Keffi LGA of the State was Agog on Thursday as highly revererd dignitaries from all spheres of life grace an event organised by Medical and Dental Consultants Association Of Nigeria, Biennial General Meeting Scientific Conference 2019, with a theme: supportive role of traditional rulers in tracking the enormous health challenges of multi-cultural communities accessing services in Nigeria.
Mr. Ahmed Baba Yahaya, who serve as special guest of honour commended the association for leaving above board and assured of state government support.
Those in attendance are:
Emirs of Keffi, Nasarawa, health consultants within and outside the State among others.
Why Covid-19 Patient Died despite being vaccinated – Health Expert
President of the Nigerian Infectious Diseases Society (NIDS), Prof. Dimie Ogoina, has giving more hint on the death of Chief Ladi Williams, a senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), who died of Covid-19 on Sunday, despite taking the two jabs of Covid-19 vaccine.
Ogoina, who is also a Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Niger Delta University and Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Bayelsa State, said,
“We need to be sure that COVID-19 is the direct cause of death. In the concept of the direct cause of death, you can have two or more concomitant diseases at the same time. For instance, you could have COVID-19, diabetes, hypertension, and some other diseases.
That you have COVID-19 does not mean that it is COVID-19 that actually killed one, it could be diabetes or hypertension or something else that killed one, it is just a coincidence that one had COVID-19.”
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According to the don, “The second thing is that when you vaccinate someone, there is nothing that provides 100 percent proof. Vaccines do not provide 100 percent protection. If you look at the clinical trials for the Pfizer vaccine for instance, it is 97 percent efficacy, which means that for every 100 persons, there are three persons that may not be protected.
“This because is when you give someone a vaccine, it is like any other drug, sometimes people take anti-malaria drugs and they may not feel fine, they would have to take something else. The same thing applies to vaccines, you may vaccinate 100 persons, 97 of them may feel well, three may not necessarily feel well.
This is because either gene are different, or their immune system is different or their body does not take the vaccine.
It is not because the vaccine is bad but there is something peculiar about that person that makes the vaccine not work effectively.
“The benefit of vaccines is not necessarily the protection it offers to the individual. Of course, it offers protection to the individual, but the protection it offers the population, so a large number of people are protected if you vaccinate.
In addition, people can be protected, not everybody. I have just given you a typical example with malaria, so also polio, children get polio vaccine but a few of them develop polio, and it is for this same reason, maybe their gene or immune systems that make the vaccine not work.
So it should not stop people from taking the vaccine, because the benefits far outweigh the risk and there are minimal risks and it protects the population,” he added.
Psychiatric Has Been Described As A Field Of Medicine That Takes Care Of The Mental Health Of The People.
A psychiatrist with the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Lokoja, Doctor Egbeola Collins stated this in an interview with newsmen in Lokoja.
Doctor Egbeola who is also the chairman of the Federal Medical Centre Lokoja Chapter of the Medical and Dental Consultant Association of Nigeria, said health has different pillers including physical health which deals with the generalty of the body, the social health and the mental health; emphasising that health is the total wellness of the three pillers.
According to him, mental health is largely determined by culture, nothing that what constitutes normalcy in a culture can be abnormal in another culture.
His words “what is normal is what can be tagged as socially acceptable, what constitutes normalcy can be a function of different parameters. If you move across culture, what is normal in one culture might be abnormal in another culture. For example, if you are greeting a Yoruba man, in Yoruba culture as a man, you are expected to prostrate. However, if you are in the United States and you greeted a citizen that way, people around might thought you are abnormal. Another thing is the frequency of a behavior. For instance, if you are greeting a Yoruba man in a Yoruba environment and continue to prostrate incessantly. Even in Yoruba culture, such behavior can now be Said to be abnormal. So normalcy depends on the culture, the frequency and the acceptability of a specific behavior”.
He further explained that the consumption of narcotics substances are responsible for a larger percentage of mental illness and urged youths to avoid being trapped by hard drugs.
According to him, the consumption of psychoactive substance can hamper human behavior and judgement which can heavily affect family relationship and production at work.
He noted that hereditary factors can also be responsible for mental health condition.
On government’s intervention on rehabilitation process for those who are mentally challenged, Doctor Egbeola who explained that there is shortage of psychiatric doctors in the country urged government to operate insurance policies for those with mental health issues.
He also emphasised the need to to consult medical personnel for diagnosis and treatment of those in such condition and warned against all forms of stigmatization and victimisation.
Again, Senate Passes Bill to Establish Orthopedic Hospital in Kogi
The Senate has passed a bill to establish the orthopedic hospital in Dekina, Kogi state, aimed at improving health care need of the people of the area.
The bill was sponsored by Senator Isah Jibrin Echocho representing Kogi East senatorial district.
Senator Isah Jibrin got Senate’s approval for the establishment of the federal health institution in Kogi state followed the consideration of the report presented by the chairman, Senate committee on health, Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe.
Oloriegbe, in his presentation observed that, Nigeria is one of the densely populated countries in the world which is plagued with poverty and exceedingly high burden of disease.
He emphasized that, the establishment of orthopedics such as musculos skeletal disorders, spine corde disease, cancers tumors and congenital defects are suffered by many citizens without adequate care.
He explained that orthopedic hospitals are highly important in improving health care delivery in patients, adding that, locating one in Dekina, Kogi state would bring health care closer to residents of densely populated urban and rural communities.
It could be recalled that, orthopedic hospital bill is among several other bills sponsored by senator Isah Jibrin Echocho while others are at various committee stages awaiting Senate’s approval.
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