WHO WILL LOVE A SICKLE CELL ANEMIA CHILD? (AGONY OF SICKLE CELL PATIENTS)

IFEANYI ANIGBOGU

Sickle cell disease is a genetic blood disorder commonly found in tropical region of Africa. Its debilitating effects due to ignorance from parents over the years has sent many innocent victims to their untimely graves. The prevalence of sickle cell disease dates back to 1910. Before then and up till now (unfortunately) new births with these deadly scourge is yet to be abated.

However, as the above topic state- Who Will Love a Sickle?/ it is unsallutory that people who are victims of these disease are often denied love and care even in the homes where they came from. Some unfortunate victims who fall sick so often are treated like tissues with undeserved levity. Even some parents “pray” that they should die and give them respite. Some are not sent to school due to obscure believe that sending him or her is a waste and there is no need wasting money on a walking corpse. This is disheartning.

Again, due to chronic poverty in some homes, some of them are forcefully ejected, chased or driven out by parents and guardians from their paternal homes. As u read this lines, some of the victims now take refuge at the co-ordinator’s abode. In school, and some social gatherings, name callings, brick bats and tantrums are thrown at them viz-Ogbanje,Abiku etc. on the innocent victim who did not contribute to their plight. Worst still, even with the complications associated with the scourge due to financial constraints, some sufferers engage in some tedious menial jobs to make ends meet, viz, farming, stone hewing, carrying blocks among others. In this regard, I call on the government, public and private institutions, churches, and privileged Nigerias to lend a helping hand to the association.

I recall, that it was late Mother Theresa in her charity work who said and I quote “ to be unloved and uncared for is far more worse than not seeing food to eat”. Again though that we are born individually, but remember that we live our life for others. Therefore, I call again the government and the stakeholders to interpose and implement the rights and privileges due to the victims of sickle cell patients and most importantly, you may be glad to know that these is the only sickness that can be completely eliminated in a matter of time through proper information and adequate advocacy. As I conclude, a two ten letter word says-“ If it is to be, it is up to me” so let us stand up and fight these scourge headlong. For when you have healthy people in the society, a healthy nation emerges.

ADEQUATE WATER INTAKE IN SICKLE CELL ANEMIA
A PANACEA TO HEALTHY LIVING

Water we are know is a wonderful gift from God, which is also known as the universal solvent. It falls as rain and collects in streams, and rivers or under the ground, from there we can take it for drinking, cooking, bathing and washing pots and pans, cloths and others utilities.

Adequate or sufficient water intake in the life of a sickler needs not to be over emphasized. As the human body is made up of 70% of water, sufficient water intake in sickle cell anemia cleanses the whole system in the internal organs, even in non sicklers too, it opens up the tiny vessels which clumps together and does not allow the blood a free passage to various organs. With adequate water intake, bone pain and general body crisis are reducesd to barest minimum, and of course, reduce frequent hospital admission which entails a lot of spending.

The frequent intake of some drug and other medications by sicklers which bombardst the heart, liver and the kidneys and water, the universal solvent cleanses those organs for normal functioning and its help in food digestion too. In the outer body, it refreshes the body and keeps the skin aglow, smooth and supple.

In fact, a sickler needs a glass of water every 30 minutes. These is what I call water therapy for sicklers maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Thanks you Lord for the gift of (H2O)water.

APPRECIATING OUR BEAUTIFUL HERIONE-AISHA MAUREEN EDWARD

A CHAMPION TO A COUSE

Character contributes to beauty, it fortifies a woman as her youth unfolds. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude and integrity can do a woman great deal, to make a woman beautiful. The above description is apt in describing our co-ordinator, mother and founder of People living with Sickle Cell disorder-Aisha Maureen Edward, our indefatigable heroine because, a hero or heroine is a person who does for people who cannot do it for themselves in times when others will not do it.

Without being prejudice or sentimental, Aisha Edward has restored hope, changed the mind-sets and perhaps, changed the destiny of sickle cell patients in Anambra state. The victims of these deadly scourge now comes out from their hidden covens and closets and have now embraced hope and dropped despair, death and the deadly disease. She has made us to know that sickle cell disease is not a death sentence or end of the road. As you carry on with these noble curse of humanity, my, (our) prayer is that your aspirations, desires, dreams and goals you intend to achieve for the association be met in Jesus Name. carry on my great amazon.

Ifeanyi Anigbogu,
ABAGANA IN NJIKOKA LGA
ANAMBRA STATE
anyibogujr@gmail.com
08037841424.

MODERN DAY SLAVERY: TO MAKE RADIOGRAPHERS PERPERTUAL SLAVES; RADIOLOGISTS DEMANDS SPECIAL LEVY FOR TITANIC BATTLE

Secret Reporters

Following the victory of Medical Laboratory Scientists over Pathologists stating that no one is dependent on each other, with Medical Laboratory Scientists to determine the practices of laboratior in the country by the National Industrial Court, Radiographers under the aegis of Medical Imaging Scientists Association of Nigeria took a similar step towards ‘autonomy’.
This audacious move we can report authoritatively has drawn the wrath of Radiologists, who are now bent on fighting that the status quo remains.
In a confidential memo sent to local branches of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and her affiliate bodies, they vowed to fight to finish. To make good their promise, a special unspecified amount of money will be paid by members of the association to prosecute the legal battle.

The memo reads:
This is to inform all our members that few months ago, the Radiographers under the umbrella of Medical Imaging Scientist Association of Nigeria sued the Ministry of Health and Chief Executives of about 5 tertiary hospitals, in the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, seeking, among other, declaration by the court that:

1. The profession of Radiography is distinct from Radiology and need to be accorded due recognition.
2. That they are entitled to operate under a separate department and not operate/function/work under Radiologists.

3. That the institutions should be compelled to recognise the department.

4. That they want their own Directorate.Etc etc.
The national executive council of ARIN deliberated on this and considers it as a direct affront on our profession with the potential of derailing the healthcare delivery system if allowed to scale through. Urgent action is needed!
The exco is currently working on this issue viz:

a. We have as a matter of urgency engaged the services of a reputable lawyer with the aim of applying to be joined in the suit, since our members and the Radiology profession are in fact the major target of this suit.
b. We have notified the national leadership of NMA and MDCAN so that the NMA platform and legal machinery can be utilised.
c. We have commenced adequate sensitization of our members including Residents of the need to join hands together. This can be achieved through the Zonal Coordinators and State chairpersons. They have to hold local meetings and notify/sensitize the state chapters of NMA, MDCAN and ARD.
d. We wish to prepare the mind of our member that there may be need to impose special levies for this purpose and need for cooperation by all of us (Fellows and residents).
e. The executive council had also met with and notifies the leadership of the MDCN as the regulatory body for all aspect of the medical profession including radiology practice. We receive adequate assurances at these meeting and we are doing follow-up.
f. We hereby urge our HODs of Radiology, Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine in all centres to appreciate the implications and need for actions on this issue and deploy all means of educating/mobilising our members.
Further briefings on the issue will be provided in the coming weeks.

Thank you all.
Dr Olatunji O.O. President
Dr Jimoh Kamaldeen General Secretary

Note:
In view of the likelihood of requesting for members contribution to the legal fee and for those who may want to make voluntarily contributions, the account details of the national body is provided thus:

Bank Name: UBA PLC, National Hospital, Abuja.
Name of account: Association of Radiologists in Nigeria (ARIN)
Account number: 1019152140
Sort Code: 033083641

ANYTHING SHORT OF IMPLEMENTING THE LAW FAVORING US WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED; MED LAB SCIENTISTS WARNS IN NEC MEETING

The Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) held her 194th NEC meeting at the APIN Conference Hall of the Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi between 5th and 8th May, 2016

The meeting was preceded by courtesy calls on key stakeholders in the health sector. First, the Commissioner for Health and Human Resources was visited followed by the Chief Medical Directors of Benue State University Teaching Hospital and Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi. The delegation was led by the President of Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, Alh Toyosi Y Raheem. The team was well received and the president pointed out a number of issues where he harped on accreditation of laboratories and implementation of circulars on enhanced entry point

Observations/Recommendations

NEC commended the Federal Government for steps taken so far to reposition the health sector in Nigeria for greater efficiency in line with the change agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari. Notable amongst them is the just concluded Health Summit in Minna, Niger State, hoping that all resolutions will be implemented accordingly.

NEC commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the 2016 budget into law after months of rigorous scrutiny. It is the expectation of NEC that the budget will receive 100% implementation in all sectors including the Health industry. This will be a positive departure from the past where less than 50% of our budget gets implemented within the fiscal year.

NEC called on the legislative arm of government to redouble their oversight functions especially on budget implementation to avoid undue bureaucratic bottlenecks that could slow down the process of budge implementation or create a window for diversion of public funds into personal coffers thereby sabotaging government effort in delivering on her campaign promises.

NEC commended the senate president for calling for public hearing on some health related bills on the floor of the senate. It is the believe of NEC that the position of associations and recognised bodies on the bills will receive more consideration against the parochial and selfish positions of individuals.

NEC commended the Benue State Government for prioritizing the health sector in her delivery of democracy dividends as seen in the establishment of Primary Health Care Development Board, graduation of MBBS students initially stagnated for 12years and the regaining of accreditation for School of Nursing and Colleges of health Technology in the State.

NEC commended her members for being true professionals in fighting the recent emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases such as Ebola and Lassa fever respectively in spite of gross lack of essential diagnostic equipment and conducive working environment in most laboratories. NEC therefore called on all stakeholders not to let down the gauntlet in that regard and press further on detecting early warning signs of diseases towards combating them.

NEC noted with concern the protracted strike action by members of JOHESU of Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos over the aberrant refusal of the chief executive and management to implement extant circulars and court judgements. NEC is worried that health care services in the facility have been grounded negating the provision of the National Health Act which emphasizes on accessibility to health services. It is on record that a few days ago JOHESU members led massive protest to the Plateau State government house, Plateau State House of Assembly and the Gbong Gwom Jos palace with a clear statement of vote of no confidence on the CMD of the hospital for lacking administrative capacity to lead.

NEC called on governments at all levels to key into the program of accreditation of all medical laboratories in the country in line with global best practices to raise the standard of laboratory processes and procedures for more effective and efficient health services in the country. It is the call of NEC on government and all stakeholders to have all medical laboratories on at least 3 star rating, a minimum benchmark for now, giving our peculiar challenges.

NEC noted with dismay the inability of some government parastatals in using the right nomenclature and qualifications for Medical Laboratory Professionals when they are advertising for laboratory-based vacancies. This has created confusion to the general public on the person and duty of the Medical Laboratory Profession. It has also created an avenue for the recruitment of quacks to man medical laboratories. NEC is strongly against this aberration and advised that such vacancy advertisements be perused by a Director of Medical Laboratory Services in the State for guidance.

NEC noted with dissatisfaction the inability of some states in the federation to have the Directorate of Medical Laboratory Services. NEC affirmed that establishing a Directorate for Medical Laboratory Services is beyond having a director portfolio for the most senior Medical Lab Scientist in service but instituting a system to have him function effectively in co-ordination of Medical Laboratory Services in the state.

NEC noted with dismay the inability of some health establishments to implement the circular released last year on entry point for Medical Laboratory Scientists in Nigeria and called on them to retrace their recalcitrant stance on the matter to avoid impending court action.

NEC made it abundantly clear that the issue of headship of medical laboratories has been dispensed with in favour of the medical laboratory profession in the industrial courts as seen in the cases of AMLSN/NUAHP (formerly NUPMTPAM) vs Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital management and others, AMLSN vs Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) Management and others, and AMLSN vs FMC Asaba Management and others. NEC further warned all chief executives of health facilities that she would not take anything less than the full implementation of these judgements.

In conclusion, NEC appreciates the government and people of Benue state for hosting us to a peaceful meeting. We enjoyed your weather, food and friendship.

Signed:
Alh. Toyosi Y. Raheem Surajudeen Junaid (Ph.D) Adeyeye Adetunji Tam
National President National Secretary National PRO