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Only In Nigerian Doctors Go On Strike,Abandon Patients On Sick Bed, Minister of Health, Osagie

Only In Nigerian Doctors Go On Strike,Abandon Patients On Sick Bed, Minister of Health, Osagie
Dr. Ehanire Osagie, the Minister of state Health urged all medical doctors in Nigerian to stop abandoning patients.

Dr. Osagie stated this during the commissioning of electronic medical records/e-payment and solar power installations to mark the centers' health week 2017, which was hold at the Federal Medical Center, Keffi on Wednesday.

When speaking with peoples at the commissioning of electronic medical records, he said: “It is only in Nigeria that medical doctors go on strike and abandon patients on the sick bed.

“Health workers/medical doctors should not be seen going on strike. Under no condition must you go on strike and abandon your patients on the sick bed, due to non-payment of entitlements. In most countries, doctors don't go on strike as the interest of patients must be given top priority.

“There are ways of addressing such grievances, it may take a little time but certainly will be resolved.”

According to Dr Giyan Joshua, the Chief Medical Director of FMC in the state, who earlier said that hospital was established to offered quality healthcare service to patients.

Dr. Joshua , however indicate that in 2013, the federal government set up about nine capital projects which include accident emergency, family medicine complex, pharmacy complex, intensive care unit, obstetrics and gynecology complex, central information technology and telemedicine unit, sickle cell disease zonal center, NHIS unit and C-T scan in the country for the benefit of citizen and patients.

He said the centers partner with Suntotal Nigerian Ltd, in which 200KVA of solar power were installed which supply light.

When asked about the center,he said: “We now have 24 hours power supply for lighting, fans, computers and some life saving equipment.

“We have also taken another step to delve into the world of electronic medical records (EMR) seeing the potentials in it to revolutionalise our service and in 2015 we went on our EMR in partnership with Digital Quest and today we are happy to tell you that from registration to collection of medicines, the process is completely electronic, 'paperless'.

“Collection of fees has also been made electronic as an appendage of our EMR platform; we have already started enjoying the numerous benefits of those initiatives in many aspects including reduction in waiting time, increased patients satisfaction, savings in finance, improved quality of patients care, efficient auditing, improved conscientiousness among staff, improved training potentials and availability of data for research,”

The source said, it was a dishonorable deed for medical doctor to abandon patients in the hospital and go on strike, saying as teacher is to teach while Doctor is to save life, but in Nigerian life mean nothing to Doctors.

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