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Health News Watch: JOHESU Threatens another round of strike, Indian Doctors Suspended for Using Amputated Patient Leg as Headrest.

Its been awhile since JOHESU have been on Health News Watch. After months of industrial silence, the group have issued another ultimatum. Federal Government did not meet JOHESU demands.

Governor Rochas of Imo State is at the receiving end of a backlash by Doctors in the state who say, the Governor is have committed ’10 Mortal Sins’.

To more cheery; Residents of Ogun State have scored a good one with the Federal Government and are receiving N2bn worth of Mosquito Nets… We would be watching out for Malaria indices in the state.


Members of the Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, in Nigeria on Monday have given the Federal Government a 30-Day ultimatum or they would embark on a nationwide strike if the Federal Government refused to accede to their demands.

This was declared at the University College Hospital, Ibadan by the JOHESU National President, Joshua Biobelemoye. The JOHESU Demand have not been met.

This latest rift bothers on welfare issues for the health workers, and perceived bias against the health workers by the Federal Government.

His words;

“Members of the unions had exercised enough patience on the need for the government to implement the agreement but we cannot continue to wait while the FG ignores our pleas and the agreement it had with us.

“We are moving round all the health institutions in Nigeria in order to sensitize members that the FG has failed to honour its promises and the agreement reached with us five months ago. It is proper that we let our people know the steps we have taken so far on the issue at stake so that if there is the need for us to call them out for a nationwide strike, they will not be surprised.

“It took the government 16 days, from September 6th to 21st, 2017, to address medical doctors’ demands but for us, nothing has been done regarding our own demands. We have met with government representatives on several occasions with no positive results.”

Nigerians should warm up for another round of total strike by health workers, except the Federal Government reacts swiftly.

“Gov Rochas Have Destroyed Imo State Economy” – Catholic Medical Doctors 

They are calling it the ’10 Mortal Sins of Governor Rochas’.

They are the Association of Catholic Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, ACMPN, a group of medical practitioners of the Roman Catholic faith, a major religious faith in Imo State.

The ACMPN chairman, Dr. Philip Njemanze, in a press release titled: “The 10 Mortal Sins of Governor Rochas Okorocha accuses Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State of “mindlessly destroying Imo economy” with  over N3.5 trillion allegedly lost to the state’s urban renewal programme.

“Imo State economy drastically shrunk because of the loss of a whopping N3.5 trillion, as a result of the urban renewal programme. The colossal loss resulted to an equally disturbing loss of no fewer than 25,000 jobs,”

“…this huge losses have sadly reduced the state’s Gross Domestic Product, GDP, by at least 30 percent”.

“The Okorocha administration had publicly lied in the name of God, in what everyone knows is false, including the false assertion that the state administration paid N400 million to the Catholic Archdiocese, for the refurbishing of Catholic schools”.

“The governor instead used the money to erect statues of friends and associates, and luxury homes for family members and cronies, in violation of the fifth commandments. We have not forgotten the Abortion Bill, which the governor signed into law, to murder the unborn Imo child.

We have equally not forgotten how 10-year old Somtochukwu Ibeanusi was murdered gruesomely, during the destruction of Ekeukwu Owerri market. This is a violation of the sixth commandment that you shall not kill.

Ogun State Receives N3bn Worth of Mosquito Nets

3bn Worth of Mosquito Net… expected in Ogun State, between March 2018 and May 2018.

This is all part of the Malaria prevention and control programme of the Federal Ministry of Health.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, made this known when he led a team on advocacy visit to the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun at his office in Abeokuta.

The minister, who was represented by the Director, Public Health, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Evelyn Ngige.

He, therefore, urged the State government to support the project by providing trained personnel, provision of storage facilities in all local governments across the State, and to ensure security for the programme.

Responding, the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, said the State would take ownership of the programme by engaging in massive mobilisation and campaigns towards the success of the programme, adding that, traditional rulers, community leaders and relevant government agencies would be involved, as it was in the interest of the State government to support the initiative.

2 Doctors Gets Suspended for Using Patient Amputated Leg as Head Rest

Administrators at the government-run hospital in Uttar Pradesh state vowed: “strict action” after images emerged showing the patient on a stretcher with the amputated limb being used as a headrest.

“We have set up a four-member committee to find out who put the severed leg under the patient’s head,” said Sadhna Kaushik, principal of the Maharani Laxmibai Medical College and Hospital in Jhansi, told AFP.

“Strict action will be taken if our staff is found at fault.”

Two doctors have been suspended pending investigation, she added.

The man, identified as 28-year-old Ghanshyam, was seriously injured in a bus accident.

His relatives told the local NDTV news network that hospital staff ignored their requests that Ghanshyam, who goes by one name, be given a pillow.

“When we reached the hospital, we saw his leg being used as a headrest,” Janaki Prasad, a relative, told NDTV.

“I repeatedly asked the doctors to intervene but they refused,” Prasad added, saying Ghanshyam’s relatives eventually bought a pillow from a local market.

Kaushik said the patient was given “immediate” medical attention and one of his relatives placed the leg under his head, the Press Trust of India reported.

“The doctor looked for something to raise his head. The patient’s attendant used the leg,” she told PTI.

India’s state-run hospitals are often ill-equipped, severely underfunded and stretched to breaking point. Just a handful of specialists are available to treat millions.

Uttar Pradesh, which is home to 200 million people, is one of India’s poorest states, and long waits are common for even minor treatments.

Medical negligence is not uncommon either.

Last year, dozens of children died in a single week at a government hospital in Uttar Pradesh that suffered oxygen shortages. And an unlicensed doctor was arrested last month for allegedly infecting at least 46 people with HIV by re-using a syringe.



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