EBOLA: How Global Institutions Fail Third World Nations

While thousands are dying of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Africa, top tier World Health Organization (WHO) leaders are sitting around in Geneva pushing files, sharpening pencils, getting facials, pedicure, manicure, and giving a mountain of excuses to cover their calamitous failures in Africa.

Can someone explain to me why a global health agency that has been in existence for decades has not commissioned a study on a dangerous viral disease that has killed millions of people over the decades? Compare that to a few years ago when the SARS virus emerged in the Far East and was quickly eradicated. The WHO approach to the Ebola pandemic is not to eradicate the virus, but to contain it in Africa; create concentration camps in Africa, round up affected patients and their traumatized contacts, seal the gates, and let them all die off, and then cremate their bodies like the Nazis did.

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Of Ebola, Salt-bath and Bitter Kola…where are we?

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The Nigerian Minister of Health Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu announced to a very scared country that Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is now considered a national health emergency, a national position to officially deploy an action plan to contain it. By so doing, Nigeria had quickly followed precedents by Sierra Leonean and Liberian authorities without waiting for the cases to escalate to the level of those countries, a step which I scored highly.  A full EVD epidemic is beyond the capacity of any one African country to handle with its broad social, economic, psychological and security implications. It therefore behooves us to have a cogent action plan that cuts across international, national, interagency, states, and community levels.  To further emphasize the gravity of the situation, the World Health Organisation underscored this by declaring Ebola a global public health emergency.

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Nigeria Among Top 5 Source Countries for Foreign Educated Nurses in the United States

According to a recent policy paper published in the journal Health Affairs:

Foreign-born or -educated health workers in the US workforce come from more than 135 countries, and the leading countries of origin differ by category of worker.

Foreign-born registered nurses (RNs) represent 12–15 percent of the total number of RNs in the United States. The Philippines produced the largest number of foreign-educated RNs who migrated to the United States, followed by Canada, India, the United Kingdom, and Nigeria.

Top 5 countries for foreign-educated nurses:

  • Philippines: 50.1%
  • Canada: 11.9%
  • India: 9.6%
  • United Kingdom: 6%
  • Nigeria: 2.1%

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Public Private Partnerships and the Nigerian Healthcare System

A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.

Sir Barnett Cocks (1907-1989)

Following years of neglect and paucity of investments, Nigeria currently faces burdensome infrastructure challenges.  A 2010 projection estimated that the country would need to expend about $15 billion annually for at least six consecutive years to meet up with basic infrastructure requirements. Infrastructure challenges have stifled innovation, trade and numerous industries like manufacturing, agriculture, tourism and health.

The traditional procurement model of governments funding infrastructural development through fiscal budgets has become very unattractive and perhaps impossible due to burgeoning budgetary deficits, governmental inefficiencies and waste.

 

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