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CMD Decries Health Personnel’s Attitude To Patients

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The Chief Medical Director of  the University Teaching Hospital Calabar, Prof Thomas Agan has decried the attitude of some health care givers in the country towards their patients or the people they are supposed to protect.
Prof. Aga, who bared his mind on the issue while chatting with newsmen in his office in Calabar stressed that “the major problem we have in this country as far as rendering services to the patients is our attitude. The attitude of the health care givers to the patients and the attitude of the patients to their health leave so much to be desired. Over 90 per cent of deaths in our hospitals are due to our attitude”.
“Until we realize that we would be held accountable to every challenge we create, things will not go down well. I have always told people that if you don’t know what to do leave out or do no harm. That means it is better you do nothing than to do something that creates harm,” he stressed.
“Generally speaking, we are well trained. What is deficient is our attitude to patient care. I see no reason why a doctor for instance, whether he is on call or not, when he gets home, he switches off his/her phone. You have no business switching off your phone because the call you may receive keeps someone alive or keeps you alive. It is rather unfortunate that we find ourselves in this situation. Yet, majority of us are either Christians or Muslims,” he noted.
According to the CMD “so many of us are pastors, deacons, knights and  all kinds of religious titles. But how do we respond to the challenges of others? Put yourself in the shoes of the patients and ask yourself if I were in the shoes of these patients or if she were my wife, or my child or my relation, how would I manage this patient. The answer you give to that question, use it in managing others. The book of James 2:26 says  just as the body without the soul is dead so is faith without works dead.” On the way forward, Professor Agan said, “for us here at University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, UCTH, our strategic development plan for the next five years is being developed.
We want to see a hospital where facilities are working near 100%. We want to see a hospital where the infrastructural decay is properly devalued. We what to see a hospital where all post-graduate departments are fully accredited so that we can reduce the cost of training our post graduate doctors in other sectors,” he quipped.

Friday Nwagbara, Calabar

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Groups Alert On Rising Cases Of Gender-Based Violence In C’River

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The Cross River State Government, has raised alarm against the rising cases of gender-based violence including rape and sexual assaults in the State
To this end, the Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA) as well as Girls Power Initiative have raised an alarm to the effect that cases of rape have rather increased in the State.
In a chat with newsmen in Calabar, FIDA Chairman in the state, Ann Alorye Awah, said they received reports of young girls being raped daily in the state.
She said the issue of wife’s battery is equally rampant as well as children abandonment.
She stated that they were following up on all the reports and did not encourage attempts by interested persons to stop them.
The FIDA boss however said that it was only funds and occasional withdrawal by survivors or their parents that dissuaded them.
According to her, they have secured four convictions yet in 2021.
In her contribution, the Director of Social Welfare in the state Ministry of Social Welfare and Humanitarian Affairs, Ms Elizabeth Uquak, said there were 1,026 cases of rape and gender-based violence in three local government areas of the state, namely, Akamkpa, Calabar South and Calabar Municipality.
“Between January to May this year, there are yet 395 rape cases which we are handling. As it looks,, more will still come in as we have not received reports from many other local government areas.”
Apparently, corroborating her statement, Head of Monitoring and Evaluation in the State General Hospital, Mrs Stella Asuquo Bassey said within one year, they had handled 89 rape and assault cases.

By: Friday Nwagbara, Calabar

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Abducted NLC Chairman Regains Freedom In C’River

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The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Cross River State chapter, Comrade Ben Ukpepi, who was kidnapped three months ago, has regained his freedom.
Our correspondent reports that Ukpepi was kidnapped from his house at CROSPIL in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the State on March 21, 2021.
The Vice Chairman, NLC, Cross River State, Comrade Lawrence Achuta, said the victim was released on Monday by 3.30pm.
In a statement, he said, “Recall that Ben Ukpepi was kidnapped from his CROSPIL estate residence in Akpabuyo on the 21st of March 2021.
“We are very glad, and thankful to God Almighty for his safe release by the Kidnappers.
“I use this opportunity to thank the Organised Labour family in the State, particularly the Nigeria Labour Congress, the Medical and Health Workers Union and some members of his family.
“He is undergoing some routine medical checks at the moment. Once again, I thank all who stood by us throughout this difficult moment,” he quipped.

By: Friday Nwagbara, Calabar

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38 AKSU Programmes Get NUC Accreditation

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Vice Chancellor of Akwa Ibom State University, Prof. Nse Essien, yesterday said the National Universities Commission (NUC), had approved full accreditation of 38 of its 42 academic programmes.
Essien, a Professor of Sedimentology, disclosed this at a news conference as part of activities marking his one year in office.
He said the remaining three unaccredited programmes were new ones to commence in the 2020/2021 academic session in July, adding that students had already been admitted into the programmes.
The vice chancellor said the 38 accredited academic programmes were in Faculties of Agriculture, Social Sciences, Management Studies, Art, Science Engineering and Science Education.
He expressed optimism that the remaining three programmes which are: Sociology and Anthropology, Biochemistry and Banking and Finance would be accredited when the NUC team visits again two weeks from now.
“Altogether, we have about 38 academic programmes. We have just moved from 38 to 42 academic programmes. Faculty of Agriculture, Social Sciences, Management Studies, Art, Science Engineering and Science Education.
“For the past one year that we have been in the saddle of leadership, we have started three new programmes and the programmes are; Sociology and Anthropology, Department of Biochemistry and Department of Banking and Finance.
“So, these new programmes will actually start in July, when the new academic session commences, that is 2020/2021 academic session.
“We have already admitted students and they will start normal academic activities. The programmes will be based in Obio Akpa Campus,” Essien said.
The vice chancellor added that apart from the three new programmes, the university had also commenced Postgraduate Studies in 67 programmes.
He said the postgraduate programmes had received the approval of the NUC and would span between PGD, M.Sc, MPA, MBA and PhD.
Essien added that the university had also unbundled Mass Communication into Departments of Public Relations, Advertising, Broadcasting and Journalism and Media Studies.
“This is our definite plan to ensure that we produce quality postgraduate to suffocate the work space in Nigeria and we also have PGD, Masters and Doctorate programmes in Mass Communication.
“We have also unbundled Mass Communication, now it is no longer Mass Communication, but we have broken them into other departments.
“In our university, we have the Departments of Public Relations, Advertising, Broadcasting and Journalism and Media Studies, “he said.
The vice chancellor said that in order to make good use of the Mass Communication department, the university would launch its AKSU FM Radio Station in July.
He said “Very soon, within the next 30 days we are going to launch and hit the airwave with our AKSU FM radio, and the radio has received all the clearance.”
Essien said the university was to mainstream all the visions of the state government through their programmes and produce manpower that would support maritime, aviation industries and drive industrialisation process.

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