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MRTBN Closes Over 300 Quack Facilities, Urges FG to Establish Medical Rehabilitation Centers

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By Laide Akinboade

In order to address the challenge of quacks, the Medical Rehabilitation Therapists Board of Nigeria (MRTBN), said it has so far closed over 300 quack facilities in Nigeria.

The Registrar of MRTBN, Dr. Olufunke Akanle, revealed this at the 2nd International Conference of Medical Rehabilitation Professionals (ICMRP), Abuja 2019.

she said it is urgent and imperative for the Federal government to establish medical rehabilitation centers in the 6 geopolitical zones, in order to address the challenges of accessibility by patients.

MRTBN comprises of physiotherapists, occupational Therapists, speech Therapists, audiologists, orthotics, prosthetics, chiropractic and osteopathic medicine practitioners.

The theme of the conference was ‘strategic Initiatives for Sustainable Medical Rehabilitation Services in Nigeria and sub-Sahara- Africa ‘.

On quacks she said, “Some quacks are not trained but they are practicing and some practice what he is not licensed to practice. Based on this, we have a lot of establishment claiming they have physiotherapy services and when you go in there you discover they don’t have have physiotherapist at the center.

“We closed some of them especially in the south West and south south, we have close some and prosecute some. And some people that claim they are physiotherapist but are not we have arrested.

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Also some individuals that refused to renew their licences, we have also written to their management to tell them that such individuals should not be promoted except they renew their licences.

“Well if we have to work by estimates in the southwest and south south, we have closed like 300 facilities, if you look out you don’t easily see a physiotherapy clinic like a pharmacy and patient store, but in a state you might not have more than 3 physiotherapy clinics and we also have some Non Governmental Organisation, NGOs that claimed they have physiotherapist”.

Lamenting the lack of well established medical rehabilitation center in any of the 6 geopolitical zones in Nigeria, she said, “It is long overdue for Nigeria to have well established medical rehabilitation center.

This is one of the things as a board we have recommended to the Federal Government. The objective of having a well rehabilitation center you reduce prevalence of disabilities because it comprises of early intervention and the treatment of rehabilitation so if you don’t have a well-established medical rehabilitation it increases prevalence of disabilities, because some conditions that could have been prevented were not prevented as at when due.

“Accessibility of medical rehabilitation centers is very low, because we only have it in very few tertiary health institutions like, teaching hospitals, Federal Medical centers and some general hospitals but we don’t have it in Primary Healthcare Centers, PHCs, so that when a patient with ailment like stroke is discharged in teaching hospital and there is need to continue with his rehabilitation treatment.

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Even in our Teaching Hospitals, majorly what we have is physiotherapy services that are available, other medical rehabilitation professional are not available. But if the services are available the patient will just go from one room to the other that is why the Federal government need to establish medical rehabilitation centers in all the 6 geopolitical zones in the country”.

Professor Arinola Sanya, of Physiotherapy Department, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, decried lack of cooperation between all health workers in Nigeria or patients won’t be able to get the best care. We need to access the psychology impact of rehabilitation.

“All health worker are not working effectively as one, we all want to achieve the same goal, to focus on the patient in order to get the best. No body does it all, if a physiotherapist need to call a psychologist to check his patient, does not make him weak but strong. So we should all work together to ensure the patient get the best care”. , she continued.

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Free Medical Outreach in Nasarawa

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Tatara community in Panda Development area has praised the executive chairman of Karu Local government area, James Thomas, for the free medical outreach in the area.

They stated this during the flagging off of free medical treatment held at the primary health care center, Tatara, Wednesday.

The free medical outreach was sponsored by Karu Local government Chairman, James Thomas, in conjunction with the association of Hospital and administrative Pharmaceutical of Nigeria, the association of community pharmacists of Nigeria, and the senior special assistant to Governor Abdullahi Sule on primary healthcare, respectively, where the patients were treated from different ailments.

 

Speaking to NBC news, some of the beneficiaries, Mr. Banshe Wayo and Mrs. Rejoice Zaka, appreciated the effort of the Karu Local government Chairman in fulfilling his campaign promises by alleviating their health challenges and urged other politicians to emulate him.

While flagging off the free medical outreach, the sponsor who is the chairman, of the Karu Local government area, James Bawa Thomas, said the medical outreach was to fulfill the giant strides of Governor Abdullahi Sule toward providing health services to the people of the state and promised to continue serving the people of Karu as expected.

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Earlier, the senior special assistant to Governor Abdullahi Sule on Primary health care, Princess Margaret Elayo, said health is one of the major challenges rural communities are faced with, and commended the chairman of the council for the initiative, stressing that there are drugs available to give the patients after examination by doctors.

There, the head of the medical outreach, Pharmacist Luka Augustine, and Doctor Aleke Nnaemeka, disclosed that the free medical outreach was part of their social responsibility to the communities in addressing their health challenges, stating that the patients will be treated for different diseases and will give the prescribed drugs.

Also speaking, the supervisory councilor for health Karu Local government area,  Hamza Sani, the director of Primary healthcare, Haruna Elayo Kuje, and the councilor, representing Tattara Kondora electoral ward, Ombuganza Ezekiel, assured the Tattara community of their selfless service in meeting up to their health-related challenges and sued for their support to enable them to succeed.

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Kogi: NDLEA Seizes 1,699kg Assorted Drugs within Six Months

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From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

The Kogi National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Command has arrested 149 suspects with a total of 2, 699kg of assorted hard drugs between January and June in the State.

The Kogi NDLEA Commander, Mr Abdulkadir Abdullahi Fakai, made the disclosure during a Press briefing yesterday in Lokoja to mark the beginning of a weeklong activities in celebration of the 2022 United Nations Day Against drug Abuse and trafficking.

Fakai said that the theme “Addressing Drug Challenges in Health and Humanitarian Crisis” was carefully chosen to mark the 2022 UN Day of fight against drug abuse.

The Commander said that 149 drug suspects made up of both males and females were arrested with the 2,699kg assorted drugs within the period under review include codeine, Methamphetamine, Exol-5, Diazepam, tramadol, Cannabis sativa, Pentazocine amongst others.

The NDLEA boss said that the Agency recorded the highest seizure of 948.956kg in April followed by 307.815kg in May while the list of 59.973 kg was recorded within June

He said that already the command has tried and convicted 29 accused persons while other cases are still pending at the Federal High Court, Lokoja.

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“The drug situation in Nigeria and indeed Kogi is disturbing, especially being a microcosm of Nigeria, and as a federating unit, Kogi cannot stand alone in the face of this ominous threat of drug abuse and trafficking.

“The implication on security, economic and the general wellbeing is dire. Statistics and empirical facts from National Drug Law Enforcement Agency operations indicate clearly that drug problem is mutating into a colossal social problem.

“It has become an issue linked beyond doubt to escalation of insecurity and its attendant effects on peace and economy across the country,” he said.

He said that the debilitating effects of armed robbery, kidnapping, banditry, rape and other violent crimes against humanity were contesting for the soul of our nation.

“We know that drugs are mostly the catalyst for these vices, because anywhere that there is drug, there is crime and vice versa,” he said.

He said that explains why the command has engaged in various operations, sensitization, courtesy/advocacy visits to Gov Yahaya Bello, Kogi, Secretary to State Government, traditional rulers and the State security chiefs including the Nigerian Police and the Nigerian Army.

“In the area of drug abuse and preventive education (DAPE), 25 schools and organizations where sensitized from January to date while 84 clients referred from investigation units were counseled within the period.

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“Drug war is a onerous task that cannot be left in the hands of the agency alone,”.

He enumerated some successes recorded within the period to include arrest/seizure of a J5 bus, intercepted along Okene/Lokoja-Abuja expressway conveying 750kg of dried weeds (Indian Hemp), interception of 29 pieces of sewn  military camouflage uniforms in a truck and arrest of a jail breaker.

Fakai, however, called on the general public for cooperation, support and provision of useful information to the agency whenever they see or hear something strange

He said that all hands must be on deck as the Agency cannot do it alone, but the government at all levels, traditional institutions, Religious and opinion Leaders, NGOs must give a helping hand to ensure a drug free Kogi and Nigeria as a whole.

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Niger Launches COVID-19 Recovery Programme, Disburses Funds to Communities, Groups

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From Dan Amasingha, Minna

The Niger State Government has launched COVID-19 Action Recovery, Economic Stimulus Programme, and disbursed over N60 million to beneficiaries.

Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, disclosed this while launching the commencement of NIGER – CARES and distribution of cheques to benefitting communities and groups organized by the Niger State Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA) held at Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre, Minna.

Matane explained that the Nigeria CARES Project is an intervention programme aimed at mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the poor and vulnerable households.

According to the SSG, the disbursement of funds to groups is a poverty reduction strategy as well as support to micro and small-scale enterprises as a means of stimulating the economic growth in a post-COVID-19 era thereby bringing people out of poverty.

He noted that due to the leadership and political will provided by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, Niger State was ahead of many States in this endeavour and expressed optimism that implementation of the programme would improve the living standards of communities to get back on their feet.

The SSG urged the benefitting communities and groups to utilize the funds for the purpose it was meant for and not to allow any form of hijack by anybody.

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Earlier in his remarks, the Honourable Commissioner, Niger State Planning Commission, Alhaji Zakari Abubakar encouraged the people of the State to take advantage of the opportunities provided by NIGER-CARES to enhance their means of livelihood and reduce the spate of poverty in their communities.

The General Manager, Niger State Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA), Yusuf Ahmed Usman announced that the State Government has released the sum of N248, 854, 184 to the Agency for the provision of social basic infrastructures to communities and groups in all the 25 Local Governments Areas in the State.

Ahmed Usman said that Communities and groups that would benefit from the disbursement include the Aghumai Bari group, Paikoro LGA, Soje B, Chanchaga LGA, Talwood community, Wushishi, Chingini Enazan, Edati LGA and Association of the blind, Kontagora LGA.

Over N60 million naira was disbursed to the communities and groups to commence the implementation of the following chosen micro-projects, drilling of solar boreholes with an overhead tank, renovation of a health clinic, renovation of learning centre and provision of learning materials, the General Manager revealed.

Highlights of the occasion were goodwill messages from different stakeholders and cultural performance.

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