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Minister of Health Asks Resident Doctors To Resume Work – Says Most Of Their Demands are State Affairs

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The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Minister of Health has asked striking resident doctors to resume work as most of the issues they have raised are state affairs.

Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire revealed to press in Abuja on Thursday that seven of 12 matters that were raised by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), were the responsibility of state governments.

Consequently, he expects the resident doctors to resume work on Friday and take up these issues with the state governments rather than embark on the nationwide strike as they had done.

This is more so, according to him, because the Federal Government has started addressing the five issues it is responsible for.

Recall that resident doctors in Nigerian public hospitals started a nationwide strike on Monday, for several reasons including delays in the payment of their salaries and allowances.

The strike coincided with a spike in COVID-19 cases in the country, leaving many worried that it could have serious consequences for the battle against the third wave of the pandemic.

Dr Ehanire shared the concerns in his briefing on Thursday, telling journalists that the industrial action is destabilizing the Federal Government’s efforts in tackling the resurgence of the pandemic.

Maintaining his position on the strike and the call on the doctors to resume, the minister said the Nigerian Constitution clearly spelt out the responsibilities of all the tiers of government.

Resident doctors cannot hold the Federal Government to ransom on issues related to states governments, he said.

As far as the minister is concerned, resident doctors employed by the Federal Government had no basis for joining the strike in the first case. This, he explained, is because they are not being owed by Federal Government of Nigeria.

The doctors had insisted that they had no choice but to opt for the strike at the start of the action.

They argued that the government never hold talks with them until they take drastic action.

The resident doctors had gone on strike earlier this year, suspending the action after 10 days on April 10.

They are unhappy with what happened after that.

“We never called it (the strike) off, we only suspended it to give time for negotiations. But since we called off the strike on April 10, barely anything has been done,” Dr Ebong said.

The latest strike followed a meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of NARD in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.

Issues raised by the medical practitioners include the immediate payment of all salaries owed to all house officers, including March salaries (regardless of quota system) before the end of business on March 31.

They are also asking for an upward review of the hazard allowance to 50 per cent of consolidated basic salaries of all health workers and payment of the outstanding COVID-19 inducement allowance, especially in state-owned-tertiary institutions.

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Borno Governor Suspend Entire Management of Ramat Polytechnic

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Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum on Tuesday suspended the entire management of Ramat Polytechnic for a period of six months.

The Governor, who was shocked to see the dilapidated status of the workshops and laboratories, declared that the “Polytechnic is dead”.

The Governor visited the Polytechnic in Maiduguri around 9:00am and found most of the laboratories out of use, with some covered by cobwebs and rodents roaming around due to neglect.

Zulum assessed all infrastructures and learning conditions, and thereafter, directed the State’s Commissioner of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Babagana Mallumbe, to take over the affairs of the School immediately.

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Road Accident: Gov. Obaseki Commiserate with Victims Families

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The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has commiserated with the families of the victims of the ghastly road accident on Sakponba Road, Benin City, which reportedly claimed the lives of nine persons.

Chief of Staff to the Governor, Osaigbovo Iyoha, who signed the statement on behalf of Edo State Governor, said Governor Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki is saddened by the unfortunate incident, noting that the loss of lives was regrettable.

According to Edo state Chief of Staff, “The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, is saddened by the unfortunate accident involving a tipper and two commercial buses in the Ogbelaka axis of Sakponba Road, which reportedly claimed the lives of four persons. The state government commiserates with the survivors and families of the victims of the accident.”

The Governor has directed the Edo State Traffic Management Agency (EDTSMA) and security operatives to apprehend persons who behave and drive recklessly on roads in the state.

He also warned tricycle, bus, tipper drivers, other operators of commercial vehicles and private vehicle owners to be cautious and avoid reckless driving as those who run foul of the law will face the full wrath of extant traffic laws in the state,” he said.

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Faith Aiigbe Alleged Murder: Autopsy Frees Benin Traditional Ruler

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Benin Traditional Ruler, And Faith Aigbe

The awaiting Traditional Ruler of Uho Community, His Royal Highness, Ogierhiakhi Friday, in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area, Edo State, Who was alleged to have murdered his girlfriend, Faith Aigbe, has been free of committing any criminal offense against the victim.

His exemption from the alleged Criminal offense, is a prelude to the Autopsy Confirmation results carried out by the Edo State Police Command to detect the real cause of her death.

Recall that, the Awaiting Traditional
Ruler was alleged of killing his girlfriend Faith Osamudiamen Aigbe and detained after reportedly submitting himself on September 9, 2021, to the Ologbo Divisional Police Station, where he was later transferred to the State Police Headquarters for onward questioning.

However, addressing Journalists in Benin City, the state Police Command Image maker SP Kontongs Bello, said, after a thorough investigation as well as Autopsy Conducted and provided by a Police consultant Pathologist, Dr. W.O Akhiwu, the result proved the suspect innocent.

The autopsy Conducted on September 20, 2021, by Police consultant Pathologist, Dr. W.O Akhiwu, attributed the cause of her death to Hemorrhagic Shock, Ruptured Tubal Ectopic and Massive Hemoperitoneum Conditions.

According to medical experts, Hemorrhagic shock is a condition of reduced tissue perfusion, resulting in the inadequate delivery of oxygen and nutrients that are necessary for cellular function.

Therefore, whenever cellular oxygen demand outweighs supply, both the cell and the organism are in a state of shock.

An ectopic pregnancy can cause Fallopian tubes in women to burst or rupture. Emergency symptoms are believed to include major pain, with or without severe bleeding.

So, in Hemoperitoneum Conditions, blood is expected to accumulate in peritoneal cavity, a small area of space located between internal abdominal organs and inner abdominal wall.

26-year-Old Deceased Victim, Faith Osamudiamen Aigbe, a resident of
Aigbe Street Evbuomoma Quarters, Benin City, was accused by his suspected Boyfriend, and Enogie designate, Ogierhiakhi Friday to have been nine months pregnant for him until she gave up after allegedly undergoing abortion in undisclosed hospital without his consent.

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Faith Osamudiamen Aigbe was later seen lifeless in a vehicle suspected to be owned by Enogie designate of Uho Community Ogierhiakhi Friday.

A development seriously frowned at by the Family of the now deceased Victim, Faith Osamudiamen Aigbe, during an altercation that led to several calls by well-meaning citizens for autopsy conduct.

The earlier tensions generated by the death of Faith Aigbe, has now been put to bed, given the Results.

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