The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has disclosed the federal government plan to discourage brain drain especially that of physicians from the country. The Minister stated this yesterday in Abuja while inspecting a new cancer center newly launched at the National Hospital in Abuja. Ehanire said, “I have heard the challenge of doctors leaving the country. We have plans to provide better funding for our hospitals in Nigeria and make such migration unattractive,” He applauded the health workers for their commitment especially in handling the COVID-19 cases in the country, pledging that the federal government is making an effort that all our physicians within the country did not leave the country to another land because of welfare and working condition.
The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has disclosed that the death toll of the pandemic on the continent has surpassed 35,000; meanwhile, Nigeria has shutdown two (2) of its COVID-19 isolation centre due to lack of patients. According to Africa CDC, of 1,437,339 infections about 1,185,054 patients have recovered which is very positive. South Africa with 668,529 cases is the 10th most-affected nation globally while the first (1st) in Africa. Nigeria on the other hand is the fourth most impacted country in the continent after South Africa, Egypt and Ethiopia.
The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), the Umbrella body of health workers in Nigeria has directed its members to proceed on nationwide industrial action until further notice.
JOHESU, in its statement, directed its members to withdraw their services from midnight of today, September 13, 2020. The statement titled, “Notice of 15days ultimatum/outcome of JOHESU expanded NEC meeting”. The leadership of the union had on Friday had a lengthy discussion with the federal government on their grievances of unpaid hazard allowance of the COVID-19 as promised by the federal government as well as the withheld of salaries of some of its members by some state governors.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) yesterday disclosed that the death toll for the coronavirus in the country now has jumped to 1,083. The health agency made this known through its official twitter handle, saying that about 132 new infections were recorded. It stated that one new death was recorded that made the death toll to hit 1,083.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved an additional N8.9 billion for COVID-19 hazard allowances for all health workers in Nigeria. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, made this known at the bi-weekly Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) briefing on Thursday.