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Doctors tasked on empathy to patients

By Dennis Agbo

ABAKALIKI—MEDICAL Doctors in Nigeria have been asked to exhibit good attitude toward patients, whose lives are under their care in the different hospitals that they work.

The charge was given, yesterday, by the Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Abakaliki, Dr. Paul Ezeonu, when the Association of Resident Doctors, ARD, of the FMC presented him with an award at their 2009 Dinner/Award Night in Abakaliki.

Dr.Ezeonu bagged the award for meritorious service. He told his younger professional colleagues,  that positive attitudes and discipline places one ahead of others in every profession, charging them to always exhibit good rapport with the patients in their wards, without who the hospital would seize to exist.

He reminded them that having long ago accepted to be medical doctors, it goes with the responsibility to save life, adding that any doctor who is not inspired to save life and render selfless service to humanity is not a doctor and needs to reappraise his being in the profession.

“As a medical doctor, your first duty is to save lives. Therefore, you must exhibit good attitude towards the patients and you should know that there is nothing like good attitude because it keeps one ahead of others, either as a doctor, a pharmacist or a nurse. You must always ask yourself why did I chose to become a doctor, is it to save live, to destroy it or to make money? If it is not to save life, then you don’t have business in a any hospital,”

The Medical Director, however, extolled the services of his colleagues at the Abakaliki FMC, who he said with their combined efforts have helped to reduce infant and maternal morbidity in Ebonyi State in particular and in Nigeria at large.

President of the ARD Dr. Robinson Onoh while giving the award to Dr. Ezeonu,  stated that the FMC Abakaliki has gone through great transformation within the leadership of the Medical Director, citing the befitting edifice with lots of ultramodern structures and equipment, as one of such transformations.


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