It is no longer news that President Buhari is in Lagos, even though I believe Health News Watch will have a story from today.
His presence is causing some kind of chaos already, even though he will be commissioning the new Ultra-modern Ikeja Bus Station and some other key projects.
All roads close to the axis the President is to visit have been shut down, causing commuters and road users to trek miles on end.
Already most Lagosian are hoping that Pres. Buhari’s trip would help alleviate the traffic quagmire in the state. Some are already hoping he visits Apapa axis and see first hand, the sheer number of tankers and containers parked on the major expressway.
Lagos residents would have to put up with a 2-days forced trekking spree for today and tomorrow.
To the major Health News we are watching at this time?
DOCTORS SHOULD CONSIDER JOINING MAIN STREAM POLITICS
It was Prof. Mike Ogirima, the President, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) who gave the charge on Wednesday calling on the members of the association to join active politics ahead of 2019 general election.
“We have found out that we have few medical workers in politics and bills concerning the health welfare are not receiving adequate attention
“If you don’t blow your trumpet, nobody will do it for you and if you don’t look for your welfare, nobody will do it for you.
“That is why we are encouraging our members to participate in partisan politics.
With this reawakening speech, doctors may begin to consider entering mainstream politics, even as they continue in clinical practice. However, some pressing questions remain unanswered;
Is it true that there are not enough doctors in active politics?
Should doctors be allowed to join politics that have been labelled ‘dirty’?
What can a doctor do differently that other non-doctors have not done?
Can Nigeria’s problem be more of a systemic problem, rather than a professional or individualistic problem?
OYO STATE EMBARK ON TUBERCULOSIS CAMPAIGN
March 24 of every year is a day set aside by the World Health Organization which has been recongised since 1882 as the World Tuberculosis Day.
The Oyo State Government has offered free screening and treatment for individuals with a persistent cough suspected to be Tuberculosis (TB).
The screening of the residents in the state was in commemoration with the 2018 World Tuberculosis Day, with the theme “Find and notify all TB cases in Nigeria”
Oyo state Commissioner for Health, Dr Adeduntan Azeez said on Saturday that the free screening and treatment initiative of the state administration is to reduce the spread of TB in the society, noting that all health facilities in the 33 Local Government Areas and 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) have been mandated and mobilised to effectively carry out TB screening and treatment.
10.4 million people had TB death in 2017 and there were 1.8 million TB deaths in 2016 making it the top infectious killer disease worldwide.
Nigeria is ranked 5th among the 22 Countries of the world with highest TB burden coming up from previous 4th position in 2010.
This is the result of scale up and expansion of TB treatment centre as an implementation strategy across all states in Nigeria.