People living with sickle cell anaemia may be exempted from the Ramadan Fasting. This was disclosed by a Guest Lecturer, Prof. Sagir Ahmad, Consultant Haematologist with the Department of Haematology, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital and Bayero University Kano during the 2019 Pre-Ramadan Lecture organized by the “Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria (IMAN) of the Hospital titled “Islamic and Medical Perspectives of Fasting among Pregnant/Breast Feeding Mothers and Sickle Cell Anaemia”.
Professor Sagir said due to physioanatomical structure of sickle cell patients, it will be very difficult for the patients to partake in fasting.
He added that, sickle cell patients who feel they have the strength and energy to fast can do so and should not hesitate to break it when their energy starts dropping or feel they cannot go further.
At their separate lectures, Prof. Jamilu Tukur, Consultant Obstetrics and Gynaecologist, BUK/AKTH and Malam Aminu Umar, Chief Procurement Officer and the Imam, Administration Mosque said pregnant and nursing mothers should fear Almighty God in decision on whether to partake or not in the Ramadan Fasting as each and every individual knows the limit she can go when it comes to fasting.
Prof. Jamilu Tukur further said, there is little or no significant decrease in milk production when a mother is fasting and as such encourages nursing and pregnant mothers to partake in Ramadan Fasting.
On their part, the Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Lawal Umar Muhammad, HOD Community Medicine BUK/AKTH and Ameer of the Hospital’s IMAN Chapter, Dr. Anas Ismail, Consultant Radiologist, discussed the medical and physical benefits of Ramadan Fasting.
The Spinal Cord Injury Association of Nigeria (SCIAN), Kano State Chapter has encouraged its members to partake in the fasting of the Holy month of RamadanAssociation disclosed this during its Pre-Ramadan lectures organized by SCIAN Kano State Chapter at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano
Dr. Abubakar implore the spinal cord injury patients to put the fear of Almighty God first and urged them to always consult their Doctors and Physiotherapist when it comes to do with health, adding that patients who feel that they can perform the Ramadan Fast without any health problem can do so and those that cannot should not partake in it.
On his part, a medical guest lecturer and physiotherapist with the Bayero University Dr. Abubakar Sabo Yusha’u, Associate Professor with the Department of Islamic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria Kano and Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Dr. Isah Usman Lawal said it is healthier for spinal cord patients to fast if they can as it has medical benefit to the patients.
Eighteen (18) members of the Association received award of certificate for completion of Agricultural/Livestock training from officials of the Federal College of Agricultural Produce Technology, Kano where the School Management promised to assist SCIAN members with more free training and ways to obtain agricultural loans from Central Bank of Nigeria.
The Management of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital is on top gear to reconstitute a new Medical Audit Committee, which will oversee the entire medical practice and management of patients and care in the Hospital.
The Chief Medical Director, Professor Aminu Zakari Mohammed stated this during the 2018 Mortality Review presented by Department of Community Medicine in the Hospital’s Conference Hall.
Prof. Zakari said the reconstitution of the Ethical Committee was as a result of unethical standard operating procedures in patients care, such as missing of patient folders, undue delegation of authority, lack of proper documentation and communication, delay in handing and taking over patient among teams, etc.
The Chief Medical Director further said, any staff found wanting will be dealt with accordingly as no sacred cow or stone will be left unturned.
On their separate remarks the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, Prof. Abdulrahman Abba Sheshe and Prof. Muhammad Musa Borodo, Consultant endocrinologist commended the presenters and urged them to get detailed data of the mortality review to enable their work get published in International Journals.
Earlier, the presenters, Drs. Hadiza Musa Abdullahi, Consultant Community Physician and Abubakar Musa Sarki, Senior Registrar, Department of Community Medicine said the reasons for the mortality review is to measure the magnitude and number of deaths and rates, causes of deaths, identify errors in management, suggest ways to reduce avoidable deaths in the future.
The presenters recommend training and retraining of staff on filling mortality forms, improve communication between teams, reverting to electronic medical records, digitalization of mortality data, detail investigation by Infection Control Unit, prevention of non-communicable diseases, among others
The Anticorruption and Transparency Unit of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital held a two days workshop for the new staff of the Hospital. In his opening speech, the acting Chairman ACTU Mallam Musa Abdullahi of Pharmacy Department explained that the Anticorruption and Transparency Unit is an off shoot of Independent Corrupt Practices Commission ICPC established in year 2000.
He said ACTU does all the work of ICPC except prosecution and therefore advised and instruct staff to be careful about corruption prone areas.
In his remarks, the Chief Medical Director, Professor Aminu Zakari Mohammed who was represented by the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee, Professor Abdurrahaman Abba Sheshe lamented that corruption is a sad and major factor preventing the development of the country.
He said whatever is done in the Hospital affects the patients directly or indirectly and that is why health professional should be careful when dealing with patients because whatever a staff does inform of corruption will go round and come back to him, as one day he could be the patient.
She called on them to avoid falling on the trap of corruption. The State Commissioner of ICPC represented by the Desk Officer of AKTH, Mallam Abdullahi Abubakar congratulated ACTU of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital for being the best within the State.
Two papers were presented during the workshop, which include, Causes of Corruption and Its Remedies in a Hospital Setting, by Professor Samaila Alhaji of Internal Medicine Department and the second paper was presented by Dr. Habib Musa Muhammad from Anaesthesia Department titled “Contentment as a Tool Against Corruption” where he shade light about the insight of contentment, benefits and negative effects of discontentment.
The Department of Psychiatric held a training programme on drug dependency under the Universal Treatment Curriculum, which was funded by UNODC/FMOH/AKTH.
The Head of Department Psychiatry, Dr. Umar Musa Usman said the programme is about curtailing drug abuse by training health professionals on evidence based treatment.
The objective of the training was to improve professional knowledge about the disease, model of addiction and enhance health professionals’ skills in the treatment of patients with addiction problems.
In his speech, Chairman MAC, Professor Abdurrahman Abba Sheshe who represented the Chief Medical Director commended the coordinators and trainers of the programme for job well-done.
A maximum of Twenty five health workers participated in the training, being the first of its kind in the Hospital. He urged for more participation as the programme will be extended to other health workers within the institution.
Professor Sheshe encouraged them to work diligently with the knowledge and training acquired during the workshop.