By Sola Ogundipe
As part of its campaign against hypertension, the Nigerian Hypertension Society (NHS) has launched its continuing medical education (CME) programme for doctors and other specialists who care for patients with hypertension in the country.
The programme is aimed at updating Nigerian medicalÂ healthcare professionals and is designed to ensure they remain competent in enhancement of better management and control of hypertension
Inaugurating the programme in Lagos recently, the Registrar, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), Dr. Abdulmimini Ibrahim said the programmeÂ was in line with the Councilâ€™s Continuing Professional Development (CPD), a mandatory requirement for the renewal of doctorsâ€™ license to practise medicine in Nigeria .
He said the MDCN had since 2001 decided that various practitioners in the country must show evidence of updating their knowledge before their licences are renewed.
â€œThe legal stand now is that every doctor must attain 20 units from various activities listed in the guidelines before licences are renewed,â€ he said, adding that the NHS CME programme would serve as a good avenue for doctors to acquire some units in fulfillment of this mandatory requirement.
Presenting the programme, NHS President, Prof. Ambrose Isah said the continuing medical education module was developed by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, with grants from multinational pharmaceutical giant, Novartis.
Module 1 of the CME titled Evolving Management Options for Hypertension: Risk Stratification, Various Populations, and Special Situations in Africa, is designed to enable the participant evaluate a patient presenting with dizziness and polyuria, identify the underlying disorder and discuss the most appropriate differential diagnosis based on the clinical presentation and physical examination.
Area Office Head, Novartis English Speaking West Africa, Mr. Chris Ufomadu said the company considers continuing medical educationÂ an important part of global health care and has continued to invest heavily towards its implementation in all areas of its operation.