The Federal Government (FG) has issued a new order to Nigeria’s medical doctors, which borders on how precious every single human life means to the nation. FG has ordered medical practitioners to treat emergency cases including gunshot victims without requesting for police clearance or other restraints.
Order passed down from the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, urged them to treat patients on emergency before requesting for bill (money) deposit, informing that life is more precious than money. Prof. Adewole gave the directive during an official swearing-in of 342 foreign trained medical doctors and six dentistry graduates in Abuja on Tuesday.
In his words Adewole said,
“Doctors must show no restraint in treating emergencies, even with gun-shot wounds you must treat them, thereafter raise questions.
“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.
“You must also treat emergencies before asking for money because life is more precious than money.”
The Minister also advise the medical team to continually restrict their practices within their field of competence and to imbibe global best practice to improve and better their lots in the profession.
The foreign graduates were successful in the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCN, assessment held from April 6 to 8, which enables them to practice in the country.
Reports have shown that many Nigerians, whose lives would have been saved had they received emergency treatments from hospitals, died. Too many protocols attached in getting a police clearance before treatment in cases of wounds from gunshots has resulted in countless deaths.
From observations, the government, security agencies and hospitals are yet to gain total trust and reliance from citizens because of its instability in services of the people.
Also, as of the filing of this report, resident doctors have rescheduled to go on strike on May 9, and citizens doesn’t seem to care, as no one has volunteered to march in protest for them.