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Health / !!! EBOLA ALERT !!! by aletheia(m): 9:56am
RED ALERT
Please be informed that a suspected case of Ebola Haemorrhagic fever has been confirmed by NCDC through our Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos on 22/7/2014.
The case is now receiving the medical team attention at Lagos. All Port Health Services staff throughout the Nation is expected to be extra vigilant, you should report on any suspected cases while taking into consideration the necessary aseptic techniques in handling such cases.
Furthermore, you are all expected to institute the necessary actions to the Border Communities.
Urgent Reports should be sent to:
1. Director Public Health FMOH - 08037211528
2. PD NCDC FMOH - 07067352220
3. CSG I PHS FMOH - 08097979595
4. CSG I Epidemiology FMOH - 08033120482
Health / Re: Nma Strike: The Patients's Perspective by aletheia(m): 7:16pm On Jul 15
adeoladrg:

Answer the question! Would you have him transplant his organ in Nigeria or go abroad! Yes? No?

Garki Hospital Completes Three Kidney Transplants

Garki Hospital Performs First Heart Surgery Says it’s proof PPP is working

There are many more Nigerian hospitals across the country doing similar surgeries.

The NMA strike will enter its second phase: Private Hospitals will join in.

It is a necessary struggle incumbent on the medical profession in keeping with the oaths that all doctors swore to:

I will maintain by all the means in my power, the honour and the noble traditions of the medical profession

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Health / Re: Salaries Of Doctors And Other Health Workers In Some Countries by aletheia(m): 4:08pm On Jul 12
prettyprettywow: You forgot that these are salaries of specialist Doctors(consultants) with over 12yrs of education and average of $300k in student loan (for US Drs) as compared to the salaries of an entry level nurse ( 4yrs degree and less than $50k student loanfor US graduates)). You fail to realize that in US, resident Drs earn an average of $45k, quite below the salary of the least hospital worker. So when they say Drs aern 200k, know that they are talking about consultants, and if you wanna compare with nurses, talk about nurse practitioners where some specialist nurse practitioners earn more than some specialist Drs e.g Anaesthetic nurses (CRNA) earn more than family physicians. Our Drs want to reap where they did not sow.

Besides, nobody is asking to earn same salary as Drs. That has never been the issue
What do you understand by the word "Average"?

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Politics / Re: Vote Closed > PDP * - APC * by aletheia(m): 5:21pm On Jan 10
GenBuhari: Why close poll?
I suppose 40 laptop crew are tired of voting with their multiple IDs.

Polls cannot be rigged when they based on one vote per IP address , or when the numbers voting are too large for the 40 laptop crew's multiple IDs to have an effect on the overall result, which is why these polls are never taken to the front page and why OP is rushing to close it. grin
What a turnaround. Weren't you the same person insisting in 2011 that Buhari's winning in online polls prior to the election was a reflection of reality? Now the shoe's on the other foot, the online polls are rigged?

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Politics / Re: Vote Closed > PDP * - APC * by aletheia(m): 11:53pm On Jan 08
It would appear that this thread is indicative of APC losing the social media battle.
Politics / Re: Beneficiaries Of Gej's 1.6 Million Jobs Identify Yourselves by aletheia(m): 9:14pm On Jan 08
Ile-Ife:

educated "genteel" mark the register, which parastatal do you work? How many million does your parastatal pay you? Has GEJ changed your life? give your testimony or shut it. grin grin grin
Ignorant lout. Job creation doesn't entail vacancies in a "parastatal". Young men and women like you are starting businesses and employing others. No wonder you here are demonstrating jobless frustration. . .keep waiting for a "parastatal" job. You go wait tire.
Politics / Re: Beneficiaries Of Gej's 1.6 Million Jobs Identify Yourselves by aletheia(m): 5:52pm On Jan 08
Ile-Ife:


only 5 people out of 1.6 million. Na real fresh wind. grin grin grin grin
You are an uneducated lout. You expect 1.6 million people leave their businesses and jobs to come mark register on your utterly insignificant thread just for the express purpose of gratifying your curiosity as to whether they are employed or not. At least 5 people (according to you) have identified themselves. That is 5 more than the people you have made a contribution into their lives. What value have you added to the lives of those in your immediate neighborhood?
Health / Re: Surgeon General? President Jonathan; Do The Needful Or Tender Your Resignation by aletheia(m): 6:55pm On Jan 06
The appointment of the Surgeon-General of the Federation is a done deal. JOHESU or whatever else they call themselves cannot stop it. Their arguments against it are downright hilarious and filled with untruths and show a poor comprehension of basic English. But we can't really expect better from a conglomeration of some vocal frustrated half-baked doctor wannabes.

Let's clear some misconceptions:

1. No nurse or pharmacist has ever been the Surgeon-General of the United States. That office has always from inception to present all 18 times been headed by a Physician.

2. The US Surgeon-General is the operational head of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC) and thus the leading spokesperson on matters of public health in the federal government of the United States.

3. Because of it's history, the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC) is organized like a military organization, which is why the US Surgeon-General bears the rank of Rear Admiral. However, officially, they are designated non-combatant.

4. A lot of what has been written here by JOHESU members concerning the US Surgeon-General confuses the Surgeon-Generals of the US Armed Forces with that of the Surgeon-General of the United States

Wikipedia: In the United States and many areas of British Commonwealth, the title of Surgeon General refers to a physician commissioned by the government and entrusted with public health responsibilities. The post originated in the 17th century, as military units brought their own doctors. Thus, in the United States, the chief public health officer is the Surgeon General of the United States and each state has its own State Surgeon General. Moreover, each branch of the American military services has its own surgeon general, with more combat-related responsibilities and experience, hence Surgeon General of the United States Army, Surgeon General of the United States Navy, and Surgeon General of the United States Air Force.

JOHESU and their agents should note that the above reference mentions the British Commonwealth of which Nigeria is part. The appointment of the Surgeon-General (or Chief Medical Officer) whichever title is finally agreed on is long overdue. And yes it refers to Physicians not Pharmacists, not Nurses, not Lab Scientists etc.
Health / Re: FG Agrees To Appoint Surgeon-general Of The Federation by aletheia(m): 12:23pm On Jan 06
Samgreguc:
am beginning to c dat dose guys care 4 demselves alone nt patience. They jst want to b lording over all by positions and appointment.

4 instance, why wil they say d Nigerian Surg. Gen. Wil only b a Physician and in US where they are copying frm, its headed by any qualified health practicioner be it Pharm or nurse?
Typical lies and half-truths. Let's clear some misconceptions.

1. No nurse or pharmacist has ever been the Surgeon-General of the United States. That office has always from inception been headed by a Physician.

2. The US Surgeon-General is the operational head of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC) and thus the leading spokesperson on matters of public health in the federal government of the United States.

3. Because of it's history, the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC) is organized like a military organization, which is why the US Surgeon-General bears the rank of Rear Admiral. However, officially, they are designated non-combatant.

4. A lot of what has been written here concerning the US Surgeon-General confuses the Surgeon-Generals of the US Armed Forces with that of the Surgeon-General of the United States

Wikipedia: In the United States and many areas of British Commonwealth, the title of Surgeon General refers to a physician commissioned by the government and entrusted with public health responsibilities. The post originated in the 17th century, as military units brought their own doctors. Thus, in the United States, the chief public health officer is the Surgeon General of the United States and each state has its own State Surgeon General. Moreover, each branch of the American military services has its own surgeon general, with more combat-related responsibilities and experience, hence Surgeon General of the United States Army, Surgeon General of the United States Navy, and Surgeon General of the United States Air Force.
Politics / Re: FG Agrees To Appoint Surgeon- General Of The Federation by aletheia(m): 12:07am On Jan 03
courage54: Misplaced priority ..... This is what we get when vision less pple are in power! Is it the surgeon general that will fix the dilapidated medical facilities dat we have in our shambo public hospitals? Or d duties of d surgeon general will still cut across treating of our old parents in villages dat don't have good health care centre? Only God will save us in dis country.

It is a step in the right direction. Fixing hospitals is good but the general misconception abounding in Nigeria is that you need advanced state-of-the-art hospitals and equipment to achieve better health indices; to reduce maternal mortality and infant mortality and raise life expectancy of Nigerians. Not so.

More than 90% of the health problems of Nigeria can be solved by strengthening Primary Care. A case in point is Cuba versus the United States. Cuba spends per capita about $168 on health compared to the United States which spends more than $4500 per capita, and it is widely acknowledged that Cuba has one of the best healthcare systems in the worls, outranking the United States on nearly all health indices. They were able to achieve this by ensuring universal health coverage, and doing things like universal access to clean drinking water etc. These sort of initiatives fall within the purview of Public Health.

There is no coherent Public Health direction or policy in Nigeria. The appointment of a Surgeon-General goes a long way towards ensuring that by providing leadership and direction for Public Health in Nigeria.
Religion / Re: Why Intellectuals Laugh At Atheists by aletheia(m): 4:10pm On Dec 30, 2013
lekkie073: u cannot be an atheist without first of all being an intellectual.
This sentence is illogical. It requires no intelligence to chose to believe that God does not exist. Belief in the non-existence of God does not require intellect.

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Religion / Re: “there Is No Hell Fire; Adam & Eve Not Real” - Pope Francis by aletheia(m): 12:07pm On Dec 30, 2013
The source of the post is from here

It is false and has been debunked here

It is extremely naive to think that the Roman Catholic Church will so tamely surrender it's claim to primacy.

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Politics / Re: A Thread For Christian Northerners For GEJ 2015 by aletheia(m): 1:20am On Dec 27, 2013
ilugunboy:
Yes...because that election opened our eyes....no more pretense about political sophistication. We are dealing with people that uses ethnicity and religion as main campaign tool.
And the "power must return to the North" brigade that have been singing that song since the end of OBJ's first term are not using "ethnicity and religion as main campaign tool"?

To address the topic of this thread. The issue of the core North versus the Middle-Belt cannot be simplistically subsumed under the rubric of "Christian Northerners". That betrays a failure to understand the nuances of the relationship between these 2 regions, a failure to take into consideration history that predates 1914. Just as it is in Yorubaland, and among the Igala and to some extent the Nupe, a lot of the Middle-Belt ethnicities have within their families adherents of Islam, Christianity and Traditional religions. And for them, religion is not in the forefront in terms of ethnic identity.

It is only the political leaders of the Hausa people who have used religion as a means of social mobilization; who regard all other Nigerians (and this includes Muslims of other Nigerian ethnicities) as infidels and inferior. Why else do you think it is only in the North that we have witnessed targeted religious riots that have killed other Nigerian ethnicities? This is largely because for the Hausa, unlike most other Nigerian ethnic groups, religion became a substitute for ethnic identity. The Fulani overlords following Dan Fodio's conquest successfully stamped out independent Hausa culture and history, replacing it with religion as a way of preventing their overthrow.

Whether the Middle-Belt votes for GEJ in 2015 or not will depend on the configuration of the main opposition ticket. In any case, as they say "a week is a long time in politics" and any prognostications at this point may well be off the mark. Perhaps GEJ might even be the APC candidate. . .after all, PDP has just completed the takeover of APC.

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Politics / Re: A Thread For Christian Northerners For GEJ 2015 by aletheia(m): 10:52pm On Dec 26, 2013
What this thread reveals is the hypocrisy of some people. They lambast Igbos for voting APGA in the recent Anambra elections and yet their arguments all day long on this thread is how "all Yorubas" will "vote" for the presidential ticket with a "Yoruba" man.

We have heard.

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Politics / Re: A Thread For Christian Northerners For GEJ 2015 by aletheia(m): 1:17pm On Dec 26, 2013
Obiagelli: we have been hearing xtian votes for GEJ in the north, please our dear xtian northerners show you support here. Let's test the waters.
This must qualify as one of the most stupîd threads of the year. "Christian northerners for GEJ". Why not "Christian northerners against GEJ"? Do you really think people will vote on the basis of religion in 2015 for GEJ?

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Health / Re: Expect Total Strike From Jan 6, Doctors Warn by aletheia(m): 2:26pm On Dec 25, 2013
tope2013: Remove the medical doctors from all being the heads and see the improvement in health Nigeria will record
Rich Nigerians will not travel abroad again for medical treatment
For the abroad wey "the rich naijerians" dey go so. . .

Na who dey make the diagnosis of wetin de worry dem? The Doctor

Na who dey prescribe the drugs wey dem go drink? The Doctor

Na who dey decide which investigations dem need? The Doctor

Na who dey interpret the results of the investigations? The Doctor

Na who dey do the operations? The Doctor


...so wetin come remain?
Health / Re: Expect Total Strike From Jan 6, Doctors Warn by aletheia(m): 9:14am On Dec 24, 2013
adeola_drg: ...antimalarial drug for his TB patient...
Chei! So na you be dat pharmacist wey de use chloroquine treat tuberculosis. God don catch you today. Na so una dey prescribe nonsense, dey cause kidney and liver failure dey kill our naija people.

nouveaux:
I wont join words with you, u are obviously a pre clinical student. I always say it, if you are a Nigerian and it takes an outsider to tell u abt goings in your country, then you are a dunce. Im done with you, I hate it wen embryos quote me. Oshe
Embryo? Embryo dey inside him mama belle. You no sabi book O. Na illiterate de form say him sabi use big grammar. Na only to dey abuse you fit because wetin I been talk about nurse na true. Abi no be 3 credit una been de use enter School before? Any way I know wetin de worry you. You carry vex sake of say one pre-clinical student wey you been dey eye no gree give you face. At least Nurse Miriam own better pass, she manage date one medical student before that one dump am. You still dey cry in frustration.
Health / Re: Expect Total Strike From Jan 6, Doctors Warn by aletheia(m): 11:24pm On Dec 23, 2013
nouveaux: Nurse Miriam, Im proud of you!
Imagine, a scumbag saying 3credits into a nursing school? That shows you have nothing running in your already empty skulls. Im sorry really. My problem with them, they dont know and they dont want to know since they know they know it all. Delusion of grandeur indeed.
Another nurse don show. Una think say we no know wetin dey happen? E been get two types of nurses for naija. De ones wey go School of Nursing and Midwifery. Dis type na 3 credit for Waec dem be dey carry enter School of Nursing (English and Maths no even dey). Almost all of their senior matrons na dese type dem get before dem come change the requirement to 5 credit. The other type wey dey more recent na BSN Nurses. Dis ones been go university small, where Doctors come dey teach dem course like Anatomy, Physiology, and Biochemistry. The thing wey come surprise man for the thing be say na the 3 credit type nurse sabi practical work pass the B.SN ones wey just dey make noise for dis thread, so tay the 3 credit nurse go jus dey shake head for the B.SN ones say na grammar dem sabi blow, but to do the real nursing work, dem no fit.

Government wan helep all dem nurses upgrade from RN, das why dem give all dem deadline say make the ones wey no get B.SN try get B.SN, otherwise dem no go recognize dem as nurses again. Das why nurses full National Open University of Nigeria dey look for BSN.
Health / Re: Expect Total Strike From Jan 6, Doctors Warn by aletheia(m): 5:13pm On Dec 23, 2013
miriamP: Finished service last year??
No be for June 2012 you been finish NYSC?
So at 9:07 am on October 18, 2012, no be you write this for 2011 Batch C Corpers:
miriamP: just be prayerful and hope in God. He doesnt disappoint. I got a federal job on april 16th, dats 2 months b4 i passed out on june 14th dis year and i collected d appointment letter d next day been 15th and i resumed on 19th. All without knowing anybody bt God. Just tell God wat u want, he will just push it across to u. CONGRATULATIONS
You sabi lie sha. Abeg greet that your doctor boyfriend.
Health / Re: Expect Total Strike From Jan 6, Doctors Warn by aletheia(m): 4:56pm On Dec 23, 2013
miriamP:

oh u really took d curse serious? Hahaha, do u know how many children i ve and if i still want more I didnt know u fear dis much. Let me give u ur diagnosis - delusion of grandeur. I suggest u check urself into a mental home as soon as possible b4 u come out on tv one day and declare ur self president of d US, of cos u know what pschological impact dat will have on ur family. U know a mad man does nt feel ashamed but its d relations who do so. Consult a doctor? Ha! Wit ma level of competence, dats laughable. And for ur info u dont need to shiver at dat curse, it will get to u and ur descendants cos u deserve it
My people shey una dey see example of some illiterate Nigerian nurses. You see me mention your irrelevant curses anywhere. Since you enter dis thread, no be curse you jus dey curse? You no see say I dey kampe, dey smile. You just dey use words wey Doctors invent "delusion of grandeur", and you no even fit spell "Psychological". Na wetin dey happen when nurse dey carry 3 credits for Waec go enter School of Nursing. If I give you exam now say make you talk wetin delusion of grandeur mean, you go begin stammer, come dey curse join.

See dis small girl fa. No be just last year you finish service. Just dey here dey make mouth, dey deceive yourself. When time reach make you get belle, make you no go antenatal, dey form say you get competence, that is if all the abortion wey you do when you been dey school for that your doctor boyfriend wey been jilt you never spoil your womb finish. May be das why you just dey hyperventilate, dey craze for dis thread. Imagine fa, nearly all your posts for Nairaland na on top this thread...dey take doctor matter personal.

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Health / Re: Expect Total Strike From Jan 6, Doctors Warn by aletheia(m): 4:32pm On Dec 23, 2013
miriamP:
sorry but i repeat i dont argue with simpletons, borrow a leaf from Incognito. Its only simpletons like u dat will not recognise the sarcasm in that statement. And for ur info i attended a university, a college of health sciences.
And for what u wish urself, if u re a man, den ur wife will deliver all her children thru C/S and if u re a woman, be rest assured that all ur children will be delivered thru C/S and dis shall go down to ur children even to ur 4th generation. He who rolls a stone will have it rolled back at him, and who digs a pit shall fall into it.
grin grin grin
I was right to guess you are nurse. And one that was used and dumped by a doctor (or medical student) for that matter. . .hence the rather personal beef and outright lies. And it was so easy to psychologically profile you. . .so one of your greatest fears is to be delivered by Caesarean section? Each time you consult a doctor ( and I know that you do from time to time) you show yourself a hypocrite. "Doctors are more numerous than patients" indeed.

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Health / Re: Expect Total Strike From Jan 6, Doctors Warn by aletheia(m): 1:36pm On Dec 23, 2013
Mrs Awesome: Privatize.......hospital.. surely not in patients interest but to prove points of who is most important.
Actually it is in the patient's best interests. Privatizing will impose efficiency and raise standards. It will also cut down on the strikes in the health sector. As an example, try visit Garki Hospital in Abuja and compare it's efficiency with Asokoro or Maitama District Hospitals. Garki is run according to PPP arrangement. There you will find doctors (even Consultants) and nurses at work 24 hours unlike in the public hospitals when absenteeism is high and you have rude and incompetent nurses.
Health / Re: Expect Total Strike From Jan 6, Doctors Warn by aletheia(m): 1:31pm On Dec 23, 2013
miriamP:
am sorry but i dont argue with simpletons
Who's the simpleton? Me or you who believes that patients outnumber doctors in Nigeria. I don't blame you. It's the mediocre training you received in Nursing School. You will know the truth at the time of your delivery when you will be panting for a doctor to come perform that Caesarean section you will desperately need when the time comes.
Health / Re: Expect Total Strike From Jan 6, Doctors Warn by aletheia(m): 11:42am On Dec 23, 2013
miriamP: ...Doctors are more dan patients now...
You actually believe this nonsense you wrote here. Anyway, this will all soon end once the Federal Teaching Hospitals and Federal Medical Centres are privatized or turned over to a Public-Private Partnership. It is an inevitable progression. JOHESU or whatever can only delay it not stop it.
Politics / Re: Iyabo Obasanjo's Letter To Her Father by aletheia(m): 2:30pm On Dec 18, 2013
By Saharareporters, New York


Former Governor Segun Osoba of Ogun State who is also a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has confirmed that he met Iyabo Obasanjo, the daughter of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, during his trip to the United States in September 2013. Recounting his chance meeting with Ms. Obasanjo to SaharaReporters, Chief Osoba said he was in the United States for the 73rd anniversary of the Nieman Foundation Fellowship when he ran into Iyabo, a former senator in Nigeria. The former governor told SaharaReporters he was staying at The Charles Hotel in Cambridge when he had a chance encounter with the daughter of the former president who told him her car was parked in the hotel’s basement parking lot.

Chief Osoba said that, after the meeting, Ms. Obasanjo went downstairs to get her car and then drove him to the offices of the Nieman Foundation Center where he had an event. He said commute took close to an hour, leaving plenty of time for a long conversation between him and former President Obasanjo’s daughter.

Speaking further, Chief Osoba disclosed that Iyabo expressed exactly the same sentiments about her father contained in her letter that was just published by SaharaReporters. According to the former governor, Ms. Obasanjo stated that her father would divide the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) more than it was then after his so-called intervention in the party. He said Ms. Obasanjo also stated that she had no plans to return anymore to Nigerian politics, a sentiment she expressed in the acerbic letter to her father.

Chief Osoba added that, after his return from the US, he met former President Obasanjo a month later at the 80th birthday party of Chief Adedoja Adewolu and told him of his encounter with Iyabo in Massachusetts, including her view of his intervention in the PDP. Former Governor Osoba said he strongly believed that his discussion with Mr. Obasanjo might have prompted the former President to tell his daughter to run on the platform of the APC, another revelation made in her letter.

Former Senator Iyabo Obasanjo wrote an 11-page letter to her father which she sent to Lagos-based Vanguard newspaper. In the letter, she described her father as a liar, manipulator and a hypocrite. She also characterized her father as a wife-beater and abominable father.
Religion / Re: The Sons Of God (fallen Angels) by aletheia(m): 12:09am On Dec 12, 2013
Old Topic. Go Here
Religion / Re: My Argument With My Muslim Friend!!! by aletheia(m): 1:54am On Nov 02, 2013
@OP...you need to try harder with your characteristic Muslim tactic of argumentum ad populum. It doesn't wash. You are not yet a follower of Christ. Understand this: "If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed."
Poems For Review / Re: Fragments Of A Forgotten Song by aletheia(m): 6:26pm On Nov 01, 2013
Ishilove: Nawa o. Alatheia, is this the anniversary of The Great Breakup? undecided

No breakup. Just aparting of ways with a promise of return.

aletheia:

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Of hasty embraces
And tearful farewells.
Woman, do you remember
The words, which you spoke,
The hope you held out
Like a lantern shining in the dark:

Poems For Review / Re: Fragments Of A Forgotten Song by aletheia(m): 3:12pm On Nov 01, 2013

NOVEMBER FIRST

Another October has gone,
Taking with it those memories
Of the time we spent together
Of the love we shared,
The promises that we made.
Woman, do you remember
Those words which I spoke,
Those secrets, which we shared,
The laughter and the sunshine?
That October was a sunburst
Of glorious marvelous colors.

Another October has gone
Taking with it those memories
Of broken promises and stolen kisses,
Of hasty embraces
And tearful farewells.
Woman, do you remember
The words, which you spoke,
The hope you held out
Like a lantern shining in the dark:
Another October will come
With glorious marvelous colors.

© aletheia
Politics / Re: What You Don't Know About Nigeria's Space Program by aletheia(m): 12:03pm On Oct 15, 2013
Katsumoto: Following your logic, Suntai spent 10 months abroad for status reasons.
'Gov. Murtala Nyako of Adamawa on Monday visited ailing Gov. Danbaba Suntai of Taraba, who returned to Jalingo on Sunday after 10 months of medical treatment abroad.'

http://freedomonline.com.ng/gov-nyako-visits-suntai-prays-for-quick-recovery/

Your serial posting of news articles only prove two things.
1. You are very ignorant about the capability of Nigerian doctors working in Nigeria and
2. Nigerians like to travel abroad for treatment at the drop of a hat especially when someone else is footing the bill. It does not address my claim that most of what they are traveling abroad for can be done in Nigeria.

Danbaba Suntai that travelled abroad came back fully fit? Right? The guy suffered a severe head injury. There are competent neurosurgeons working here in Nigeria that could have treated him with exactly the same outcomes as that obtained from his 10 month sojourn in the USA. In one of my earlier posts, did I not remind you of Idris Wada of Kogi, another governor involved in an accident, who was treated fully in Nigeria, despite urgings by his fellow politicians including even the president that he travel abroad for treatment. But of course you will develop selective amnesia to that fact since it does not suit your narrative.

Trying to use the state of Nigeria's health sector as an excuse for not developing an indigenous space program is an epic fail. You presume to comment on the state of Nigeria's health sector but you actually have no idea what the real problems are. Here is a hint: the problem with Nigeria's health sector is not an inability to do medical exams or perform transplants or carry out routine surgeries like appendectomies (which is what the governors travel abroad to do).

Even the Multinational company Shell extensively makes use of Nigerian doctors working in Nigerian Hospitals.
Politics / Re: What You Don't Know About Nigeria's Space Program by aletheia(m): 10:09pm On Oct 14, 2013
Katsumoto:
2. Those who go abroad do so only for status reasons? So the GEJ’s wife who spent several weeks abroad did so for status reasons? Suntai and Chime also spent several months abroad for status reasons? Thank you for admitting that PDP elected officials are wasting thousands of dollars on treatment that can be locally obtained and are in the process absent from their duties. What about Agagu’s son that had to be flown abroad for treatment? He did so for status reasons? What about the hundreds of Nigerians who have to raise funds each year to go to India for treatment? They are also doing so for status reasons? You sir are lying through your teeth. See article below; Nigerian Health sector is in such a wonderful state that Nigerian experts decided to waste 3 days talking about non-existent problems.

You accuse me of lying simply because I state what I consider to be fact. How will you feel if I return the compliment? I repeat my claim and I stand by it. Almost all the treatment that the people you are talking about are travelling abroad for can be gotten here in Nigeria. Agagu's son for example, as far as we know did not sustain any fractures, neither a head injury. In fact, news reports indicated he was quite well after the crash, so what was he being flown abroad for. Unlike you, I know exactly the state of Nigeria's health sector because I work in it and do not need any second-hand article to tell me about it. The truth is that most Nigerians and their leaders do not take care of their health and suffer from inferiority complex when it concerns the Nigerian health sector. A lot of the people going to India for instance are seriously being scammed out of their money by Indian hospitals. Where I work, we 've had to remedy on a number of occasions, mistakes made in Indian hospitals on patients who went there.

We at this time will not reach an agreement about the Nigerian space program so let us agree to disagree and move on. Thanks for your time.
Politics / Re: What You Don't Know About Nigeria's Space Program by aletheia(m): 9:45am On Oct 14, 2013
Katsumoto:
1. Did I address the efforts of Nigerian engineers in my post. The facts remain that Nigeria's Space Program is no more a collaboration of Chinese and Russian efforts to rip Nigeria of.
I disagree. NigeriaSat-X was solely built by Nigerian engineers. A feat widely acknowledged and commended by non-Nigeria observers.

Katsumoto:
2. Your earlier response was rather generic; it didn't speak to the Nigerian situation and the advantages to the Nigerian people. Everyone knows the advantages of having satellites in space but of what use is a satellite if Nigerian responders use a satellite to arrive at a location but can't save the lives of those affected? What disaster as Nigeria had that responders were able to save the lives of those affected? What is the point of responding when the rich must still fly to foreign countries for treatment and the poor die in the hospitals? In the last two years, at least 4 governors have sought treatment abroad. What about those who can't go overseas?

My response was not generic. So Nigeria doesn't need the remote sensing, telecommunications, disaster monitoring etc afforded by satellites? Those who go abroad for treatment largely do so for status reasons. Almost whatever treatment they get abroad can be gotten in Nigeria. This is an established fact. You are aware that the governor of Kogi state did not travel abroad after his femoral fracture but was treated fully in Nigeria. The irony is that you are exactly like those governors you condemn. You denigrate Nigerian efforts to become self-reliant in space technology and would have us dependent on Western technology because "we are not ready". How typically condescending.

Katsumoto:
3. Of course it is not beyond Nigeria - Nigeria is paying for it. All victims of a rip-off have something to lose in the first place.

So do tell us what we are losing by developing our local capacity in space technology and training our engineers in astronautics.

Katsumoto:
4. And have you developed the other infrastructure? A nation that can't meet its power needs has no business in space. No roads, no power, no hospitals, no good schools, aircrafts are dropping from the sky a few times every year. What is this government doing to address all the shortcomings in all basic amenities?
No roads? Really?
No power? Really?
No hospitals? Really?
No good schools? Really?
So China, Russia, USA, India, Brazil don't have air crashes?

This your woe-mongering is still not a justification for not acquiring space technology. It is the lame argument of Western interests who realize that Nigeria and other developing countries acquiring space tech means less income for them.

Katsumoto:
5. So who did China pay to start its Space program? Whose launchpad did China use and whose rockets carried its satellites? Or did the Russians pay the Americans to start their Space program?
The origins of US, Russian and Chinese space programs are from the World War II German rocket program. They all stole German technology. Qian Xuesen who is arguably the father of China's space program was principally involved in "Operation Paperclip". So because they did not pay the Germans, we should follow their example and steal the technology?

Katsumoto:
6. A collaboration between EU nations is not the same thing as an undertaken by an individual nation. Its not the same thing.
Europe is essentially a tightly knit economic structure, functioning in some respects like one sovereign entity. If they decide to pool resources in space, it's fine. It doesn't make it wrong if individual states like China, Brazil, India, Iran, Israel, Nigeria, and Ghana want to go it alone.

Katsumoto:
7. My position is that one must learn to crawl before one can walk. Nigeria is attempting to fly when it can't even walk. There are so many things that need to be provided first before this. My conclusion is that only those who are benefiting from the wasteful programs laud it so much.

Actually what we are doing at this stage in our space program is crawling. I look forward to the day, when Nigeria will launch its own satellites from Nigerian soil, using Nigerian-built rockets. What things need to be provided before we acquire capacity in space technology? Don't we already use technology dependent on space technology. So we should keep forking out money to Western companies because in your opinion, we are "not ready"? As far as I am concerned, this is one of the most far-sighted decisions taken by the OBJ administration to give impetus to our space program.

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