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Group Calls for Protest in Kano Over ‘Alleged’ Marginalization to Indigenous Staffers at Dala Orthopedic Hospital

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A non-governmental organization, Society for Educational Development and Socio-Democratic Activities (SEDSAC) on Friday expresses dismay over the alleged marginalization to indigenous staffers promotion at Dala Orthopedic Hospital, Kano.

 

The group says, Kano as the host of the institution, its citizens “must” be given proper consideration for recruitment and promotion of the existing employees, not stacking them always at the backward positions.

 

In a statement issued to PRIME TIME NEWS on Friday and signed by the Executive Director SEDSAC, Comrade Umar Hamisu Kofar Na’isa says, such act will not be accepted by SEDSAC, adding that they will call on the management as well as government to desist from promoting this culture of injustice to other staffers.

 

“We want to also call the attention of Kano citizens of Kano to hold a grand protests in the hospital premises to express to the world the extant of marginalization to the indigenous staffers in the hospital.”

 

The organization however threatened that they will no longer allow such to continue to happening in the facility, others showing tribal differences despite being a Federal Government Owned Hospital.

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World Sight Day 2021: North Risks Outnumbering South in Vision Impairment Cases – REPORT

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In 2020, some health researchers Investigative Opthalmology and Visual Science say, there is a high prevalence of blindness and severe visual impairment among those above 40 years in Nigeria.

According to them, the tendencies to get high number of patients of vision impairment in Northern Nigeria will escalate and supercede the number of cases in the South as a result of extreme poverty in the region.

Some findings also revealed that, the North’s vision impairment cases is more common among old aged persons, women and children – and is often caused by poor literacy.

In 2020, a Nigerian medical expert, Dr Abia Nzelu says, every five seconds one person in the world goes blind even as she said that over 1 million blind adults live in Nigeria.

He says, a child goes blind every minute and that 4 out of 5 blind people are needlessly blind in developing countries like Nigeria, said these things happen because most people do not seek preventive eye care.

In Kano this year, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has ordered an immediate response against the disease through conducting a Free Eye Health Outreach Program to 14,000 residents at different healthcare facilities to mark 2021 World Sight Day.

The state’s commissioner of health, Dr Aminu Tsanyawa who made this known during a press conference on Thursday says, considering the prevalence of the disease in the state, Ganduje has also institutionalized Primary Eye Care into PHC system through signing MoU with relevant facilities in the state.

According to Dr Tsanyawa, Kano state government’s effort will assiduously help in curing the already confirmed cases of vision impairment in the state, “which will change the narrative of experts’ research on the North.”

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STRIKE: Resident Doctors Give FG 72-hour Ultimatum to Pay Salary Arrears

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The Federal Government has been given a 72-hour ultimatum by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors to pay its members being owed Medical Residency Training Fund and salary arrears.

 

 

The Resident Doctors also urged the government withdraw the lawsuit filed against doctors before the National Industrial Court in the interest of peace.

 

The NARD in a communiqué issued at the end of its 41st Annual General Meeting held in Bauchi State on Saturday, jointly signed by its President, Dr Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa, and the Secretary General, Jerry Isogun, expressed concern at the Federal Government’s continued failure to agree to their demands.

 

 

The resident doctors notet their determination to continue with the indefinite strike, which began on August 2, 2021, until their minimum demands are met.

 

The AGM, in particular, demanded that the Federal Government should ensure the payment of the Medical Residency Training fund within 72 hours since the money meant for it is available and verification of the list for payment has been completed.

 

The resident doctors also demanded payment of the arrears of salaries of their members on GIFMIS platform within 72 hours while the migration process continues.

 

The communique sought for the payment of their withheld August and September salaries.

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FG converts National Blood Service to commission

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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 (NAN)

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