Just like it happened in Kaduna State, Nigerian medical doctors were on Tuesday, May 3, directed by the Federal Government to treat emergencies including gun-shot victims without requesting police clearance or other restraints.
The order was given in Abuja, by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, during the swearing in ceremony of 342 foreign trained medical doctors and six dentistry graduates who made it through an assessment organised by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) held from April 6 to 8, which qualifies them to practice their profession in the Nigeria.
Mr. Adewole reminded them that life is more precious than money and therefore, urged them to treat patients on emergency before asking for money.
He went on to counsel them to always practice within the limit of their competence and acquire global best practice to better their lots in the medical practice.
In stating this, he said:
“Hospitals are sanctuary for the sick and injured, never must our hospitals be closed for whatever reasons; even in war time situations, hospital must remain open.
“Doctors must show no restraint in treating emergencies, even with gun-shot victims, you must treat them, thereafter raise questions. You must also treat emergencies before asking for money because life is more precious than money.”
Noting some of the problems in the profession to include lack of adequate places for internship programmes and a desperate need of more human resources to take care of the health needs of the ever increasing population, the Minister however, assured of government’s efforts at partnering with key parties to ensure effective distribution and financing the training programme.
“The Federal Ministry of Health has strategically identified and mapped out a number of key activities to ensure that Nigeria reverses the ills and failures in the healthcare system.
“Training of prospective and qualified healthcare professionals is one of the key agenda of the present administration. On receiving your registration certificates and licenses, you will proceed to your internship training at any of the MDCN accredited centres. We are not unaware of some of the challenges some young doctors experienced in securing placement for internship.
“We are working assiduously to ensure that doctors eligible for internship training will no longer wait endlessly searching for centres to enrol for their training. With over hundred MDCN accredited internship centres among others, the ministry will work with key stakeholders to ensure effective distribution and financing of the training programme within the country. This will ensure that the perennial difficulties in securing internship programmes by the resident doctors will become history.”