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Nigerian Medical Association Holds Successful NEC Meeting

Xkinash Plus CreamKwara State was besieged by medical doctors from all over the country as they came for the NMA NEC Meeting that ran through 25th – 30th of August 2015. The doctors who were not less than 1000 in number came from different parts of the country to witness and partake in the events. It began with a Surgical Outreach in Malate Community where the team distributed free drugs, glasses, mosquito nets and also, carried out minor surgeries.

The theme of the programme “National Health Agenda: Purpose, Means & Target” was thoroughly treated at the opening ceremony which was held at the Government Banquet Hall, Ilorin, with dignitaries in full attendance.  Present on that day were – Representative of the Kwara State Government, Emir of Shonga, and a host of others.

The Keynote address was taken by the Registrar, National Post Graduate Medical College of Nigeria, Prof. Wole Atoyebi.

One of the highlights of the events was the Closing Banquet Dinner held in honour of the Senate President of Nigeria, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki and other Medical Colleagues holding Political offices. VICTORIA HARUNA was there to witness the event.

Doctors recommend Managerial Course Taught in Medical Schools

Participating Doctors at the Event
Participating Doctors at the Event

Members of the Nigerian Medical Association have called on the attention of the association, asking it to work out a quality improvement plan project to be included in the medical schools’ scheme of work.

There are so many things that are being taught in the medical schools which are centred only on how to treat patients; but being a medical doctor does not qualify one as a good manger. Every doctor is supposed to learn how to manage, interact and communicate with patients and not just on how to treat them, the doctors said.

Prof Malomo who spoke on the topic: “Does the Medical Practice Need to Accept Its Limitations and Be More Honest with Patients?” at the NMA NEC Meeting held in Kwara State last month, said it is not only patients that are treated badly; resident doctors are also victims, he said. He said “You need to see how consultants sometimes address residents, and sometimes the consultants refer to residents as children. But they have forgotten that every doctor is as responsible as a president of a country and so should be held accountable for the community.” If good manners are lacking, ethics of intra personal and inter personal relationship would also be missing. Speaking further, he said “It is impossible to give what you do not have.

The kind of training doctors get in medical schools is somewhat different from what is in the society – which is a huge problem. It is also important that every hospital management form hospital ethics committee or chaplaincy committee to enable the doctors develop themselves.”

In conclusion he added that doctors should quit attending conferences and seminars if they have no plans to implement what they learn at such gatherings.

Nigeria Should be mapped into Health Blocks – Dr. Obembe

Dr. Obembe, President, NMA
Dr. Obembe, President, NMA

President, Nigeria Medical Association, Sir, Dr. Kayode Obembe has said that it is pertinent to note that in order to achieve the goal of Universal Health Coverage the whole country should be mapped out into Health Bocks.

Speaking at the NEC Meeting, Dr. Obembe pointed out that the idea of Public Private Partnership (PPP) has been experimented with in the energy sector and in certain areas of the health systems i.e. security, laundry, catering and some others. All that is needed is to expand the concept to other sectors like Pharmacy and Laboratories. Core clinical practice will improve performance with minimal harassment from orchestrated antagonism borne out of the struggle for titles and positions. He noted also that “Tertiary health care will be properly positioned for teaching, research and service without molestation.”

He further proposed that each health block would contain roughly about 5000 enrolees and managed by a medical practitioner or where this is not available, a community health extension worker (CHEW) would manage the Health Block. With this, each block will know the recognised health care provider. This should help fund the hospitals in emergency cases especially, since a law has been put in place whereby hospitals are urged to treat emergency cases, except that no one wants to be responsible for the bills.

Community Based Health Insurance Scheme (CB-SHIP) can take care of 80% of disease burden that can be tackled first at the primary level, 15% at secondary level, and only 5% getting to the tertiary level. “There should be no reason for patronising teaching hospitals as the first port of call by patients requiring treatment”, he concluded.

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