A medical expert. Prof. Abdulkadir Tabari has called for concerted efforts of all stakeholders to make Nigeria’s medical residency program relevant and visible in the global mix.
Tabari who is the Chief Medical Director (CMD) Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital, Kaduna made the call in an address at the 39th annual General meeting and scientific conference of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Thursday in Kaduna.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the conference is ‘Human Resource Challenges of Residency Training: Nigerian situation in the Global mix.
Tabari said it was important to strengthen the residency programme in order to bridge existing huge gap in doctor to patient ratio in the country.
According to him, a study by WHO published by Spectator Index on January 13 shows Nigeria produces 0.37 doctors per 1000 people.
“According to MDCN as at 2018, there are about 72,000 nationally registered Nigerian doctors, with only about 35,000 practicing in Nigeria.
“This means there is about 1 doctor to every 5 ,700 Nigerians. Far below the WHO standard of 1 doctor to 600 people.”
Tabari said the country needs about 290,000 doctors to fill in the decifit to attain the World Health Organisation standard.
He however noted that Residency programme has recorded some important milestones over the years in spite of numerous challenges.
“Despite the low rate by WHO standard, many doctors cannot get government jobs, leaving many to seek jobs with private facilities most of whom give very menial payment and operate below standard.”
The CMD challenged training institutions to come up with training courses for consultants to keep them abreast of current developmentS in medicine as a way forward in the wake of challenges in Nigerian health system.
He also called for enabling environment for quality research by trainers and residents.
He advised government to partner with equipment manufacturers and business moguls on public private partnership to supply needed facilities for training in line with residency training act.
He added that relevant agencies such as medical and dental councils should partner with state governments towards establishling more medical schools and health facilities for training of House Officers and Resident Doctors.
He said government at both Federal and state levels should ensure adequate funding of tertiary health institutions.
Tabari advocated for funding of projects for the rehabilitation and rebranding of tertiary hospitals at least every five years, to ensure sustained optimum hospital environment conducive for healthcare service delivery, teaching and learning.
Earlier in his speech, NARDA National President, Dr Olusegun Olaopa said sound and effective residency training is key to a functional healthcare system as it is the only means of ensuring availability of specialist services to Nigerians.
He said globally emphasis is gradually shifting away from mere specialisation to sub specialisation.
” The human resource challenge has been with us for a while but has rapidly metastasized recently as our health professionals have become one of the major exports to the world.”
According to him, the next level agenda will be a mirage if serious and sincere efforts are not made to address the human resource challenges mitigating against the availability of well trained and highly motivated specialists and other healthcare workers.
” The recent assent into law of the medical residency training act is indeed a step in the right direction,” Olaopo said.
In her welcome remarks, the ARD President, ABUTH Shika Dr Bilkis Muhammad said the AGM come at a time when there was need to look at the structure of the residency program and situate it appropriately in the global context.
” This will help us in coming up with far reaching recommendations that will reshape it and ultimately the health sector as Residency training is the core fabric of health sector.”(NAN)
Lassa Fever Claims 10 Lives in Ebonyi
The Ebonyi Ministry of Health disclosed that Lassa Fever killed 10 persons in the state from Jan. 4 to Feb. 16, 2024.
The Disease Surveillance Notification Officer of the ministry, Mr Sampson Orogwu, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Abakaliki.
Orogwu stated that 25 persons were infected, including two healthcare workers.
He added that “16 out of the 25 infected persons are males, while nine are females.
“The dead include a pregnant woman and two children.
“The affected local government areas include: Onicha, Ikwo, Ezza North, Ebonyi, Izzi, Ohaukwu and Abakaliki with Hausa quarters and Nkaliki areas in Abakaliki recording the highest number of cases.
He, therefore, urged residents to report suspected cases to the ministry as treatment is free.
The State Epidemiologist, Dr Ogbonna Nwambeke, also in the statement, said the state government had been collaborating with relevant partners to check spread of the disease
He said “we call for the provision of logistics to increase surveillance and community engagement against risk factors.
“People are also advised to stop bush burning, avoid eating rats and not to touch any surface touched by an infected person.
“We also advise people to maintain high level of personal and environmental hygiene such as covering their food and utensils properly.
Nwambeke appreciated the state government’s provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to health workers at the National Obstetrics Fistula Centre to secure their lives and to save others.
Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic illness caused by Lassa virus, a member of the arenavirus family of viruses.
Humans usually become infected with Lassa virus through exposure to food or household items contaminated with urine or faeces of infected Mastomys rats.
It’s common in West Africa. Most people get mild symptoms, like fever and headache. (NAN)
Hospital Creates Toxicology Ward to Address Mental Health Issues in Kaduna
The Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Barnawa Kaduna said it has created a toxicology ward to address mental health issues in the state..
Its Medical Director, Aishatu Yusha’u-Armiya’u disclosed this on Sunday in Kaduna.
She said the ward allowed the separation of psychiatric patients diagnosed with various forms of psychiatric conditions from those with substance use disorder.
The medical director said, ” This permits the design of a clear plan for the management and rehabilitation of people with substance use disorder.”
NAN reports that a toxicology unit identifies, quantifies and determines the amount of) drugs, alcohols, and poison in biological samples such as blood, urine or tissue.
Yusha’u-Armiya’u added that drug information and pharmacovigilance units were also created in the Pharmacy Department.
” These units are responsible for the provision of drugs related information and creating awareness on the presence of dangerous and substandard pharmaceuticals to both staff and patients within the institution.
” The pharmacy department has been provided with a functional and equipped compounding unit which is responsible for the production of all the relevant consumables needed in the hospital.
“In my first year in the office, I ensured that all the consumables needed in the hospital were produced by the pharmacy department,” she said. (NAN)
International Condom Day: AHF distributes condoms, to launch STIs clinic in Benue
From Attah Ede, Makurdi
As part of activities marking the 2024 International Condom Day, AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Nigeria, on Tuesday, distributed thousands of condoms to both young and older people in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
Furthermore, AHF has concluded arrangements to build STIs clinic in Benue State and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja to cater for the treatment of sexually transmitted infections in Nigeria.
Addressing journalists at the end of a road walk and distribution of condoms and flyers, the AHF Advocacy and Marketing Manager in Benue State, Steve Aborishade explained that the International Condom Day is usually celebrated on February 13th as a global event, a day before Valentine’s Day in a bid to promote prevention of STDs, including HIV and unwanted pregnancies through free condom distribution, safer sex awareness events and HIV Testing Services.
He said AHF is aware of what happens among young people during Valentine’s day, hence to share love, and in sharing love, there is a lot of sex.
Dr. Aborishade stated AHF always advice young people to abstain from sex but a situation whereby they are not ready to abstain they should always use condom and use it properly.
He disclosed that there rising cases of Sexually Transmitted Infections(STIs) and cases of HIV among the young generation, adding that it is important to give the right education and right information about safe sex.
“That is why the Internatioal condom day is to reach out to the people and to educate the young people to use condom when having sex. Again we also encourage young people to abstain from sex which is the best decision but majority of young people can’t and that’s why we are encouraging them to use the condoms properly and frequently”.
“We are partnering with, Apin, Bensaca, Network of youth organizations to create awareness . The theme of this year celebration i is “Just use it” . These condoms are being distributed today in 7 states. We are also starting an STI clinic in June at AHF in Makurdi and Abuja and it is strictly for STI treatment.
“Some people have STI and they dont know they have it but with the establishement of the clinic, people would have opportunity to be attended to”, he said.
In her remark, the state Commissioner for woman affairs and social development, Mrs. Ann Itodo commended AHF for creating awareness about safer sex and the need to control STIs amongst youths in the State.
Mrs. Itodo who was represented by director of women in the ministry, Mrs. Magdalene Doo said everyone must be involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS and other STis in the state .
She assured that the ministry is ready to collaborate with AHF to educate and enlighten the people of the State and call on the organization to join the ministry to celebrate this year’s Internatioal women’s day in order to create more awareness about STIs in the State.
Also speaking, the AHF prevention coordinator Benue state, Mrs. Amina Iyaji, maintained that the rate of STIs has reduced drastically due to activities of the organization and assured that they would continue to create more awareness about safe sex.
On her part, the head of link unit, Apin public health prevention initiatives, Mrs. Lucy Tembe, they would continue to partner with AHF to eradicate STIs in the State.
She maintained that Apin has be able to render services to prevent diseases among youths in the State and called on other stakeholders to promote safe sex in the State.
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