The Surgical Aid Foundation (SAF) in collaboration with Kelina Hospital, Abuja and other stakeholders, will host a series of minimal access surgeries in Abuja.
The consultant Urological Surgeon and President of Kelina Hospital, Dr Celsius Undie, said this at an open forum with the press in Abuja on Thursday.
“All surgeries will be minimal access surgeries, so no open surgery will be done during the course of the programme”.
“Open surgeries are still popular in Nigeria today, but with high technology equipment, we can gain access to affected body area through a small incision or through the natural orifices of the body”.
Undie explained that minimal access surgeries, otherwise known as endoscopic or laparoscopic surgeries, did not require the patient to be cut open and this drastically reduced the recuperation time.
He said that Nigerians spent a lot of money every year to travel abroad in order to have these surgeries done.
“Apart from taking away money from the country, these patients found it hard to consult with their doctor as a follow up to the surgery”.
Undie explained that eligible patients would not have to bear the full cost of the surgeries, due to the support of the SAF and other stakeholders, who contributed funds and supplies.
He said that manufacturers of surgical equipment including, Cook in South Africa, Johnson and Johnson, Marcus Medical and Karl Storz in Germany, had agreed to donate materials.
He said that this would be the third year that Kelina Hospital would be hosting this kind of medical outreach.
The consultant surgeon said that between March 15 and March 21, the Societe Internationale d’Urologie (SIU), led by their President, Dr Mahesh Desai, would perform the series of surgeries.
Undie said that all the surgeries would be urological because that was the specialty of the team of visiting surgeons.
He said that Desai would also give a lecture entitled, “Health initiative by the Societe Internationale d’Urologie” at the Abuja Sheraton Hotel today.
According to him, patients who can not afford the surgeries need to be made aware of the opportunity.
“Also, Nigerian Urologists who want to take advantage of the learning opportunity should also contact the SAF.”
Undie said that he had applied for accreditation from the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, to accept the surgeries as part of the Continuous Medical Education (CME) activities.
It may be recalled that all Nigerian medical doctors are required to show proof of attending a certain number of CEM activities before they can be re-registered each year.
HIV: FG Restates Commitment To Prevent HIV Among Adolescents
The Federal Government yesterday restated its commitment to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among adolescents in the country.
The Ministry of Health in collaboration with NACA, UNFPA, UNICEF, launched a document on prevention of HIV in Abuja.
The document is integrated into three titles; “The HIV Investment Case for Adolescents and Young People (2021-2025), The National Condom Operational Plan (2021-2025) and National Condom and Lubricants Quantification (2021-2025).”
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Sen. Yahaya Oloriegbe, identified condom as key in the prevention of the spread of HIV among young people.
Oloruigbe, who commended the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and partners for the effort, called for local production of condoms.
“We need to look inwards by encouraging local manufacturing of condoms in view of government’s dwindling resources, as well as breaking away from over dependence on international donors,” he said.
The Director General of NACA, Dr Gambo Aliyu,asserted the agency’s success in the containment of HIV through prevention and treatment responses.
Aliyu said that the country was committed to achieving the 2030 target of 95-95-95 through collaboration with stakeholders by investing in adolescents.
He added, “we have made huge success when it comes to treatment and prevention with drastic reduction in transmission.”
The NACA boss however affirmed the belief of the agency in using the document to achieve the 95-95-95 target for 2030.
Mrs Zainab Garba of the Federal Ministry of Health commended NACA for launching the document, saying it would enhance young people’s access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights.
Garba reiterated the importance of condom in reducing the spread of HIV and maternal deaths among young people, saying it was key in preventing all manners of sexually transmitted infections.
Doctor Warns Against Indiscriminate Use Of Contraceptives
A medical expert, Dr Umar Musa, on Monday warned women against indiscriminate use of contraceptives.
Dr Musa, President, Kaduna State Resident Doctors Association, gave the advice when he spoke with newsmen in Kaduna, noted the indiscriminate consumption of contraceptives to ward off unwanted pregnancies and cautioned that while they could forestall unwanted pregnancies, contraceptives were not antidotes for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
He said there was a particular contraceptive pill in hot demand, but also cautioned that its indiscriminate consumption could delay conception or damage the uterus.
“Too much of this contraceptive will weaken the wall of the womb and damage the uterus which will cause miscarriages in the future.
“There are lots of risks associated with the constant use of this drug. Most ladies consume contraceptives in clinically unsafe ways.
“They use these drugs without knowing the way they interact with the body system and forgetting that people react to drugs in different ways,’’ he said.
Musa also advocated tighter restrictions on the sale of contraceptives and suggested that the use of condoms was an option to stave off unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.
“While a condom may look like a major inconvenience and a fun killer for many, it would protect one from sexually transmitted diseases and prevent pregnancy”.
Covid-19: NCDC Records 213 New Infections, Two Deaths
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) recorded 213 additional new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 171, 324, as of July 26, 2021.
The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle yesterday morning.
The health agency also stated that it recorded two Covid-19 related deaths on Monday, while additional nine people recovered from the virus, as of July 26, 2021.
It added that the new infections were recorded in 12 states, namely: Lagos-157, Rivers-20, Plateau-12, Enugu-6, Oyo-6, Gombe-3, Bauchi-2, Imo-2, Kaduna-2, Edo-1, Ekiti-1, and Ogun-1.
It noted that since the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease in the country on February 27, 2020, a total of 2,134 persons lost their lives, while 164,798 recovered from the virus and discharged from health centres across the country.
NCDC added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, had continued to coordinate the national response activities.
It stated that the country tested more than 2.4 million samples for the virus and had detected 10 Covid-19 Delta variant, recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a variant of concern, given its increased transmissibility.
The variant had been detected in over 100 countries and may spread further.
The variant has also been linked to a surge in cases in countries where it is the dominant strain in circulation. There are ongoing studies to understand the impact of the variant on existing vaccines and therapeutics.
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