Saturday, 25 June 2022

Nigeria Needs Professionals to Manage Economic Turbulence - BOF-PSN

BY CHIOMA UMEHA 

Lagos

L- R: Iyiola Gbolagade, Chairman PSN  and Board of Fellows (BOF) of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) coordinator, Lagos State, Yetunde Morohundiya, BOF-PSN Vice Chairman, Chief (Dr. )Joel E. B. Adagadzu, BOF-PSN Chairman, Lanre Familusi, the Secretary, Ngozi Obikili, Treasurer and Chief Chris Ibeto, Official Member of the National Executive of the BOF-PSN at its press briefing in Lagos during the week to announce board's forthcoming Annual Mid-Year Meeting.


Pharmacists under the auspices of Board of Fellows (BOF) of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has said that Nigeria needs its best hands to navigate through the choppy waters, comparing the current state of the nation to a sinking ship.

The BOF said urged for new policies by the Federal Government which will tap from the  hidden potentials pharmaceutical industry to lift Nigeria from economic turbulence.

Giving the remarks at a press conference in Lagos,  Dr. Joel Adagadzu, Chairman BOF-PSN, tasked the country’s decision-makers to  explore the use of skills of BOF members to get the country out of its current rut and open the door for national development.

Announcing their forthcoming Annual Mid-Year Meeting in a press briefing, Adagadzu,  said the meeting will hold at the NAF Conference Centre, Abuja, from 28 to 29 June 2022. 

He said that the BOF through the Mid- Year – Meeting is determined to work closely with the support of relevant stakeholders in finding appropriate remedies that will re-energise, reinvigorate and enhance the self-esteem of the Fellows of PSN.

According to him, the goal is for them to fully assume their expected position as role models for pharmacists and other professionals and also participate actively in national development.

The BOF-PSN boss disclosed the theme of this year’s Public Lecture, which is the fourth in the series, as “Harnessing the potentials of Fellows of professional associations in Nigeria for national development: The pharmacists perspective”.

He said, “Nigeria at the moment is likened to a sinking ship that needs its best hands to navigate it through stormy waters and rescue it. Fellows of the PSN like those of other professional bodies constitute a significant part of the country’s useful crop of human resource potentials. No country that hopes to develop and progress can afford to ignore such resources.

“We call on the government of Nigeria and all those occupying positions of authority to focus their searchlight in the direction of Fellows of professional bodies to rescue the nation from its present predicament and for overall national development.”

Adagadzu further said that the Public Lecture, will be delivered by a legal luminary and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in the person of Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama.  He said the meeting will also feature the usual Meeting of Fellows and a Closing Dinner, during which the BOF will honour some eminent Nigerians for their outstanding contributions to national development and their support to the growth of Pharmacy in Nigeria.

On the choice of the Public Lecture Speaker, Pharm. (Chief) Yetunde Moroundiya, BOF-PSN vice-chairman, explained that the board  has been careful in selecting the best speakers since the inception of the lecture.

Moroundiya chronicled the list of former speakers  at BOF-PSN lectures as follows,  Prof. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, founder, Board of Directors, Savannah Centre for Democracy and Development;  Dr Chikwe  Ihekweazu, former DG, NCDC, and Dr Ayodele Lanre Teriba, CEO, Economic Associates Lagos, for the first to third lectures respectively.

Chief Lanre Familusi, the Secretary, listed other activities of the BOF-PSN, disclosing that the group is collaborating with relevant agencies in their war against drug abuse. Decrying the height of drug abuse in the country, which is wasting the leaders of tomorrow.

According to Familusi, the BOF is teaming up with rehabilitation centres, NYSC “No to Drug Abuse Club”, and the NDLEA  in order to reduce the spate of the problem.

Berating government’s importation of medical expatriates, Pharm (Mrs) Ngozi Obikili, Treasurer, BOF-PSN  collaborated earlier views on the aptness of the theme of the public lecture on the need to use indigenous professionals.  "Government should tap into the unused resources of Fellows of professional associations to develop the country," Obikili added.

The Second International Endometriosis Conference Holds Today in Lagos


BY CHIOMA UMEHA 

Lagos


Dr Abayomi Ajayi,  Medical Director and CEO of the Nordica Fertility Centres and Founder, African Endometriosis Awareness and Support Group and Ms Kgomotso Mpho Gagosi, Co-Founder, African


Endometriosis Awareness and Support Group during the press briefing in Nordica Fertility Centre, Lagos to announce the second international conference on endometriosis holding tomorrow (Saturday) in Lagos.


The African Endometriosis Awareness and Support Group has organized the second international conference on endometriosis in Lagos, Nigeria, on the 25th of June to reveal new breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of the ailment. 

Dr. Abayomi Ajayi, Medical Director and CEO of the Nordica brand, informed journalists that the theme of this year's conference is "Endometriosis - an Unrecognized Burden among African Women."

Ajayi who spoke at the briefing in his Nordica Fertility Centre, Lagos, said, "This theme is extremely relevant at this time considering the dwindling resources available to African countries, especially in critical areas such as health care and education."

The Nordica boss, who is also the Trustee, Endometriosis Support Group Nigeria (ESGN) who explained that this would be the first physical event post-Covid-19 bemoaned challenges of management of Endometriosis, including inaccurate diagnoses.

Ajayi  elaborated, "One of the major concerns about the condition is its oftentimes inaccurate diagnoses, which is usually the result of a dearth in trained medical manpower, as well as obsolete equipment in many medical facilities across the African continent.

"For the women living with this condition, life seems really unfair. The pain, the tough choices they have to make in determining if they will have children, their sexual life, relationship challenges and general well being should be of grave concern to all of us."

He said, "Significant advances have been made globally in the diagnosis and management of the condition, which we seek to bring to the fore to an African audience at the conference. The conference is open to medical practitioners, women living with endometriosis, endo activists and the general public.

"We have put together a formidable line up of speakers and panelists to do justice to the subject matter at the conference.

"We will be having a leading light in the world of biological engineering and a global advocate for endometriosis, Linda Griffith, deliver a keynote address at the conference. She is a professor of bio and mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. We will also be having Professor Francisco Carmona from the University of Barcelona, Spain. He will be speaking about fertility preservation in endometriosis.

"We also have the secretary general of the European Endometriosis League, who is also a professor of obstetrics, gynaecology, oncology and seriology at Bethesda Hospital, Duisburg, Germany, Professor Harold Kentel. 

"He will share on how to build a robust African Endometriosis Awareness Initiative, taking lessons from the European league," the ESGN boss said.

Similarly, Dr. Taner Usta, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, and the president of the Turkish Endometriosis and Adenomyosis Society, is expected to speak  about thoracic endometriosis at the conference. 

Also expected at the event, is an expert in managing endometriosis in adolescents, Dr. Robert Zurawin, a renowned obstetrician and gynaecologist in Houston Texas, Ajayi disclosed.

The Nordica boss said, "Furthermore, another one of our guest speakers is a specialist in endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Keith Isaacson of the Harvard Medical School. He will be speaking to us about differentiating between endometriosis and adenomyosis. 

"One of our guest speakers is also a very good friend of the house. He has been to Nigeria on two separate occasions: Dr. John Dulemba, a former military helicopter pilot with specialization in endometriosis and pelvic pain. He will be speaking to us about robotics in endometriosis."

Similarly, Ajayi noted that  he would be speaking on an interesting topic: High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) in the management of adenomyosis. 

"You will agree with me that we have gone to great lengths to bring together these erudite speakers to help in giving hope to women living with the condition.

"We also believe that we will be able to attract the attention of African governments to initiate policies and programmes that will greatly impact the lives of women with the condition, especially in accessing care. We are also calling on the media to join forces with us to raise awareness about the condition and give a voice to the voiceless," Ajayi added. 

Collaborating the views of Dr Ajayi, Ms Kgomotso Mpho Gagosi, the co-founder, African Endometriosis Awareness and Support Group  lamented the difficulties of managing endometriosis, including incorrect diagnoses.

Still worried over endometriosis management in Africa, Gagosi further said, that her country, Botswana does not provide Invitro fertilisation (IVF).

She urged for more involvement of  governments in the continent by formulating policies that will greatly improve the lives of women with endometriosis through better management.

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Braide, Omotosho, Others To Be Decorated With NHEA Lifetime Achievement, Diaspora Award

  


BY CHIOMA UMEHA 

Lagos





Professor Ekanem Braide, Pharm(Sir) Thoephilus Omotosho, and Professor Joseph Aina will receive Lifetime Achievement awards from the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA) on Friday at Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos, while Professor Ohwofiemu E. Nwariaku will receive the Diaspora Excellence award. 

The winners include renowned Nigerian healthcare figures who have greatly contributed to the promotion of good health and treatment of various ailments, according to a statement issued by Moses Braimah, NHEA Director of Communication, Marketing & Strategy. 

Dr. Shola Alabi, NHEA Project Coordinator, says, "We are happy and extremely pleased with these outstanding Nigeria healthcare people who have made important contributions to the promotion of good health, knowledge, and treatments of many sorts of ailments within and outside the country."

"They ought to be honored and celebrated by everyone," Alabi concluded. 

Professor Ekanem Ikpi Braide (OFR), a renowned parasitologist, epidemiologist, and academician, is the Provost of Arthur Jarvis University in Akpabuyo, as well as the former Vice Chancellor of Cross River State University of Technology (CRUTECH) in Calabar and the Pioneer Vice Chancellor of Federal University in Lafia. 

She has a Bachelor's degree in Zoology from the University of Ife, as well as Masters and Doctorate degrees in Parasitology/Epidemiology from Cornell University in the United States. She also has a Southampton University diploma in Epidemiological Methods. She has taught in a variety of settings.

Professor Joseph Oyeniyi  Aina is a distinguished nurse and an academician whose practice has touched many lives and has help in great measure to shape the profession in Nigeria. He started his nursing training at the Seventh-Day Adventist Hospital School of Nursing, Ile-Ife. He later got his Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Nursing from to the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Aina got his MSc and PhD from Hunter College of the City University and New York University’s  School of Education respectively. He retired in 2021 from Babcock University. Professor Aina has almost one hundred publications. He has many awards and citations to his credit.

Pharm( Sir) Adebowale Omotosho is an industrialist, philanthropist and Pharmacist. He started Bond Chemists which later metamorphose into Bond Chemical Industries Limited and now Bond Group with interest in diverse sectors. He has worked as a pharmacist with highly reputable multinational organizations both at home in Nigeria and abroad. He is a member of many professional bodies such as; the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (MRPHARMS); Fellow Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (FPSN), etc.


Professor Ohwofiemu E. Nwariaku, who earned his medical degree from the University of Ibadan, is currently employed at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) in Dallas, Texas, where he is the Malcom O. Perry Professor of Surgery and Executive Vice Chair in the Department of Surgery, as well as Associate Dean for Global Health. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Association of Academic Surgery's previous president. He was just named Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Utah's Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine. This will go into effect on July 1, 2022. 

Voting commenced on June 7, 2022 on www.nigeriahealthcareawards.com.ng for over 156 nominees in about 31 different award categories. It will end at midnight on June 21, 2022 two days preceding the award ceremony.


The purpose of the NHEA is to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of the Nigerian health sector in the previous year. 

PharmAccess Foundation, Sterling Bank, Tuberculosis LON 1 Project, Nigeria Medical Association, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Association of Private General Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, and others support NHEA, the Oscar of Nigerian healthcare. 

Global Health Project and Resources (GHPR) in conjunction with Anadach Group in the United States is hosting the awards.


 

NHEA Acts to Stem Medical Capital Flight and Restore Hope in Healthcare

BY CHIOMA UMEHA 

Lagos State


(L -R): Pharm Bisi Bright, Secretary, Nigeria Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA) Advisory Board; Dr. Wale Alabi, NHEA Project Director; Dr. Anthony A. Omolola,  Chairman NHEA Advisory Board; Mrs. Olufunke Oluwole, Secretary, NHEA Jury Board; Dr. Olaokun Soyinka, Member, NHEA Advisory Board; Moses Braimah, Director, NHEA Marketing,  Communication & Strategy at a recent media conference in Lagos.


The Nigeria Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA) has reaffirmed its aim, saying that it was developed to stem medical capital flight and to rebuild hope in Nigeria's health system. 

Briefing journalists about this year's NHEA award ceremony, which is scheduled for Friday, June 24, 2022, 

Dr. Anthony Omolola, Chairman of the NHEA Advisory Board, stated that the award, which recognizes excellence in the health sector, has led to better healthcare.

According to Omolola, the former President of the Association of General Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN), the award has instilled value in many healthcare institutions across Nigeria, as each facility strives to be a winner. 

"Every year, Nigeria loses hundreds of health professionals to other nations, as well as a significant amount of money due to medical tourism." This is the program's 8th edition. The NHEA award is here to stay, and we are the first healthcare excellence award in West Africa; we began in Nigeria and have since expanded globally.

"This year's prize is really remarkable and gratifying," said the Chairman of the NHEA Advisory Board. The purpose of the NHEA award is to recognize and reward excellence in the healthcare field. When you do well and people notice, you have a better chance of doing even better. That's exactly what we need in our broken healthcare system. 

"Despite the hurdles, we must ensure that the negative impact of medical tourism in Nigeria is kept to a minimum, and that is our goal." NHEA has emerged as the most important accelerator for Nigeria's healthcare progress." 

The 8th edition of the Nigeria Healthcare Excellence Awards (NHEA) is slated to take place this weekend in Lagos, with over 156 nominees in roughly 31 different prize categories.


Omolala said, "NHEA has 31 categories as the awards now recognise quality contributions to healthcare from Diaspora." 

He added, "We have 31 categories in this year's award. We produced a new category this time. It's called the oncology category, TB. "

The NHEA awards is striving to stem medical tourism to the nearest minimum,  while also attracting some of Nigeria's brain abroad back home. 

"Currently, we have quite a lot of healthcare personnel leaving this country. We want to retain them," adding that "We are encouraging our colleagues in the diaspora that they can come and work in this facility that is of international standard that we can all be proud of. It's a way of telling the world we have some good facilities despite all the challenges in Nigeria. People can still come and visit some of these facilities for healthcare delivery and also in terms of healthcare supplies.

"The award is getting bigger. The awareness is getting greater. It has gone global this time. 

In terms of voting, he stated that "there has been a substantial improvement in terms of voting," adding that "about 60,000 votes are still being counted." 

"NHEA has helped to get out excellent and cheerful news to Nigerian professionals in the Diaspora since when you are practising overseas, the only news you will generally hear is bad news," said Dr. Olaokun Soyinka, a member of the NHEA Advisory Board. 

When we hear and see facilities that are performing well, our healthcare professionals will consider visiting them before considering going abroad, and such facilities will help to ensure job satisfaction and contribute to raising the bar in maintaining standards. If that environment exists, there will be more job satisfaction, and they will be more likely to return.

Dr. Wale Alabi, NHEA Project Director, also spoke, saying that they want to work with NS&Young to look at their methodology in order to improve the award, and that NHEA is more than just an award; it is an accreditation in the healthcare field. 

"We'd like a third party to investigate what we do." They'll be scrutinizing our procedures." 

Royal fathers such as the Alaakin, Governors, Commissioners, and Healthcare Professionals, among other healthcare stakeholders, are anticipated to attend the award ceremony.

Monday, 20 June 2022

SWS Recognizes Outstanding Members and Encourages Women to Work Together for a Better Society

BY CHIOMA UMEHA 

Lagos 


Liberator Meg Odinachi, Imo Chairperson, StandUp For Women Society (SWS) with  Comrade Nma Ozioma Onwuka-Okereke, Vice - President, SWS South-East Zone and a Daughter of Abia State after the latter was given an award by SWS at the just-ended two-day National Conference held at Lekki, Lagos.

The StandUp For Women Community (SWS) has prompted Nigerian women to remain together in love and work together to establish a peaceful atmosphere that will benefit our society. 

Barrister Deborah Ijadele-Adetona, founder and President of SWS, made the call during a two-day National Conference held at Pelican International Hotel, Lekki Lagos, where women from all States Chapters, including the Federal Capital Territory, gathered to take stock of their activities in the previous year, achievements, and future plans in order to reposition themselves and make concrete decisions to improve the lot of vulnerable women and children in the society.

In her contribution , Hauwa Yesufu, Human Rights Activist, said that countries of the world where women are recognised are doing well. She implored Nigerian women not to relent in their effort to ensure financial independence and have properties they would bequeath to their daughters .

She said that if women do play their roles in the society, there would be peaceful environment and conflict resolution saying that education must be compulsory for our girl- child while encouraging women to engage with decision makers to ensure that their voices are heard in the society .

The highlight of the occasion was Award night where the Vice - President, SWS South-East Zone, Comrade Nma Ozioma Onwuka-Okereke , a Daughter of Abia State was honoured with the Excellent Feedback Award.

The President, SWS, Barr Deborah Ijadele- Adetona appreciated Comrade Nma Okereke for doggedness in making sure that things are done right for the good of StandUp For Women Society (SWS), hence the Excellent Feedback Award.

In her response, Comrade Onwuka-Okereke expressed her Joy for the Award and dedicated it to God Almighty who gave her the knowledge to give positive feedback that instigated the award. She also thanked all the states in South - East Zone especially, Liberator Meg Odinakachi  Chairperson, Imo State Chapter, for her efforts which was her (Comrade Nma Ozioma Onwuka-Okereke's)  strength and achievements so far.

The President of the Nigerian Red Cross Society has been Elected to the IFRC Board of Directors in Geneva.

BY CHIOMA UMEHA

Lagos


(Middle) : Elder Bolaji Anani, President of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, newly elected  Vice President (Africa Region) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.


Elder Bolaji Anani, President of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, has been elected Vice President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Africa Region). 

While announcing this weekend, Chima Nwankwo, Coordinator, Communications and Advocacy, Nigerian Red Cross Society, stated that Elder Anani's election is a call to more action to solve difficulties stemming from diseases, disasters, and dehumanization of humanity for many reasons, among others.

Elder Anani, speaking elatedly just moments after his win, adds, "This election is solely for God's glory. My appreciation also goes to the National Societies that elected me to this position. 

"This election has inspired me to continue serving in the humanitarian field. There are numerous vulnerabilities, requirements, and challenges resulting from diseases, disasters, displacements, and dehumanization of humans for various reasons.

"The IFRC supports National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to alleviate the sufferings of those in need,” he added. 

Elder Anani was elected by representatives of 192 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies at the IFRC’s 23rd General Assembly which is holding in Geneva.

It was a keenly contested election in Geneva that saw three other Vice Presidents and 20 governing board members, five from each of the IFRC’s regions,  representing each of the IFRC’s geographic regions also voted into office.

“This position gives you an opportunity to get involved in such services within Africa and beyond. It is a very challenging service but we are trusting God for wisdom, courage, and provisions to be effective and efficient in fulfilling this office. 

"It gives quiet satisfaction for one to know that he is contributing to restore the dignity of mankind. This is the feeling I have," Elder Anani added.

The Governing Board of the IFRC is a high volunteer service.

Elder Bolaji Anani is also the immediate past Chairman of the West Coast Group Meeting of Red Cross National Societies. 

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