Friday, 31 October 2008

Restoring Health to the Agenda

  • Have you registered for the Conference: Nigeria: Partnership for Health
  • Do not sit on the fence...ENGAGE!
  • Today is the deadline for bursaries.
  • For details go to www.nigeriahealth2008.org



Why has HEALTH slipped down the order of priorities in Nigeria?

...is this a sustainable state of affairs?

...what can WE do about it?

We loose the right to complain if we have not contributed to a better future.

We CANNOT afford to remain disengaged.


This CONFERENCE is aimed primarily at the process of questioning, reflection and learning; to generate and share information that is relevant to our interests in the health of Nigerians.

Listen to leaders in the Nigerian Health Sector articulate their vision for health and health care in Nigeria

Learn of current projects, programmes, and partnerships

Identify where you fit in and what you can do

Saturday November 22, 2008

Gustav Tuck Lecture
Theatre, UCL, London
Gower Street WC1E 6B


Time: 9 a.m.























Thursday, 30 October 2008

Smile Train arrives Nigeria!

In November 2007, on a cold November night we sat in an auditorium at UCL in London listening to the annual lecture of The Lancet. It was being delivered by Nigeria's recently appointed Minister of Health; Professor Adenike Grange. For obvious reasons there was an over-representation of Nigerians in the audience. After the lecture I got talking to Remi Adeseun....we exchanged cards and actually did stay in touch. A few months later he wrote to say that he had just been appointed Regional Director for West Africa....for The Smile Train. .....and I thought we had lost Remi to toothpaste marketers...!


Since then I have learnt more about Remi's work and Smile Train. I am humbled...you will be too. Read on...



Kabir was born with a bilateral cleft lip and this had a devastating impact on his appearance. Whenever his mother took him out in public, they were the subject of curious stares and ridicule. So, looking out for her son’s best interests, Kabir’s mother kept him hidden away at home.

In Nigeria, as in most developing countries, many people think clefts are an evil curse and a bad omen. Many babies born with clefts are immediately abandoned. The families are afraid that the cleft will end up ruining all of their lives. Kabir’s mother never considered abandoning her son, but at the same time she was very fearful for his future. Sitting together on the dirt floor of the small hut they call home, Kabir and his mother had no plan and no hope for the future. Until they heard about The Smile Train.

One day, a family friend told them about an amazing program at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital in Zaria, Nigeria. It was sponsored by The Smile Train and was offering free cleft surgery to poor African children who could not afford it. Soon, Kabir and his mother were sitting face-to-face with Smile Train partner surgeon, Dr. Emmanuel A. Ameh who explained that little Kabir’s cleft could be fixed through surgery. In addition, since Kabir was only 7 months old, his cleft would be fixed before he developed any speech problems.
Suddenly, Kabir went from being a 7 month-old shut-in with no future to a very lucky little boy. His surgery went very well and the results are inspiring. Today, his mother takes him everywhere she goes and she will never forget how both of their futures were changed by a surgery that took less than an hour.

The Smile Train is the world's leading cleft charity, dedicated to helping children born with cleft lip & palate.
Remi explained... "What makes Smile Train unique is the fact that all of the surgeries we fund are performed by local doctors in local hospitals. Through free training, equipment and financial grants, we help communities become self-sufficient."

Unlike many charities that do many different things, The Smile Train is focused on solving a single problem:cleft lip and palate.

The first free cleft surgery in Nigeria under Smile Train was done in 2002 at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital. Presently, the Smile Train is committed to massively scaling up its funding to cover up to 2500 free cleft surgeries in 2009 with a budget provision of up to about $1,000,000 or N120,000,000 for Nigeria.

The Smile Train strategy is to focus primarily on financing the direct surgical costs while reaching out to other men and women of goodwill to complement its efforts. This would mean supporting the publicity and outreach campaigns that will help bring the poor patients suffering from cleft lip/palate to any of the SmileTrain Partner Hospitals.

If you want to support the lives of these kids...

If you want to support the programme...

Or just to learn more and maybe refer a child...

Kindly visit www.smiletrain.org for additional info, and contact Remi radeseun(AT)smiletrain.org.

Just like The Smile Train and Jimi Coker's work with Johnson and Johnson higlighted in the previous blog...there are a lot of initiatives going on around the country to support the health and health care of our people. These extraordinary people are pushing the boundaries, walking the walk and giving hope to many. We will continue to highlight these on NHW whenever we are sure that lives of real people are being affected and the efforts are more than a 1-man NGO with only long reports of vague activities to show for it.

Monday, 27 October 2008

Medical Mission with a difference: The changing face of surgical operations

We will occasionaly bring you a piece by a guest write Kingsley Obom-Egbulem. KC has been reporting on health issues for a few years and until recently was part of the JAAIDS team. He has earned our respect as one of a handful of science reporters that can separate the wheat from the chaff.

Enjoy his first piece for us...


By Kingsley Obom-Egbulem

How would you feel, if after going through several hassles including paying exorbitant medical bills for a colon cancer operation in the UK only to discover that the surgeon who operated on you is not just a Nigerian but a graduate of the famous University College Hospital,(UCH) Ibadan?

Not many people would find that funny. But it happens frequently and that has been the experience of Dr. Jimi Coker a Consultant General Surgeon and Coloproctologist.

Coker qualified as a doctor from the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, in 1984. He went to the UK in 1987 for postgraduate training in general surgery. After completing his higher surgical training in North Trent and South Yorkshire, he was appointed Consultant Surgeon with specialist interest in colorectal surgery at Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Trust in 1999. In 1999, Coker joined the Tropical Health and Education Trust(THET) as surgical instructor with annual visits to Northern Ghana for basic and emergency surgical skills courses.

So, what has location got to do with the success of any surgical operation? Are Nigerian patients safer in the hands of foreign surgeons than that of Nigerian surgeons?

Dr. Coker says though certain variables such as the regulatory environment, economic and social status of the people, standards of care and practice and prevalent diseases has a huge role to play in the quality of surgical practice there are also basic component of surgery which plays even far greater role.

“The essential components of surgery which I believe contributes to the success of any surgical operation include good access and exposure to the part you want to operate upon, adequate blood supply, absence of tension, meticulous technique and above all ,good judgment on the part of the surgeon”.

Coker said some surgeries may be difficult if you are operating on parts of the body that are difficult to reach like in colorectal surgery in men. There is also the case of poor illumination which may even make it difficult to see very well what you intend to operate on. “Such cases call for good judgment in other to come out successful”, Says Coker.

But the advent of stapling in surgery has even made such difficult areas like the male colon during colon cancer operation easily accessible making it faster and safer.

“I believe any surgeon anywhere in the world, who can use stapling equipments shouldn’t have problems with colorectal surgery and any another surgery that has made easier by stapling and I must say thanks to Johnson and Johnson for this wonderful inoovation”.

Indeed surgeons in Nigeria have had their own share of the growing lack of confidence in anything Nigerian. The spate of failed surgeries sometimes due to poor judgment on the part of the surgeon or from other systemic factors have not also helped matters.

“I think some of our colleagues haven’t really done much to instill public confidence in Nigerian surgeons even though they are among the best in the world”, says Dr. Kunle Onakoya, an orthopedic surgeon and Group Medical Director, Lagoon Hospitals.

“We need to be seen to have raised the standards of our practice such that when you tell people they will require a surgery for any medical condition they will gladly go for it”.

And so, Nigerians continue to fly abroad for even minor surgeries that can be done here. The irony of the matter is that they are often operated upon by one of the many Nigerian surgeons who are making their marks across Europe and America. Jimi Coker is one of these Nigerians. And unlike many others, Coker visits Nigeria about three times a year on medical missions and capacity building for surgeons often paying his bills.

Last week, Coker was in town as a resource person for a 2 day training for surgeons on “Surgical Stapling”. The training which was held at the Lagoon Hospitals was organized by Johnson and Johnson in partnership with Lagoon Hospitals. Among the participants were ten surgeons and four theater assistant nurses.
Mr Jimi Coker....demonstrating

Despite been in existence for quite some time, surgical stapling techniques has only recently become available in the country and one of the aims of the workshop according to Onakoya is to help surgeons become more conversant with it both using animal models and in real life operations.

“I believe we can’t afford not to align the quality of Surgical practice in Nigeria with global standards and that is why Lagoon Hospital , in partnership with Johnson and Johnson, is organizing this workshop. I must add that Johnson & Johnson has been a willing partner in the training of surgeons and other operating room personnel and has consistently made both technical and human resources available in this regard. “

Surgical staples are specialized staples used in surgery in place of sutures to close skin wounds, and also to reconnect the ends of the bowels or other such organ after parts of it has been excised .
Stapling is much faster than using sutures, and also more accurate and consistent. In bowel and lung surgery, staples are primarily used because staple lines are less likely to leak blood, air or bowel contents.

“The devices are also used to dissect the bowel and the surrounding structures for example in tumor or cervical surgery. After the diseased part of the bowel is resected, the two adjoining ends are brought together and stapled. This part of the operation had conventionally been done by stitching the two ends together using sutures. Using staples ensures that the procedure is faster, of a much greater integrity and far less likely to leak” Onakoya emphasized.

According to statistics, the entire procedure using staples has lower morbidity than conventional approach.

Surgical conditions are defined as “conditions that require suture, incision, excision, manipulation, or other invasive procedures that usually, but not always, require local, regional, or general anesthesia .

Surgical conditions constitute a substantial burden of disease. But how equipped are surgeons especially in developing countries to deal with this burden? Not a few Nigerians who travel abroad for surgical operations would be interested in the answers to this poser.

Truth is ,despite its importance, the place of Surgical conditions has been described as one of the “neglected diseases” disproportionately affecting the world's poorest people. In the absence of health insurance, very few people can afford the quality of surgical operations they need even if it is available. So they settle for what is available which is often a game of chance. Nigerians are not left out in this game of chance.

So in the absence of the requisite skills, a surgical operation can go awry.

Professor Ade Elebute, Chairman, Hygeia Nigeria Limited himself an operating physician believe that one way to keep the standards of surgical practice high is to have as many formal training as possible for surgeons.

“Ordinarily surgeons are trained by apprenticeship or by word of mouth .But this form of training hasn’t been adequate so far. Surgical training shouldn’t be left to whims and chances. We should train surgeons not just by word of mouth but by seeing them do things with their hands”, he says.Mr Jimi Coker....demonstrating

While the advent of surgical stapling and availability of requisite skills in its handling portends greater confidence in Nigerian surgeons the non reusable nature of the equipment may stand on the way of access or affordability.

Mr Coker in Theatre

Mr. Gbenga Olatunji, Team Head, Johnson and Johnson said Johnson and Johnson at the moment have not found substantial evidence to support the sterilization of the equipment after use “hence we insist it is non-reusable”.

This was a major source of concern to most participating surgeons at the training especially those from public hospitals who have to deal with poor patients on a daily basis most of them needing surgical operations they can’t afford.

The issue of cost and affordability of staples soon opened another critical albeit sore point in Nigeria’s healthcare sector where in lies the antidote to lack of access to quality health care by poor Nigerians.

As if waiting to hammer home a long held feeling of disappointment Professor Elebute retorted: “one major tragedy that happened to medical care in Nigeria was the protest by doctors when the proposal for health insurance was made by Dr. Majokodunmi in the 60’s.The Nigerian Medical Association(NMA) fought against health insurance as at that time, we won the fight but it was a tragic win”.

Continuing, Elebute added that “the doctors were ignorant and could not wait to understand what they were fighting and protesting against and they say my people perish for lack knowledge, that lack of knowledge is costing us so much today”.

Elebute said that no country currently making meaningful headway in its health care sector anywhere in the world has done so without health insurance for its citizens adding that until all Nigerians can be covered by health insurance, the issue of affordability will always impede access to quality health care and by implication result in needless deaths.

While Nigerians continue to battle with implementing its national health insurance policy, Lagoon Hospital and Johnson & Johnson seems to be playing its role and that is: investing in building capacity of surgeons in Nigeria to make surgery safer, easier and less painful. Since this training is free of charge it should affect the cost of surgeries done here. But how sustainable that can be depends entirely on Nigeria and Nigerians.

Kingsley Obom-Egbulem is Executive Director and Chief Creative Officer, Health Communication and Development Initiative(HCDI).www.hcdi-ng.org.His email contact is kingsley@hcdi-ng.org

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Road Traffic Accidents and the Federal Road Safety Commision

by Ndubuisi Edeoga


The Federal Road Safety Commision has been in the news a lot lately.



Guardian: January 1, 2009 deadline given to all motorcyclists otherwise known as Okada riders in the country to wear the security crash helmet.





Leadership: The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), has affirmed its intention to partner stakeholders to reduce road accident in these 'ember' months.






Thisday: Federal Road Safety Commission(FRSC) has disclosed that 450 Nigerians die in road accidents every month.


etc etc





If only we had some data...it will really not be surprising to find out that RTAs are the cost the most deaths across all ages in Nigeria.

Causes?....again we can only guess....but in Nigeria...all would make sences:




  • Alcohol

  • Rapid motorization

  • Driving without passing or even attempting a driving test

  • Bad roads

  • Bad cars

  • Nil emergency response

A new thinking is evolving with the new leadership of the Federal Road Safety Corps. The new emphasis on prevention. the truth is that it will be some time before our roads are great, before our cars are road worthy ....and it will be a long, long time before we see an ambulance rushing to an accident site.

So what do we do?

We prevent ...by enforcing the simple things:

1. Seatbelts
2. Helmets
3. Speed limits
4. Load factor

Me wonders....how many FRSC officials are trained in simple life saving procedures as tieing a tournique or CRP....or in other simple first aid procedures.

Me wishes that some organisation some BIG organisation can take up the cause of reducing RTAs in Nigeria and partner with FRSC. What a better way of spending money on advertising this would be....

A lot better than our banks signage at Heathrow.

Mr Chidoka represents a new face, young, educated, articulate. His appointment is probably the first time a civilian has been given the responsibility of any of the uniformed soldiers in Nigeria.



The lives of millions of Nigerians literaily depends on the decisions he makes daily. We wish him well....for all our sakes.


Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Health news around the country


Guardian: A LACK of funds (sic) is delaying the proposed N247 million new model sero-prevalence or (not sure what "or" means) sentinel surveillance survey on the Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).


Daily Trust: "First Lady" Turai Yar'adua is collaborating with the Africa Cancer Care Inc and the ministry of health (sic) to build a $40 million cancer preventive care centre.

Thisday: Gastro-enteritis claims 51 lives in some villages in Balanga, Yamaltu-Deba and Kaltungo Local Government Areas of Gombe State has claimed 21 lives. (Thisday seems uncertain if it is 21 or 51 lives...but you could call the MoH to confirm :))

Vanguard: THE most ambitious nationwide child spacing and prevention of excessive bleeding that occurs after child birth, popularly known as Post Partum Haemorhage (PPH) in medical parlance, was, yesterday, launched in Enugu as part of efforts to check post-natal deaths among women. (sic)(sic)(sic)

Thiday: Again...Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) yesterday lamented the current state of Nigerian healthcare sector, saying a drastic measure (sic) at the primary healthcare level would be required to overcome the downward trend.

Vanguard: THE European Union- Partnership to Re-inforce Immunisation Efficiency (EU- PRIME) has earmarked the sum N1.3 billion Naira for the 2009 polio eradication programme in Nigeria.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

NHW's response to the Ministerial Press Briefing of our Minister of Health

Dr Hassan Lawal oon,
Minister for Labour
Supervising Minister, Ministry for Health
Federal Republic of Nigeria

Dear Sir,

Thank you!

One of the features of the YarAdua administration is that Ministers give regular briefings. This is a good thing. We are grateful that despite your busy schedule with 2 ministries to lead, you found the time to carry out this important national assigment.

Sir, Nigerians expect from their Minister for Health a strong vision, a plan, milestones and a regular update on where we are in achieveing these.

Sir, we dare say that we recieved a long speech, full of rhetoric and little specifics.


Sir, but we know that this responsibility was thrown on you suddenly and you are making the ultimate sacricfice for your country, carrying the burden of two important sectors of the Nigerian state on your shoulders.

We however humbly draw your attention to the following issues.


This seems to be the biggest "success" of the health sector in Nigeria. But Sir, the latest figures you quote are from 2005. The DG of NACA must have told you that there has been a recent national seroprevalence survey for which data is being released piece-meal by state. No national figure has been released ...months after the survey. Read reports of states surveys here. You deserve an update Sir, we...Nigerians...deserve one too!

Sir, Nigeria had a large delegation at the recent International Conference on AIDS in Mexico. You approved all thier travel expenses. They must have fed back on how Nigeria is responding in integrating its HIV and TB programmes....

????...integrated, holistic, accelerated, comprehensive, bold, new, etc etc... Sir, there are just toooo many adjectives in this section oh. Grammer deh hard for us oh....

All we really want to know is: presently 1100 of our mothers per 100,000 die during child birth every year in Nigeria (reference here).

What is the FMoH doing about this? What is our target? When do we plan to achieve this. How do we plan to achieve this. Its that simple Sir....the grammer of "integrated, holistic, accelerated, comprehensive, bold, new" no go save mama life...

Thank you Sir for this one...finally we plan to do an "audit" to identify weaknesses in "quality of care". But Sir,....how soon is "soon". By the time the audit is done...na election time again be that. General Babangida told us already...several dark years ago that our hospitals are now mere "consulting clinics". Sir, I promise you ...the audit will find that even that one is gone...

Sir, "Improved" routine immunisation???? where? when? is that what the Madam in NPI/NPHCDA told you Sir? What has been causing the outbreaks of vaccine preventable disease in the press every week (as here and here). If children are immunised...there will not be outbreaks. Its that simple.

An immunsation coverage survey GAVI carried out in 2006 showed these shocking results...Fully Immunized child -18.1%BCG - 40.5%DPT3 - 36.3%Measles - 32.7%. this report was submitted to your Ministry Sir. But you can read it here. The file might not have reached your desk ...

Sir..."sharp downward turn"???. These speechwriters....this must be a "typo". Sir you know that WHO releases data on the Polio situation in Nigeria monthly. Find below the data for 2008 as at September 2008.

  • Nigeria has 675 cases of wild poliovirus in 2008, compared to 207 for the same period in 2007.
  • Nigeria accounts for 85% of the global wild poliovirus type 1 cases (the type-1 polio - the most dangerous strain of the virus) and 10% of wild poliovirus type 3 casesSeptember 2008:
  • Nigeria accounts for 91% of the cases in Africa.

Find details here.

This is no possible positive spin to this. Nigeria could well go down as the country that sabotaged the one of the largest public health initiatives of our time. Sir, do not let it happen in your time oh...

Sir, in health terms...what is really important is NOT how many health care centres have been built (dat one na conrtractor problem), but how many are funtional and providing health services. Sir, who is running these centres? Local Government??? Chei...Where are they...we would like to visit.

Sir, you said that the Ministry "made provision for" 684 health centres and built 570. Sir, what then is the basis for the N37 billion contract awarded by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for the construction of healthcare centres in 774 local governments now in court? Are these seperate, parallel initiatives? Sir...abeg tell us. This demands a special enquiry by the House of Representatives oh.... We need some more early morning drammer on AIT.

Sir...."Above average"??? Sir we will love to visit the FMoH and ask for a download of data from the NHMIS...that will be the day. We will sing and dance right in front of your office Sir.

Sir, please, Sir....at least....at the very least the FMoH deserves a website. When you have a minute...visit that of our friend's sites in other African countries...

Check out Ghana ... OK yes, but they say Ghana is "small" and easily manageable.

OK...what of South Africa? They are not at our level in development terms...

OK..but what of Kenya, Botswana, even Malawi ...we could go on and on?

You could even have put a copy of this address on your website. But since that is not possible...We will continue to make it available for all Nigerians on your behalf, so that they can hear the details of what you promised them.

Thank you very much Sir for addressing us at all. We appreciate!

At least by the time of the next address we will have the old one to hand....who knows who will be Minister of Health by then.

It might well still be you...!

Thank you Sir.


Saturday, 11 October 2008

Our Government and the Health sector

You could not make this up...but this is how our health sector is being run...

2 years after a failing agency the National Programme for Immunisation was absorbed into a failed agency the National Primary Health Care Development Agency a bill has just been sent to the National Assembly to amend the National Primary Health Care Development Agency Act, 1992 and repeal the National Programme on Immunisation Act, 1997.

...yet the gist out of Nigeria is that "immunisation" is about to be taken out of National Primary Health Care Development Agency back to the Ministry of Health, Department of Public Health; where it was before the formation of NPI in 1997!!!! Carousel chairs...our favourite pass-time...

No mention of health in our president's independence address ...no surprise there.

Look who is intervening....Senate would soon set guidelines for the operations of the National Hospital, Abuja, having concluded public hearing on activities of the hospital.

And ...the Federal Government announces the introduction of yearly "Know-Your-Status Week," as part of the war (what war?) against the pandemic. ....

Join us in trying to put health back on the agenda of governance in Nigeria at a conference in London on the 22nd of November 2008.


Click here for details.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Still missing Omololu, 2 years on…..



I ran into Olayide Akanni last week while catching the Number 8 bus in Geneva. Most of you reading this blog will know that Layide is the acting Executive Director of the Journalists against AIDS in Nigeria (JAAIDS). We went for dinner in Geneva..and inevitably ended the evening talking about my dear friend, her former boss...Omololu Falobi, a man whose ideas were well ahead of his time, founder of JAAIDS. It was 2 days to the day...2 years on when

we lost Omololu to yet unknown assassins on the streets of Lagos on the 5th of October 2006.

This is how our country treats its brightest stars!

Do you think it has stopped since then?

Oh no!!!

...shortly after Omololu, Godwin Agbroko Agbroko, editorial board chairman of ThisDay, was found shot to death in his car in Lagos and just in August 2008, Mr. Abayomi Ogundeji also of Thisday who was shot dead in his car. Reading through these three stories ...you really dont have to be Gil Grimson of CSI to think of what we think. ...but as we say in Naija" God deh"!

We missed Mexico this year...The International Conferences on AIDS always attracts a large Nigerian contingent. This is certainly not unrelated to the role of Journalists against AIDS in Nigeria have played in shaping the national response. I make bold to say that no one involved in the national response to HIV/AIDS in Nigeria over the past decade has not been influenced by JAAIDs and by its erstwhile indefatigable leader Omololu Falobi. It was in Mexico, 3 months to his death that we spent our last days together...trying hard to put our country on the map.

I remember when we asked Omo...how come he left his journalistic profession to join our public health arena...today I wonder what he would think of the blog we write, encroaching on a terrain that was herethereto not accessible to non-professionals.

How much the world has changed....but one man saw it well ahead of the rest of us.

Omololu saw the commonalities long before our time...

Rest in peace my brother

You remain always in our hearts.

...and for the rest of us..the struggle continues...








Friday, 3 October 2008

While Nigeria stutters...Ghana makes great strides

From AfricaLoft:
Ghana is reportedly one of the few countries in sub-Saharan Africa which have made tremendous progress in reducing infant and maternal deaths. The country has also started a process of integrating traditional medicine in its mainstream healthcare delivery system. In this interview with Chukwuma Muanya of Nigerian Guardian, who was in Ghana recently, Dr. Eddie Addai, Director for Policy Planning Monitoring and Evaluation in Ghana, explains how Ghana has been able to achieve this feat and speaks on other programmes the country is working on to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on health.

India...an ongoing challenge

I recently read an interesting blog by editors of the BMJ who had recently visited India. They wrote about their vist...



Nair Hospital where free modern healthcare was provided completely free to almost 7 million poor patients a year.




Sir Ganga Ram Hospital where a fifth of the hospital’s beds are free, for the poorest patients, as are 40% of investigations in the outpatient departments, and outreach services in four distant rural areas are completely free. Yet Sir Ganga Ram has many high tech modern facilities, including Dr Nundy’s department of surgical gastroenterology which has, to date, performed nearly 200 liver transplants.








I wondered what they would find if they came to Nigeria...

Every day there are stories from our "centres of excellence" in the press...

...some good...some ugly...



THIRTY-SIX years after performing a major eye transplant operation the University College Hospital (UCH) yesterday recorded another feat by carrying out a similar exercise on four patients.
Details as reported by the Guardian here

The Chief Medical director Dr Ajuwon and his wife Matron Julie appear before a Federal high court sitting in Abuja over alleged unethical practices. by one of the Staff nurses. She also accuses the Chief Medical Director of harassing her sexually.

Details as reported by Vanguard newspapers here
In UNTH the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission is investigating, among other things, allegations of the supply of non-functional, obsolete anesthesia equipment to the hospital and the non-implementation of contracts for five theatres approved by the hospital board since 2007.

Details as reported by the Punch here



Armed robbers invaded the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu, carting away three laptops, handsets and cash, officials told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Details as reported by Vanguard


You might find the following links interetsing:

1. University of Benin Teaching Hospital
2. Lagos University Teaching Hospital
3. University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital
4. Abia State University Teaching Hospital

...one day our hospitals will start thinking of the power of the web in attracting patients...their clients.