…Says Travel Ban Belated
A Benin-based legal practitioner and public affairs analyst, Prince Peters Enosoregbe Uwadiae, has called on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to work out monetary policies that would ensure funds are readily available to agencies saddled with the responsibility of managing and preventing the spread of novel Coronavirus.
Uwadiae cautioned those in-charge of managing and preventing the spread of the covid-19 to live up to expectations and resist the temptation of diverting such funds meant to fight the pandemic.
He said the outbreak of coronavirus was an emergency situation which required the apex bank to relax its economic policies in order to make sufficient funds available to address the situation.
The legal practitioner who argued that Nigeria was not a poor nation, expressed the belief that if such measures are taken, there would be sufficient funds to take care of her citizens.
“The Central Bank should work out economic measures, monetary policies, monetary derivatives that would hip up our currency in circulation, so that money that is required by institutions would be readily available to them. This is an emergency situation, not a normal situation.
“Under normal situation, you can put restrictions and all of that in our economic policies, but the Central Bank knows that this is an emergency; and because it is an emergency situation all those policies must be relaxed to pave way for money to these agencies that are there to tackle this menace”, he said.
On the travel ban by government, the legal practitioner noted that the decision by government came late.
According to him, countries like America, etc did not wait till the pandemic spread before placing traveling restriction.
He said his thought was that before now, one of the safety mechanism government would have used was to completely stop people from coming into the country.
While observing that covid-19 can spread through the movement of persons through land borders and waterways, Uwadiae advocated a total restriction on all forms of traveling.
The lagal practitioner said, “You are talking of travel restrictions. I would tell you that the only travel restriction we know in Nigeria is flying out of the country and traveling in. What about the numbers of land borders that we have; these porous land borders that we have, who says the thing cannot spread through Niger Republic, who says it cannot spread through Chad. So, that is it. The travel restrictions should be total – air, land and sea”.
Coming down to Edo State, the legal practitioner called on the state government to be more proactive in handling the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus.
“I think Edo State government need to be moreproactive than we are seeing now. It is not for the Deputy Governor to be talking on air. We want to see physical things, physical equipment to deal with the situation, he stated.
On government stay at home order, he noted that it was the practice in civilized countries of the world.
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He, however, called on government to make cash available to her citizens so that they would have money to take care of themselves and families, while they isolate themselves.
Do Not Share Your Patient’s Photo On Social Media, Doctors Urged
Dr. Elimian Hilary, a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Edo State Specialist Hospital, Benin City, has urged doctors not to post pictures of their patients on social media, saying it is unethical in medical profession.
The medical practitioner spoke at the Annual General Meeting/ Scientific Conference (AGM), with the theme: ‘Ethical Issues of Social Media in Healthcare’, organized by the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) State Hospitals Management Agency, Benin city, Edo State.
He said doctors are not suppose to post and advertise pictures or photos of their patients on the Social Media, adding that if the pictures now go viral it would affect the image and reputation of the patients and that such patient can sue the doctor in court.
While noting that any professional doctor that does that has violated the professional ethics that regulate the profession, Dr Hilary stressed that people may also use the photos to start collecting money on behalf of the patient without the patient knowing.
He said: “If you post your work in the social media, you just violated the contract you had with the patient, because if that picture gets to the friends of that patient, it would be very sad and embarrassing.
“A lot of social media works, conservations and chats that are posted in social media by doctors are not right; it is against the ethics of medical profession in Nigeria.
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“If you want to report the health conditions of a patient, it you can be reported in a recognise Journal, not that you will post it in the social media for people to see and read.
In his remarks, the acting President, Association of Resident Doctors, Edo State Hospital Management Agency, Dr Uaboi Ovbiagele, lamented incessant brain drain in medical practice, just as he called on governments to pay doctors well.
“The brain drain of mass exodus of doctors from Nigeria to other nation’s is becoming a phenomenon in the country. Because doctors are looking for greener pastures and you really cannot blame them,” he added.
On use of social media, he noted: “Basically, we feel that our doctors need to know more about the ethics in using social media.”
Why We Rename Monkeypox – WHO
The World Health Organisation has said it will start using a new preferred term, ‘mpox’, as a synonym for monkeypox.
The change of name is following a series of consultations with global experts and both names will be used simultaneously for one year while “monkeypox” is phased out, according to the WHO.
In a press statement issued on Monday and made available to The PUNCH, it said when the outbreak of monkeypox expanded earlier this year, racist and stigmatising language online, in other settings, and in some communities was observed and reported to the WHO.
The statement read in part, “In several meetings, public and private, a number of individuals and countries raised concerns and asked the WHO to propose a way forward to change the name.
“Assigning names to new and, very exceptionally, to existing diseases is the responsibility of the WHO under the International Classification of Diseases and the WHO Family of International Health Related Classifications through a consultative process which includes WHO Member States.
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“The WHO, in accordance with the ICD update process, held consultations to gather views from a range of experts, as well as countries and the general public, who were invited to submit suggestions for new names.”
Based on these consultations, and further discussions with the WHO’s Director-General Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, the WHO recommends the adoption of the new synonym mpox in English for the disease and mpox will become a preferred term, replacing monkeypox, after a transition period of one year.
“This serves to mitigate the concerns raised by experts about confusion caused by a name change in the midst of a global outbreak. It also gives time to complete the ICD update process and to update WHO publications.
“The synonym mpox will be included in the ICD-10 online in the coming days. It will be a part of the official 2023 release of ICD-11, which is the current global standard for health data, clinical documentation and statistical aggregation.
“The term “monkeypox” will remain a searchable term in ICD, to match historic information.
“Considerations for the recommendations included rationale, scientific appropriateness, extent of current usage, pronounceability, usability in different languages, absence of geographical or zoological references, and the ease of retrieval of historical scientific information.
“Usually, the ICD updating process can take up to several years. In this case, the process was accelerated, though following the standard steps.
“Various advisory bodies were heard during the consultation process, including experts from the medical and scientific and classification and statistics advisory committees which was constituted of representatives from government authorities of 45 different countries.
“The issue of the use of the new name in different languages was extensively discussed. The preferred term mpox can be used in other languages. If additional naming issues arise, these will be addressed via the same mechanism. Translations are usually discussed in formal collaboration with relevant government authorities and the related scientific societies.
“The WHO will adopt the term mpox in its communications, and encourages others to follow these recommendations, to minimise any ongoing negative impact of the current name and from adoption of the new name,” it added.
Proposed Orthopedic Hospital, Fistula Centre In Edo: More Facts Emerge
Joseph Kanjo, Benin
Recently, the media was awash with a report of two Specialist Hospitals – a Fistula Centre and an Orthopedic Hospital – proposed to be sited in Edo State by the Federal Ministry of Health. The ‘news’ of the report was not on the two federal health facilities to be sited in the heartbeat state, but the impediments to the establishment of the health facilities in the state.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, as reported by the media, had reportedly said though his ministry was set to commence the health facilities, bureaucratic bottleneck in acquiring land from the Edo State Government was largely responsible for the delay in takeoff of the facilities in the state. Ehanire was reported to have disclosed this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Oba of Benin in his Palace.
But contrary to earlier report, facts have emerged that the Edo State Government, through the State Ministry of Health is fully in sync with the offer by the Federal Ministry of Health on the siting of the two Specialist Hospitals in the state, a closed source to the parties, Mr. Tony Abolo, who is in the know of the whole thing had disclosed to INFO DAILY.
According to the Ace Broadcaster and Veteran Journalist, Fistula Centre to be established at the Daisy Danjuma Health Centre, GRA Benin, and the Orthopedic Hospital to be established inside the premises of the EDO SPECIALIST HOSPITAL, along Sapele Road, Benin City not only has the blessing of the State Government, who instructed the State Commissioner of Health, Professor Obehi Akoria to accompany the visiting Federal Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire to select the best of places most suitable for purpose, but has the promise of a full services support of the State Government.
He added that the location choices were made under the guided instruction of the State Governor, Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, and had the team moving about as late in the day, when the Minister visited Edo State in order to show the enthusiasm of the Edo State Government.
According to him, the take off of the projects is expected to commence immediately as against earlier reports, as the sites are now agreed upon but the full commissioning will take place in the New Year.
“Interestingly, as a mark of concern of fulfillment and a duty to Edo State, the Hon. Minister of Health announced that the two projects have been injected into the 2023 budgetary provisions of the Federal Ministry of Health in the new fiscal year. To all intents and purposes, all hurdles surrounding the twin projects will be cleared as the Budget defence takes place soon in Abuja.”
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