ACCESS to requisite information by medical health practitioners has been identified as a vital ingredient towards advancement of the Nigerian health sector.
Participants at the Continuous Medical Education series, CME, Programme/Lecture Series organised by Union Diagnostics, Lagos in conjunction with Global Hospitals, India, subscribed to fact that healthcare personnel in the country need to be informed even if technology is not available locally.
The CME was designed to bridge existing gaps in medical knowledge and learning as well as contribute positively into society through corporate social responsibility.
In the view of Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Olusola Akinniyi: “CME is a fantastic development. All over the world there is credit earned from participation in this type of forum. As a medical practitioner, you should constantly be updated with knowledge. Union Diagnostics is going to run around the country with CMEs like this for all categories of doctors.
Noting that the CME in question was held for health practitioners, Akinniyi stated: “When we talk about practice, as a medical practitioner, you are as good as your exposure in terms of technology. The participants here will go back with new knowledge and awareness that things can be done differently. We are no longer limited in our scope. There is now advancement beyond our own borders. There is exposure to new interventions.”
He said there was need to sensitise the local medical community on the latest advances of interventional cardiology.
“Our belief is that these areas of learning will help sharpen the skills and build capacities of our medical practitioners to improve quality of services available to Nigerians in these regards.
Conyinuing, Akinniyi noted: “There is the knowledge that there is still a next step. Life is time. It is now accepted that if a patient is not referred in time beauce of limitation of knowledge poor logistics delay it could be fatal.
Arguing that the prevailing era is one of evidence-based technology, Akinniyi opined that instances of misdiagnoses were not particularly on the increase, contrary to widespread perception.
“With the advent of communication, cases that were not brought to the fore are now being investigated and documented. In my own view, cases of misdiagnoses are not increasing, rather more misdiagnois cases are being brought to the knowledge of the healthcare practitioners.
“This is as a result of better health facilities and communication. Medicine is now based on evidence, for instance when somebody dies, one has to find out the cause of death by performing an autopsy.”
Mr Khalid Rasheed, Group Vice President, Global Hospital, India, was optimistic that the quality of healthcare services in Nigeria was set to improve as soon as the right attitude was adopted. “The crux of healthcare services in Nigeria is the people. We have to see what talent is available and in addition, they need to be trained. That is why we are having exchange programmes.
He urged Nigerians going abroad for medical treatment to research properly so as to avoid falling victim of spurious claimants.