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Physician-patient Ratio in Nigeria Worsens as More Nigerian Doctors Move Abroad

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With no fewer than 5,405 indigenous trained Nigerian doctors and nurses currently working with the British National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom (U.K.) and many more seeking to migrate, the physican-patient ratio in the country keeps taking a dip.

The figure, released by the British government, means Nigerian medics constitute 3.9 per cent of the 137,000 foreign staff of 202 nationalities working alongside British doctors and nurses.

The Guardian revealed that many more Nigerian doctors would join their colleagues soon because the U.K. has need for medics from Commonwealth countries, since some doctors in the European Union (E.U.) are already leaving because of Brexit.

It was also gathered that most of the Nigerian doctors and nurses are leaving for the U.K. because of better conditions of service. The migration has further worsened the physician-patient ratio in Nigeria from 1:4,000 to 1:5,000, contrary to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recommended 1:600. The physician-patient ratio in the U.K. is 1:300.

According to the WHO, countries with low physician-patient ratio have worse disease outcomes and life expectancy.

Figures from the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) showed that about 45,000 doctors are currently practicing in Nigeria. This means that 12 per cent of 45,000 Nigerian doctors, that is 5,405, are practising in the U.K. and the country is now left with less than 40,000, excluding those practising in the U.S., South Africa, Saudi Arabia and others.

NMA President, Dr. Mike Ogirima, described the exodus of doctors as worrisome. He blamed the situation on poor remuneration for medical doctors, poor working environment and inadequate medical equipment and infrastructure.

He said the trend has worsened the doctor-patient ratio of 1:4,000, caused longer waiting time at hospitals, rise in fatal disease outcomes, and more frequent medical errors by over worked doctors.

Ogirima said: “Nigeria is using her resources to train doctors and professionals that will leave to work in foreign countries. What are those things attracting these professionals outside? Can we duplicate them here?”

“Government should provide adequate remuneration. We are not saying we should pay so much, but pay them for the job they are doing as and when due.”

Consultant Public Health Physician, Prof. Akin Osibogun, however, said the situation could be reversed if the Federal Government makes the National Insurance Scheme (NHIS) compulsory for all citizens. According to him, this would provide enough funds to improve the conditions of service and working environment for health professionals.

He said: “The few ones we have are leaving because of poor conditions of service, working environment and after service package. It means the physician-patient ratio has worsened, maybe from 1:3,000 to 1:5,000. When you compare, those countries that have better physician-patient ratio have better treatment outcomes.”

Osibogun, a former Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), said Nigeria currently produces about 3,000 medical doctors every year and needs to increase the ratio by producing more, and developing plans on how to retain them.

He explained: “We need to make working conditions attractive. If they know they will have a house after 20 years of training, the lure to leave would be reduced. What are the benefits attached to the job? What are the provisions for the doctor’s family? What are the long-term prospects for the staff?

“We need to improve the work environment in terms of financing. Make it work-friendly, not crowding 10 persons in one office. Talk about electricity supply; you come to work and you are scheduled to do a surgery but there is no electricity.

“We need to be more drastic; re-organising the way we fund health service. There should be compulsory NHIS that will bring a pool of funds. We have to adopt a more holistic approach.”

But a consultant paediatric surgeon and current CMD of LUTH, Prof. Chris Bode, said the situation is not hopeless. He said the high migration of Nigerian doctors to the U.K. is because some doctors in E.U. countries are leaving because of Brexit and the NHS has opened its gates to doctors from Commonwealth countries.

Bode, however, said Nigeria needs proper planning to harness the opportunity the situation brings.

He said: “A medical degree is an international passport. Because of global competition, many doctors are moving to the U.S. and U.K. We lose because we trained them but we also learn from them by getting exposed to cutting-edge technologies. One day, if we harness them, they will come back to impact positively on the practice here.

“That is the method Japan, India and China used in adapting what they learnt in the U.S. and U.K. It is not a total loss. We are seeing a lot of movement of medical doctors abroad. It is not as if Nigerian medicine is dead. I had to spend a lot, $14,000, some years back on going to Israel to learn new skills. That has distinguished me and Nigerians are benefitting.

“Nigerian doctors are going to the U.K. because they have opened their gates. By the time the medical doctors come back, we will be better for it. It is not a hopeless situation. There is a lot we can do to harness the opportunity. We need proper planning.”

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Pastor Charis, Bishop Emmah Isong, others for Restoration Congress 2018

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Senior Pastor and Founder, Restoration Grace Assembly, Pastor Charis Essienobong is to speak at the Restoration Congress 2018, with the theme: “Out of Darkness”.

Other ministers of the gospel expected at the event include Pastor (Mrs). Idy Charis and the Founder and Presiding Bishop of Christian Central Chapel International, Calabar, Bishop (Dr) Emmah Isong.

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According to the organiser of the congress, Pastor Charis Essienobong, “this year’s theme is targeted at uprooting every occupation of darkness in the lives of believers and God is ready to release fresh light for His people.”

The yearly event, which begins from Thursday, August 16 to Sunday, August 19, will also feature ministrations by Pastor Ity Charis, The Classical Choir and The Restored Voices Choir, among others. The event will be rounded off with Super Celebration Service on Sunday, August 20, 2018 from 8am.

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Buhari signs law stopping VPs who complete president’s tenure

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President Muhammadu Buhari has signed a constitutional amendment that stops a vice president who completes the term of a president from contesting for the office of the President more than once.

The same is applicable to a deputy governor who completes the term of a state governor.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has signed a constitutional amendment that stops a vice president who completes the term of a president from contesting for the office of the President more than once.

The same is applicable to a deputy governor who completes the term of a state governor.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday.

The term of a President or a governor can be aborted by virtue of death, resignation or removal, thereby paving the way for the Vice President or deputy governor to take over.

Enang said the President also signed an amendment to the constitution that grants autonomy to state judiciary and state Houses of Assembly.

According to Enang, the President also signed an amendment that reduced the duration for determining pre-election matters in courts to ensure that such matters do not get into the time of the elections and do not linger thereafter.

He added that another amendment increased the time the Independent National Electoral Commission has to conduct by-election in case of vacancy from the present seven days to 21 days.

Enang said, “I just want to inform you that His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari today (Friday) assented to the Constitution Fourth Alteration Bill which grants financial authonomy and independence to the Houses of Assembly of the respective states and to the Judiciary of the respective states.

“Therefore, upon this signature, the amounts standing to the credit of the judiciary are to now be paid directly to the judiciary of those states and no more through the governors and from the governors.

“And then the amounts standing to the credit of the Houses of Assembly of the respective states are now to be paid directly to the Houses of Assembly of that state for the benefit of the legislators and the management of the state Houses of Assembly of that state. This grants full autonomy now to the Houses of Assembly and judiciary of states.

“Another Act which has come into force today is Constitution Amendment 21 which relates to the determination of pre-elections matters. It has reduced the date and time of determining pre-election matters to ensure that the pre-election matters in court do not get into the time of the elections and do not linger thereafter.

“The relevant section of the Constitution has also been amended by this Act, therefore amending the constitution.

“The other one is Bill 16 which is now an Act. The intent of that Act is to ensure that where a Vice President succeeds the President and where a deputy governor succeeds a governor, he can no more contest for that office more than one more time.

“The effect is that having taken the oath of President once, he can only contest one more time and no more. That is the intent of this amendment.

“The other amendment is Bill 9 now an Act which gives the Independent National Electoral Commission sufficient time to conduct by-election. It has increased the time from seven to 21 days and generally widen the latitude of the INEC to handle election matters upon vacancy.

“These four bills, added to the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Act, have now been assented to by the President and have now become laws.

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Ika Youths Denounce Sponsored Political Rally

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The youths of Ika Local Government Area have strongly denounced a purported rally organised by Eagle Youth Foundation, Ika on Saturday, 9th June, 2018.

The statement was released to our reporter by a coalition of government recognised youth groups consisting of Youth Caucus, National Youth Council, Dakkada Coordinators and Village Coordinators after a meeting held at Uruk Inyang, Ika Local Government on 7th June, 2018.

The coordinators of the various youth bodies, Uduakobong Ekereke, Udeme Mendie, Ekom Nwoko, Godswill Dickson Udom, Uduak Reuben Ndok and Etienyene Thomas stated in unambiguous terms that they are not part of the purported rally and vowed that Eagle Youth Foundation cannot speak on behalf of Ika youths without due consultation.

According to the statement, “we are presently mourning the demise of Mr. Akaninyene Noah, an executive member of National Youth Council of Nigeria, Ika Chapter whose burial is slated for 30th June, 2018.”

Affirming their support for Governor Udom Emmanuel and Distinguished Senator Godswill Akpabio, the youth leaders clarified that they have already written and gotten approval for an endorsement rally in their support to be held July, 2018, adding that all Ika youths will team up at that time and give their leaders a deserving reception.

Declaring the rally as inconsequential and parochial, the youth leaders vowed to resist it as it is planned in disguise to promote the personal ambition of certain aspirants and not mainly to promote the interest of His Excellency Deacon Udom Emmanuel.

“We therefore frown at any attempt by selfish politicians to bring division and disunity amongst the youths of Ika Local Government Area and cautioned them to desist forthwith”, the statement added.

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Emmanuel Ekon Empowers 50 Constituents on Livestock Production

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Boosting the participation of youths in agriculture, Chairman House Committee on Local Content and honourable member representing Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency Hon. Emmanuel Ekon has partnered with the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science to train and empower 50 of his constituents to become agro-preneurs in livestock farming.

Prof. E. A Iyayi. Photo Credit: Ekon Media Centre

The beneficiaries, who are mainly youths and women drawn from the federal constituency, benefitted from the training and empowerment programme on how to rear chickens like broilers, layers and cockerels for local consumption and export.

Speaking at the two-day training held at Abak Local Government Council Secretariat, the Coordinator of the training programme, Professor E. A Iyayi said that the institute’s collaboration with the lawmaker was a way of curtailing the menace of youth unemployment in the society. Stressing the essence of agriculture to food production and nation building, the scholar commended the lawmaker for empowering youths and women in poultry farming. “The oil sector is failing, we must resort to agriculture which is emerging as the mainstay of our economy” he added.

Barr. Imoh Williams, the Chairman of Abak Local Government Area represented by the Supervisor, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. Emem Westgarth noted that engaging the youths positively in such initiative, will considerably enable them to utilize their innate abilities for profitable ventures in agriculture and thereby prevents restiveness in the constituency. He tasked the participants to take the training seriously and focus on multiplying the impact to the ward level.

Responding, the lawmaker represented by Mr. Ubong Affia said he has taken steps to engage his constituents, especially the youths, frequently, through skills acquisition, capacity building and educational development; and more importantly, to key into the industrialisation drive of Governor Udom Emmanuel.

The lawmaker noted that he decided to train them on livestock production in his first phase project because the business is lucrative and will add more value to their lives and also bolster economic diversification which is the cardinal project of this administration.

“We as lawmakers should not fold our arms, but support the Governor in this agenda. He wants to diversify the economy and our youths must be empowered and encouraged to embrace agriculture,” he said.

Ekon added that the youths were being trained and financially empowered to start the business without any challenge.

The participants were given startup funds and operational guides worth millions of naira.

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