Secret Reporters

This is a trying moment for the family of a young man, who was brought to first rivers clinic at 7/9 old Aba road,Port Harcourt, with a wheel barrow, and was rejected by the hospital management for not having seven thousand naira to pay for first aid.
Multiple sources said, the man was hit by a vehicle, and passers-by rushed him to the hospital, but for not being able to raise N7,000, and the hospital carried him and dumped by the road where he died.

Reports say, his corpse is still between airforce and Firstbank on firstbank side on Aba Road.

But a staff of First Rivers, Hadiza Nosa-aifesehi, who responded on behalf of the hospital, said, the story was untrue, and stated the hospital’s position, which reads. “This is a shame because one of our reputation is community service which i am sure if those who have benefited are opportune will agree with me.

For the benefit of those who have spoken out of compassion, here is the truth about this story . I was privileged to be on duty yesterday when an emergency was announced to us and when we came out, a patient was wheeled in a wheelbarrow and was in a very bad state and battered and when we tried to question them on what happened, they could not give us proper details and rather attempted to leave the body with the pretense of going to get his bag and only one person was fortunately held and asked to take the body to MILITARY HOSPITAL which he finally took him out. It is malicious and evil for anyone to say that about our hospital because we have in many occasion taken care of patients and even had our staff donate blood for patients. please find out about our hospital before you make such allegations. How is it even possible for us to wheel a patient out?

Sources who spoke with Secret Reporters, said, the hospital management were only playing to the gallery, as their negligence had hit a crescendo, which they should be suspended.

Efforts are still on, to unravel more facts in the case.



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.


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.



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,


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

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