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Doctor Suspended by Houston Methodist for Spreading COVID Misinformation Resigns

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Houston-based doctor on Monday resigned her privileges at Houston Methodist Hospital after the hospital temporarily suspended her for spreading misinformation about COVID-19. Dr. Mary Talley Bowden, an ear, nose and throat specialist in private practice, was granted provisional privileges at the Texas Medical Center hospital within the last year. She had never admitted a patient before Friday, when the hospital temporarily pulled those privileges for unprofessional behavior, including spreading “dangerous misinformation” about COVID-19 and using vulgar language on social media, the hospital said.

Bowden’s resignation comes days after Houston Methodist suspended the doctor’s hospital privileges and accused her of “using her social media accounts to express her personal and political opinions about the COVID-19 vaccine and treatments.”

Bowden claims she has treated more than 2,000 patients with COVID-19 and has been outspoken on social media recently about vaccine mandates and treatments.

Through a public release, here is how Bowden responded:   

“I do not want to be part of an institution that treats its doctors the way they do,” said Bowden. “They have tried to paint me as dangerous simply because my views may be different than theirs about the efficacy of vaccines and possible treatment decisions. That is what is dangerous. I want the best for my patients. I do not believe the vaccine is a one size fits all solution, nor do I believe unvaccinated Houstonians should be treated by medical doctors as second-class citizens, but to the government and Methodist Hospital it’s one size fits all no matter what. If you voice any concerns then you are attacked, you are bullied. If you don’t follow government orders, you are the one they now call dangerous. That’s China. That’s not America. I don’t feel like we are in America when we start attacking doctors who are simply trying to look out for what they believe is in the best interest of their patients. We are treating unvaccinated people like they don’t deserve our help. Every day we are still learning about COVID and these vaccines. I will not be silenced for giving my advice. I took an oath.”

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Medical School Drop-Out Turns Wheel Barrow Pusher

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A medical school dropout from the University of Ibadan, now turned a wheelbarrow pusher has removed his testicles “to avert sexual desire”.

Terhemen Anongo, a 44-year-old resident of Gboko in Benue State who is a medical school dropout over alleged ill health claimed the decision will enable him serve God properly.

Anongo, had said the castration was based on his religious belief that since he was not married, he needed to serve God faithfully.

Last year in March, he personally undertook the surgery and removed one of the testicles by himself, almost losing his life in the process due to profuse bleeding.

The timely intervention of those who knew about his plight saved the situation as medical practitioners rallied round to give him attention.

Speaking on telephone with newsmen in Makurdi on Sunday, the medical student now turned a wheelbarrow pusher, said, “I went to remove the second testicle based on religious belief. I removed it on Monday. The first one had little hitches but this one having learnt from that experience, I did (remove) it very well. Somebody is always coming to dress it for me.

“I’m fine. There is no problem, I’m only waiting for when the wound will heal so I can remove the stitches.”

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Yobe State Govt Expend Over N4b On 132 Primary Healthcare Centres

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Yobe State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mohammed Lawan Gana said the state government has spent the sum of over N4 billion in the construction, rehabilitation, and expansion of 132 out of 178 Primary Healthcare Centres promised by governor Mai Mala Buni.

Gana who was speaking on the progress of the projects said Governor Mai Mala Buni is committed to ensuring that primary healthcare services are provided at the doorstep of the electorate.

“His Excellency Hon Mai Mala Buni has, during his inaugural speech, promised to prioritize Primary Healthcare Centres and establish a functional healthcare system across each of the wards of the state.

“The idea behind the construction and rehabilitation of the primary healthcare centres across the state was meant to ensure effective implementation of universal basic healthcare in the state.

“That means first of all, of course having the health facility which is the focal primary health centre. As we speak, out of the 178 primary healthcare centres billed for construction, we have 132 or so that have currently been completed or are about to be completed.

“Although government is still working towards obtaining additional funds in order to complete the remaining while for those one, they are either on-going or completed, we are committed,” Gana said.

The commissioner added that Buni’s administration has also made the necessary planning on the human resources for health through funding the health institutions in the state, in addition to sponsoring indigenes to study medicine and other health courses within and outside the country.

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Kano Targets Over 3.6m Children For Immunization

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Kano state government said it targets over 3.6 million children for immunization against poliomyelitis in the Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW) January campaign.

 Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje disclosed this on Sunday at Ungogo Local Government while flagging off the OBR1 and MNCHW January campaign in the State.

Represented by his Deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, the Governor said the MNCHW would be conducted alongside the Outbreak Response exercise (OBR1) where immunization personnel would go house to house to immunize children below 5 years against poliomyelitis.

He explained that Kano State Government is highly committed to providing adequate healthcare services to its people.

“The aim of the Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week is to improve the health care services for pregnant women and their children,” he said.

The Governor expressed appreciation to the federal government, local government chairmen, emirate councils, and development partners for their commitment towards sustaining the success recorded in the fight against polio and urged them to sustain the tempo.

In a remark, Commissioner for Health, Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa urged parents to cooperate with immunization personnel towards ensuring the success of the exercise.

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