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Senate asked to probe public hearing on medical council bill

The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), the umbrella body of health workers in the country, has demanded that Senate probe the recent public hearing of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) Bill as it accused Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Dr. Ibrahim Oloriegbe, of disenfranchising its members.

Bayelsa primary healthcare centres shut as workers protest 15 months salary arrears

The ongoing strike by members of the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), Bayelsa Chapter, has shut Primary Healthcare Centres across the state.
Zimbabwean doctors have filed a lawsuit aimed at compelling the government to beef up coronavirus protection for public hospitals and healthcare workers.

MDCAN: Insecurity, poor remuneration bane of mass emigration of doctors

The Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) has raised the alarm over the very high rate of emigration of Nigeria’s highly trained doctors and other health workers to greener pastures, describing it as a national emergency that should worry a nation that is battling with COVID-19 pandemic.

Pharmacists task senate over anomalies in MDCN bill

As controversy over the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) Bill 2020 rages, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Lagos Chapter, has kicked against a deliberate attempt by sponsors of the bill to undermine the constitutional power of Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) as the only body that can regulate Pharmacy Practice at both the private and public sector levels in Nigeria.
The Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Taraba State, Comrade Peter Jediel, has been abducted by gunmen.

Gunmen abduct Taraba NLC chairman

The Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Taraba State, Comrade Peter Jediel, has been abducted by gunmen.

NMA tackles JOHESU over MDCN repeal bill

The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has denied the claim by the Joint Health Sectors Union, JOHESU, that the ongoing Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria Repeal and Reenactment Bill, being pushed by the Senate was aimed at regulating only the health workers’ profession.
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration has raised alarm over rising cases of insecurity and vandalism in the territory. Abuja

FCT health workers union chairman re-elected

Mr Shanabo Abubakar has been re-elected as the new Chairman of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN).

Akwa Ibom health workers appeal for payment of coronavirus allowance

The workers, under the aegis of National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP), made the appeal in a communique on Thursday at the end of their general meeting in Uyo.
Barely a week after her son raised the alarm that his mother, Zeenah Zakzaky has contracted COVID-19 in a Kaduna Correctional Center, a Kaduna High Court has ordered the state government to treat Zeenah immediately.

Court orders Kaduna to treat Sheikh El-Zakzaky’s wife for coronavirus

Barely a week after her son raised the alarm that his mother, Zeenah Zakzaky, has contracted COVID-19 in a Kaduna Correctional Center, a Kaduna High Court has ordered the state government to treat Zeenah immediately.

Archbishop Kaigama condemns kidnapping of catholic priests

Most Rev. Dr Ignatius Kaigama, Archbishop of Abuja Catholic Archdiocese, has condemned incessant kidnapping of catholic priests and other ministers of God, describing it as molestation of the church.
Miriam Onuoha, member of the House of Representatives from Okigwe North federal constituency, has proposed a bill to legalize the cultivation and trading of cannabis for medical use and also to be a source of revenue generation for the country.

Nigerian legislator propose bill to legalise cultivating, trading of cannabis

Miriam Onuoha, member of the House of Representatives from Okigwe North federal constituency has proposed a bill to legalize the cultivation and trading of cannabis for medical use and also to be a source of revenue generation for the country.

ASCAB: Nigeria at war with coronavirus

With close to 100,000 infections from COVID-19, Nigeria seems to be in a state of war with the pandemic, the Alliance for Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond (ASCAB), and leading health workers’ unions have said.
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Nigerian president urged to probe ‘missing’ N3.8 billion in health ministry, NAFDAC, others

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari “to direct the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, and appropriate anti-corruption agencies to probe allegations that N3,836,685,213.13 of public funds meant for the Federal Ministry of Health, teaching hospitals, medical centres, and National Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) are missing, mismanaged, diverted or stolen.”

NACAMA rejects Senate’s plan to merge it with traditional medicine practitioners

The National Complementary and Alternative Medical Association (NACAMA) has rejected moves by the Senate to merge it with traditional medicine practitioners.
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)

NLC: We’ll declare protest if governors borrow from pension funds

The warning came in a bit to stop state governors from borrowing N17 trillion from the pension funds purportedly for infrastructural development.

Zamfara doctors to embark on one-week strike December 10

The Zamfara State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), says it will embark on a one-week strike from December 10.
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Senate to amend medical, dental practitioners law

The Senate has begun the process of amending the Medical and Dental Practitioners Act which was last amended 28 years ago, with the introduction of the Medical and Dental Practitioners Bill 2020, presently before the Upper Chamber.
Guest Speaker-Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi; delivering a lecture- “Twenty Years of Democratisation; Successes and Challenges “ at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington D.C., USA on Wednesday

Ekiti governor restates commitment to doctors’ welfare

The Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has restated the commitment of his administration to the welfare of medical doctors to boost healthcare delivery in the State.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Abuja panel to hear case on extrajudicial killing

The panel, led by retired Justice Suleiman Galadima, had earlier, on November 16, heard the petition of Igwetu’s sister, which was filed against Peters, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and the FCT Police Commissioner.
Secretary-General of the Nigeria Olympic Committee Olabanji Oladapo has stated that the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by a further one year had become necessary and hence imminent following the formal announcement from the International Olympics Committee yesterday on the premise of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nigerian athletes urged to get WADA regulations education

Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), President Habu Ahmed Gumel, has urged Nigerian athletes and coaches to stay abreast performance enhancement drugs.

Panel summons Garki hospital chief, MDCN registrar over ‘extra judicial killing’

An Independent Panel has summoned the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Garki General Hospital, Abuja and the Registrar, Medical and Dental Practitioners Council (MDCN)

Cross River doctors begin indefinite strike over kidnapping of colleagues

The Nigerian Medical Association, Cross River chapter, on Wednesday, embarked on an indefinite strike over the kidnapping of its members, Dr Godwin Udo, of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.

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Ex-VP Namadi Sambo advocates shift in Nigerian educational system

Former Vice President Namadi Sambo has advocated for a dynamic approach of the Nigerian educational system to produce employees with skills and ability to handle complex jobs and create opportunities for others.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has not approved any drug or vaccine for the treatment of COVID-19.

NAFDAC busts alleged illegal maize flour production facility in Yobe

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has busted an alleged illegal maize flour production outfit in Potiskum town of Yobe.
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Osun governor condemns ethnic colouration in fight against terrorism

Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State has condemned the ethnic coloration in which the fight against terrorism and insurgency is taking in Nigeria.
Nobel laureate, Prof. Wọlé Soyinka, has warned that the conflict between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in different states of the federation can degenerate into civil war if the federal government fails to properly handle it.

Wole Soyinka to Nigerians: Don’t accept child hostage taking as a way of life

Following the Friday abduction of over 300 school children in Jangebe in Zamfara State, Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Saturday warned Nigerians against accepting kidnapping of school children in parts of the north as a way of life.
A former Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshall Nsikak Eduok, is dead.

Former NAF chief Nsikak Eduok laid to rest in Akwa Ibom

It was a harvest of tributes for a former Chief of Air Staff, late Air Marshall Nsikak Eduok as his remains were laid to rest in his hometown in Ibesikpo Asutan, Akwa Ibom state on Saturday.

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A former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, on Sunday alleged that the governor of the State, Hope Uzodinma, attacked him with “more than 1000 thugs”.

South East group tasks Governor Uzodinma, Senator Okorocha to tow peace path

A group under the ageiis of Ndi Igbo Good Governance Initiative (NGGI) has urged the governor of Imo state, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, and the senator representing Imo West in the National Assembly, Sen. Rochas Okorocha to resolve their crisis in the interest of the state.
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Fraud: Court disqualifies lawyer as defence witness

The trial-within-trial of a suspected serial fraudster, Scales Ishola Olatunji was cut short on Thursday following a ruling by Justice Agatha Okeke of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State which disqualified one Peter Mba from giving his testimony as a defence witness in the matter.
Vince Muscat, one of three men accused of murdering Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Tuesday after changing his plea to guilty.

Man handed 15-year prison sentence for murder of Maltese journalist

Vince Muscat, one of three men accused of murdering Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Tuesday after changing his plea to guilty.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 322 new COVID-19 cases in the country, bringing the total number of infections to 52,227.

Nigeria’s coronavirus cases top 155,000 with new cases, deaths recorded in past 24 hours

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has announced 600 new cases on Friday of the Coronavirus Disease in the country, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 155,076.
Jimmy Lai arrives at the West Kowloon magistrates for one of his many court appearances. Anthony Wallace-AFP-Getty Images

Hong Kong court says Jimmy Lai’s bail denied because risk of further offences

A Hong Kong court said on Tuesday its denial of bail for media tycoon Jimmy Lai, the most high-profile person charged under a new the national security law, was due to the risk of his committing further offences.