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Anambra Resident Doctors Suspend Strike

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A two month strike by resident doctors of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), has been called off.

Calling off the strike, the doctors citied intervention from Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) and pleas from state government, among others.

In a statement issued in Awka and signed by the chairman and secretary Dr Obinna Aniagboso and Dr Chidiebele Egolum respectively, the group said its decision to call off the strike was arrived at during its emergency meeting held on Monday, July 15.

It reminded the public that the industrial action which commenced on 13th May 2019 was due to the failure of the state government to honor it’s agreement to implement full CONMESS for doctors and upgrade diagnostic facilities as befitting of a tertiary health center.

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The group said that there had been a concensus by all concerned parties that the resident doctors’ struggle is just and therefore the need to address their challenges in order to retain trained experienced personnel and improve the standard of clinical services in the hospital.

However, as the strike progressed, there was request by Governor Willie Obiano for a suspension to give government a little time to complete the ongoing personnel audit and financial analysis, it said.

The group also said it took cognizance of the resolution of the NMA leadership and elders meeting which advised it to suspend the strike for one month along with the medical and dental consultants association of Nigeria (MDCAN).

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Thirdly, it said the group considered the plight of the patients under their care who have become stranded and deprived of quality care throughout the protracted industrial action.

The statement added that the resident doctors accept the concessions made by the management on internal issues bordering on conditions of service and witheld remuneration, and intend to cooperate to ensure its full implementation.

It regretted that while the strike lasted, some people infused politics into it, attempting to use its members to achieve personal ambitions.

Given all the considerations, the resident doctors decided to resume work yesterday morning though still pursuing their objectives#

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America Confirms Second Case Of Coronavirus

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A second case of the dreaded disease coronavirus has been recorded in the United State of America.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States (US) confirmed the case on Friday, January 24.

The second patient recorded in America is a woman of approximately 60 years old.

The patient had been receiving treatment in a hospital in Chicago before her case was officially recorded as coronavirus.

Reports have it that the woman had travelled to Wuhan in December 2019, but returned to Illinois earlier in January 2020 without any symptom of the disease. However, the diagnosis of her case has revealed that she is responding to treatment at the centre in the US.

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Bloomberg report that healthcare authorities in the US have expressed fears that there are chances of the spread of the disease. In fact, the centre said that it is presently studying over 60 persons and many more travellers from Wuhan.

Nancy Messonnier, the CDC’s national centre for immunization and respiratory diseases, said: “We are expecting more cases in the U.S. and we are likely going to see some cases among close contacts of travellers and human-to-human transmission.” Coronavirus started in the Wuhan part of China recently.

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Police Confirm Oko Oloyun’s Death

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The death of traditional medical personnel, Alh. Fatai Yusuf popular as Oko Oloyun has been confirmed by the police.

According to the Oyo State Police Command, he was murdered by unknown gunmen along Igbo-Ora-Eruwa Road on Thursday, January 24.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Gbenga Fadeyi, told The Nation Newspaper that Yusuf was killed around 4:30 pm on the road while traveling to Iseyin, Oyo State.

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Fadeyi, a Superintendent of Police (SP), said the Commissioner of Police Mr Shina Olukolu visited the site of the incident along with some deputy commissioners for an on-the-spot fact-finding mission.

The PPRO said Olukolu has directed a high-powered manhunt for the hoodlums that perpetrated the dastardly act with a view to bringing them to justice.

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Amotekun: Details Of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Southwest Governors Meeting Revealed

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Details of the understanding reached by the Federal Government and Southwest Governors over Operation Amotekun have been released.

In a meeting chaired by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, it was agreed that a legal framework would be developed for the security outfit to resolve the controversies that has trailed the security outfit.

Chairman, Southwest Governors’ Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, who spoke with newsmen at the end of the meeting in Abuja said the two sides had fruitful deliberation and had agreed on a legal framework for Amotekun.

He said; “We held a very fruitful discussion, the meeting was presided over by the Vice President, we have rubbed minds and all of us have agreed on the way forward, most important one is that we have agreed to have a legal framework backing Amotekun and this legal framework is going to be one all of us will look at and ensure that it goes without any hindrance.

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According to him, the establishment of Amotekun had not been put on hold, but would work in the form of community policing which the Federal Government had been championing.

“Amotekun is there, you know the federal government is tightening community policing; in essence really, it is about community policing; so, we are going to work together and see the community policing and Amotekun work in a way,” he said.

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When asked why consultations were not made before the establishment of Amotekun, Akeredolu disagreed, saying there were consultations.

“We held discussion with the IGP then, what he has developed is what has led to this, not that there were no consultations. We just felt that with all these noise outside, it is better for us to sit down and you remember immediately when the noise started, I said we are going to explore political solution.

“We have looked at the solution to it now, legal solution and political, all of us will do it. At no time did government wants to stop Amotekun,” he said.

 

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