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.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has…Margaret Mead

Chikwe Ihekweazu is an epidemiologist and consultant public health physician. He is the Editor of Nigeria Health Watch, and the Managing Partner of EpiAfric (, which provides expertise in public health research and advisory services, health communication and professional development. He previously held leadership roles at the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the UK's Health Protection Agency. Chikwe has undertaken several short term consultancies for the World Health Organisation, mainly in response to major outbreaks. He is a TED Fellow and co-curator of TEDxEuston.

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