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MEHID-AFRICA stands for Mainstreaming eHealth & Health Informatics for Development in Africa. It is a new program that provides for a wide range of interventions such as conferences and deployment of technology. Its goal is for Africa to develop equitably with the rest of the world through multi-sectoral deployment of eHealth and health informatics. MEHID-AFRICA series of annual conferences are tagged with their respective years. Thus, this maiden edition is tagged MEHID-AFRICA 2021. Mon 15 to Thu 18, Mar 2021 @ University of Benin: Akin Deko Auditorium & @ University of Benin Teaching Hospital: eHealth & health informatics facilities BENIN CITY, NIGERIA THEME Strengthening Health Services in Africa through eHealth and Health Informatics Subthemes
  • Deployment of eHealth and health informatics: progress and prospects
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  • Building business models for eHealth and health informatics
  • Developing and following through roadmaps for eHealth and health informatics
  • Doctors, pharmacists, nurses, medical records officers
  • Health policy makers & managers
  • Science & technology policy makers
  • ICT scientists, manufacturers, marketers & other industry players
  • Telecoms industry players
  • ICT advocacy groups
  • Others
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The Neurology Unit of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital celebrated both the WORLD STROKE DAY 2020 and the 10th Anniversary of their Stroke Ward with the Theme: JOIN THE MOVEMENT. #JTM

The UBTH Stroke Ward(A5) is the first Stroke Ward in all of Nigeria and is 10 this year.

To commemorate this event, the Neurology Unit organized a Medical Outreach at Uselu market, in Egor LGA of Edo state. The outreach began with an awareness walk in the hospital before storming the market.

A health talk was delivered, highlighting the meaning of Stroke, early detection, the common risk factors and how to administer treatment, after which Traders emerged massively to have their blood pressure and blood glucose checked.

Guest lecture was delivered by Prof. Mustapha Abudu Danesi, (Professor of Medicine and Neurology).

• Hypertension
• Diabetes
• Alcohol
• Cigarette smoking
• Sedentary lifestyle
• Family history



Empowering Communities Through Infection Prevention and Control

The University of Benin Teaching hospital as part of its commitment to Continuous Medical Education (CME), through its Infection Prevention and Control Committee, is organizing one week training programme on hand hygiene and waste management for all nurses

The event was declared open by the Chief Medical Director, ably represented by CMAC, Prof: C.O Omuemu.

In his address, the CMD reiterated Management’s commitment in ensuring quality care solutions in a safe environment for patients, healthcare workers and other persons through the practice of standard precautions, including hand hygiene and waste management. This exercise will start with the nurses, and continue with other professional groups.

In attendance at this training were Mrs Asamah Doris, Deputy Director, Nursing Services and other management staff.



Empowering Communities through Infection Prevention and Control

The Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Committee of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, as part of her activities to celebrate her anniversary on 19th November, 2020 commenced a week long hand hygiene health education programme.

The programme with the theme “Empowering Communities through Infection Prevention and Control” focused on health educating school students and staff around the hospital community on preventing infections via hand hygiene.

Schools visited included

University of Benin Demonstration Junior Secondary School

University of Benin Staff School

University of Benin Demonstration Senior Secondary School

UBTH Primary School

UBTH Secondary School

Hand hygiene facilities such as Veronica buckets, hand wash bowls, liquid soap, hand sanitizers and Information Education and Communication (IEC) materials on steps for hand washing/ use of alcohol based hand sanitizers were donated to the schools visited as part of our cooperate social responsibility.

Kudos to the UBTH management for the continous mentorship and provision of an enabling environment for the IPC Committee.


Today November 14th is WORLD DIABETES DAY with the theme – THE NURSE AND DIABETES. This is to raise awareness on the crucial role that nurses play in the prevention and management of diabetes. Presently, the International Diabetes Federation estimates that 1 out of every 10 persons is living with Diabetes and that every 8 seconds, someone dies from diabetes. With this alarming figures, it is recommended that we reduce our risk of diabetes, especially for Type 2 diabetes which is the most common type and yet largely preventable. We can reduce our risk of Type 2 diabetes by:

  1. Healthy eating – Avoid sugar sweetened soft drinks/beverages, Avoid junk food and snacks, Avoid cholesterol -containing vegetable oil & saturated fats e.g margarine, eat more of vegetables & fruits, take enough water daily, limit alcohol intake.
  2. Healthy Lifestyle – maintain ideal body weight, regular/daily exercises , avoid sedentary lifestyle.
  3. Regular medical screening – blood glucose levels, blood pressure, lipid levels.
    For those already diagnosed, take medicines as prescribed, regularly monitor blood glucose levels, attend clinic visits regularly to prevent complications.



The attention of the Management of University of Benin Teaching Hospital has been drawn to some misinformed and misleading publications on the social media in recent times, bordering on the inability of some patients to pay their medical bills. It is against this background that we provide the following clarifications:

1. The challenge of access and equity in healthcare service delivery is national and not peculiar to UBTH. It is not within the powers of UBTH to grant free healthcare to clients, which obviously is not a sustainable model in the present economic climate.

2. In spite of the above, UBTH being sensitive to the present economic situation has been granting hospital bills waivers to several clients, adjudged to be so – deserving . In 2019, a total of 312 patients were granted waivers of their hospital bills to the tune of ₦89, 304, 959 (eighty nine million, three hundred and four thousand, nine hundred and fifty nine naira) and up till September 30, this year, the sum of ₦91, 634,131 (ninety one million, six hundred and thirty four thousand, one hundred and thirty one naira) has been waived by the Hospital Management.

3. The present UBTH Management in 2017, instituted an Indigent Patient Fund, to which staff of the hospital contribute and which is deployed to defray hospital bills of indigent patients.

4. It is pertinent to note that, the furore arising from the social media claims stems from the unquestioned commitment of UBTH to providing quality healthcare to all her clients at the point of entry, irrespective of inability or unwillingness to pay in emergency situations.


UBTH Extends Hand Hygiene Education Programme To Mothers Whose Neonates Are Admitted To SCBU

Today, the Infection Control Unit of the Department of Community Health commenced a health education exercise for all mothers whose neonates are admitted in the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU). This exercise will hold weekly at the SCBU.

The objective of this exercise is to improve the hand hygiene practices of mothers as the hands are a major route of transmission of infections, in health care settings. Hand hygiene is a crucial element in Infection Prevention and Control and involving all stakeholders is a necessary step in achieving this.

The Five moments of hand hygiene for mothers in SCBU adapted from the WHO 5 moments of hand hygiene was developed by the unit and taught to the mothers.

This health education exercise is following the second Orange Network Workshop on Hand Hygiene, organized by the Nigerian Center for Disease Control and partners.

In today’s inaugural health education programme, 12 mothers were health educated and practical sessions on the steps in hand washing and hand rubbing were conducted.

At the end of the programme, hand sanitizers were donated to the mothers by the Pharmacy Department of UBTH.


Stroke is not treated in the hospital.

All stroke patients should be treated in the hospital and evaluated to find out why the stroke occurred and prevent a recurrence

A man can only suffer a stroke once in a lifetime.

Stroke can happen as many times as possible

Stroke patients should never be injected

Some of the first drugs used in the treatment of strokes are injected

The weak hand and leg of a stroke patient are where the problems are and where treatment should be applied

The brain is where stroke occurs. The weak hand and legs are the result of the damage done to the brain.

Stroke is caused by an evil arrow, there is nothing one can do to prevent it.

9 out of 10 persons who suffer a stroke had poorly controlled hypertension at one time or the other. The greatest risk factor for stroke is poorly controlled hypertension.

Stroke is a disease of old people

Stroke can occur in both the young and old. Anybody after age of 45 years is at risk of stroke, particularly if he/she has uncontrolled hypertension.


The University of Benin Teaching Hospital is one of three facilities that was adjudged to be at the advanced level among twenty-nine (29) public facilities in the Orange network across the nation in the just concluded baseline assessment on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) using the WHO Assessment of Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Framework at the Facility Level (IPCAF) tool, by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

In a letter addressed to the Chief Medical Director, Prof. D.E Obaseki, congratulating the hospital for being in the top 10 percentile, the Director General of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, explained that IPCAF is structured according to the recommendations in the World Health Organization Guidelines on core components of IPC programmes at the facility level. IPCAF is divided into eight sections, reflecting the eight WHO IPC core components, which are then addressed by a total of 81 indicators. These indicators are based on evidence and expert consensus, and have been framed as questions with defined answers to provide an orientation for assessment. Based on the overall score achieved in the eight sections, the facility is assigned to one of four levels of IPC promotion and practice, with Advanced being the highest level attainable.

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