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We do surgeries using flashlights of mobile phones, NAGGMDP chair in Ekiti reveals

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The Chairman, National Association of Government General and Medical Dental Practitioners [NAGGMDP] in Ekiti State, Dr Kolawole Adeniyi, has spoken on the dire situation of the health sector in the state.

According to him, doctors in the state sometime do surgeries using flashlights from their mobile phones

WuzupNigeria reports that doctors in the specialist and general hospitals, and PHCs in the state had embarked on a four-week strike to push home certain demands, including welfare, from the government.

And Adeniyi, in a recent interview, explained that in Ekiti, “a doctor is doing the job of seven or eight doctors, working with limited resources and seeing patients under unfavourable conditions”.

“They are the reasons for the ongoing strike embarked on by members of the National Association of Government General and Medical Dental Practitioners in the state since June 29. There are some lapses such as in the areas of work conditions and tools, including lack of personal protective equipment.

“On the issue of manpower, we noticed that what we have on the ground was not adequate for the normal routine of clinical services. Now, we have added the issue of COVID-19 to it. We advised the government; we wrote a report on these issues last October, before the outbreak of COVID-19. We don’t have enough doctors. In this state, specifically at the secondary and primary healthcare units, the figure is very bad. We have less than 78 doctors manning those facilities. Ekiti State has 22 general hospitals and over 100 primary healthcare development centres. There are only seven doctors in the PHCs in the 16 local governments. How will local governments cope without doctors?

“At the secondary healthcare level, where we have 22 secondary healthcare facilities (three specialist hospitals and 19 general hospitals, including the state isolation centre), we have just 71 doctors. Of a fact, those 22 health facilities should have a minimum of 266 doctors, but when you are managing them with 71 doctors, that is far less than one-third of what you need and these doctors are actually doing the job using the small resources on the ground. Most of the time, in some of our centres, we do surgeries using flashlight of our mobile phones.

“In most of these secondary healthcare facilities, the same person is the chief medical doctor, medial advisory committee chairman, surgeon, gynaecologist, paediatrician, general practitioner, emergency unit doctors and administrative officers. For instance, the General Hospital at Ijan Ekiti; it has only one medical doctor.”

Speaking on the implications of the manpower shortage and their demands which necessitated the industrial action, Dr. Adeniyi said:

“The implication of shortage of manpower is that you overwork the doctors and that is what we are out to redress, to ensure that the cause, which is our entitlements and welfare needs being denied us, is addressed and the problem is solved.

“We are saying, if you need me to do the job of eight persons, why can’t you pay me what is due to me as a person? And I will make the sacrifice to work in the capacity of eight persons. Yet, government does not deem it fit to pay the hazard allowance, which is a mere N5,000 (monthly), over a period of 10 years. No doctor in the primary and secondary facility is getting the money. Aside from that, for doctors posted to rural areas, there is a provision for rural allowance (in the appointment letter), but as it is, every health worker in the secondary healthcare facility in Ekiti State gets just 50 per cent of what they ought to be getting. That was done 10 years ago during the first term of Governor Kayode Fayemi; he promised to review it within six months then, but 10 years after, it has remained the same. We are now asking them to review it.

“Then, we are seeking immediate implementation of proper placement for doctors with full CONMESS. Generally, medical doctors are employed from grade level 13, but Ekiti State Hospitals Management Board is still employing doctors on grade level 12 as of today. The situation makes Ekiti State Health Management Board jobs unattractive to the younger generation of doctors as they do not want to come to start on grade level 12 when they can get grade level 13 appointments elsewhere. In Ekiti State, other centres like College of Education Health Centre; Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti; Ekiti State University Health Centre and Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital employ medical officers on grade level 13. Why is it only HMB that employs medical doctors on grade level 12?

“Besides, most of our members have been working for over 10 years and are still on grade level 12. Yet, those that finished housemanship jobs last year and took jobs in EKSUTH and other centres within the state are on grade level 13. Having worked for eight, nine and 10 years, you still remain on the same grade level because what they give you is nominal promotion without any financial backup. Most of us have two to three promotions without financial implication. I know someone who got a job after me in FETHI, who is now on grade level 15. That person is already three steps ahead of me. That is why we are saying government should look into this – if you are giving us promotion, please back it up with the necessary money and step.

“It will interest you to know that one of our members with whom we started this strike has already travelled abroad.”

 

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Osun-Osogbo festival cancelled by State govt

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Osun-Osogbo Festival for the year 2020 has been cancelled by the Osun state government.

According to Osun state government which however approved the observance of traditional rites and routines associated with the festival, only authorised persons and worshippers will be allowed into the grove.

The announcement was made by Osun state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Obawale Adebisi due to the increased cases of Coronavirus recorded in the state.

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He said:

“The state government is by this medium informing the public that this year’s celebration of Osun-Osogbo festival will be symbolic, as only the worshippers that will perform ritual activities will be allowed into the grove.

“These worshippers must however, comply with the state government’s COVID-19 protocols.

“To this effect, the government has banned all social activities associated with the celebration and prays that subsequent festivals will be better celebrated at the exit of the current pandemic.”

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Widow sues SARS for abducting son, demanding N500k for release

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A petty trader, Regina Stanley, who also happens to be a widow, has dragged the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) before the Federal High Court in Lagos for abducting and illegally detaining her son whom she had sent on an errand since March 28 2020.

She also accused SARS operatives of demanding N500, 000 for the release of her son, Sunday Stanley, which she did not have.

She told the court that she sent her son on an errand in the Morogbo area of Lagos State when she was informed by her fellow traders that he had been abducted and locked up in Black Maria van by SARS operatives raiding the area.

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In an affidavit attached to a fundamental rights suit, seeking an order for the release of her son, Regina said;

“I went to my place of trade together with my son who assists me in my trade. At about 11.30am, I sent my son on an errand only to be informed by my fellow traders that my son had been arrested and locked up inside the Black Maria by armed agents of the 3rd respondent.

“I hurriedly closed my trade and went to the place where my son and other persons had been arrested and locked up. Every effort made by me to secure the release of my son proved abortive.

“My son, together with other persons, was driven to SARS office at Ikeja police command. Agents of the respondents levied all sorts of trumped-up allegations against my son and told me to bring N500,000 to secure his release. Because of my inability to get the money my son has been detained since the 28th of March, 2020 till date. He is my only child and my husband has passed away since 2019.”

The lawyer of the widow, Olukoya Ogungbeje filed a suit in the name of the detained Sunday Stanley and urged the court to declare his arrest as unlawful, oppressive and a violation of his fundamental right to personal liberty and fair hearing provided for under sections 33, 35, 36 and 41 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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He also prayed the court to order the immediate release of the Widow’s son as well as order the Nigerian Police to issue a public apology in a national newspaper.

He also prayed the court to order an award of N50m in damages to the plaintiff for his unlawful arrest, detention and humiliation by SARS.

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JUST IN: Tight security as UNILAG Senate meets

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Security has been tightened around the Senate building of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) as its Senate meets at the Ade Ajayi Main auditorium to discuss the sudden removal of Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as Vice-Chancellor by the Governing Council in Abuja on Wednesday.

Prof Theophilus Soyombo of the Faculty of Science was announced Acting Vice-Chancellor in the wee hours of Thursday by the Registrar and Secretary to Council, Mr Oladejo Azeez.

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The Nation observed access to the Senate Building, the administrative hub of the University, housing the offices of the Vice-Chancellor, other principal officers as well as the Senate Chamber, was restricted.

Visitors and members of staff without offices in the building were not allowed in.

The situation may have forced the Senate to move its meeting, which is ongoing, to the main auditorium.

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Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are also scheduled to hold a Congress to debate Ogundipe’s removal.

The Nation learnt ASUU warned Soyombo not to resume as An. VC.

However, a source said Soyombo described his appointment as a “call to service”.

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