A 3– day International conference by neurosurgeons has ended in Enugu, the capital city of Enugu state with a call on the Federal Government to inject more funds for the upgrading of facilities at neurosurgical units in hospitals in all the states across country.
Participants contended that with improved budgetary allocations to the sector, the neurosurgical workforce could be developed while the units would be equipped with the state-of the- art surgical machines to discourage patients from travelling abroad for overseas treatment.
Delivering a Keynote address shortly after declaring the conference open at the Golden Royal hotel, Enugu, at the weekend, the founding president of the African Federation of Neurosurgical Societies, Prof Sam Ohaegbulam, regretted that 40 years after the birth of neurosurgery in the Eastern part of the country, most of the Teaching hospitals in the zone, were still faced with several challenges, arising from dearth of equipment to inadequate manpower.
He maintained that for neurosurgical practice to flourish in Nigeria, hospital administrators must be massively encouraged to not only train future neurosurgeons but also be well funded to enable them assist neurosurgical trainees to attend international conferences and training workshops as well as spend some time in other neurosurgical centres abroad.
Prof Ohaegbulam, who is the founder and Chief Medical Director of the famous Memfys Hospital for Neurosurgery, Enugu, a centre of excellence for brain and spine Surgery, also re-emphasised the urgent need for government to give financial support to the educational efforts of Memfys Hospital, as the only fully accredited Neurosurgical training hospital in the former Eastern region for fulfilling an important societal health care need of the people of the area.
Also speaking, Chairman of the Local Organising Committee for the event, Dr. Wilfred Mezue, disclosed that the conference which was held for the first time in the Eastern part of the country, was jointly organised by Memfys International Hospital for Neurosurgery Enugu, the Nigerian Academy of Neurological Surgeons and the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu.
The occasion, he went on, provided a common platform for the practitioners to exchange ideas with a view to enhancing their performance and sharpening their skills in modern brain and spine surgery.
Dr. Mezue, therefore, congratulated the Board of Directors of Memfys Hospital for Neurosurgery Enugu for the massive support given to the conference, especially for the successful hosting of “Hands-on Cadaver Dissection Spine Course” on Day 1 of the conference.
Earlier, the president of the Nigerian Academy of Neurological Surgeons, (NANS), Prof Surajudeen Arigbabu, had said that the central theme of the conference “Contemporary Spine Management was very appropriate, as it draws attention to the high incidence of spine lesions among Nigerians.
He pointed out that there was glaring need for expert management of these spinal lesions, even as Nigerians have desperately increased their search for help in places like India, Europe and South Africa.
ProfessorArigbabu noted with joy that with the improvement and availability of neuro–imaging facilities like C.T. Scan and MRI, diagnosis had now made easier for neurosurgeons to handle spine conditions which hitherto were no go areas in the country.
The participants, drawn from Germany, USA, parts of African countries including Nigeria, also prayed God to bless Nigeria’s next generation of medical practitioners with such a medical icon like Prof. Sam Ohaegbulam, who he said has made immense contributions to neurosurgical practice and learning in Nigeria and the African continent in general.
It would be recalled that the hosting of the world medical summit was indeed another major contribution of the Memfys International Hospital For Neurosurgery Enugu, to the growth of medical education in Nigeria as well as to the development of primary health care for the people.
Corpse Of Woman Found In Ebonyi Hotel Room
The police in Ebonyi State say they have discovered the body of a yet to be identified middle-aged woman in a hotel room in Abakaliki, the state capital. The spokesperson of the police in the state, Loveth Odah, stated this yesterday.
She said the body has deep cuts on the chest and neck and has been deposited in a mortuary. According to the spokesman, it was discovered at Crown Garden Hotel located along the ever-busy Afikpo road in the capital city.
Mrs Odah, who said that the victim was found in the pool of her own blood, said the suspect had been identified as one Uchenna Awoke.
She said the hotel manager, Emmanuel Eze, the supervisor, and other workers had been taken to the police station for questioning and accused the hotel management of negligence.
“The manager of the hotel, the supervisor and other staff of the hotel were taken to the station for questioning and I must confess to you that the whole thing is negligence on the part of the hotel management. How can a guest be murdered in a hotel room and days after, the management is not aware of the incident.”
“We will investigate the matter properly and I assure you, the perpetrator of the act must be arrested and prosecuted. All we are asking is for the members of the public to avail the police of useful information that will lead to the arrest of the suspect.”
Senate Passes S’East Dev Commission Bill
The Senate yesterday passed the South East Development Commission (Establishment) Bill 2018.
The proposed commission aims at enhancing the infrastructural development of the South East zone, which is grappling with huge ecological challenges.
It also seeks to act as a catalyst for the development of the commercial potential of the zone.
The proposed legislation requires the concurrence of the House of Representatives to become a bill of the National Assembly, and the President’s assent to become a law.
Senators Stella Oduah (PDP-Anambra) and Samuel Anyanwu (PDP-Imo) jointly sponsored the bill read in the Senate on June 22, 2016.
Its passage in the Red Chamber followed the presentation of the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service by its former Chairman, Senator Emmanuel Paulker (PDP-Bayelsa), on the floor of the Senate.
The bill, after Paulker’s presentation, was considered clause by clause by the committee of the whole, and amendments made by the lawmakers were read for the third time and eventually passed.
In his remarks, presiding Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, commended his colleagues for a job well done.
In his words, “Every morning we pray that God should give us the grace to do only those things that will promote the peace and unity of this country.
“I believe that we have shown today that we are committed to the unity of this country, and it is this unity that will give us faith in this country.
“This faith will in turn help us to pursue peace and progress,” he said.
Briefing newsmen after plenary, members the South East caucus of the Senate, led by Sen. Enhinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia), thanked their colleagues and members of the committee for their efforts.
Abaribe, who spoke on behalf of the caucus, urged the President to sign the bill into law “as soon as we tidy it up and bring to him, in the interest of the unity and progress of Nigeria”.
“This will put to rest the long-drawn agitation in the South East, and the difficulties in the rehabilitation and reconciliation efforts that started at the end of the civil war.
“All things we see always will end up at the negotiating table, which is what we have done,” he said.
The lawmaker said he hoped the House of Representatives would give concurrence to the bill as it went in the Senate.
When established, the South East Development Commission would be the third zonal interventionist body in the country.
2019: Oyedepo Predicts Peace In Nigeria
Bishop David Oyedepo, the Founder and Presideng Bishop, Living Faith Church Worldwide, on Saturday predicted that nothing would disturb the peace of Nigeria and its story would change for the better in the year 2019.
Oyedepo made the declaration at the just concluded annual prophetic gathering of the Winners’ family, christened the “Dominion”, in a satellite telecast of the church.
In the telecast monitored in Abuja, the cleric also declared that 2019 would be a year of “I have Dominion”.
“Nothing will tamper with the peace of Nigeria; the story will change for the better in the name of Jesus.
“Nigeria shall not see bloodshed, the Prince of Peace will continue to dominate in Nigeria, in Africa and Nigeria is declared blessed.
“Anywhere you step, accident is forbidden; death will not come near you and our nation.
“Anything that is of grace in my life, I freely release upon you today.
“God has opened the year 2019 to us, celebrate Him because its our year of “I have Dominion,” he said.
The Bishop added that the year 2019 would be a year of humbling testimonies for Nigeria and pace-setting testimonies.
He further declared that 2019 would be a colourful year for the nation.
According to the cleric, as long as Jesus has the final say on the issues of Nigeria, it will experience greatness.
Oyedepo said that there would be no more cause of alarm in any area of the nation and its citizens.
He advised Christians in Nigeria to delight themselves in the spirit of servant-hood, adding that the spirit of Christ is the spirit of servant-hood.
“The Spirit of Christ is the spirit of servant-hood. As you keep rising on the ladder of leadership, you must retain our spirit of servant-hood, constantly working to add value to others and be kingdom minded,” he said.
According to him, dedication is at the root of dominion, saying: “Sow yourself as a seed by being totally dedicated to God and His Kingdom’’.
He told his congregation that sacrificial giving guarantees the meeting of all their needs.
“When you engage in taking care of the well-being of others, God is also committed to your well-being,” he explained. The cleric admonished Christians would engage in meeting the needs of the needy, every barrier on their path of destiny would be crushed.
“Nobody tampers with your life, your career, your family and goes away with it because you are promoted to God’s kingdom.
“God will stand for your defence in the day of trouble. Every sacrificial giver has a defence around him in the day of trouble always have that in mind,” he said.
He reminded his congregation that the Church is not a building; the Church is a people and the Redeemed of the Lord.
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