Minister solicits support for quality healthcare delivery
The Minister of State for Health, Dr OsagieEhanire is appealing for support of members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on quality healthcare delivery in the country.
The minister made the appeal when executive members of the Association, led by the President, Dr Mohammed Askira, paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja, recently.
He observed that the health sector needed to change the negative perception of Nigerians about medical professionals and deliver good, quality and affordable healthcare to the teeming populace.
He stressed the need for medical practitioners to change their approach toward patients.
The minister said that the Ministry would ensure industrial harmony by honouring agreements and carrying along the various unions in making policy decisions.
Earlier, the NARD President had listed the Association’s challenges to include non-review of residency training programme, the lack of industrial harmony and administrative malpractices.
He mentioned other challenges as denying and delaying of postings “and the lack of sincerity in honouring MoU’s and agreements.’’
Askira, however, assured that the Association had resolved not to embark on strikes as means of settling disputes.
African countries moving toward malaria elimination –WHO
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that many African countries were moving toward malaria elimination, with prevention efforts saving millions of dollars in healthcare costs over the past 14 years.
A statement issued by WHO said this is contained in a World Malaria Report 2015, released by the world health body.
It said “new estimates from WHO show a significant increase in the number of countries moving toward malaria elimination, with prevention efforts saving millions of dollars in healthcare costs over the past 14 years in many African countries.’’
According to the report, more than half (57) of the 106 countries with malaria in 2000 have achieved reductions in new malaria cases of least 75 per cent by 2015.
“In that same time frame, 18 countries reduced their malaria cases by 50 per cent to 75 per cent.
“Across sub-Saharan Africa, the prevention of new cases of malaria has resulted in major cost savings for endemic countries.
“New estimates presented in the WHO report show that reductions in malaria cases attributable to malaria control activities saved an estimated 900 million dollars in case management costs in the region between 2001 and 2014.
“Insecticide-treated mosquito nets contributed the largest savings, followed by artemisin-based combination therapies and indoor residual spraying.’’
Also, Dr Magaret Chan, the WHO Director-General, said “since the start of this century, investments in malaria prevention and treatment have averted over six million deaths.
“We know what works. The challenge now is to do even more.’’