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Boy With Missing Intestine: New twist as private Medical Doctors accuse Lagos Assembly of bias

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Adebola Akin-Bright

Boy With Missing Intestine: New twist as private Medical Doctors accuse Lagos Assembly of bias

The Association of Nigerian Private Medical Practitioners (ANPMP), Lagos State Chapter, has accused the ad-hoc committee constituted by the Lagos House of Assembly to investigate the circumstances surrounding the alleged disappearance of the small intestines of late Adebola Akin-Bright of bias.

The chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Noheem Adams, had revealed that Doctor Abayomi Baiyewu of Obitoks Hospital who performed surgeries twice on Adebola is not a qualified surgeon.

Adams said during investigation, the committee learnt from Baiyewu that he is not a surgeon but only relied on his experience as a medical doctor to perform the surgeries.

Consequently, the Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, directed the Clerk, Olalekan Onafeko, to write to the state police command for the arrest of Baiyewu.

Obasa further asked the committee to look into other grey areas including inviting officials of the Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA) which has the law-backed responsibility to monitor private hospitals operating in the state.

But reacting in a statement jointly signed by its Lagos Branch Chairman, Dr Makinde Akinlemibola and General Secretary, Dr Debo Adebiyi, ANPMP said that the panel demonstrated witch-hunt.

According to the association, while the panel attempted to reduce the session of its member to a ‘yes’ or ‘no’, that of the doctor from the government hospital involved in the management of the boy was allowed to give a detailed report.

It pointed out that the panel not including a doctor, made it difficult for the panel to properly investigate the matter.

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ANPMP noted that there was clear evidence that members of the panel were ‘genuinely ignorant’ of some of the workings of the medical profession which became obvious from some of the questions posed during their sitting.

The association called for a thorough investigation by a well-constituted professional team, adding that the only body empowered by law to investigate this kind of case is the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).

“It is important to note that the honourable members of the panel also demonstrated a clear case of witch-hunt and working to a predetermined answer by attempting to reduce the session to a “Yes” and “No” session for our member from the private hospital while the doctor from the government hospital involved in the management of the deceased was given the latitude to give a detailed report.

“The bias was taken to a ridiculous level when the same doctor who operated on the patient at the government hospital was asked to assess and determine the response of the doctor who operated on the patient in the private hospital. A case of being a judge in your case you would say!

“Of course, the doctor seeing the absurdity of the request cleverly declined.

“A similar panel set up earlier by the Ministry of Health (HEFAMAA) that had a surgeon on the seat had confirmed that the X-ray films taken while the patient was on admission at LASUTH also showed the presence of the intestines.

“Information available to us also confirms that a large mass of black tissue was removed at LASUTH and handed to the patient’s mother to take to the histopathology laboratory by the team that operated on the patient at LASUTH after they came out of the theatre.

“Strangely, the government through their agency, HEFAMAA rushed to seal up the theatre of the private hospital, while the government hospital where the patient was operated on and eventually died was left to continue to operate as if nothing happened.

“We have to emphasise here that matters of this nature deserve thorough investigation by a well-constituted professional team and the only body empowered by law to investigate such cases is the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCN,” the statement read partly.

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ANPMP stated that based on available scientific evidence at its disposal, it has been able to establish some privileged and incontrovertible facts.

The association explained that an ultrasound scan and X-ray done at LASUTH on June 19 confirmed that there was the presence of normal intestinal movement.

“The patient was first operated on at Obitoks Hospital 6th of March 2023 on account of a ruptured appendix after he was referred from a medical centre where he was managed for typhoid enteritis.

“It was discovered on the operation table that there was an abscess which will require a different management approach to drain. (The appendix at that time must not be removed because of the abscess). The patient however got better afterwards.

“The patient presented again about 3 months later and a diagnosis of obstructed intestine was made which necessitated operating on the abdomen again to relieve the obstruction.

“It is a fact that the parents were invited into the operating room to see and confirm the point of obstruction and the 4 inches of the small intestine to be removed, out of the about 24 feet of the normal small intestine.

“It was also established that the patient was referred to the tertiary centre 8 days post-operation at the request of the parents. It is a fact that the patient was admitted to LASUTH on the 17th of June.

“The patient was however eventually operated upon on the 14th of July 2023 (i.e. 28 days after admission in LASUTH). It is therefore strange how the story of the missing/disappearing intestine gained prominence in the media in a patient who was on admission to a public facility (LASUTH) for almost 28 days.

“The question to then ask is, how did the patient survive for 28 days without intestine? In addition to this, it was also established as confirmed by ultrasound scan and X-ray done at LASUTH on the 19th of June (I.e. 3rd day on admission) that there was the presence of normal intestinal movement,” the statement added.

Adebola died on Tuesday, after two surgeries performed at a private hospital and a corrective surgery at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).

Boy With Missing Intestine: New twist as private Medical Doctors accuse Lagos Assembly of bias

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Lagos needs 30,000 medical doctors – Health Commissioner

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Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi

Lagos needs 30,000 medical doctors – Health Commissioner

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, has revealed a critical shortage in the state’s healthcare system, stating that Lagos needs 30,000 medical doctors to meet its healthcare needs. Speaking at the 2024 Clean-Air Forum in Lagos on Wednesday, Abayomi highlighted the severe understaffing and its impact on the healthcare system.

“The dearth of medical doctors in Lagos has overstretched the available officials, making it challenging to bridge the gap in the available doctor-to-patient ratio,” Abayomi stated, pointing out that the scarcity of medical professionals has led to an overworked and overstretched workforce. He noted that “brain drain has significantly contributed to this personnel deficit.”

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Abayomi emphasized the urgent need for inter-agency collaborations to address the crisis, particularly given Lagos’ annual population growth rate of 6-8%. He mentioned that this rapid growth poses significant challenges, including a complex tuberculosis index, which the state is actively working to address.

The commissioner also stressed the importance of promoting air quality and halting environmental pollution, calling for collaborative efforts from various agencies. “We will continue to support every effort to improve air quality, reduce airborne and waterborne diseases, and enhance the health and well-being of residents,” he assured.

In response to concerns about the shortage of bed spaces in state health centres, Abayomi said, “We are working to address this issue by constructing modern facilities and establishing a medical research institution, which will bridge the gap within 18 months and provide improved services to the public.”

Lagos needs 30,000 medical doctors – Health Commissioner

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Gov Otti opens OSSAP-SDG-built multipurpose hospital in Abia

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Ania State Governor, Alex Otti (third left), SSA to the President on SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire (second left), and others during the inauguration of multipurpose hospital

Gov Otti opens OSSAP-SDG-built multipurpose hospital in Abia

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Governor of Abia State, Alex Otti, has inaugurated a 100-Bed Mother and Child Centre, a multipurpose hospital built by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGs) in Ugwunabo, Abia State.

The governor, speaking at the event on Wednesday, commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for siting the hospital in Abia State.

Otti promised that the facility would be judiciously used, adding that the state was planning to establish a medical village that would put an end to people travelling abroad for medical issues.

He hailed Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, for her tireless efforts in achieving SDGs.

He pledged the support of Abians for the SDGs’ office and President Tinubu.

Princess Orelope-Adefulire thanked President Tinubu for his sterling leadership and commitment to working closely with sub-national governments to deliver key interventions and fast-track the achievement of the SDGs in Nigeria.

“I would like to most sincerely thank Governor Otti for his unwavering commitment to the socio-economic transformation of Abia State and our collective desire to achieve the SDGs in Nigeria,” she said.

According to her, the SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, safeguard the planet and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity by the year 2030.

She stressed that the SDGs could not be achieved with standalone policies and programmes.

“They must be carefully integrated into our medium and long-term national and sub-national development policies and plans.

“It is in recognition of this that we are supporting the 36 states and the FCT on SDG-based Development Planning.

“In line with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, we are committed to prioritizing key interventions with multiplier effects on multi-dimensional poverty, such as basic healthcare, vocational skills development and education provisioning.

“With COVID-19 pandemic challenging our healthcare system, strategic interventions, such as the Mother and Child Centre, have become imperative.”

The SSA to the President explained that the 100-Bed Mother and Child Centre (MCC) is equipped with state-or-the-art facilities.

She said, “They include among others two operating theatres, recovery rooms; private and general wards, scanning room, consultation rooms and laboratory.

Others are ultra-scan machine, vacuum extractor delivery set, and an emergency cart with full complements. The MCC is directly linked to the achievement of SDG-3 on ‘Quality Health and Well-being for all’, as well as other cross-cutting SDGs.

“OSSAP-SDGs has worked tirelessly to construct and furnish this state-of-the-art facility as a strategic tool for healthcare service provisioning in the state.

“It is therefore expected that the state and local governments will make judicious use of the facilities in a sustainable way for the benefit of our mothers and children.

“Let me conclude by encouraging us to make this Mother and Child Centre a beacon of hope and a testament to our collective dedication to building healthier and more prosperous communities. May it serve as a reminder that by investing in maternal and child health, we invest in the very foundation of our society’s well-being. Together, let us continue to strive for excellence in healthcare delivery and create a future where every mother and child can thrive.

“I would like to reaffirm our commitment to the achievement of the SDGs by the year 2030. We will continue to prioritize interventions with potential impact on the lives of the poor and vulnerable members of our society so that no ‘Nigerian is left behind’.”

The OSSAP-SDGs also organised a sensitization and advocacy programme for major stakeholders in the state on the acceleration of the SDGs.

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25 cholera cases recorded in Ogun, one dead

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25 cholera cases recorded in Ogun, one dead

The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Tomi Coker on Monday, disclosed that the state has recorded 25 suspected cholera cases in seven local government areas in the state.

Coker explained that nine cases had been confirmed while one death was recorded.

She stated that the state epidemiology unit had been put on red alert during a press conference held at the Olusegun Osoba Press Centre, Governor’s office, Abeokuta.

The affected LGs are Ado Odo/Ota; Remo North; Odeda; Sagamu; Ijebu North; Ewekoro and Obafemi Owode.

Coker said that the Ministry is coordinating the outbreak response in conjunction with other stakeholders from the Ministry of Environment, Information and Education.

The Commissioner said that the treatment of cholera is free in all public health facilities across the State and that trained rapid teams across the 20 LGAs are prepared to respond to calls on these following lines; 08038642812; 07034214893 and 08084250881 on short notice.

She said, “As of today 24th, June 2024, the Ogun state has recorded 25 suspected cases of Cholera in 7 LGAs namely, Adoodo/Ota, Remo North, Odeda, Sagamu, Ijebu North, Ewekoro, and Obafemi Owode, with 9 confirmed case and unfortunately, one death.

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“At inception, we received the alert on June 12, 2024, about the first two cases. Both cases tested positive with a Cholera rapid diagnostic kit and were managed at the State Hospital, Ota. The two cases had travel history to Lagos State 24 hours prior to presentation.

“Also, cholera test kits and other consumables needed for treatment have been distributed to all LGAs and designated treatment centres to ensure prompt diagnosis and treatment. The treatment of Cholera is free across all government facilities in Ogun State.”

She said that some Local Government Areas such as Abeokuta South, Abeokuta North, Ijebu North, Obafemi Owode, Ifo, and Ado-Odo/Ota have been identified to be high-risk areas.

She stated that the fluid movement of people from neighbouring states, especially Lagos, which is the epicentre of the cholera outbreak, has made the disease spread in border LGs areas of the State.

She equally said that cholera vaccines are not currently available in the state urging the citizens to adhere to precautionary measures to ward off this disease.

Speaking during the briefing, the Commissioner for Environment, Ola Oresanya, said that the state government has constructed over 60 public toilets across the State to address open defecation.

Oresanya said that the industry has improved on waste management collection across the state while promising that the Ministry would continue to monitor water channels in areas that are densely populated.

Representative by Oluwole Majekodunmi, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Abayomi Arigbagbu, admonished school administrators to ensure that hygienic foods are served to the pupils and students.

Arigbagbu encouraged school administrators to sensitise their pupils and students on proper hygiene and regular washing of hands among others.

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