Family Medicine Diploma may be required for private practice – AGPMPN
Private medical doctors under the auspices of Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, AGPMPN, have said that all private practitioners should obtain a Diploma in Family Medicine, as it will soon become a prerequisite for private practice in Nigeria. Proclaiming, the President of the Association, Dr. Omo-Ehijiele Frank Odafen, at the graduation ceremony of 360 Diplomates of the Faculty of Family Medicine, National Post Graduate Medical College, Lagos, lamented that as at the time of the convocation, only about 400 fellows and 367 Diplomates have been produced to serve the population of over 170 million.
Noting that the National University Commission, NUC, recently directed that all universities with medical schools should start training in Family Medicine, he said implementation of the directive will help build a critical mass of FM practitioners. Odafen explained that a family physician is the most ideal specialist in medicine as being most essential to man and the field of health due to the specialist’s expanded knowledge of health issues.
He further posited that training in Family Medicine is the only way to achieve a very high standard in healthcare as it prepares medical doctors to deliver quality care in every aspect of medicine. According to him, FM is the gateway of healthcare delivery and the role can only be ensured when medical doctors embrace new skills that are comparable with global standards in primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare delivery system.
“It is only a Family Physician can solve about 80 per cent of the issues of patients, which means there is someone who understands about 80 per cent of health issues and can therefore directly deal with them,” he added. Meanwhile, AGPMPN urges its members from all over the country to embrace family medicine as it will become imperative in the near future that Diploma in FM is going to be a prerequisite for private practice in Nigeria.