Thursday, 21 July 2022

Hospital Bill: CPAN Criticizes MDCAN, APCOM for Prioritizing Personal Interests Over Patients' Needs

By Ucheoma Umeha


The Clinical Pharmacists Association of Nigeria (CPAN) has criticized the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) and Association of Provosts of Colleges of Medicine in Nigeria (APCOM) saying their support for amendment of the University Teaching Hospitals neglects patients needs.

Remember that MDCAN and APCOM, in their recent press statements on the Bill titled: ‘A Bill For an Act to Amend the University Teaching Hospitals ( Reconstitution of Boards) Act, Cap U15 LFN 2004’ is seeking that medical practitioners only should be the CEOs of tertiary hospitals.

CPAN position spoke in a statement signed by Dr. Joseph Madu, CPAN’s National Chairman and Dr. Moteehat Bukkie Olu-Lawal, its national secretary, noting the proposed bill is tailored to meet personal interests than patients' needs adding, that  Nigerians deserve optimal healthcare that fits global best practices.

The statement partly reads, "The Clinical Pharmacists Association Of Nigeria (CPAN) hereby places on record her total condemnation of the position of the Medical and Dental Consultants Association Of Nigeria (MDCAN) , and the Association Of Provosts Of Colleges Of Medicine in Nigeria ( APCOM) over their recent Press statements on the Bill titled: "A bill for an Act to amend the University Teaching hospitals ( Reconstitution of Boards) Act, Cap U15 LFN 2004."

The Bill was sponsored by Hon.Bamidele Salam , representing Ede North/Ede South/Egbedore/Ejigbo Federal Constituency.

"CPAN is a registered corporate body of Clinical pharmacists in Nigeria (and in diaspora) with the fundamental aims and objectives to provide direct healthcare to individual patients and the general population through advanced Clinical Pharmacy services.  We believe that Nigerian people deserve and should get optimal healthcare that fits global best practices, and that achieving this goal should override any other chauvinistic professional interests and considerations."

The Bill was sponsored by Hon. Bamidele Salam, representing Ede North/Ede South/Egbedore/Ejigbo Federal Constituency is to amend the usurpation and disparity among health workers.

While urging MDCAN and APCOM to prioritize patients/community interests over personal gains, the chairman asserted that the statements credited to both MDCAN and APCOM in various News media recently about the health bill, claiming that Physician led hospitals are universally better managed than non physician led hospitals, is baseless and unfounded. “We hereby state that such claims lack verifiable evidence and are aimed at misinforming the general public and our lawmakers.”

He went further to explain that CPAN is not opposed to any particular healthcare professional group members being the heads of Nigeria's university teaching tertiary hospitals, but deeply concerned about the continued deleterious outcome of sacrificing competence and merit on the altar of ego of a certain group of Nigeria's health care Professionals.

While pointing the continued decadence and downward trend of the critical comparable health indicators in Nigeria for several decades now is the strongest evidence against status-quo; he challenged stakeholders: “Now is the time to change; we cannot continue to do the same things the same way and expect a different result. The Health Bill in reference should be appropriated and allowed to be passed after a constructive debate on the floor of the Nigeria National Assembly. Our national health indices represent a national embarrassment to us Nigerians in the committee of nations. The issue should also be about global best practices in the right sense of the clause as quoted by APCOM and MDCAN in several press releases.”

On who gets appointed for the headship of hospital, the national chairman asserted that what is proper is that physicians who get such apex appointments should be hired based on merit and competence, and not based on their first degree, as this is not the practice anywhere in the world. The criteria are qualifications and cognate experience.

“The position of the Chief Medical Director is indisputably a top management position, and not a direct patient care or clinical position. Generally, anyone vying for the position of headship of hospitals must have the relevant qualifications. It could be a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Masters in Health Management, Masters in Health Administration or Masters in Medical Management or other equivalent administrative postgraduate qualifications.” He added.

He commended the National Assemble for the good works they are doing on the bill, Dr Madu advocates that the National Assembly should as a matter of urgency and necessity as well as of obligation, amend and pass the bill as sponsored by Hon. Salam in the interest of Nigerians. 

According to him, this would usher in growth, competition, comparison, and leapfrogging of Nigeria's health index on the international space.

“No well exposed and informed, except a selfish person and an enemy of health seeking Nigerians, will oppose such a laudable proposed bill by our lawmakers,” the CPAN boss added.

Citing examples of hospital headship across the globe for a clue, he mentioned Karen Davis, a nurse who the CEO of St. Thomas Hospital, Ontario, Canada; Gladys Bogoshi, a Physiotherapist is the current CEO of the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (Wits University), and many more.

He concluded by advising MDCAN and APCOM to concentrate their efforts on finding credible individuals to assist clean up the stench in the health sector rather than trying to undermine the health bill, which he claimed was intended to be beneficial for everyone.

Tuesday, 19 July 2022

2023 Election: US Encourage Nigerians To Vote In Order For Their Voices To Be Heard

On Monday, the US encouraged Nigerians to register up to vote so they could participate in regional and presidential elections in 2023. 

Through its mission in Nigeria, the US praised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security forces for their contributions to the success of the governorship election in Osun state on July 16. It also expressed its congratulations to the people of Osun on the peaceful conclusion of the election. 

The short statement begins, "The United States Mission to Nigeria congratulates the people of Osun State on the peaceful gubernatorial elections on July 16."

We applaud the concerted efforts of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) staff and security forces who helped maintain a safe process that better reflected the will of the people. 

"To ensure that their opinion is heard in the 2023 federal and state elections, we urge every citizen of Nigeria to register to vote immediately."

Monday, 18 July 2022

Nigeria's Oil Production Falls By Roughly 14.94 million Barrels

Based on the most recent data from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries' most recent Monthly Oil Market Report for June 2022, Nigeria's oil production fell by roughly 14.94 million barrels in the second quarter of this year. 

According to an analysis of OPEC data and the average price of crude in Q2 2022 drawn from reports on global oil prices, Nigeria's oil revenues fell by about N703.76 billion, or the value of the 14. 94 million barrels of crude that were lost during the review period. 

OPEC reported that Nigeria produced 1.299 million barrels of oil per day in the first quarter of this year based on direct communication from its 13 member countries.

But in the second quarter, this fell to 1.133 million barrels per day, representing a decline of 166,000 barrels per day. 

This suggests that the nation could not generate or lost roughly 14.94 million barrels of crude oil during the anticipated 90-day period in Q2 2022. 

The average price of crude in April, May, and June of this year was $104.58 per barrel, $113.34 per barrel, and $122.71 per barrel, according to data gathered from the international statistical firm - Statistica.

This suggests that the average price per barrel for the reviewed quarter was $113.54. As a result, Nigeria's oil revenues decreased by around $1.696 billion (N703,96 billion at the official exchange rate of N415/$) in Q2 2022 due to a loss of 14.94 million barrels.

The Federal Government has repeatedly lamented the decline in Nigeria's oil production, which they frequently attribute to an act of vandalism by oil thieves. 

Roger Brown, the managing director of Seplat Energy Plc, responded to the issue by stating that greater collaboration between the public and private sectors was necessary to address it.

Nigeria has a lot of crude oil and gas reserves, but Brown, who spoke at the recently completed 2022 Nigeria Oil and Gas conference in Abuja, cautioned that this could only be useful if properly utilized. 

"It's obvious that the amounts of theft on the oil side are simply unsustainable. Because of it, our economy is suffering, and that problem needs to be resolved, according to Brown. 

He continued, "On the gas side, it's about mending the value chain across the nation from gas to electricity, from molecules to electrons.

Additionally during the recently finished conference, NNPC Group Managing Director Mele Kyari disclosed that all operators in the sector—aside from the state-run oil company—had virtually stopped drilling for crude oil due to the drop in funding for oil investments. 

Speaking about the difficulties facing the sector, the NNPC boss said that while there were other issues, the problem of inadequate funding has truly had a significant impact on the industry.

Nigeria has the most oil reserves in Africa, according to Kyari, who also said that "we should be the top producer of oil, but today we have our issues, as my colleagues (previous speakers) have pointed out.

"Yes, there are ongoing dialogues and we are receiving support from government security agencies, as well as the Minister of State is providing us with leadership to ensure we solve this security-related issue. 

“We do, however, have other issues. Our industry has experienced a true and obvious natural downturn in recent years. Except for NNPC and a few others, nobody is drilling now when such a decline occurs and you are unable to put money into it to make up for it

So, if you don't drill and downturn persists, you will not only witness the consequence of theft and other vandalism actions that we are experiencing today, but you will also see the collateral effect of lack of investments, he further said.

Sunday, 17 July 2022

INEC Announces PDP Candidate Adeleke As Winner Of The Osun Election

The PDP senator, Ademola Adeleke has been proclaimed the winner of the Osun governorship race by the Independent National Electoral Commission. 

In a hotly contested campaign, Adeleke defeated the incumbent, Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress, with a total of 403,371 votes, according to Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, the returning officer for the election and vice chancellor of the University of Lagos. 

Adeleke Ademola Jackson Nurudeen, of the PDP, having complied with the law's requirements, is hereby pronounced the winner and he is re-elected, he announced on behalf of the INEC chairman.

PDP won 17 of the state's 30 local government areas, while APC took 13 of them, according to the total votes tallied by the electoral umpire. 

Atakumosa West, Olorunda, Ilesa West, Obokun, Oriade, Orolu, Ife North, Irepodun, and Ejigbo LGAs were won by the PDP in addition to Ede North and Ede South. 

Ayedire, Ifedayo, Ife Central, Ayedaade, Iwo, Olaoluwa, Isokan, Atakumosa East, Irewole, Ife South, and Ife East LGAs were won by the APC, in contrast.

The award-winning Nigerian artist David Adeleke, also known as Davido, and his uncle Adeleke were shown in a video celebrating an early lead as the counting began. 

In the meantime, there was hysterical celebration in the PDP Situation Room as the PDP declared victory in the election even before the official results were made public.

Although many people believed that Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and Senator Adeleke were the only two candidates running for governor of Osun, no less than 15 political parties participated in the election. 

Akin Ogunbiyi of the Accord Party, Lasun Yusuff of the Labour Party, Oyegoke Omigbodun of the Social Democratic Party, Segun Awojide of the African Action Congress, Kehinde Atanda of the Action Democratic Party, Awoyemi Lukuman of the Allied Peoples Movement, Adebayo Elisha of the All Peoples Party, and Adeleke Adedapo of the Boot Party were some of the additional candidates.

Additionally running in the election were Rasaq Saliu of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Abede Samuel of the National Rescue Movement, Ayowole Adedeji of the Peoples Redemption Party, Ademola Adeseye of the Young Peoples Party, and Adesuyi Olufemi of the Zenith Labour Party. 

There was a significant voter turnout and the election, which was held in 3,763 units across the state's 30 LGAs, was relatively calm. 

A total of 1,479,595 Permanent Voter Cards were gathered before to the election out of the 1,955,657 registered voters in the state.

In addition to the military and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali, had sent roughly 21,000 police officers to maintain order in the state.

Lagos Shuts Down 19 Drug Stores For Inability To Adhere To Regulations

The Taskforce on Counterfeit, Fake Drugs, and Unwholesome Processed Foods of the Lagos State Government closed 19 pharmacies at Igando-Ikotun in the Alimosho Local Government area of the State for failing to adhere to regulatory standards. 

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) displayed drugs for sale in unregistered and unlicensed shops; there were improper storage conditions for drugs; untrained individuals handled and dispensed drugs; and there were sales of drugs outside. The Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, revealed this today after reviewing the report of the recent enforcement exercise conducted by Taskforce.

He mentioned how the Taskforce's activities followed a campaign against illegal drug dealers and bogus substances. 

According to Abayomi, changes have been made to the Taskforce's monitoring and enforcement procedures to make sure that the law's requirements for the operation of pharmacies and specialty drug stores are properly followed in order to protect the public's health.

Pharmacist Oyebisi Omolambe, director of pharmaceutical services at the ministry of health, declared that the state government will not give up on efforts to restrict the operations of unlicensed pharmaceutical outlets and drug stores, despite their inherent risks. 

This closure, according to Omolambe, is a part of the government's ongoing efforts to clean up the drug distribution system and stop the spread of fraudulent pharmaceuticals in the State.

The National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Pharmacists' Council of Nigeria (PCN), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), the Legal Unit of the Ministry of Health, and the Police Officers from Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Task Force) of Lagos Police Command collaborated on the enforcement and compliance raid by the State Taskforce on Counterfeit, Fake Drugs, and Unwholesome Processed Foods.

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