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Excitement in ABUAD over success of first open heart operations

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ITH successful open heart operations, the Afe Babalola University Multi-System Hospital is living up to its dream of reversing medical tourism and providing world class healthcare.

The major breakthrough has been described by the hospital’s founder Aare Afe Babalola (SAN) as “a memorable success in Nigeria’s medical trajectory”.

Babalola spoke Saturday evening at a ceremony held at the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti(ABUAD), marking the review of the  “landmark” cardiovascular surgical operation.

The experts, led by Professors Tayo Adeleke  and Paul Davies, United States-based cardiologists, disclosed that the operations were successful due to the dexterity of  the medical personnel and highly sophisticated equipment in the hospital.

The team leader, Prof. Adeleke, advised that for the heart to be in good shape, there must be routine checks on blood pressure, which has been  identified as the chief cause of heart failure globally.

Davies have successfully performed over 10,000 open heart surgeries in 21 years.

He added : “High blood pressure is a silent killer. It is the major cause of kidney failure, heart failure and sudden death among our population.

“The life expectancy in Cuba is 81, that of USA is  80, so for Nigeria, which life expectancy is less than 50 to get to that level, focus must be on health sector .

“High quality equipment and personnel must be provided in our hospitals, the way Chief Afe Babalola has done in ABUTH.

“You can get quality health delivery here in ABUMSH with what we have seen. With this hospital, I don’t think there is need for medical tourism again in Nigeria.”

Chief Medical Director Prof. Ola Esan said the hospital was set up barely a year ago to educate students and to ensure the  delivery of highest medical service and to  stop continuous outflow of patients and money overseas.

He said the medical outfit has personnel and equipment to perform all forms of cardiovascular surgeries and other afflictions.

The equipment include, five modular theatres and six other theatre pneumatic tube system, most modern imaging equipment like 160 slice CT, 1.5 Tesla MRI, Bone Densitimeter, entuso mentor Digital X-rays and fluoroscopy and many modern ultrasound scan machines.

Others are the well-equipped cardiac centre, endoscopy equipment and view centres where students can watch operations on screens.

“The surgeries performed were done at a speed that had never been done before in Nigeria and in a manner comparable to how best it could be done anywhere across the globe.

Two of the beneficiaries, Mr Tayo Akomolafe, a surveyor and Dr. Bukola Balogun, were happy over the free health services they enjoyed at ABUMSH.

Akomolafe said:  “I came from Lagos after I had been diagnosed of complex heart problem. I was taken to the theatre and after 30 minutes, things were okay with me.

“The equipment I saw were of the state-of-the-art status and can compare  with what  you can get anywhere and my advice is that Nigerians should not go abroad for medical treatment; you can get it here in Ado-Ekiti”.

Babalola, a foremost educationist, said Nigerian doctors and other professionals are “exceptionally brilliant” as their counterparts overseas, but were being hampered by the level of decadence in the system occasioned by dearth of equipment.

“It is sad that our people and hospitals are not well-equipped, they have no exposure to the right technology and that propelled me to establish this university to make up for the gap.

“So, my advice to the students is that, you must be ready to embrace the revolution we are pioneering here in ABUMSH.

“We are partnering some hospitals in Sao Paulo, Brazil, India, Germany and Dubai to expose our students to better training in the course of being here,” he said.

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Buhari urges universities to intensify inventions to assist national development

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President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday urged universities to intensify efforts at making discoveries and inventions that can assist the development of the country.

Buhari made the call in Dutsinma, Katsina State, in a goodwill message to the fourth convocation of the Federal University,  Dutsinma (FUDMA).

Represented by Professor Hafiz Abubakar, the former Deputy Governor of Kano State, Buhari said that part of the speech would serve as a wake-up call to the nation’s universities.

“Research, critical thinking, moral dispositions, discoveries and inventions should find natural habitats in our universities, as they do in several other universities in the world.

“Universities are supposed to be strong drivers of the country’s development initiatives for sustainable development,” he said.

He challenged the universities for being slow in aspects of discoveries and inventions.

“It is not heart-warming that in our over 58 years of independence, Nigerian universities are slow in discoveries and inventions,” he said.

He, however, said that his administration would continue to do everything possible to improve structures and facilities in the institutions, and to enhance learning by training the required manpower through various interventions like TETFUND.

Buhari also urged FUDMA to partner with Sokoto River Basin Development Authority to produce improved agricultural varieties and give the required scientific and extension support to the local farmers.

He said that this would enhance the farmers’ productivity and economic viability.

In his remarks, the acting Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Adamu Baba-Kutigi, said that 430 students were graduating from the institution for the 2017/2018 session.

According to him, the university, whose vision is to be among the top-ranking universities in the world, has seven faculties that run about 40 programmes.

He disclosed that the institution had established micro finance bank, university farm, printing press and a shopping mall to enhance its internally generated revenue.

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President Buhari has not approved state police — Presidency

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President Muhammadu Buhari has not approved the formation of state police structures as being reported by some newspapers, the Presidency said on Monday.

A statement signed by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said President Buhari Monday rather received a report on the reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

It said the president requested that the report be studied and a white paper produced within three months.

”President Buhari’s specific directive is that a three-man panel is set up to produce the white paper.

”The report of the white paper committee will form the basis of the decisions of the government on the many recommendations, including the setting up of state and local government police made by the Ojukwu panel.

”Until a white paper is produced, it will be premature and pre-emptive to suggest that the recommendations contained in the report have been approved by the President in part or whole,” the release said.

The debate over the creation of state police has heightened in recent months with the rising insecurity across parts of the nation.

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Obasanjo’s fear on Islamisation, Fulanisation real, says CAN official

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Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) National Director, Legal and Public Affairs Samuel Kwamkur has reaffirmed that the fear raised by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Islamisation and Fulanisation was real and should be taken serious by concerned Nigerians.

Kwamkur stated this yesterday in Jos while briefing reporters on the state of the nation.

According to him, “the position of the former president is simply a repetition of the stand and position of CAN leaders long before now.”

He said: “If what Obasanjo said should be doubted, what is the justification for the community cleansing by killer Fulani herdsmen who jump on innocent communities in the night, killing them and taking over their communities? We never saw any far-reaching steps taken to bring these killer herdsmen to book!? How can you justify the Federal Government’s establishment of a radio station for Fulani?”

He said: “CAN commend the former President’s boldness to speak out at this critical period of the nation.

“We wonder what will become the fate of Nigeria and Nigerians if respected and bold leaders like Obasanjo are no more there to speak.”

Kwamkur, who was speaking on behalf of the CAN President, called on the Federal Government to take seriously the alarm raised by Obasanjo and act on it if they are to be trusted.

He said the former president spoke the minds of many people, urging the government never to intimidate him for the sake of peace.

“CAN believes that the foundation for Islamisation of Nigeria has since been laid by the makers of the Nigeria Constitution and some previous leaders of Nigeria.  Particular examples are the provisions made in the constitution for the operation of Sharia laws and courts. This makes the common law and the sharia law to be operating in the same constitution.

“This naturally has divided the nation into two and sets the tone for Islamisation. The implication of this scenario is confusion. Furthermore, as we have said before, the registration of Nigeria, (a secular state) as a member of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation(OIC) by military fiat is a further confirmation of deliberate Islamisation of the country,” Kwamkur said.

On insecurity, he said the  increase and expansion of insurgencies, armed bandits, armed robbery, kidnappers and killer Fulani herdsmen have continued unabated.

He called on government to be bold enough to take responsibility and be sincere in providing convincing lasting solutions.

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