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Alleged Assault: UCH Resident doctors suspend 3-day strike

Members of the Association of Resident Doctors, ARD, at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, on Saturday suspended the strike they began on Wednesday.

The association had embarked on a three-day warning strike following the assault of a colleague by a patient’s relation on Sunday.

However, the association’s President, Dr John Oladapo, and General Secretary, Dr Gboyega Ajibola, as well as other executive members, have now disclosed in a communique that they were calling off the strike.

“The strike, having run its full course of a maximum of 72 hours, ended Saturday morning.

“All members are to commence work and be at their duty posts Saturday morning,” the association stated in the communique.

The communique further said that the two men who assaulted one of their members at the hospital’s Emergency Department have been remanded at the Agodi Correctional facility in Ibadan.

”They were awaiting the perfection of their bail conditions, following their being charged to court.

“Our executive council swung into action since the assault, which includes closely following proceedings at the correctional centre to ensure justice is obtained for our affected member,” it said.

The ARD-UCH revealed that it also widely engaged the media to inform the public about the situation, the strike and the association’s demand.

“The doctors also engaged the UCH management, calling attention to the acute problem of chronic manpower shortage in the hospital affecting all the members.

“The association brought the spotlight on the departments of Haematology and Paediatrics.

“Actions are being taken to rectify this and the process has commenced for the employment of more doctors.

“We are continuing our engagement with the management on the improvement of the security architecture of the hospital, laying emphatic demands on flashpoints like the emergency department, ICU, labour ward, et cetera,” the association added.

It also disclosed that Dr Luqman Lawal, the assaulted doctor, has been granted time off work as demanded by their congress.

”The executive council will continue to work with all stakeholders to bring succour and improve our welfare.

“We will continue to serve the public and give our best to all patients,” the association said.

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NAFDAC bans sale of Dex Luxury bar soap in Nigeria

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control, (NAFDAC) has placed a ban on the sale of Dex Luxury bar soap in Nigeria.

The agency explained that the ban was due to Butyphenyl Methylpropional, BMHCA, content in the product.

This was contained in a post on the Agency’s X handle on Thursday.

According to the post, the European Union, EU, banned the product due to the risk of harming the reproductive system of users, causing harm to the health of the unborn child, and cause skin sensitization.

“Although this product is not on the NAFDAC database, importers, distributors, retailers, and consumers are advised to exercise caution and vigilance within the supply chain to avoid the importation, distribution, sale, and use of the above-mentioned product”, the agency added.

 

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No outbreak of Lassa fever in any local govt- Kogi Govt

Nigeria identifies three drugs for Lassa fever treatment

Kogi State Government has debunked any outbreak of Lassa fever across the 21 local government areas of the State.

Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr. Abdulazeez Adams Adeiza while reacting to a viral video of an alleged lassa fever outbreak, noted that a student who was admitted to the Federal Teaching Hospital Lokoja did not die of lassa fever.

According to the Commissioner, it was reported that the student died of hemorrhagic fever.

The Commissioner explained that the deceased student who was admitted at the Federal Teaching Hospital Lokoja presented complaints of fever and bleeding from the gum.

He added that the patient was being investigated and managed, while samples were taken and sent to Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC) Abuja, but before the result was released, he had lost his life.

The Commissioner said the result came out to be negative for lassa fever.

In his words, ”the suspected case has turned out to be negative for lassa fever.

“It is not only lassa fever that can make a patient to present bleeding from the gum. Other reasons could include blood dyscrasias and bleeding disorders”.

He advised members of the public to disregard the report as no case of lassa fever has been reported in the state

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UCH workers directed to stop working by 4pm over continuous blackout

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) which is the umbrella body of unions at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan, Oyo state, has directed all employees of the health institution to commence work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from Tuesday, April 2. 

The directive came after the tertiary health institution was disconnected by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, (IBEDC) over N495 million debt accrued in over six years.

Addressing newsmen, chairman of JAC, Oludayo Olabampe stated that it is no longer safe to continue to attend to patients under the circumstances. He also said that workers would embark on strike if power is not restored.

He said;

“Workers would now work from 8 am to 4 pm only because it is dangerous and risky to attend to patients in that situation. We held a meeting with the management this morning but the issue is that there is no electricity. So, from today, Tuesday, April 2, we will work until 4 p.m. We are not attending to any patient after 4 p.m.

“This means that we won’t admit patients because the nurses that will take care of them will not be available after 4 p.m. and you don’t expect patients to be on their own from 4 p.m. till 8 a.m. the following day.

“If patients need blood tests, the lab will not work, if they need radiography, the radiographers will not work, and the dieticians in charge of their food too will not work after 4 p.m. We also gave management another 14-day ultimatum which started counting from March 27, and if after 14 days power is not restored, we will embark on warning strike.”

Commenting on the development, the chief medical director of UCH, Jesse Otegbayo, alleged that IBEDC was billing the hospital as an industry. He stated that the union did not formally notify management before making such a decision.

He said;

“I have not heard about that, if they are going to do that, they should write to management officially, and then the management will respond. There are rules that govern government service, you can’t just decide what hours you work and expect to be paid full-time.

“If they go ahead to do that without informing management officially, management has a way of applying the rules to pay them for the number of hours which they worked. The proper thing is for them to put it in writing because they didn’t write officially to the management before taking the decision.”

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