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We’ll not negotiate with FG if doctors are involved — JOHESU, AHPA

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• Give govt Dec. 31 to pay withheld salary

Health workers under the auspices of Joint Health Sector Unions and the Assembly of Healthcare Professionals, JOHESU/AHPA, weekend threatened to boycott any negotiation brokered by the Federal Ministry of Health, FMOH, if physicians are involved in the welfare initiatives.

Also, the workers urged the Federal Government to pay withheld April and May 2018 salaries to its members before December 31, 2021, in the spirit of the yuletide.

In a letter addressed to the FMOH with reference number HQ/JOHESU/ADM/FMoH/VOL.IIT/045, dated 16th December 2021 and signed by the Action National Secretary, Comrade Mathew Ajorutu on behalf of the Chairman, claimed that two prominent physicians, the Director of Hospital Services his predecessor have continued to effectively truncate the demand for adjustment of Consolidated Healthcare Salary Structure, CONHESS.

“For several years, the FMoH has championed the basis for the devaluation of our basic humanity and citizenship rights by unleashing a series of assaults on our collective intelligence through its tainted and biased policies designed to deny self-actualisation for members of JOHESU/AHPA.

“”We shall no longer allow this with due respect. JOHESU/AHPA resolved albeit strongly that in view of the unending cycle of frustration orchestrated by the Directorate of Hospital Services which is dominated by Physicians and logically the mouthpiece of the NMA, that it would no longer attend negotiation brokered by the FMOH if physicians are involved in the negotiations of the welfare initiatives of members of JOHESU/AHPA,” they stated.

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They further alerted that the incumbent Director of Hospital Services of the FMoH has continued in a similar spirit to jeopardise the on-going negotiations on the same subject matter.

JOHESU/AHPA resolved to participate in future negotiations only if the appropriate teams are raised from the Director of Human Resources, DHR, of the FMOH with necessary additions from the Legal Services Department.

They further insisted that all health professionals on such teams must be non-physicians because JOHESU members are never part of negotiating teams at FG- NMA/NARD parleys.

The letter tagged: Complaint on procedural defects in the negotiating team of the federal ministry of health at JOHESU- FG’s Parleys, added that in the interest of industrial harmony,

They further demanded that the Directorate of Human Resources and the Directorate of Legal Services negotiate personnel matters and get legal direction when necessary.

They argued that members of JOHESU/AHPA are not represented in negotiations for benefit packages for members of NMA, NARD and other related appendages which appear fair enough.

Calling on the government to pay the withheld salaries, they also encouraged the Government to allow the implementation of the payment of Hazard Allowance commences as an integral part of the December 2021 wages of health workers.

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Islamic Group Offers Free Medical Services In Yobe

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The Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria (IMAN), Yobe chapter, has offered free medical services to over 800 patients in Fune LGA of the state.

Speaking at the end of the two-day outreach on Sunday in Ngelzarma, the IMAN vice chairman, Dr Mahmoud Ma’aji, noted that the exercise was conducted in various clinics in the area.

He listed the services to include consultations, the provision of drugs, psychological and psychosocial counselling, as well as various laboratory tests.

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He said the aged, orphans, widows, pregnant women and under-five years children were given more attention during the outreach, which began on Saturday.

The vice chairman said the objective of the outreach was to assist the less privileged and to educate residents on the need to seek medical assistance in the hospital.

In his remarks, the Emir of Ngelzarma, Muhammad Mai-Yeri, called on philanthropists to support IMAN to enable it to carry out its activities effectively.(NAN)

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Lassa fever: Death toll hits 171 as NCDC confirms 8 new infections

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has recorded eight additional Lassa fever infections and one death between September 5 and 11.

The NCDC via its official website said the new cases bring the number of confirmed cases and deaths to 917 and 171, respectively.

It disclosed that 25 states had recorded at least one confirmed case across 102 local government areas. According to NCDC, 6,660 suspected cases have been reported in the country.

The public health agency disclosed that of the new confirmed cases, Ondo accounted for 32 per cent, Edo 26 per cent and Bauchi 13 per cent.

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“In week 36 (September 5 to 11, 2022); the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 10 in week 35, 2022 to 8 cases. These were reported from Ondo, Edo, Bauchi, and Anambra states. Cumulatively from week 1 to week 36, 2022, 171 deaths have been reported with a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 18.6 people which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021 (23.3 per cent). The predominant age group affected is 21-30 years (Range: 0 to 90 years, Median Age: 30 years). The male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases is 1:0.8. The number of suspected cases has increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2021. No new healthcare worker affected in the reporting week 36,” it said.

It  said the National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Technical Working Group (TWG) has continued to coordinate the response activities at all levels.

“The country’s response activities continue in all areas, particularly in areas of state advocacy, personal protective equipment (IPC) support, and laboratory diagnostics,” it added.

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Lady offers kidney to Ekweremadu’s daughter

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A 24-year-old lady, Anastasia Michael, says she is ready to donate one of her kidneys to Sonia, daughter of Senator Ike Ekweremadu, currently down with kidney malfunctioning.
This is coming less than 24 hours after 25-year-old Sonia Ekweremadu made an appeal to members of the public to donate a kidney to save her life.
Responding through a Facebook post on Monday, Annastasia said she was willing to donate one of her kidneys to Ekweremadu if none of her family members could do that.
She added that she was doing so to prove that women could help women.
Annastasia said that the donation would be for free, hoping that her kidney matches that of Sonia.
She said she had sent her mail address to the email provided by Sonia.

Her full post runs entitled ‘Kidney donation to Sonia Ekweremadu’ is presented below:
I (Annastasia Michael olamma) want to donate one of my kidneys to Sonia Ekweremadu to save her life. I have made up my mind to do this to prove women can help women.
If any of her relatives mum, dad, siblings, cannot give out their kidney to save their Bloodline then I will donate my own to save Sonia And I demand nothing in return. I pray it matches with her own.
Am 24 years old, I don’t take alcohol and I believe my kidney is very healthy to donate.

I have sent message to her email @helpsonialive@gmail.com and anticipate her reply.
May God heal you.

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