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We Did Our Best To Save Mailafia, Says UATH CMD


We did our best to save Mailafia, says UATH CMD

The Chief Medical Director of the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital UATH, Prof. Bishop Ekele, says contrary to insinuations in some quarters, the hospital did its best to save a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, who died in the facility on Sunday.

He, however, said only the family of the deceased could disclose the cause of his death.

Ekele spoke in an interview on Wednesday amidst allegations that Mailafia could have been saved but for the lackadaisical attitude of doctors in the hospital.

The Middle Belt Forum had, in a statement on Sunday, accused the hospital of misconduct in the treatment of the late 64-year-old.

The statement, which was signed by the group’s national Publicity Secretary, Isuwa Dogo, claimed that the deceased’s wife was requested to make a deposit of N600,000 before proper treatment.

The statement also said when Mailafia complained that he had breathing problems and pleaded with the doctors at the hospital to place him on a ventilator, he was”flatly refused.”

But when asked on Wednesday to explain the circumstances surrounding Mailafia’s death, especially in view of the allegations, Ekele said, “You know, it is not in our policy to disclose how a patient died.

“As it stands, one can write an official letter requesting to know the cause of death and only the family of the deceased can grant the permission.

“There are lots of speculations about the cause of death. I can confirm in my honour as a medical doctor that all the allegations circulating in the media are false.

“We at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital did not request for any form of payment before the commencement of treatment.

“The doctor on duty that day was on ground and received the patient and he was never at any point refused oxygen.

“In fact, he was placed on a high-flow-oxygen to enable fast breathing.”

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12 State Governors Owing Us, Health Workers Cry Out

The Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria MHWUN, has cried out that governors of 12 states of Nigeria are unfair to their members by owing them several years of salary arrears and also failed to standardise their payments .

The medical body noted that the worst of it all is that these governors have failed to implement the N30,000 new minimum wage that has become a law in the country.

They said the governors have subjected them to harrowing life.

The MHWUN National Vice President , Femi Adebisi stated this in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital at the weekend during the 2022 international youth day organized by the South West leadership of the union, under the theme , ‘Intergenerational solidarity : creating a world for all ages.’

Adebisi said the welfare of health workers remains the only recipe to the recurrent brain drain crippling the health sector.

He however, did not identify the affected 12 states.

“We have nothing less than 12 states that are owing health workers their entitlements.We are engaging them as a union and we are hoping the governors and everyone concern will do the needful soon”, he stated.

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Pay Hazard Allowance To Health Workers, NLC Urges F.G

The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr Ayuba Wabba, has urged the Federal Government to immediately begin the payment of hazard allowance to health workers in the country.

Wabba made the call at the 2022 annual Federal Capital Territory Nurses Week/Scientific Workshop of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives on Thursday in Abuja.

At the workshop with the theme, “Invest in Nursing and respect rights to secure global health,” Wabba said the allowance has been reviewed but payment is yet to begin.

“Many health workers have fallen victim to diseases in taking care of patients. I salute the nurses and Midwives, your reward is not only in heaven but here on earth. I urge you to learn so you can discharge quality healthcare service to Nigerians.

“The payment of hazard allowance will boost the morale of our health workers in the country”, he added.


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Cholera Outbreak Kills 10 In Gombe

Gombe state government has declared an outbreak of cholera after ten deaths were recorded across the state.

This was made public by Habu Dahiru, Gombe commissioner for health,  on Thursday.

Dahiru, who was represented by Abdulrahman Shuaibu, executive secretary of the Gombe Primary Health Care Development Agency, said as of September 20, 236 cases of cholera had been recorded in the state.

“This year, from June, we had sporadic cases of cholera in Balanga LGA and because of the preparedness and prompt response; it has been largely subdued without escalation,” he said.

These outbreaks are recorded in eight wards across Balanga, Yamaltu-Deba, Nafada, Funakaye and Gombe LGA of the state.

“The state ministry of health has promptly initiated public health actions for prevention and control of the disease.

“As of September 20, there was an increase in the number of cases in Gombe state as 236 cases have been listed so far.”

The commissioner said increased downpour of rain and flooding in many parts of the state led to the cholera outbreak.

He said decontamination of wells and boreholes in affected communities would be carried out and distribution of water treatment tablets in all affected communities would be conducted.



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