NMA inaugurates digital card to check quacks
By Gistflash News
June 30, 2021
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Enugu State Branch, has inaugurated Doctor’s Intelligent Digital Identity Card Management Service in Enugu State to check activities of medical quacks within the state.
The NMA unveiled over 1,000 intelligent digital identity cards to be distributed to its members in Enugu State free.
The association also launched its Enterprise, Global Doctor’s e-Registry and intelligent transactional Doctor’s platform.
Speaking at the unveiling on Tuesday in Enugu, the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Ikechukwu Obi, said that the intelligent systems would eliminate activities of quacks in the medical profession.
“Professionally, the innovative initiatives being launched today will go a long way to ensure only qualified medical personnel serve our people.
“It is obvious that qualitative healthcare delivery comes from qualified medical professionals.
“I must thank Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for improving all health indicators of the state and creating an enabling environment for healthcare professionals especially medical doctors to strive,” he said.
Prof. Obinna Onodugo, Chief Medical Director of University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku-Ozalla, said that the digital system marked a milestone in the upgrade of medical services in the state and country at large.
Onodugo said that the teaching hospital would key into the platform to see to a sanitised medical profession.
“The present NMA executive in Enugu State have done well in restoring peace, coming out with impactful technological innovation and promoting overall welfare of its members,” he said.
Dr Monday Igwe, Medical Director of Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, applauded the NMA for using technology and evidence-based approaches to sort out challenges of the association.
“We laud the present NMA Executive of the state for such an innovation meant to cleanse the system,” Igwe, who was represented by Dr Vincent Ubochi, Head of Clinical Services, said.
In a goodwill message, the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Aliyu, said that the police was ever ready to assist the NMA flush out quacks in the system.
“However, the police and other sister security agencies needed more sensitisation on how the digital identity card works and how to easily identify a quack,” Aliyu, who was represented by CSP Isi Ijiomah, Officer-in-charge Medicals, said.
Earlier, Dr Jude Onyia, Chairman of NMA Enugu State Branch, said that the issue of quackery had persisted for many years in the profession, adding that the end of quacks manipulation in the system had come.
“The activities of quacks had led to many deaths and low healthcare delivery especially in the hinterland and remote areas of the state.
“With the digital and intelligent identity card and the assistance of security agencies, the association will rid the state of quack doctors.
“The other platforms launched today will assist doctors on international assignments and duty tours as well,” he said.
FG converts National Blood Service to commission
By Gistflash News
Sept 25, 2021
The Federal Government has established the National Blood Service Commission (NBSC) to replace the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) to coordinate, regulate and ensure the provision of safe, quality blood transfusion services.
This is contained in a statement by Abdullahi Haruna, the commission’s Head of Media and Publicity on Saturday, in Abuja.
It explained that the NBTS was formerly a unit under the Department of Hospital Services in the Federal Ministry of Health, which was passed by the National Assembly and assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari.
It also disclosed that Dr Omale Joseph-Amedu, the National Coordinator, would serve as the Acting Director-General of the commission in line with the provisions of the Act establishing the commission.
“Commission which has the statutory mandate to coordinate, regulate and ensure the provision of safe, quality blood transfusion services on a country- wide basis within the national health plan.
“Therefore, the commission is legally mandated to ensure proper compliance with the National Blood Service Guidelines and standards.
“It will also maintain a system of quality assurance at all levels of service, encourage research in all aspects of blood transfusion services and promote the rational use of blood, blood products and alternatives to blood where appropriate.
“The commission which takes effect immediately as National Blood Service Commission (NBSC) has communicated that its new name and status more aptly reflects the mandate of ensuring the availability of safe, quality and adequate blood services to all Nigerians,” it stated
UK donates 1.2m COVID-19 vaccines to Nigeria – Envoy
By Gistflash News
Sept 25, 2021
COVID-19: 4, 680,000 Nigerians vaccinated – NPHCDA
By Gistflash News
Sept 25, 2021
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says 4,680,000 Nigerians have so far been vaccinated against COVID-19 .
The Executive Director /Chief Executive Officer of the agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this during the South South zonal town hall meeting on COVID-19 vaccination on Saturday in Benin.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the town hall meeting was organised by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, in collaboration with NPHCDA and the Edo government.
Shuaib noted that out of the 4,680,000 million vaccinated Nigerians, about 1,865,127 were fully vaccinated with the two doses.
He stated that the figure was below the nation’s target ,adding that the threats posed by the virus could prevent the country from returning to normal living.
“I will like to encourage us to use our good offices to encourage eligible members of our community to visit the nearest designated health facility to receive the vaccine.
“All the vaccines are currently available in designated vaccination sites across the country and are safe and effective,” he said.
According to him, in the course of the next few weeks, NPHCDA plans to gradually involve the private sector as sites for COVID-19 vaccination.
Shuaib, however, disclosed that the Federal Government had set up a Joint Task Force on COVID-19 vaccine for monitoring and accountability in collaboration with the security agencies.
Earlier, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire said the town hall was organised to discuss COVID-19 vaccination, address mutual concerns and reach a consensus to ensure citizens were safe and protected against the deadly coronavirus.
Ehanire, said Nigeria had so far lost 2000 of her citizens to COVID-19, adding that the virus had also affected the nation’s GDP.
According to him ,the government needs to vaccinate 70 per cent of the population to effectively curb the spread of the virus.
“The way out off this is to get vaccinated because those who have taken the vaccine have full protection while the unvaccinated are exposed to danger,” he said
He disclosed that the Federal Government was working with the private sector for the production of vaccine in the country.
According to the minister, records have shown that over 90 per cent of deaths recorded from COVID-19 are from unvaccinated persons.
Also speaking, Gov. Godwin Obaseki said the state had so far vaccinated over 130,000 residents against the virus.
Represented by his Chief of Staff, Osaigbovo Iyokha, Obaseki said the state target was to vaccinate 60 per cent of the population.
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