In what will come across as a really shocking development, a woman has had her breast cut off because he was misdiagnosed, Idoma Voice reports.
The woman who went viral in 2019 as NGOs solicited funds for her cancer treatment, has now been discovered not to have had cancer.
Serah Shimenenge Yugh was diagnosed with Stage I invasive ductal carcinoma of the left breast at age of 33 on 21st August, 2017.
By 2019, Serah’s story had gone viral and caught the attention of health minister, Osagie Ehanire, who said the federal government is planning to roll out a cancer treatment fund to reduce the burden of treating cancer.
He said this at the National Health Dialogue that held in October 2019 in Abuja.
Mr Ehanire and Ms Yugh were both panelists at the dialogue and they discussed the topic, “Cancer control in Nigeria.
However, after eight sessions of chemotherapy, 25 rounds of radiotherapy, and a single mastectomy on her left breast, Ms Hugh has now discovered that she didn’t have cancer at all and the hospital misdiagnosed her, cutting her breast for nothing.
Her plight began when she started losing weight while undergoing her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) assignment in Ekiti State. She went to the hospital seeking a solution but found none. Tests were done but results didn’t point to anything.
While self-examining her breasts in 2017, she felt a tiny lump on her left breast. This bothered her so much that she first went to the Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi before going to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital at her sister’s suggestion. What was supposed to be a simple test developed into a three-year-long back and forth with the hospital.
The hospital carried out three tests on Serah. As she was waiting for the result of the third test, the hospital went on an industrial strike in September 2017 and by the time the strike was called off in January 2018, she had undergone five rounds of chemotherapy.
Her doctor, Dr. Stephen Atokolo, had urged her to do a mastectomy to quickly stop the spread of what they suspected could be cancer.
She did the surgery but when the third test result was out, the histopathology diagnosis was Fibroadenoma. Serah Yugh did not have cancer.
The National Hospital Abuja, the leading cancer centre in Nigeria, was where Serah underwent radiotherapy for six months. They performed the surgery based on the suggestion from her Doctor at Benue State University that she gets a mastectomy quickly.
However, when the strike was called off and Serah got the result of some of her tests, she went to The National Hospital Abuja and there, her oncologist pointed out the discrepancies in the results she presented.
Oncologists at the National Hospital Abuja also requested an immunohistochemistry test which Serah paid for at BSUTH in 2017.
Efforts to get the test results proved abortive as BSUTH kept sending her on a wild goose chase for about 2 years.
Serah opted to do another test and when the result came out in 2019, the diagnosis read: “Breast tissue – no residual malignant tumour is seen!”
Up until December 2019, two years after her mastectomy, Serah still believed she had cancer. The doctors at Benue State University Teaching Hospital did not reach out to her to inform her of any misdiagnosis.
Still, despite the no cancer diagnosis, Serah did not yet understand that the results showed she did not have cancer.
According to her oncologist, her tumour marker test showed that she was clear of cancer. But the specimen which showed invasive ductal carcinoma was not what was sent to the lab.
To find out what had happened, Serah went back to Benue State University Teaching Hospital, BSUTH, to get her tissue block but she was told they could only find the first and third tissue blocks. The second tissue block said to contain cancer cells could not be found.
In August 2020, the Department of Histopathology of the National Hospital, Abuja sent a request to the Chief Medical Director of BSUTH for the tissue block, which Benue State University Teaching Hospital said contained cancer. No response was received.
Rather than provide the tissue block, BSUTH started setting up meetings here and there.
“Before I knew what was happening, the H.O.D (Dr. Raymond) called my uncle telling him that it was an error. I told him, I am the victim here. When you were telling me I had cancer, did you call my uncle?” Serah told FIJ, almost breaking down in tears.
“So why are you calling my uncle telling him that I don’t have cancer. I am the one with the problem don’t call my uncle. If I could handle the news that I have cancer, then I can handle ‘I don’t have cancer it was an error’. They said they have a method of doing things.”
It was at the meeting set up between Dr. Raymond and Serah’s uncle that Serah got to know she had been misdiagnosed and didn’t have cancer. This revelation made her demand to see the Chief Medical Director
The HOD started by saying to Serah at the meeting: “You came to my department requesting for blocks for the test that you wanted to do, that you did sometime in the past… to enhance your treatment, which was difficult for us to actually achieve. I want to apologise on behalf of the department that we could not do that. I am very sorry that we could not give you the blocks.”
It was in the meeting that Dr. Raymond revealed that specimens were discarded in 2018 because the lab was filled up. Serah’s specimen was also discarded. Having read the three reports of the tests done on Serah, Dr. Raymond didn’t think the immunohistochemistry test would be necessary.
NPC advocates adoption of green productivity
There is an urgent need for Nigeria to adopt a green productivity approach to boost the production sector of the economy, the Director-General of the National Productivity Centre, Dr.
Presenting a paper titled ‘Post-COVID-19 Nigerian Economy: The Productivity Imperatives’ at the inauguration of the National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) in Owerri, the Imo State capital, Akor explained that coronavirus had inflicted monumental economic and social challenges on the world, and requires innovativeness and craftiness of economic managers to avert economic implosion of countries.
The NPC helmsman said a green productivity approach is an idea that is suitable for economic growth and sustainable development for Nigeria given the desire to grow her non-oil sector as a matter of necessity.
Green Productivity was launched in 1994 in line with the 1992 Earth Summit recommendations that both economic development and environmental protection would be key strategies for sustainable development.
Green Productivity is a new paradigm in sustainable manufacturing where resource conservation and waste minimization constitute the strategy in simultaneously enhancing environmental performance and productivity.
His explanation: “The knowledge and practice of green productivity are therefore very crucial to the diversification drive of the Nigerian government. The basic characteristics of green productivity include environmental compliance by the production system, application of environment-friendly production management system, use of total quality management and continuous improvement techniques as well.”
Akor stressed that the need for productivity movement and economic diversification should be a top government agenda, saying, “productivity imperatives provide a promising future for Nigeria with a knowledge-based economy. As bad as the COVID-19 has been, it is a wake-up call that has challenged us as a people to look closely at agriculture and the manufacturing industry to reduce the total dependence on other countries for all our needs, technology inclusive. The new world order is fast emerging. The way we see the world, work, and interact has changed and Nigeria must not be left behind in the new scheme of things. The current reality and challenges are consequently redefining the way things are done across the globe thereby ushering in the new world order.”
Though the concept of productivity has evolved through time and remains the same irrespective of the type of production, economic or political systems, Akor maintained that the basic concept remains the relationship between output and inputs.
He added: “As a social concept, productivity is seen as an attitude of mind that seeks to continuously improve what already exists. It is based on the conviction that one can do things better today than yesterday and better tomorrow than today. It is a mindset that seeks to continually improve what already exists. It is the will to improve on the present situation, no matter how good it may seem. It aims for a better quality of life for everyone, hence, it is everybody’s business.
As a management concept, productivity improvement is a managed process. It does not happen by accident. A productive organization is efficient in converting the inputs to outputs (products/services) and effective in fulfilling its mission of satisfying expectations of customers and other stakeholders.”
He further stated that as an integrated concept, productivity is the efficiency and effectiveness with which input resources are combined and utilized in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner to produce quality goods and services for the satisfaction of human needs. This is a definition that holistically looks at productivity with keen attention to green productivity and quality in appreciating total productivity.
“The Whole Success Of The Monarchy Is Built On Slavery, Prince Philip Will Not Rest In Peace” -Shade Ladipo
Following the demise of Prince Philip, TV personality, Shade Ladipo, has stated that he will never know peace for destroying generations.
The Duke of Edinburgh died on Friday April 9 at the age of 99.
Reacting to the news of his demise on her Instastories this afternoon, Shade said the whole British monarch is” built on slavery and colonization of Black people” and for this reason, late Prince Phillip and the whole monarch ”can never rest in peace.”
See her post below;
House of Representatives, Praises NASC for breaking 22 Years of Stalled Development, Promises More Funding
Chairman House of Representatives committee on Establishment and Public service,Engr. Sani Umar Bala Kunchi has reassured that more funds will be allocated in the subsequent years to ensure early completion and the problems of accomodation bedevilling the commission becomes a thing of the past.
He praised the Executive Chairman of the Commission for breaking the jinx of over 22 years, that led to the allocation of 3 Billion in this year’s budget. ‘We made efforts with the determination of the Chairman and appropriated initial 3 Billion for the commission’s headquarters, in the 2021 fiscal year.’ ‘We are part of arrangements by the commission to come up with a ground breaking ceremony arrangement due for June 11, inview of preparations and processes of commencement of the project being put in place.’
‘We are assuring Nigerians that yearly appropriation of budget will be a recurring decimal,untill the proposed commission edifice is put in place.’ ‘It is not our intention to concede abandoned projects, as the new commision’s headquarters will not be among such projects.’ ‘We need to imbibe prudence, accountability and dilligence in the public service, just like the commission is dispensing in the last one year.’
‘We delibeated that payment of such a huge amount yearly as rent for the current office is no longer feasible,and uneconomical,hence the huge allocation in this year’s budget for the new building.’ Engineer kunchi also commended the choice and site of the proposed edifice,saying proximity to the National Assembly will enhance productivity on the commision’s staffers. Earlier in her remarks,a member of the Committee, Mrs Taiwo Iluga asked the commission to hasten the process of reviewing the engagement of more legislative aides from 5 to 10,saying it is telling on the lawmakers the few allocated to each member. She said funds meant for salaries and allowances of the five aides attached to each lawmakers is used for payment of many constituents.
‘We are constrained to share among our retinue of aides salaries meant for five statutorily legislative aides alloted to lawmakers.’ ‘The review upward from 5 to 10 as proposed by the commission will be the best thing that will happen to the current lawmakers,’ Mrs Taiwo exclaimed. The commission’s Chairman, Engineer Ahmed Kadi Amshi FNSE says the commission has approached the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation’s and Fiscal Commission RMAFC with an assuramce of a review upward of legislative aides to each Lawmaker to at least 8 if not 10. ‘We are not only proposing the increase in the numbers of legislative aides,but to enhance both their remunerations, conditions of service,grade levels to attract more quality service to their paymasters.’
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