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Lassa fever is a national tragedy

Prof. Oyewale Tomori

HEALTH experts in Nigeria have said that the recurrent Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria is akin to a national embarrassment and that it will be no exagerration to describe it as a national tragedy. Expressing dissatisfaction, the Chairman, Lassa Fever Control Committee in Nigeria, Prof. Oyewale Tomori, who is President of the Nigeria Academic of Science, NAS, observed that Lassa fever that has been claiming lives over the past 47 years without concrete strategies to bring it under control, can only be referred to as a continuous national tragedy.

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•Professor Abdulwaheed 

‘Doctors, pharmacists, nurses going on strike is fundamentally wrong’

I give thanks to God for the opportunity to serve. Health care delivery in the country has gone through several stages. I remember during the the tenure of Professor Olikoye Ransome-Kuti as Health Minister, emphasis was on primary health care and invariably it got to the tertiary level. With the commencement of the present administration and the change process, it has been established that primary health care is key,but there is also the need to strengthen the secondary health care .Of course, we should be able to maintain the tempo at the tertiary level too. That means that government at different levels must perform its responsibility in the area of health care delivery. The local government must perform the responsibility of ensuring effective primary health care delivery, the state government for secondary health care, like the General Hospitals, while the Federal Government concentrates on teaching hospitals. In our own case, more than 80% of the patients we treat are supposed to have been treated at the primary and secondary levels.

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*Corneal transplant surgery in progress

We were blind, now we see

MESSRS Emma Akana, Sikiru Akinbanjo and Friday Akagbue are not relatives but were once united by a common destiny. They were not born blind, but each of them once lived in the world of the blind. But they can now see. Their sight was not miraculously or divinely restored, but through a time-tested scientific process known as cornea transplant.

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File photo: Surgeons at work

FREE HEALTH: Invivo spearheads plan to reach 500,000 annually

The spate of drug abuse, poor diagnosis and lack of access to quality healthcare among Nigerians leave much to be desired. Today, it is no longer news that most Nigerian youths have taken to drug addiction while self medications have become the order of the day in almost every home. Experts say these have resulted to untimely deaths of individuals and severe medical complications in many. Worse still, the non availability of health information has almost made it impossible to prevent even the commonest disease.

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