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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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NUC, NYSC to block ‘fake’ foreign-trained graduates from service

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The National Universities Commission (NUC), in collaboration with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), on Tuesday said it had put measures in place to block fake foreign-trained graduates from partaking in the compulsory one-year national service.

The NUC said it would continue to ensure the credibility of certificates issued by Nigerian universities and block fake foreign-trained graduates coming into the country.

Its Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, spoke when the NYSC Director General, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, visited him at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

A statement in Abuja by the NYSC Director of Press and Public Relations, Adenike Adeyemi, regretted the challenges in vetting the certificates obtained from universities established by Nigerians outside the country.

The NUC chief said many universities produce quality graduates while some produce graduates who cannot defend their certificates.

He said the commission had not approved the degrees of some online universities operating in the country.

Rasheed added that the commission had approached the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to shut down some illegal universities operating in Nigeria.

“NUC and NYSC must work together to help the country in producing quality graduates. The NUC will continue to certify the credibility of certificates obtained from Nigerian universities,” he said.

The NYSC DG said the scheme will not issue Certificate of National Service to unqualified graduates.

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Eid-el-kabir: FG declares Monday, Tuesday public holidays

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The Federal Government has declared Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th August as Public Holidays to mark the 2019 Eid-Al-Kabir celebrations.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Barr. Georgina Ehuriah, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated the Muslim faithful on the occasion .

She called on all Nigerians, at home and in diaspora, to use the period of this year’s Eid-Al-Kabir celebration to embrace the virtues of love, humility, peace and sacrifice as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Mohammed.

She urged Nigerians to shun any form of disruptive tendencies and join hands with the Federal Government to build a peaceful, strong and united Nigeria so as to achieve an enviable Next Level of growth and development.

According to a statement by Director (Press & Public Relations), Mohammed Manga, the Permanent Secretary reaffirmed the determination of the President Muhammadu Buhari led-administration to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians, adding that Security Agencies under the Ministry have been directed to ensure the provision of adequate security, before, during and after the Eid-Al-Kabir celebrations.

She restated government’s desire for all Nigerians to live a life of sacrifice, charity and love for one another.

Bar. Ehuriah wished Nigerians a happy, peaceful and fulfilling Eid-Al-Kabir celebrations.

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N9.9b fraud: Court freezes Lagos accounts

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THE Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday ordered the freezing of three accounts belonging to the Lagos State Government over an alleged N9.9 billion fraud.

Justice Chuka Obiozor made the order following an ex-parte application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He ordered the accounts’ “suspension” pending conclusion of investigation and possible prosecution of the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Adewale Adesanya.

The accounts are domiciled in First City Monument Bank (numbered 5617984012), Access Bank (0060949275) and Zenith Bank (1011691254).

In a supporting affidavit, an EFCC investigator, Kungmi Daniel, said the commission discovered huge inflow of N9,927,714,443.29 from the state accounts into the FCMB account.

He said the account, operated by Adesanya, was opened last September 17 during the Akinwunmi Ambode administration.

According to the deponent, investigators found that Adesanya and other signatories made fraudulent transfers from the state’s accounts and dissipated the funds.

“The trend is that the account always witnessed huge inflow from Lagos State Government in the above scheduled accounts managed by the respondent (Adesanya).

“There have been concerted efforts and attempts to dissipate the contents of the accounts listed in the schedule to this application.

“Without freezing the nominated accounts and temporarily forfeiting the money to the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, there is no way the fraud being perpetrated using the scheduled accounts can be stopped,” the EFCC said.

EFCC counsel Mohammed Abbas urged the court to grant the order temporarily attaching the accounts to enable it to conclude its investigations.

Justice Obiozor granted the prayers and adjourned till Friday.

Some legal sources wondered last night why the victim, the state government, is being made to suffer while those suspected to be involved in the matter are left untouched.

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