The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has finally issued practicing licenses to three foreign doctors at Vedic Lifecare Hospital in Lekki, Lagos.
The Lagos Health Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA) sealed the facility on October 29, 2021.
The state government sanctioned Vedic after the three expatriate medical personnel were unable to produce their certificates of registration with the MDCN.
In a statement on Sunday, the management noted that the hospital has over 17 doctors, all duly qualified and licensed to practice in Nigeria.
Vedic disclosed they have doctors with over 20 to 30 years of experience internationally and all their documents are endorsed by the medical authorities in India and elsewhere.
In the case of the trio, the hospital said their applications had been submitted to the MDCN and all requirements complied; the Government of India through the Indian High Commission Nigeria vetted them.
Vedic regretted that due to reasons beyond its control, there was some delay in the issuance and procurement of their license by the MDCN.
The statement said since the closure, the management has worked closely with the MDCN.
“We are pleased to report that, with their support, as well as that of the Indian High Commission, we have successfully completed the registration of these three expatriate medical personnel and their practising licenses have now been issued,” it said.
“Vedic Lifecare Hospital is committed to the highest standards of professionalism and ethics and would never jeopardise the health and well-being of any of our patients by engaging unqualified personnel.”
Vedic insists its relationship with MDCN, HEFAMAA, and the Lagos Ministry of Health remains strong, recalling previous partnerships including during the COVID-19 pandemic when it served as an isolation and treatment centre.
The hospital accepted the admonition of the Ministry of Health and HEFAMAA in good faith, adding that lessons have been learnt from recent developments.
“We apologise to the public and assure every Nigerian of our commitment to improved service delivery and healthcare to all our patients.
“We would never compromise on our values or engage in, consent to, or participate in any scheme that compromises the health and safety of our patients regardless of the limitations and circumstance”, Vedic assured.
2021 World AIDS Day: Nigeria battles disease after 35 years of first case
Since the first case of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV, was detected in Lagos State in 1986, Nigeria and other countries of the world have continued to battle the disease which has remained a global heath challenge.
According to the World Health Organization, WHO, HIV, since its first case was recorded in Congo in the 1920s has claimed over 36.3 million lives across the world while about 37.7 million are still living with the disease as it continues to be a major global public health issue.
DAILY POST recalls that the United Nations Office On Drugs and Crime, UNODC, had in 2019, ranked Nigeria as the third among countries with the highest burden of HIV infection in the world.
Over 1.9 million Nigerians are currently living with the virus across the country. The UN agency has also revealed that HIV and AIDS are far more prevalent among those in prisons and high-risk drug users, particularly people who inject drugs (PWIDs).
A recent UNODC study on HIV prevalence in Nigerian prisons and on drug use in the country has revealed that 2.8% of inmates and 9% of people who inject drugs (PWIDs) are living with HIV/AIDS.
The WHO, in a statement on Monday called on African countries to put more efforts in reducing new infections, lamenting that the continent in 2020, recorded highest cases in the world.
The statement which was issued by the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti to mark the 2021 World AIDS Day, revealed that the virus claims about 1,300 lives in Africa everyday.
The statement reads in part, “We cannot afford to lose focus on the urgent need to end the inequities that drive AIDS and other epidemics around the world. It has been 40 years since the first HIV cases were reported. Yet, in Africa and globally, it remains a major public health concern.
“Last year, two out of every three new HIV infections occurred in the African Region, corresponding to almost 2 500 new HIV infections every day. Sadly, AIDS claimed the lives of 460 000 people, or a shocking 1 300 every day, in spite of free access to effective treatment”.
DAILY POST recalls that the Director-General of National Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, NACA, Dr Gambo Aliyu, had assured that the Federal Government of Nigeria is working assiduously and hopeful to ensure the end of HIV/AIDS transmission by 2024.
Speaking while declaring open a five-day Capacity Strengthening of Key and Vulnerable Populations in Access to HIV Services Efficiency in Sokoto a few months ago, Aliyu noted that Nigeria had recorded great successes and ranked among the five countries with minimum challenges in the fight against HIV/AIDS amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to him, “Nigeria is working toward ending the transmission of HIV/AIDS in the next three years, which is 2024, less than the targeted year of 2030 by the UN.”
COVID-19: Nigeria announces first case of Omicron variant
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed two cases of COVID-19 Omicron variant in the country.
A statement signed by the NCDC Director-General, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa said the two cases were discovered through genomic sequencing.
Adetifa said the cases were detected in two passengers who came into the country from South Africa, adding the patients were asymptomatic and contact tracing had begun.
”Genomic sequencing of positive cases from routine day two testing for travellers to Nigeria identified two cases of Omicron variant among travellers from South Africa who arrived in Nigeria last week.
“Retrospective sequencing of previously confirmed cases among travelers to Nigeria also identified the omicron variant among samples collected in October 2021”, he added.
Omicron: Nigerian govt to issue new travel protocol this Tuesday
The Federal Government has said it will release a new travel protocol on Tuesday, as a proactive measure to prevent the Omicron COVID-19 variant from entering Nigeria.
This was disclosed by the National Incident Manager of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Mukhtar Muhammad, during a media briefing on Monday.
The index case of Omicron was detected on November 23 in South Africa.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has since designated Omicron as a “variant of concern”.
Muhammad noted that although no case of the variant has been detected in Nigeria, the PSC has taken “far-reaching proactive measures to minimise and mitigate this possibility.
“Consequently, the PSC will be issuing a travel guideline document tomorrow, but let me highlight the contents of this travel guideline.
“Passengers arriving in the country are required to do a PCR test 48 hours before departing. They will also do day two and day seven PCR tests on arrival and they will be required to self-isolate for seven days.
“Passengers that are outbound, going out of Nigeria, will be required to either show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or provide a negative PCR test taken 48 hours before departure. These conditions apply to diplomats as well. The measures will come into effect by Friday, 3rd of December, 2021.
“The PSC will ensure that there is enforcement of passengers who arrive and refuse to take tests through suspension of their passports and prosecution, or both. Furthermore, we’ll be increasing our surveillance at the ports of entry into the country, intensifying testing and contact tracing, and optimizing sequencing capacity.”
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