Dr Richardson Ajayi, a Consultant Gynaecologist, has advised medical doctors to always draw a line between the cardinal call to save lives and the quest to make profit while running private medical outfits.
Ajayi, the Executive Vice-Chairman of Bridge Clinic, Abuja gave the advice in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency , in Abuja on Wednesday.
The gynaecologist proposed a number of strategies to effectively balance the two objectives
“The Nigerian health sector has observed an increased interest by investors into healthcare delivery, but experience has also shown that the best healthcare systems are those managed by doctors with management experience.
“Nigerian doctors must embrace modern management trends to create an enabling environment for industry consolidation.
“Such consolidation leads to greater economies of scale, reduced rivalry among doctors, and, more importantly, increased market power against partners like HMOs.
“The objective can also be achieved by organising the industry through licensing and enforcement of standards which can be made effective in a service platform model,” he said.
Ajayi called for a sustainable transformation of the healthcare system, saying that a first step would be to identify the problem and work toward tackling it.
He highlighted the connection between the practice of medicine and the profession of healthcare, and stressed the need for a paradigm shift from the independent/sole proprietorship model, to a combined practice of medicine with the business of healthcare.
“To effectively render a sustainable service that does not put patient lives at risk requires a careful balance of various components.
“This matrix drives the value chain of primary and support activities,” he explained.
He called for clear lines to be drawn to define the ideals which, he noted, were critical to the successful outcome within the healthcare system.
“This model of separation between healthcare-as-service and healthcare-as-business has led to many medical breakthroughs across several hospital groups in the UK, India and other developed nations,” he said.
Edited by Moses Solanke and Ephraims Sheyin
Medical expert urges Nigerians to embrace blood donation
Dr Madewa Adebajo, Medical Director, Alimosho General Hospital, Igando, on Monday urged Nigerians to embrace blood donation as a regular practice to help sustain patients in need of blood.
Madewa made the remarks during an event organised by the hospital to mark the 2020 World Blood Donor Day in Igando, Lagos state.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the World Blood Donor Day, commemorated every June 14, globally is to create awareness on the need for regular blood donations to save lives.
The event was also used to appreciate the voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gift of blood.
Adebajo said that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic should not deter people from donating blood, noting that blood samples taken from donors did not enhance cross transmission of the virus to other patients.
The Medical Director said: “Blood donation should be a regular practice among the citizenry, especially for those who actually require it, because it is a life saving gesture that should be embraced.
“COVID-19 is not identified in the blood following various studies, but, rather, the respiratory tract.
“The virus is only predominant in the respiratory tract of infected carrier, so such blood samples are bereft of any form of cross-transmission to users.
“The blood could only have antibodies, probably from previously infected people, but definitely, not one that poses danger to prospective patients using such blood samples.”
Madewa said that the hospital already had a committee that sensitised communities within the locality to the importance of blood donation to meet its demand for blood.
He said that the Lagos State Ministry of Health had always called for constant blood donation to meet the 260,000 units of blood required for victims annually in the state.
“Alimosho is a rather large community, which calls for 24 hours weekly supply of blood. We are already sensitising communities to imbibed voluntary blood donation culture for ample blood supply,” he said.
Mr Abdulsalam Mubarak, the President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jumat blood donating team, told NAN that blood donation was a binding practice for its members.
Mubarak said that the practice was an inculcating habit since childhood for all its members, even as blood building strategies were put in place to sustain such doctrine amongst them.
“This is a worldwide Islamic Society that has a motto, “Love for all, hatred for none.
“It is imperative to imbibe a non-monetary valued gesture and preserving humanity is a priority to us through blood donation,” he said.
Edited By: JaneFrances Oraka/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
COVID-19: Medical women association warns C’ River Govt. against reopening of schools
The Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Cross River branch, has called on the state government to shelve its planned trial resumption of three public schools in the state on Tuesday.
The association made the call in a statement jointly signed by its state President, Dr Bassey Nakanda and the Secretary, Dr Angella Imoke, on Monday in Calabar
“This concern is borne out of the desire to ensure the safety of the lives of our children, with the lack of evidence to support the actual disease burden in the state due to low testing rates.
“We have noticed also the increase in the number of patients presenting flu-like symptoms and loss of smell/taste in various hospitals in the state.
“This may indicate a possibility of community transmission of the disease and we call for caution in order to forestall disease outbreak in the state.
“MWAN in Cross River has observed that with the zero COVID-19 status of the state, adherence to preventive/protective measures has been relaxed by most residents.
“It is exposing us to the risk of recording cases in the state, as there has been ongoing subtle inter-state movement,” the association said.
It noted that the COVCID-19 infection curve was still on the rise and had yet to peak, saying the possibility of transmission was still very high.
MWAN stated that the possibility of testing the students in the selected schools in the event of occurrence of symptoms was not feasible, due to the absence of a testing laboratory in the state.
“We deeply appreciate all efforts of the state government in the fight against the disease but advocate for up-scaling of the testing and reinforcement of the preventive strategies.
“We suggest the option of daily educational programmes on radio and television for the pupils and students across the state until the country is able to contend the pandemic.
“We therefore appeal to the state government to review her decision on reopening of public schools in the state at this critical period, for the interest of our children who are the future leaders of Cross River and the nation at large,” it said.
Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
Medical practitioners urges Govts to properly equip health sector for optimal service
They spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in commemoration of the “2020 Democracy Day” celebration on Friday in Lagos, saying a lot still needed to be done in the nation’s health system.
Speaking, a Medical Imaging Scientist, Dr Livinus Abonyi, urged the Federal Government in particular to seize the opportunity of COVID-19 outbreak to restructure, improve and strengthen the nation’s health system.
Abonyi, also a lecturer in the Department of Medical Radiography, Faculty of Clinical Sciences at the University of Lagos’ College of Medicine, said the health and education sector, very paramount in any economy, had been neglected for too long.
According to him, the COVID-19 experience should serve as a wake-up call for governments to look inward and see how it can improve the health system to meet international standards.
He said the country had enough funding to furnish its health facilities to meet optimum standard such that no Nigerian or political leader would spend money going abroad in search of quality medical services.
“After COVID-19, a lot of things are going to change, both locally and globally, which makes it imperative that the government should equip the health system with optimum service delivery.
“The reason why people don’t want to spend more time to receive healthcare at public hospitals is not because the manpower/workers are not enough.
“It is because the services and facilities are far more fewer than the number of patients that need them.
“As a result, there is room for compromise in the public hospitals.
“Therefore, it is necessary that the government step up to equip the public hospitals with adequate facilities for efficient performance,” he said.
The scientist also emphasised the need for increase in the budgetary allocation to the sector to at least meet the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) minimum requirement for a country.
He expressed optimism that an increase in the budgetary allocation would bring remarkable improvement in the health system.
“Currently, Nigeria is rated by the WHO as the 187th out of 191 countries in the world, in terms of quality of healthcare delivery.
“WHO also rates Nigeria as the third country with the highest infant mortality in the world; such ratings are unhealthy for a developing country like Nigeria.
“Previously, the country was not making up to 40 per cent of WHO’s stipulated allocation for the health sector, and that is why our health system is weak.
“If the billions of Naira that are formally spent abroad for medical treatment of most political leaders could be retained and invested into the health sector, it will go a long way to boost Nigeria’s health system,” Abonyi said.
Contributing, a General Physician, Dr Patrick Omogbohun, urged the governments to prioritise workers’ welfare, particularly health workers whose lives were usually at higher risk in the event of disease outbreaks.
Omogbohun, who is the Medical Director, MercyWay Medical Centre, Ejigbo, Lagos, a private health facility, stressed the need for adequate renumeration and rewards for the medical personnel, who sacrificed to be at the frontline of COVID-19 battle.
“The welfare and safety of the medical workers should be the topmost priority, because without them, the battle against outbreaks will not be won and the world will not achieve the universal health coverage.
“As a matter of importance, governments should strive to rectify every demand and controversy that may lead to health workers embarking on industrial action,” he said.
Also, Mrs Rose Mordi, the President, Down Syndrome Foundation of Nigeria (DSFN), decried the increase in medical tourism among Nigerian health workers in search of better working conditions.
Mordi advised the governments to strive to improve the working conditions of health workers to guide against the medical tourism syndrome among them.
She said that the Nigeria health sector has capable hands when it came to manpower.
Mordi expressed optimism that Nigeria’s health sector would improve for better after the COVID-19 experience.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
Medical personnel recruitment causes stampede in Malawi
The processes of recruiting medical assistants in Malawi for the fight against COVID-19 were interrupted on Tuesday due to a heavy turnout of youth seeking jobs.
Thousands of job seekers flocked into different assigned places where they were supposed to get interviewed for different posts that the government had offered. However, due to the high rate of unemployment in the country, thousands showed up hence interruption in most places.
According to reports from the local media, there was a stampede in different places as people were fighting to get access to the interview premises.
In an interview with Xinhua, Samuel Munthari, aged 21 said life is getting harder for him every day because of unemployment. On Tuesday, Samuel was very optimistic that he would get a job because he believes he has enough qualifications as required.
“I think there is more to be done for us as youth, we have the qualifications but jobs are not there. Today we came with high hopes that we are going to be interviewed, but there is too much of us and it’s obvious that most of us will not get interviewed,” said Samuel.
Samuel, who looked helpless added that his hope is in the government to offer him a job since he has the job qualification.
Meanwhile, both the president and opposition leaders have promised to create a room for more jobs in order for the youth to get eased from the woes of unemployment.