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COVID-19: 3 patient, 1 bed as hospital collapse. [India]

Packed morgues, bodies in wards, patients forced to share beds and medical workers run ragged: Mumbai’s war against coronavirus has pushed the Indian city’s hospitals to breaking point.

Ravi, 26, had to change his mother’s diapers himself as she lay dying from the disease in the huge Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, better known as Sion.

“They would just give us medicines and leave,” Ravi (not his real name) said.

Staff in the 1,300-bed facility were “overworked and tired”, he said, with sometimes three patients per bed.


Now he too has contracted the virus and is in another hospital — but only after four facilities refused to admit him.

“We don’t have the infrastructure for this disease,” he said.

The state-run Sion hospital has become a byword for the stunning failure of Mumbai — home to billionaires, Bollywood and slums — to cope with the pandemic.


A video widely shared on social media and shown on Indian TV showed corpses wrapped in black plastic left on beds in a ward where patients are being treated.

Authorities said they were investigating the footage.

With space at a premium, and relatives too afraid or unable to claim their dead because they are themselves in quarantine, disposal of coronavirus corpses is not easy, doctors said.


But dealing with the sick is much harder.

“We don’t have enough beds to manage so many cases. The emergency area gets full in a matter of hours,” Aditya Burje, a junior doctor working night shifts at Sion hospital said.

The hospital’s proximity to India’s biggest slum Dharavi makes it a key battleground in the fight against the pandemic.

“In March there were just one or two suspected cases a day. It all seemed to be under control. Then the situation drastically changed,” the 25-year-old said.


By the end of April, Burje and his colleagues were overwhelmed.

“We were seeing 50-100 patients a day, 80 percent of whom would turn out to be positive and many would need to be on oxygen,” he said.

Like many doctors at state-run hospitals, Burje, who gets a $700 monthly stipend, has not been paid since India went into lockdown in late March.

He has not had a night off in two months.


With nearly a third of his medical school cohort at the hospital diagnosed with coronavirus, he admitted he was scared to go to work.

“If something happens, who will take care of me?”

Sion hospital is not alone in India’s financial capital. And everyone — from medical students to doctors with decades of experience — is struggling.


Intensive care specialist Deepak Baid, who runs a private hospital in north Mumbai, volunteered to help at a state-run medical facility, Rajawadi Hospital.

But though it is only equipped to handle patients with moderate symptoms, doctors there routinely end up treating critically ill people, Baid said.

Even clinicians specialising in fields like dermatology or orthopaedics are being hit with caseloads of patients they are not qualified to treat.


“We can’t send (patients) to other better-equipped hospitals because they have no beds and so we do what we can,” he told AFP.

“The system is under a lot of pressure, it’s exploding,” he said.

Flimsy protective equipment has made sanitation workers fearful of tackling tasks such as changing sheets used by coronavirus patients, Nilima Vaidya-Bhamare, another doctor, told AFP.


Mumbai has 4,500 beds for coronavirus patients, according to Daksha Shah, a senior health official with the city authority.

“We are expanding capacity all the time,” she told AFP, pointing to efforts to build a 1,000-bed field hospital in a commercial hub.

Authorities are also setting up intensive care units inside schools.


But with Mumbai so far registering around 18,000 cases, a fraction of its 18-million-strong population, fears are growing that India’s worst-hit city is unprepared for a potential surge.

India spends less than two percent of its GDP on healthcare.

As of 2017, India had 0.8 doctors per 1,000 people, around the same level as Iraq, according to the World Bank. China has 1.8 per 1,000, and the United States 2.6.


Many of the problems highlighted by the pandemic have been festering for a long time, Vaidya-Bhamare said, from a lack of basic supplies such as soap to overburdened staff.

“I graduated in 1994 and government hospitals were utterly neglected then,” she said. “Why does it take a pandemic to wake people up?”



COVID-19: Up to 14 death in Lagos happened in Private hospitals.

Lagos State government yesterday said that the state had recorded 14 deaths from the COVID-19 out of which only two died in its facilities, while others died in private hospitals and also on their way to the state facilities.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who disclosed this yesterday while providing update on efforts by the state government to contain the pandemic, said the state government was being proactive because it was better to be over-prepared than to be under-prepared.

Abayomi also said that new isolation centres were being built to add more bed spaces aside the hotel facilities that had been provided by the state government that would be converted to isolation centres.

He implored residents that have symptoms of COVID-19 not to stay at home, as it complicates issues.

The commissioner, who stated that only three of the 20 local councils in Lagos State have not recorded a single case of Coronavirus, said there were no cases of the virus in Ojo, Epe and Ajeromi-Ifelodun local councils while Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland and Ikeja were the three local councils with the highest cases of COVID-19.

He said that if not for the multiplicity of strategies deployed by the state government, there would have been hundreds of cases daily, adding that if the state had done nothing, by now, Lagos would have recorded 6,000 positive cases of COVID-19.

He, therefore, sought more support and co-operation from residents, especially on practising social distancing, saying that community engagement that include residents practising social distancing had greatly helped in containing the spread of the virus.

Abayomi, who said that Lagos State had just between 30 and 40 ventilators though not all of them are designated for COVID-19 patients, disclosed that the state government had decentralised COVID-19 testing across local councils to bring testing opportunities closer to the people.

Also speaking, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Gbenga Omotosho said in the coming week, the state government enlightenment campaign would be aggressive, especially educating residents on the need to practise social distancing.

He said that the state government had observed that many residents do not practise social distancing, especially in markets.

In another development, the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has lamented shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), as colleagues in Lagos have tested positive to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The association, which claimed that most of the expected PPEs were not available for use, said nurses were being exposed to unnecessary risk with about 25 nurses on self-quarantine after being exposed to cases of COVID-19, while those who tested positive to the virus had presented themselves at the isolation centre for management.

In a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, NANNM, Lagos Chapter, Adenike Akinla, and made available to The Guardian, the association said that nurses were being subjected to hardship and diverse risks while performing their duties.

>>> Private hospitals impose restrictions on all patients <<<

The Guild of Medical Directors (GMD) has declared that all patients who attend any private facility nationwide would be deemed COVID-19 positive until proved otherwise.

The patients will also be required to comply with a protocol, which includes temperature check, compulsory hand washing before consultation, use of hand sanitisers and possible temporary isolation.

The move followed the recent exposure of some medical doctors to the virus by patients, who failed to disclose their true travel history.

This was as the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), as at 10:40 a.m., Saturday, April 18, announced 49 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 542, with 19 deaths and 166 persons discharged.

According to the breakdown, Lagos has 306, FCT- 81, Kano- 37, Osun- 20, Oyo- 16, Edo- 15, Ogun- 12, Kwara- 9, Katsina- 9, Bauchi- 6, Kaduna- 6, Akwa Ibom- 6, Delta- 4, Ekiti- 3, Ondo- 3, Enugu- 2, Rivers-2, Niger- 2, Benue- 1, and Anambra- 1.

GMD President Prof. Femi Dokun-Babalola, in a statement, regretted that three members had died, not because they wanted to treat COVID-19 patients as speculated but because they inevitably came across the sick persons.

Dokun-Babalolaalso appealed to the Federal Ministry of Health to assist private hospitals with protective kits, saying the COVID-19 crisis does not mean other illnesses have ceased to exist.

He faulted the Federal Government for allegedly creating the impression that private medical practitioners knowingly treat COVID-19 patients for financial reward.

“The impression that private hospitals in Nigeria are keen to treat patients with COVID-19 infection, perhaps for monetary gain, must be dispelled. Permit me to mention that three of our colleagues have already died. Dr. AliyuYakubu, proprietor of Daura Clinics and Medical Centre in Katsina State, Dr. Dominic Essien of San Dominic Hospital in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State and Dr. Emeka Chugbo, a well renowned obstetrician who died recently in Lagos.

“The death of Dr. Chugbo is perhaps illustrative of the dilemma faced by private practitioners in Nigeria. He was an obstetrician who carried out a Cesarean Section on a COVID-19 patient and he had no idea the patient was positive. It is clear he would not have undertaken the operation if he had that knowledge.

“At the same time, the patient in question did not display any signs or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. To Dr. Chugbo, she was just a pregnant patient in distressed labour. The facts of her infection only became known after the surgery was carried out at which point the infection had been passed to our demised colleague.”

The presidency, meanwhile, has directed all State House correspondents and media office staff that covered the burial of the late Chief of Staff Abba Kyari to keep away from the Presidential Villa.

This was contained in a statement yesterday signed by AttahEsa, a deputy director of information, requesting the reporters to work from home for the next 14 days.
Kyari who was buried on Saturday was the most high-profile Nigerian to die of COVID-19.

The presidency further urged the reporters to be careful and observe the measures recommended for preventing the spread of virus.

The move followed a similar restriction placed on senior presidential aides who attended the burial.

The presidency had in the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus in Abuja, scaled down the number of media organisations permitted to cover its activities.

A statement to that effect had read: “In view of the current restriction in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) against gathering of not more than 50 persons at the same time at any venue, as well as to be able to maintain social distancing following the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become imperative to drastically review down the presence of the over 100 State House Correspondents who usually rendezvous in the Press Briefing Room in the Presidential Villa during this period since all other departments have scaled down the presence of their staff.”

This came as the president, Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Dr. Aliyu Sokomba, faulted the loss of confidence in public hospitals by Nigeria’s leaders.

He said: “Taking the late Abba Kyari to a private hospital is an indication of their lack of confidence in public healthcare facilities, which have been neglected in terms of infrastructure, capacity building of staff, and maintenance. For some, perhaps it is the penchant to feel different or superior to the masses so as not to be ‘equally yoked.’”

On the failure of attendees at the burial to observe social distancing, Sokomba said: “Sure, many stages and acts during the burial left so much to be desired as far as prevention of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases is concerned.

“Regrettably the uncontrolled crowding has increased exposure of many who attended to COVID-19. It has also encouraged the spread of the disease. We hope the relevant agencies will do a diligent tracking of all exposed persons and quarantine and or isolate them where the criteria are met.”

He said further: “The right step for any individual, family and institution bereaved from COVID-19, Lassa fever and other infectious diseases is to contact the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for advice and guidance on safe burial. The NCDC/ State Epidemiology units are meant to have safe burial teams comprised of well-trained professionals including religious clerics who advise and support safe burial service.

“The entire burial was supposed to have been handled by the team, carrying the family and mourners along in keeping with the protocols/guidelines.”

On what punitive measure NARD might recommend for the violations during the burial, Sokomba said: “It is not in our place as NARD to say so.Ours is to educate on health and best practices as regards prevention and treatment of COVID-19 and other health challenges. The Federal Ministry of Health, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Ministry of Health and other relevant agencies know better.”


[Nigeria] UBTH equip isolation centre.

The Management of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) has equipped a 10-bedded Isolation Centre ahead of the first coronavirus case to be admitted.

Prof Darlington Obaseki, Chief Medical Director of UBTH disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday in Benin.

“The Isolation Centre is functioning actively and striving for expanded services in the event of more cases of COVID-19 requiring admission.

“UBTH in anticipation of COVID-19 patients, promptly repurposed, re-structured, equipped and activated a 10-bedded Isolation Centre ahead of the first case to be admitted.

“The Centre operates with the full complement of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other personnel needed to provide care.

“The Isolation Centre is supported by a dedicated 2-bedded Intensive Care Unit, equipped with two ventilators for the management of COVID-19 patients in need of critical care.

“The Hospital also has a Rapid Response Team consisting of more than 80 specially trained doctors, nurses, paramedics and other professionals, ready to attend to suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19.

“Presently, we are coping in terms of personnel, equipment and materials, but if the figures increase as we see elsewhere, it may become difficult, which is why, despite what we have done, we are calling on well-meaning Nigerians to support us in every conceivable area”, he said.

He appreciated Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, who is the Chairman of Edo State COVID-19 response team for his support and cooperation so far.


Nigerian Actress, Omotola Jalade mourn UK-based cousin’s death.

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Nollywood actress, says she has lost a “dear” cousin, based in London, to complications arising from a kidney transplant.

The 42-year-old film star broke the sad news on Saturday to her numerous fans on Twitter. She said her cousin could not get proper treatment because doctors were focused on COVID-19 patients.

Omotola also blamed the UK’s healthcare system for failing the deceased whom she referred to as Jalad.

“I lost a dear cousin yesterday in London. I’m hurting. He didn’t get COVID-19. He died from a kidney transplant complication,” she wrote as fans took to the comment section in condolences.

“He couldn’t get proper healthcare because the Hospitals were focused on COVID-19 and help didn’t get to him fast enough. How sad.

“Jalad is gone. He died alone. Jalad was too loved to die alone. The health system in the United Kingdom failed him.”

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare systems across the globe have been on their toes in the struggles to keep critically ill patients alive, with leaders looking to bring more hands on-board.

The number of infected persons globally has exceeded 1.7 million as the death toll is now close to 110,000. Citizens have also reported difficulty in getting medical attention as a result of the lockdowns.


Libyan hospital for COVID-19 treatment suffer attack.

Libya’s UN-backed government says it has suspended activity at one of the main hospitals in the capital, Tripoli, which has been repeatedly targeted in bombardments.

The health authorities said the al-Khadra hospital was hit again on Thursday – the third such strike in a matter of days.

The government’s supporters have blamed the attacks on forces from eastern Libyan under the control of Gen Khalifa Haftar.

Earlier in the week the UN’s humanitarian co-ordinator for Libya, Yacoub El Hillo, warned that the coronavirus pandemic together with the attacks on the hospital, which houses a coronavirus ward, were a deadly combination.

He described the shelling as a “clear violation of international humanitarian law”.

“The fighting parties must stop killing innocent civilians now and focus on defeating the virus,” he said.

The conflict in Tripoli has intensified in recent weeks.

Libya has been wracked by conflict since the 2011 uprising which ousted long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The Libyan National Army (LNA), which is loyal to Gen Haftar and controls most of eastern Libya, launched its attack on Tripoli a year ago.

It rivals are the internationally recognised government in Tripoli and several armed groups allied to that administration.

The country officially has 19 confirmed cases of coronavirus but it has tested fewer than 400 people.


Nigeria – DELSUTH to rise again – CMD says.

The Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH) at Oghara in Ethiope West Local Government Area is the state’s apex health institution providing basic training, research and medical services.

It was established to give skilled health care through the training of undergraduate medical students, residency training of doctors and paramedics.

But since June 10, 2010, when it was officially inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan, DELSUTH had been plagued by multifaceted problems, ranging from industrial unrest, low staff morale, brain drain, poor funding, massive infrastructure decay, and epileptic power supply.

But with ongoing renovation of the institution by the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration, there is hope the tertiary health care centre can reclaim some of its lost glory.

Dr Onome Ogueh, the chief medical director (CMD), believes the old narrative is gradually being replaced by a culture of medical excellence as envisioned by its founding fathers.

He says his priority, besides ensuring the hospital was run professionally, is to change the hearts and minds of “people who work here to have the right attitude towards the care that we provide.”

The CMD, appointed a little over three years ago, outlines his strategy for revamping the institution.

He says: “My management team has been doing a bit to reposition DELSUTH. We have approached this in various ways. One of the things we have done since I came on board just over three years ago is to make sure that all our departments are accredited for providing clinical services at a tertiary care level. For instance, for the first time we have full accreditation for Paediatrics, Radiology and Radiography, Orthopaedic, Cardiology, Neurology, etc.”

Continuing, he says “we have also ensured that we employ adequate staff for proper service delivery. We now have, for instance, a consultant dermatologist for the first time in DELSUTH. We have also employed a cardio-thoracic surgeon. We did not have one in Delta State before now. So, we are beginning to develop a cardio-thoracic surgery service. We have also employed a restorative dentist for the first time in Delta State. We are now developing a restorative dentistry service.”

He admits that for DELSUTH to play its multifarious role effectively, it requires annual subventions from government.

But Ogueh says his team is “already looking outward”. According to him, the management is exploring other avenues to generate revenue, such as “engaging in the production of medical consumables, sanitisers to hospitals, etc.”

His words: “Like all government hospitals and teaching hospitals in the world, DELSUTH requires subvention because unlike ordinary hospitals, we do not just deliver clinical services. We do more than that. As a teaching hospital, one of the pillars of the things we do is to provide research that will help to improve the quality of the services we give to the people. We also provide training for medical students, training for postgraduate doctors, and to be able to train medical students and postgraduate doctors, we need all departments to be accredited and this requires proper funding.

“We also need to train postgraduate doctors so we can have specialists that can provide specialist services in the state and in the country, and to train these people require funding. These are things you cannot achieve with internally- generated revenue. So, I must say we need to have more.”

One of the strategies includes approaching wealthy Deltans and corporate bodies to contribute towards development of the hospital.

The CMD notes that the move has yielded astounding results. “For instance, I can tell you that one of the new services we brought in is an optic laboratory. That service was funded entirely by an individual from this community. That service has been running for few years.”

He says other revenue sources being explored include leveraging on the hospital’s competencies, such as specialisation in nursing by providing services for students from other universities, including Ladoke Akintola University of Technology at Ogbomosho in Oyo State.

Dr. Ogueh says because his team emphasises medical research, internationally-recognised researchers from DELSUTH are currently engaged in research into specialised fields.

His words: “We are doing quite a lot in terms of research. Because we are a teaching hospital, we have professors, senior lecturers, and lecturers, whose pact of agreement is to carry out research, and some of the research involves international collaboration.

”For instance, we have a programme that we have been running with UT South-Western, U.S.A, where we are collaborating to do research into kidney disease. We have different types of research going on. We are in the process of setting up a telecardiology research where we can begin to view people with heart conditions or research into heart conditions by telemedicine. You are sitting here in Oghara and you are able to do some kind of consultation in Lagos or elsewhere. That is one area we are doing research collaboration. We are doing research in many other areas because that is what makes us different from the general hospital. We do research into the services that we are providing to ensure that we provide the best for patients.”

He says DELSUTH possesses a fully equipped Radiology Department, and an MRI machine (which is of the highest standard), adding that the institution provides training for resident doctors from the University of Benin Teaching Hospital and University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.

The CMD notes that the tertiary health care institution is breaking grounds in the area of a paediatric cardio-thoracic surgery unit.

He says paediatric cardio-thoracic surgery is not done in Nigeria, adding that the vision of the institution is to run the service on a regular basis.

“One of such is the setting up of a Paediatric Cardio-thoracic surgery service in DELSUTH. The governor has already approved funding for it because as we speak the only way one can get paediatric cardio-thoracic surgery is to go to America, UK, Israel or India, or when people from those countries come to do outreach programmes here. That is the only time one can have it. What we want to do is a regular service and we are in the process of setting that up in collaboration with Hospital for Humanity based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.”

But Ogueh thinks his most astounding success is the cordial relationship blossoming with the host community and trade unions in the institution.

He says prompt payment of salaries and other emoluments by the government have lifted the morale of workers, adding that regular medical outreaches and support for local festivals have closed the gap in the relationship with the host community.

“We have bridged that gap and that is why, for instance, we have a football tournament that involves the community. We also reach out to the people during festive periods. During their traditional festival, Christmas, etc. we always give our support. We have bridged the gap that there was,” he offers.

Despite lamenting the deleterious effects of brain drain on the institution, Ogueh believes the country’s medical community stands to benefit in the long run.

According to him, “the other take I have with the brain drain issue is that sometimes, maybe it is even good for our people to go out there because when they go out there, they get more exposure because of the infrastructure they will meet there, which will improve their knowledge and experience. Some of them will bring this knowledge and experience back to Nigeria and use that to help develop the health service.

Continuing, he says: “… you are looking at a man who spent 28 years in the UK, Canada and America before coming back to Nigeria. The knowledge and experience I picked up in my sojourn is helping me to manage this place in the way I have been doing. For example, in the UK, because I was interested in management, I went through leadership training that has prepared me in leading this institution. Part of that leadership training involved my coming to Nigeria 10 years ago to do some work and help set up this hospital.”

Before his appointment, he was a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Associate Medical Director with Brighton and Sussex University Hospital in the United Kingdom.

He also served as an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer with Brighton and Sussex Medical School in Brighton, United Kingdom.

How DELSUTH is preparing to battle COVID-19

Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH) at Oghara in Ethiope Local Government Area has put measures in place to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr. Onome Ogueh, says the management, with support from the government, has constant supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); face masks, gloves, hand sanitisers, etc. ”which we have consistently made available for use by our staff during this period.”

He adds: ”DELSUTH has a designated Isolation/Treatment Centre for COVID-19 with a screening protocol that is followed strictly with triage centres established at all clinics/ward entrances as well as the main hospital gate. This is to ensure that suspected cases are identified while making sure some form of clinical services delivery continues within the hospital”.

Dr. Ogueh notes that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has been very proactive in preparing for COVID-19, saying the hospital has benefited through staff training, procurement of equipment and facilities’ upgrade.

He informs that ”management is aware that the state government is planning remuneration for all staff involved in the COVID-19 response team.”

The CMD says at this critical period, management counts on workers to give their total support in battling this pandemic.

Delta recorded its first case as of 9:45 pm last night. But the state had never relaxed its resolve to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic despite not having had an index case until on Wednesday.


Nigeria – Drama as Edo hospital reject donated hand sanitizers.

Top officials of Edo state government-owned Central Hospital in Benin City, on Tuesday allegedly abandoned their respective duty posts, just to avoid receiving customised hand sanitizers donated by a governorship aspirant in the state, Dr. Pius Odubu.

The incident caused a mild drama in the premises of the Hospital, as the campaign team of the former Deputy Governor got stranded.

Odubu who is one of the frontline aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who have vowed to stop Governor Godwin Obaseki from securing the party’s ticket for a second term.

He said the donation of the hand sanitizers was part of efforts to assist health care personnel in the containment of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the state.

Confirming the incident, the Director-General of Odubu Campaign Organisation, Barr. Henry Idahagbon, said, “the Hospital management had agreed on 11 am last Wednesday, to receive the donation.”

He expressed concern that no official of the Hospital was on ground to receive the donations on behalf of the health workers when the organisation visited on the agreed date.

According to him, “When we got to the hospital, we called the Medical Director, Dr. Edomwonyi, to intimate him of our presence in the facility.

“His response was that ‘My brother I am not around and you know this is politics’.

“At that point, we left and proceeded to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), where we made the donations.”

The MD, Dr. Edomwonyi Ekuase, could not be reached for comment as calls to his mobile lines did not go through.

However, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, said he was not aware of the development.

“It is not to my knowledge. You need to also find out whether some people have picked them and kept them somewhere,” Okundia said.


COVID-19: Enugu nurses protest over insufficient equipments. (Nigeria)

A group of Nigerian nurses protested in Enugu state, over the lack of medical equipment, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The coronavirus is an ongoing global pandemic, which has affected over 900,000 people, and left over 46,000 people dead.

In Nigeria, the recorded cases of coronavirus continues to rise, as the NCDC earlier confirmed 23 new cases, taking the total number of cases in the country to 174.

Some states in the country are on lock down as the government looks to curb the spread of the virus, though the protesting health workers feel the government is not doing enough.

The nurses were seen singing songs asking the state government to provide Personal Protective Equipment including hand sanitisers, face masks and hand gloves to fight the coronavirus.

The nurses said they would no longer work until government provided the equipment for them, thereby leaving patients in the hospital at their mercy.


COVID-19: 16,155 patients released on recovery

A total of 16,155 patients infected with the novel coronavirus had been discharged from hospital after recovery by the end of Wednesday, Chinese health authority said Thursday.
Wednesday saw 1,779 people walk out of hospital after recovery, the National Health Commission said in its daily report.

By the end of Wednesday, a total of 2,118 people had died of the disease and 74,576 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection had been reported in 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps in China, N.Rs learnt

#Newsworthy. ..

COVID-19: Hospital director in china dies

A hospital director in the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan, the epicentre of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, died from the disease on Monday, state media reported on Tuesday.

Liu Zhiming, Director of Wuchang Hospital, died from infection with the new coronavirus, which has so far spread to more than 72,000 people across China, the state-owned newswire China News Service said on microblogging site Weibo.

His death comes as more medical personnel on the front lines of China’s battle against Covid-19 are falling ill with the disease.

China reported last week that more than 1,700 medical workers have been infected, and at least six have died.

A total of 72,436 infections and 1,868 deaths have so far been reported across the country, the National Health Commission said on Tuesday.

In the previous 24 hours, medical authorities counted 1,886 new cases and 98 deaths.

Both the number of new infections and deaths dropped slightly from the past few days.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday the number of new coronavirus infections in China appeared to be declining, though it was too early to tell if the reported decline would continue.

China’s renowned epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan said he expected the outbreak to peak by middle-to-late February, later than initially estimated, according to Southern Metropolis Daily.

Zhong said he expected the situation to be “stable” by the end of April.

Cities continued to tighten their restrictions meant to curb the spread of the virus.

Beijing on Monday cordoned off its hutongs, traditional alleyways in the centre of the city, with community
members restricting non-residents’ access.

The Beijing International Automobile Exhibition, which was supposed to take place from April 21 to April 30, has been postponed due to the outbreak, the organisers said in a statement.

#Newsworthy ..

Lassa Fever: Alimosho General Hospital on alert ..

The Medical Director of the Alimosho General Hospital, Dr Madewa Adebajo has disclosed that the hospital has been placed on alert for any cases of Lassa fever.

Adebajo told the media in Lagos, that the hospital has set up an Emergency Preparedness Committee and Infection Control Committee for any eventuality.

“For us in Alimosho General Hospital, a lot of emphasis has been laid on the prevention and control of Lassa fever and we also emphasis on universal precaution at all times.

“Some of these viral infections has been with us, it comes and go and that is why we should be ready at all time.

“More importantly, we are suspicious and look for any cases that comes to us and threat accordingly.

“We have two committees in place already and we do engage our patients and staff regularly while we have also provided personal protective equipment.

“If we do these, we will not be caught unaware because some health workers fall victims due to carelessness or when adequate precautions are not taken,” he said.

N.Rs reports that the cases of Lassa fever have been recorded in over 10 states across the country with over 20 deaths including Ogun state which is a neighbouring state to Lagos.

The Director explained that the hospital is working in accordance with the Lagos State Health Ministry to report any suspected cases to the appropriate channel.

He commended the Lagos state government for its proactive measures ahead of any outbreak of the virus in the state.

N.Rs also reports that Lassa fever is endemic in Nigeria while the cases are recorded all year round.

The Lassa virus is transmitted by rodents which are ubiquitous in the country.

Early symptoms include fever, headache, diarrhea, abdominal pain, sore throat and others, while infected persons bleed from body opening in severe cases


Just in: Global Fund Disburse $890 to Nigerian Medicals to fight diseases

…HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB), Malaria

Global Fund has allocated over $890 to Nigeria for the fight against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria in the next three years, but insisted the country must justify the need for before it could be released.

The Fund said its 2020-2022 allocation methodology was geared toward increasing the overall impact of programmes to prevent, treat and care for people affected by HIV, TB and malaria, and to build resilient and sustainable systems for health.

The allocations, it said, provide significantly more resources for the highest burden and lowest income countries, while maintaining current funding levels or moderating the pace of reductions in other contexts.

According to Global Fund, most eligible countries have increased allocations and every region is getting more funding overall. Additionally, countries in Africa are receiving around US$2 billion more than in the previous period, while countries in West and Central Africa have the biggest increase- US$780 million.

Details of the allocation indicated that US$329, 107, 978 million was earmarked for fight against HIV/AIDS in Nigeria in next three years, while the fight against malaria and TB was boosted with US$417, 893, 727 million and US$143, 595, 962 million, respectively.

Global Fund said the total amount available for allocations to benefitting countries was dependent on the funding raised during the corresponding three-year replenishment cycle.

It also added that allocations to individual countries are calculated using a formula predominantly based on each country’s disease burden and economic capacity, and they are refined to account for important contextual factors through a transparent and accountable qualitative adjustment process.

It, thus, explained that the allocations include US$12.71 billion for country allocations and US$890 million for catalytic investments for the period beginning January 2020, which is 23 percent more than for the previous three-year period.

Global Fund challenged beneficiaries to use the funds for its purpose which is to help save 16 million lives, cut the mortality rate for the three diseases in half and get the world back on track to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by 2030.

Director of the Fund, Peter Sands, in a statement said: “World leaders came together at our replenishment conference and made commitments to step up the fight to end these epidemics by 2030.

“Now the real work begins. Our allocations will allow partners to expand programs that work, and to find innovative solutions for new challenges. In addition to more money, we need better collaboration and more effective programs.”

He confirmed that eligible countries have been notified of their country allocations.

“In the next step of the funding process, countries will prepare and submit funding requests to the Global Fund for review and approval, starting in 2020.”

Senior official of the National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA) who pleaded anonymity confirmed receipt of notification of Nigeria’s allocations.

The official, however, clarified that allocations did not equal release of the funds as may be misunderstood by some people.

“This money has been allocated, may likely not be released if certain things are not done,” the official explained.


Medical experts tackle Buhari on message to stop seeking treatment abroad

At a time when Nigerians’ hope for improvement in the nation’s health sector has been dimmed by the paltry budgetary allocations to the sector, tasking Nigerians to desist from seeking medical care abroad might sound awkward.

But this was President Muhammadu Buhari’s shocking message to Nigerians on Friday, January 3, 2020.

Represented by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, at the inauguration and handover of a project designed to check flooding and gully erosion at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital in Abakaliki, the president said: “Nigerians have suffered so much going abroad for medical treatment. This is not good for us and it must stop because we can’t afford it again.”

Expectedly, there has been a backlash against the president’s statement. Spearheading this is the nation’s leading opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, which sarcastically tasked the president to lead by example. Not a few critics have questioned the morality of the president’s comment, given he has also embarked on several medical trips abroad since he assumed office in 2015.

The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, had ridden to power on Nigerians’ hope that its coming would usher in a better dispensation for the nation’s ailing health sector, but again the hope was dashed at the President Buhari’s budget presentation last October.

This is because of the N10.33 trillion proposal, N46 billion was allocated to the health sector, a development experts described as a confirmation of the government’s insincerity to the touted commitment of providing adequate and quality health care services to the people.

For experts, government’s failure to demonstrate its seriousness to multifaceted problems plaguing the nation’s healthcare sector has largely been identified as the major factor fueling the exodus of Nigerians seeking medical attention ditto for the problem of brain drain in the health sector.

For instance, a recent study revealed that no fewer than 5,250 Nigerian-trained doctors are working in the United Kingdom, which translates that an average of 12 medical doctors may be fleeing the country on a weekly basis. Perhaps more disturbing is the claim that no fewer than 88 per cent of doctors in Nigeria are considering working abroad.

But following the president’s call against medical tourism, experts in the field of medicine in Nigeria are unanimous in their opinion that the government’s desire to move against medical tourism must be preceded by concerted efforts to revamp the ailing sector.

The Chairman of Adamawa State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Dr Tonde Elijah Gargah, expressed doubt over the seriousness of the government to discourage Nigerians against seeking medical attention abroad.

“In all sincerity, I don’t think we are ripe for that because the government is yet to put the necessary facilities on ground to cater for the healthcare needs of Nigerians. And it will not be right for someone who has legitimately acquired his resources to be denied the freedom of seeking medical help abroad. I think what the government needs to do is to improve on the existing facilities, upgrade some of them and ensure they are up to global standards before putting such measures in place.

“However, for political office holders, Mr President has the right to stop them from seeking medical care abroad until they revamp our own health care delivery system. The truth of the matter is that if you look at the entire West African sub-region in terms of the per capita spent on health, Nigeria is the least. Even countries like Togo, Benin Republic spend more on health than Nigeria. That is exactly what I was saying when I said Nigeria is not yet ripe for such instruction that Mr President issued.”

For Dr Umenwa Joachim, secretary of Abia State Chapter of NMA, the government must take more drastic actions to dissuade Nigerians from traveling abroad for medical attention. According to him, the first step to discouraging medical tourism is to ban the political class from traveling abroad for medical attention.

“If the president can ban political office holders from seeking medical attention abroad, I believe they will look inward and find a way of improving the sector. If the national hospital can be equipped to a level that anybody can seek medical help and get good results, our people will stop traveling abroad. If there is a law banning people from going abroad for medical reasons our people will start investing in the health sector,” he said.

Dr Umenwa also called on Nigerians to see the president’s statement as clarion call to contribute their own quota in revamping the nation’s health sector.

“This is a call on Nigeria to invest in the field of medicine. If the money being used in building hotels all over the place is channeled into medicine, Nigerians will have no need going abroad for medical care. Our people have penchant for investing in hotel business. If you go to Owerri or Awka you will see thousands of hotels, but you can’t see standard hospital anywhere.

“Majority of the government officials that steal money prefer to invest in hotel business for reasons best known to them; you don’t see them investing in the medical field. Let’s forget about government hospitals, private individuals should invest in the health sector. Let there be more investments in hospitals from the private sector.

Our people will stop traveling abroad in search of medical care when we begin to invest seriously in the nation’s health sector. The time to stop patronising foreign hospitals is now. If we stop people traveling abroad for medical care, people will start investing in the health sector. If you expect people to start investing in the sector before we stop them from seeking medical care outside the country then we can’t get nowhere,” he said.

Dr Peter Waibode Alabrah, chairperson of Bayelsa State chapter of NMA, urged the government to key into the president’s position with action.

She lamented the poor allocation to the health sector, saying that both the Federal Government and the government at state level have continually failed to meet the WHO’s benchmark.

According to her, “what the president said is a welcome development. However, the statement should be backed with action. The money allocated to the health sector is not enough. I think it is only in Kano State that the amount allocated to the health sector is as specified by WHO. Other states in the country fell short of the standard. It should not be the Federal Government alone, our governors in the states should also key into it by voting substantial allocation to the health sector and help to upgrade our medical facilities in the interests of the people. By doing this, we will be able to successfully convince our people to stay in the country for medical care.”

Also commenting, Dr Okey Dinwoke, a consultant, obstetrician and gynaecologist, called on the president to address the inherent challenges facing the health sector before coming out to tell Nigerians to stop travelling abroad for medical care.

According to him, the fact that Buhari himself frequents abroad for medical treatment was symptomatic of the country’s ailing health system.

“As it stands, that statement by the president is nothing to go by. In the first place, he has to start it himself. Many Nigerians are aware of his many travels abroad for medical treatment last year,” he pointed out.

The medical expert, however, argued that the country presently has the manpower and requisite facility to meet the health needs of Nigerians, noting that the missing link was the Nigerian factor.

Dinwoke said: “We have enough manpower and facility, but the problem is the Nigerian factor. So, we can have standard system in Nigeria, we won’t have a situation where Nigerians are running outside the country in search of medical treatment.

“What we need now is a committed government and a workforce to be able to make things work normally. Just like everything about Nigeria, the corruption here and there, nothing serious, poor ethics and all that. All those things are militating factors. One thing is that the health sector cannot be discussed in isolation. The entire Nigerian system has to function well before we can talk about having a good health sector and all hands must be on deck to make things work.”

In his contribution, Dr Agudi Charles Chikwado, a general practitioner at University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) Medical Centre, Enugu State, wants the government to upgrade the country’s health sector, stressing that that was the only way to discourage medical tourism abroad.

He noted that with poor remuneration of health workers in the country and hostile working environment, the brain drain syndrome would continue until something drastic is done to salvage the situation.

He said: “The issue there is that if our health system can be operating at a standard capacity like we have abroad, there will be no need for our people to travel abroad. Without that, nothing can stop those travelling abroad. Therefore, government should equip the hospitals and improve the remuneration of health workers.

“In the Nigerian health sector, there are rising cases of brain drain. Most of our doctors are departing the country for other parts of the world in search of greener pastures. The only solution is improved remuneration, provision of an enabling working environment and equipment of our hospitals.”

Another medical expert at Parklane General Hospital, Enugu State, Dr Obiekwe Eze, said that the acute shortage of technology in the country has made it difficult to handle sophisticated health cases.

His words: “It will be difficult to say people should not travel abroad for medical treatment. When you visit most of the hospitals, they cannot handle special cases, for instance, retina surgery.

“So, in a situation when we have people having issues with their retina, what they do is to go abroad where the expertise and technology are readily available.

“I don’t think the president’s statement reflects the reality on ground. They should equip our general hospitals very well. How can you tell people not to travel abroad for medical treatment when we don’t have anything on ground?

“Therefore, it’s a mere talk. Even the president’s wife once complained about the deplorable state of health facilities at Aso Rock clinic.

“Yet, we have qualified people, but the majority of them are going abroad. We don’t have the technology to keep those capable hands. When they get better offers from other countries with promising packages, then they find it irresistible.”


After surgery, Pogba speaks from hospital

Injured Manchester United player, Paul Pogba, has taken to social media to let fans know about his state of health after recently undergoing an ankle surgery.

Pogba who has only made eight appearances for Manchester United this season because of the ankle injury, took to Instagram to joke about his state of health.

Speaking on his Instagram stories on Tuesday afternoon, Pogba said: ‘I don’t even know if I’m high or sober, well I don’t look sober.

‘You see my ankle like that, I can’t even feel my toes, but I’m still alive, that’s good news. I’ll keep you updated.’

Pogba added: ‘I’ve still got the smile’.

Looking at two pieces of bread, he said: ‘It’s one thing I don’t understand, what do you want me to do with this?

‘I can drink my pee pee, it looks like apple juice, fresh one.

‘I think people told me that I look drunk. I didn’t drink alcohol, they give me some things on my arm, I don’t know what’s that.

‘I woke up, I couldn’t lift up my leg and I was like ‘where am I, in Manchester? In Paris? In Guinea?’


FMC to develop vaccine for Lassa fever – CMD

…edo, the closest place to conduct such test and treatment

The Chief Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo in Ondo State says it has started a process to develop a vaccine against Lassa fever.

The Medical Director of the medical centre, Mr Liasu Ahmed, disclosed this on Tuesday in Owo during the centre’s annual ward round.

Lassa fever, also known as Lassa Hemorrhagic Fever (LHF), is a type of viral hemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa virus.

Many of those infected by the virus do not develop symptoms, but when symptoms occur, they typically include fever, weakness, headaches,
vomiting and muscle pains.

The CMD, therefore, said that with the establishment of a treatment centre in the town, the centre had begun the process of developing vaccine for the virus.

The medical director, who took journalists round the wards at the centre, said that the health facility started diagnosing Lassa fever with the use of mobile laboratory.

He stressed the need for Federal Government to address medical tourism and exodus of Nigerian doctors seeking greener pasture outside the country.

He added that “I want to say confidently that the hospital is fulfilling the mandates of service, training and research. In terms of service delivery, the problem of out-of-stock syndrome in the pharmacy has been reduced to the barest minimum.

“A reference laboratory has been set up through Public Private Partnership (PPP). All equipment in the laboratory are automated and results of investigations are released within 30 minutes.

“Furthermore, our services are being improved through the introduction of Electronic Medical Records (EMR).

“It is no longer news that FMC Owo is one of the treatment centres for Lassa fever in the country and the only one that is treating patients with Lassa fever free.

“Last year, we started diagnosing Lassa fever with the use of mobile laboratory donated by an NGO called Pandora in collaboration with Irua Teaching Hospital and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

“In January 2019 during the world conference on Lassa fever in Abuja, FMC Owo received an award of excellence as the most improved treatment centre in the country.”

NobleReporters culled that currently, the test and treatment are not available in the state, as Edo was the closest place to conduct such.

Highpoint of the centre’s annual ward round was the presentation of awards to outstanding staff and retirees.


Buhari’s referring to himself over stopping overseas treatment – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s comment on overseas treatment as self-indicting and raises public apprehensions on high-level deceits in governance.

The PDP said the comment is ‘ridiculous’, owing to what they say that President Buhari leads on the medal table of persons who patronize foreign hospitals for treatment and even check-ups.

According to a statement by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Sunday, the administration of President Buhari has failed to provide adequate healthcare in the country, stressing that he cannot turn around to preach to other citizens against foreign treatment.

“While the PDP does not approve of proliferated foreign medical tourism, especially by leaders and public office holders, our party holds that a leader who has failed to lead by example and whose government has neglected and wrecked our healthcare systems lacks all rectitude to issue directives against foreign treatment.

“Consequently, the PDP urges President Buhari to show an example by patronizing a Nigerian public hospital on his next medical appointment so that he can experience the healthcare reality that our citizens have been subjected to under his government.”

The party stated that the current administration has not done enough to improve the healthcare sector in the country after the PDP had introduced ‘robust’ programmes.

“Mr. President can then discover that our health system has suffered untold neglect under his watch, leading to dilapidated infrastructure, empty drug shelves, decrepit and worn-out equipment, brain drain and a demoralized workforce worse than his 1983 recollections.

“It is even more disheartening that all the investments and robust programmes of successive PDP administration, including the comprehensive National Strategic Health Development Plan, Saving One Million Lives Initiatives, National Health Insurance Scheme, among others, have been degraded and impaired by the dysfunctional APC administration.

“Nigerians recall that under the PDP administration, new technologies and modern medical equipment were available in most federal medical institutions where cases such as cancer, kidney, heart and brain ailments for which Nigerians are now mostly seeking overseas treatment were effectively handled in our country.”

The party decried the budgetary allocation for healthcare since the APC took over administration in the country, stressing that the N427.3bn captured in the 2020 budget cannot meet the needs of over 186 million Nigerians.

President Muhammadu Buhari

“Under the PDP administration, the dreaded Ebola outbreak was managed without grave consequences. If such a medical emergency, God forbid, breaks out today, it would be devastating to our nation given the poor handling of our healthcare system by the APC administration.

“Even in the 2020 budget, only N427.3bn (4.5% of the budget) is provided for the health need of over 186 million Nigerians. Indeed, this is not the way to go,” the party added.


2 dead, one severely injured in an accident

Two persons have been killed while one person is in a critical condition following an accident that occurred on the Otedola bridge off the Berger-end of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

The accident which occurred on Saturday involved a truck carrying granite and an SUV.

General-Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), confirmed the incident and the number of casualties to Channels Television.

According to LASEMA, three others were rescued, while two were treated on the spot and discharged.


Nigerians must stop seeking treatment from other countries – Buhari

President Buhari on Friday January 3, stated that Nigerians can no longer continue seeking medical treatment abroad.

President Buhari who was represented at the inauguration of some projects at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state by minister of science and technology Ogbonnaya Onu, said that Nigerians going abroad for treatment is not good for the country and must stop.

The Nigerian leader also disclosed that his administration has paid attention to the health of Nigerians and will continue doing so with the commissioned projects.

He said;

“Nigerians have suffered so much going abroad for medical treatment. This is not good for us and it must stop because we can’t afford it again.

“We have paid very serious attention to the health of our people and will continue to do so. The projects you celebrate their completion today were seriously affecting the workings of this teaching hospital.

President Muhammadu Buhari

“But today, we can say their completion have started helping to improve on the performance and welfare of both the staff and patients of this hospital.

“I wish to use this medium to congratulate the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, and his team in the Ecological Fund Office; the project contractor, Messrs Amayaro Nigeria Limited, as well as the project consultant, Messrs Kanode and Associates Limited, for their commitment to ensuring timely and speedy completion of the project.”

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66 years ex boxer diagnosed of ‘protate cancer’

Former world heavyweight champion, Leon Spinks has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, that has spread to his bladder.

The news comes last month the 66-year-old was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital in a serious condition.

His wife, Brenda confirmed the sad news about her 66-year-old husband, who was first diagnosed in May.

‘It’s going to be a long road and a lot of work,’ ‘But we are bound and determined for the Champ to make a comeback!’

According to the US publication, Spinks is now back at his family home in Nevada after being discharged from hospital in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve. He is expected to undergo cancer treatment on an outpatient basis.

Spinks who won the Olympic Gold for the USA in 1976, defeated Muhammad Ali in 1978. He retired in 1995 with a record of 26 wins, 17 defeats, and three draws.

Former heavyweight champions Leon Spinks diagnosed with prostate cancer


(Video) After surviving injury, French Montana show off his new Bugatti.

French Montana has splashed $1.5million on a new supercar just weeks after he was discharged from hospital after suffering severe stomach pains, nausea, and an increased heart rate.

The 34-year-old American-Moroccan rapper took to Instagram to show off his new blue Bugatti which was delivered to his house in Las Vegas.

In the video, French Montana labeled the vehicle as a ‘lil gift’ to himself and that ‘a boss move like a boss and taste like a boss’.

‘FRESH OUT OF ICU WOKE UP IN THAT BUGATTI!’ the rapper captioned the video.


Sokoto state lawmaker dies hours to when he collapsed.

A member representing Kebbe constituency in Sokoto State House of Assembly, Alhaji Isa Harisu, is dead.

Late Harisu who was elected on the platform of All Progressives Congress, (APC), suddenly collapsed when he arrived at the state House of Assembly on Monday to attend the House plenary session of the day.

He was rushed to Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto but suddenly died on his way to the hospital.

The death was officially announced at the parliamentary sitting by the Assembly Deputy Speaker Alhaji Abubakar Magaji.

The late lawmaker, aged 55, left behind his mother, four wives and 22 children that include 11 males and females respective

The Assembly equally suspended its sitting to Tuesday, December 31, to attend the burial rites scheduled to take place at 3 pm today according to Islamic rites.

He held various political positions before he became a member of the state House of Assembly in the 2019 general election.


Kenyan man hangs himself in hospital.

A Kenyan man identified as Lamek Muhia has been confirmed dead after committing suicide in one of the toilets at Murang’a County Referral Hospital on Sunday December 29.

The deceased hanged himself in the toilet, a day after he was admitted in the hospital for taking poison in an apparent suicide attempt.

Though what pushed the man into committing suicide is still not known, the hospital’s medical superintendent Dr Leonard Gikera disclosed that the patient who was recovering well before his last attempt to take away his life was found dangling on the toilet’s shower by other patients.

County Police Commander, Josephat Kinyua who confirmed the incident said the deceased’s body was moved to the hospital’s mortuary after they were notified by its management. He also appealed to depressed individuals to seek help from clerics, community leaders and psychologists instead of taking their lives.

He said;

“Cases of suicide of people aged below 40 are on rise and we advise young people to seek help and advice from members of the clergy, community leaders and psychologists instead of taking their lives.”