farmers/handlers to always keep the environment where the animals were kept neat while urging them to consult veterinary doctors when they discovered that the animals were sick.

Oladele-Bukola said that a doctor could diagnose the virus responsible by taking a sample of respiratory fluids, such as mucus or blood.

He, however, added that researchers believed that the viruses could be transmitted through fluids in the respiratory system, such as mucus.

The veterinary doctor added that touching or shaking hands with a person who had the virus could pass the virus between individuals as well as making contact with a surface or object that had the virus and then touching the nose, eyes or mouth.

“Improperly cooked meat and eggs can also cause it; some animal coronaviruses, such as feline coronavirus (FCoV), may also spread through contact with faeces.

“However, it is unclear whether this also applies to human coronaviruses; results from our findings show that it may take two to 14 days for a person to notice symptoms after infection.

“To prevent transmission, people should stay at home and rest while symptoms are active; they should also avoid close contact with other people, wash their hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

“Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, if your hands are not clean; avoid close contact with anyone who is sick; clean surfaces you often touch and stay away from work, school and public places, if you are sick.

“Let us do our own path, while we trust God for divine protection. I believe the virus will be a gone issue very soon, by the grace of God,” he said.


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Zamfara government unveils 200 ghost medical doctors.


The Zamfara Government on Friday said it has discovered 200 ghost medical doctors from its payroll.

The state Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Rabi’u Garba, who disclosed this to newsmen in Gusau, noted that the ghost doctors were uncovered during the ongoing civil servants verification exercise under the State Hospital Service Management Board (HSMB).


“When the present administration came in, we had 287 medical doctors in the government’s payroll purported to be working in various General Hospitals across the state under HSMB.

“After the investigation, we discovered that only 87 doctors are genuine, all the remaining 200 were non-existent.


“Before now, the state government use to pay N389 million as monthly salary to doctors and other healthcare workers under the board,” Garba said

According to him, with the development the state government will be saving N120 million monthly from the ghost workers under the board.


“Another serious problem we found in the board was that some workers without health qualifications were receiving health workers salary.

“We met a report of previous administration that verify non-health workers working in health sector receiving health workers salary.


“We consider to implement that report, because as a responsible government we cannot allow somebody with SSCE or other non-qualifications to be collecting duty call and shift allowances from the government,” he added.

The commissioner added that the government also discovered that some officials of the board and from the ministry of finance are also involved in the scam.

“We are directed by Governor Bello Matawalle to carryout investigation exercise to ensure sanity in the state’s civil servants payroll.

“After the investigation we are going to sue any government official found in the scam,” Garba said.


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COVID-19: Why I don’t wear mask when attending to patients – Nigerian doctor. {Video}


Last week, a photo of the Chief Medical Director of the Lagos Isolation centre and the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, inspecting the medical facility where the Italian infected with the deadly Coronavirus was kept, went viral with Nigerians blasting them both for not wearing any protective gadget.

Reacting to the worries and panic of some Nigerians, the Chief Medical Director said there is no need to wear the mask when there is a reasonable distance between the patient and himself.


“I am not using any facemask because the distance between me and where the patient is is more than 2 meters so I can’t get infected. It is only when I am going to move into the ward and move closer to the patient that is when I am going to put on my full PPE. So we know what we are doing and there is no need for anyone to panic”, he said.

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COVID-19: Plateau doctor on alert


Three Chinese Nationals who are workers in a mining site in Wase town of Plateau State, have been quarantined for suspected case of the novel coronavirus.

Commissioner for Information in Plateau, Dan Manjang revealed that the Chinese citizens who flew into Abuja on Wednesday February 26, travelled down to Jos, the Plateau State capital on Thursday February 27.


Manjang who averred that there is no confirmed case of coronavirus in Plateau, said the Chinese nationals are still being clinically examined by a medical expert deployed by the State Ministry of Health.

He said;

“The situation right now is that they have been isolated.


“The three of them came in through Abuja and once we heard that, the Commissioner for Health had to take a proactive measure to send a medical team to Wase to go and investigate.

“The problem that we have is that there is a tendency for people to think that investigation or quarantine, as the case may be, means that there is an outbreak of the virus.

“As far as Plateau case is concerned, there has been no known case of this virus on the Plateau; we just took proactive measures to make sure that we place them (the Chinese nationals) under investigation and that will take 14 days.”

Manjang further disclosed that the Plateau state government is currently waiting for the report of the team that was sent to Wase before taking the next step.


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Coronavirus: Chinese doctor, expert detecting disease, dead


A Chinese doctor, who was among the first to raise a public alarm about the deadly Coronavirus has died after being infected, CNN reports.

Ophthalmologists Li Wenliang passed away from the infection at 2:58am.


Dr Li had died of the novel Coronavirus, but later reported he was instead critically ill.

Dr Li was declared dead at 21:30 local time on Thursday.


Official media outlets were told to change their reports to say the doctor was still being treated.

Reports said the doctor was given a treatment Li oxygenation) which keeps a person’s heart pumping and keeps their blood oxygenated without it going through their lungs.

Li, a 34-year-old, working in Wuhan, raised the alarm about the virus on December 30, but was silenced by local police.

According to CNN, he was one of several medics targeted by police for trying to blow the whisweekstle on the deadly virus.


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Kobe Bryant’s death is because of his affair with his daughter – Doctor affirms ..


Following the tragic death of NBA star, Kobe Bryant and 13-year-old daughter, Gianni in the gory helicopter crash, a Nigerian UK-based Doctor and Writer, Yemi, has alleged that Kobe was having incestuous affair with his daughter, Gianni.

According to Yemi, Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianni perishing in the gory helicopter crash was a punishment from God for their incestuous affair.The Nigerian UK-based Doctor, Yemi, took to Twitter and posted a photo of Kobe Bryant kissing his daughter on the lips and asked whether it was right for a father and daughter to kiss on the lips and then alleged that;“Is it right to have a lip kiss with your own daughter? Kobe Bryant was no doubt a pedophile and an incestuous father. They deserve death. The death was punishment for their sins, for atonement. #RIPMamba”.


In another tweet, Yemi continued that;

“I had a dream on Tuesday last week where God appeared to me and told me that he was going to kill Kobe Bryant and his daughter for their incestuous affair. I didn’t believe him. When it happened, he reappeared and said, “You doubt too much my daughter #RIPMamba #RIPGianna”.


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Lassa Fever: Another doctor diagnosed positive..


Hope of a possible letup in the Lassa fever epidermic that has claimed no fewer than 30 lives was dashed yesterday, following reports that a doctor had been diagnosed with the ailment in Jigawa State. The epidermic has infected more than 200 across 11 states in Nigeria.


Acting permanent secretary, Jigawa State Ministry of Health, Salisu Mu’azu, who confirmed the latest victim, Anthony Etim, a staff of Medicins Sans Frontieres, also known Doctors Without Borders, was being treated at the isolated Infectious disease control unit in Jahun Hospital, Jahun Local Government Area, Jigawa State.

Etim developed symptoms following an official engagement at an internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp in Borno State.


He said about 11 people in Birnin Kudu LGA of Jigawa State were being closely monitored afetr contact with a relative, a medical doctor now quarantined in Kano, over the Lassa fever.

Meanwhile, at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja, Kogi State, Dr. Bernard Ododo, head of clinical services, yesterday, said five suspected cases were reported in the hospital in the last one week, out of which three tested positive to the virus, while one patient died.


“Five suspected cases reported at the hospital in the last one week, three already tested positive, of which one died. Two cases already transferred to Lassa Fever Management Centre at Irrua Specialist Hospital, Edo State.Two others (of which one has died) have their results awaited from NCDC laboratory in Abuja,” Ododo said.

The physician, therefore, advised residents to adopt all necessary precautions to prevent the outbreak of the epidemic-prone diseases in the state.


Ogun confirms 1 case

Ogun State has confirmed a case of Lassa fever, with a firm assurance that all was being done to contain it.

Commissioner for health, Dr. Tomi Coker, made this known in a statement yesterday, in Abeokuta.


She said the suspected Lassa fever case was confirmed by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) virology laboratory on January 24.

According to Coker, the patient was a pregnant 29-year-old, who took ill and was referred to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Abeokuta.


She stated that, contrary to some reports circulating in the media, “the patient is not dead, as she was transferred to the Federal Specialist Hospital in Irua, whose facilities provided the patient with the full benefit of multidisciplinary care required for her due to her pregnancy.”

She added that the Rapid Response Team had commenced line listing of all who had come into contact with the patient for surveillance purposes, including her relatives and hospital staff that managed her case.


Sokoto mobilises health workers

Sokoto State government says arrangements were in full swing to tackle the resurfacing Lassa fever in some parts of the state.

Commissioner for health, Dr. Ali Inname, said the state had deployed experts to sensitise people on what must be done to prevent the disease.


He said the state government, through the Ministry of Health and other agencies, was doing everything to save residents from the disease.

According to him, although there is no reported case of Lassa fever in Sokoto, his ministry had stocked PPE, drugs and other emergency equipment,” he said.


Enugu denies remoured death of nurse

Enugu Government has dispelled rumour that one of the nurses that treated the patient who died of Lassa fever has also died.


Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Ifeanyi Agujiobi, said the information was false, unfounded and misleading.

Dr. Agujiobi advised the public, especially residents of the state, not to panic but go about their normal duties.


He stated that the health ministry will continue to ensure that universal health precautions are strictly observed”.

The permanent secretary disclosed that the state Ministry of Health has constituted a MULTI SECTORAL Rapid Response Team charged with the responsibility of containing and mitigating against the deadly Lassa fever menace.


No new case in Lagos

In Lagos, commissioner for health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, said there were no cases of coronavirus or Lassa fever in the state, but declared that the state was stepping up its level of preparedness.

He added that the state was collaborating with the Federal Airports Ports Authority of Nigeria in screening and surveillance of passengers, while advising citizens on precautionary measures against contagious infections.

The NCDC at the weekend confirmed 29 deaths and 195 cases in 11 states. Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General, NCDC, who disclosed this in a statement, in Abuja, explained that the figures were as at Friday, January 24.


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