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Over Three Million Girls At risk Of Genital Mutilation – WHO

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The World Health Organization (WHO) says over three million girls are at risk every year to genital mutilation, fearing that the number may increase to 4.6 million in 2030 unless accelerated actions are taken to prevent this harmful practice.

Regional Director for Africa, WHO, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, disclosed this in a statement to commemorate the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

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The theme of this year celebration is – “Unleashing Youth Power: One Decade of Accelerating Actions for Zero Female Genital Mutilation by 2030″.

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According to Nationonline, She explained that apart from FGM being a human rights violation, it also has no health benefits and can result in significant health complications for the women and girls affected, as well as social consequences and an economic burden for health systems and society.

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Nationonline quoted her as saying, “Globally, FGM is estimated to have been performed on more than 200 million girls and women alive today. More than three million girls are at risk each year, and this number is expected to increase to 4.6 million girls in 2030 unless we accelerate action to prevent this harmful practice.

“Eliminating FGM will require the full support of donors and decision-makers. To support the call for increased investment, at WHO, today we are launching an interactive FGM economic cost calculator.

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“The tool visualizes the health and economic costs of FGM and the potential cost savings in implementing interventions to prevent it. The calculator is relevant to decision-makers, donors and communities, who can use its results to inform actions towards eliminating FGM.

“In the African Region, FGM occurs in 30 countries. We have seen progress – for instance, in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Liberia and Togo, FGM has decreased among girls aged 15 to 19 years over the past 30 years. However, collectively we need to do more to protect girls, women and communities from the harms associated with FGM”.

She appealed to decision-makers, policy-makers, programme planners, and donors to use the new WHO calculator to inform decisions and invest more to eliminate FGM within a generation.

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Explaining the level of partnership between the WHO, Member States and partners to eliminate FGM, she added that the WHO is developing guidelines, tools, training, and policies for health workers to provide the highest quality health care, including counselling girls and women living with FGM, while also taking actions to prevent the practice.

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We are generating knowledge about the causes and consequences of the practice and about how to prevent it; and developing publications and advocacy tools efforts to end FGM,” she said.

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Do Not Share Your Patient’s Photo On Social Media, Doctors Urged

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.”

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Why We Rename Monkeypox – WHO

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.

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Proposed Orthopedic Hospital, Fistula Centre In Edo: More Facts Emerge

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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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