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Jonathan commissions Defence Intelligence dialysis centre - The Guardian Nigeria (satire) (press release) (blog) PDF Print
Jonathan-5-02-15President Goodluck Jonathan

• Nominates Justice Bello as FCT judge
• Senate passes desertification bill into law

REPRIEVE has come the way of an estimated 23 percent of Nigerian population that has kidney-related complaints as President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday commissioned the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) Dialysis Centre.

Performing the ceremony in Abuja, President Jonathan said the centre, which would provide homo-dialysis services to the military and security services in particular, brings respite to the frequent reports of kidney-related diseases in Nigeria.

While noting that military hospitals are supposed to be well furnished with the necessary equipment, Jonathan said military hospitals are supposed to treat even the President, his spouse and members of his immediate family, “It is expected therefore that the military hospitals should be well equipped.”

In his opening remarks, the Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI) Rear Admiral Gabriel Okoi, said the well furnished facility has four machines and is manned by 10 staff at inception, but “as kidney dialysis require long term man power increase, and huge sums of money to operate, it is our hope that centre would improve on its staff strength and run for 24 hours in order to provide broader services.”

He pointed out that the initiative is informed by the rising number of people expected to go through the initial kidney treatment, even as the “the World Health Organisation statistics predicted that by the year 2020 the burden of diabetes and cardiovascular disease would have been increase by 130 percent in Africa alone.

He expressed confidence that the project would be regarded “as our corporate social responsibility to our immediate community. The services to be provided would be extended to the security community in particular and the Abuja community at large.”

In another development, President Jonathan yesterday forwarded the nomination of Justice Ishaq Usman Bello for screening and confirmation for appointment as the Chief Judge, High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

In a letter dated May 21 and addressed to the Senate President, David Mark, President Jonathan said his request was in line with Section 249 of the 1999 Constitution, which outlines the composition of a Federal High Court.

According to him, the Constitution provides “that the Federal High Court shall consist of a Chief Judge and such number of Judges as may be prescribed by Act of the National Assembly.”

However, due to the voluntary retirement of Justice Ibrahim M. Bukar from service on March 31 as the Chief Judge of the High Court, Federal Capital Territory, the National Judicial Commission has recommended the appointment of the most senior judge at the High Court of the FTC.

“In this connection, I attached herewith, a copy of the letter CJN/PFRN/A.1/11/527 of May 20, 2015 from the Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman, National Judicial Council.

“I have accepted the recommendation of the National Judicial Council and in accordance with Section 250(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, which states that the appointment shall be subject to confirmation by the Senate.

“I hereby present the nomination of Honourable Justice Ishaq Usman Bello for confirmation by the Senate”, Mr. President said.

The Senate also passed the Bill for the establishment of the National Agency for the Great Green Wall into law.

This was upon presentation of report of the Joint Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development and Environment and Ecology on the bill.

In his lead debate, Chairman of the Committee, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, states that the Executive Bill seeks to establish the National Agency for the Great Green Wall. According to him, the bill if finally assented to by Mr. President, would facilitate implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Great Green Wall programme in Nigeria, which include management of draught as well as control of desertification and afforestation.


Dialysis Patients Speak Out Against Proposed Cuts - WICS-TV PDF Print


Dialysis Patients Speak Out Against Proposed Cuts
Dialysis Patients Speak Out Against Proposed Cuts. While lawmakers argued over budget cuts in the House and Senate today, dialysis patients spoke out against Medicaid cuts. The dialysis patient citizens group say 18,000 patients could be impacted ...

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Illinois dialysis patients threatened by proposed Medicaid cuts - WLS-TV PDF Print
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (WLS) -- Proposed budget cuts to Medicaid threaten to have a big impact effect on some kidney patients in Illinois who rely on dialysis to survive. It comes as state Democrats are expected to advance their own budget proposal, one that Republicans are calling "unbalanced."

The dialysis centers treat some of the most fragile patients in the state's health care system. Now, they are threatened by the Illinois budget crisis.

For patients at the DaVita Kidney Dialysis Center in Waukegan, four-hour treatments three times a week are the difference between life and death.

"I try to be positive. I understand what I'm battling but I don't let that affect my life," said Ken Mayo, a dialysis patient.

Ninety percent of dialysis patients receive some degree of support from either federal or state programs. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to cut Medicaid reimbursements could cause dozens of treatment centers to close.

"The problem with this is there are a number of dialysis centers across the state of Illinois that don't make a profit. They lose money," said Penny Davis, of DaVita Dialysis.

Facing a $6 billion deficit for next fiscal year, the governor has targeted the Medicaid program for $1.5 billion in cuts. In Springfield, dialysis providers said if their programs are not spared, patients will end up in more expensive hospital emergency rooms.

"Medicaid cuts to dialysis will only shift costs to commercial insurance programs where folks hope you won't notice them," said Jackson Williams, of Dialysis Patients Citizens.

Democratic lawmakers who hold the majority in both chambers of the general assembly say they'll send the governor a budget plan with a $3 billion shortfall. They want Rauner to recommend a tax increase to restore cuts to programs like Medicaid.

U.S. Congressman Bob Dold, who toured the center in Waukegan Tuesday afternoon, saw the life and death treatments up close and wants the politicians in Springfield to recognize the seriousness.

"Republicans, Democrats: put the partisanship aside and focus on the people," Rep. Dold said.

The deadline for the General Assembly to come up with a budget is May 31 at midnight. The governor sticks by his demand for reforms before any tax increases.


15000 renal failure cases reported in KSA - Arab News PDF Print

JEDDAH: There are nearly 15,000 renal failure patients in the Kingdom and two-third of them undergo dialysis, said Dr. Mohammed Al-Aumi, supervisor of King Salman Kidney Center in Riyadh.
Addressing a workshop organized by the Health Ministry for enhancing public awareness on kidney related diseases, he said renal failure cases are spreading all over the world.
“More than 600 million people around the world currently suffer from kidney diseases and they account for 14.2 percent of global population,” Al-Aumi told participants.
“It’s a silent disease that creeps into all parts of body and we’ll know its symptoms only after sometime,” he pointed out.
Al-Aumi underscored the ministry’s efforts to combat renal diseases. “It promotes public awareness to take precautions against the disease. These kinds of meetings help experts develop effective precautionary measures.”
He stressed the importance of conducting regular checkups in order to avoid complications. “Awareness programs will help relatives of patients to understand the best methods to deal with patients.”
Daleel Ghazi Al-Shammari spoke about the importance of educating patients and their families about the impact of kidney diseases and the need to correct their wrong notions.
“Every member of the society should know about it,” she said while highlighting the dangerous consequences of the disease.
The awareness program aims at informing the public about kidney functions and how its failure would affect a person’s health. Diabetes, obesity and blood pressure could lead to renal failure.
“The program also aims at encouraging the public to adopt a hygienic lifestyle, keeping away from smoking, reducing bodyweight, doing physical exercise and taking a balanced diet,” she said.


Young Council delegation to travel to Sydney to fight Cowra renal unit decision - ABC Online PDF Print

Updated May 27, 2015 08:44:11

The Young Shire Council is fighting the Murrumbidgee Local Health District's decision for a satellite renal unit to be installed in Cowra rather than Young.

The announcement earlier this month led to anger in Young.

Mayor, John Walker, says the community is upset, even though a new renal unit at Cowra will be an improvement on the current two and a half hour trip to Canberra.

The local community raised a lot of funds between 2005 and 2009 to have the self-managed renal service, understanding that it was the first step in a satellite service in Young. The local community are rather upset about it.

Young Shire Mayor, John Walker

"Well it's very disappointing to us as council, and as a member of the Local Health Advisory Committee, that they didn't keep us informed all the way through," he said.

"I got no clear message that the budget was allocated or that it was going away.

"I know the plans had been drawn up, I knew they were seeking funding and that's the last definite information that we received from the Minister or from Murrumbidgee Health."

A petition is circulating in Young, but Councillor Walker says it is hoped for a faster political response today.

Councillor Walker says Cootamundra MP, Katrina Hodgkinson, will raise the issue with Health Minister, Jillian Skinner, even though his request to meet the minister was rejected.

"That's very disappointing to me as a representative of the community," he said.

"The minister hopefully will listen to our local member but we'll have a second chance on Wednesday when the minister will be presenting to a delegation from the Central West who are going down to Parliament House to meet with a few ministers, Minister Skinner will be one of those ministers."

Councillor Walker says residents have long supported better renal services in the town.

"The local community raised a lot of funds between 2005 and 2009 to have the self-managed renal service, understanding that it was the first step in a satellite service in Young," he said.

"The local community are rather upset about it."

Topics: activism-and-lobbying, local-government, healthcare-facilities, liver-and-kidneys, regional, young-2594, cowra-2794, wagga-wagga-2650, orange-2800

First posted May 27, 2015 07:11:39

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