I actually came across this write up on face book and after reading through it, I have decided to enlighten the writer a bit. The writer raised some points, but I would say, he was very economical with truth and I will show you why point by point.
THE ISSUE OF DEPLOMA STUDENTS
Dr. JP made a reference to diploma student being the root cause of cultism in that school as committee set up to unearth the root cause of cultism in that citadel of learning revealed, as true as this is, Dr. JP made us believe that the diploma student where the source of cultists, but I want you all to understand that, the investigation revealed that the ACTIVE diploma student are not the source of cultism, but those diploma student who,at the end of their diploma year could not secure admission into their respective courses, but refused to go home because, as you all know, they have told people at home that they were in the university, thus they hang around waiting for next diploma program and while they wait, they become idle and join cults, therefore when the school authority was able to regularize the program, it was re-introduced. Therefore, if Dr. JP was to go down memory lane as he suggested, he would have missed the target.
UNDER EMPLOYMENT AND PHARMACY COUNTING DRUGS IN HOSPITAL
I read this point, and laughed, Dr. JP want us to understand that pharmacist, nurse, scientist etc. except doctors are under employed, I agree totally with him, however, he also said due to the underemployment, they roam around, idle and thus have time for gossip and gang meeting. I want the reader and the Dr. JP to understand that these professional bodies has come to the realization that they are under employed, and who was the ‘’upper employed’’ doing their (the underplayed) job, and anybody that has a nodding acquaintance with Nigerian health system knows the obvious answer. However, let me clarify from the angle of the pharmacist, when the pharmacist realized that his job in the hospital does not bring out the best of his professional competence, he sat down and thought of how could avail his knowledge to the patient for the patient benefits, and that was the birth of pharmaceutical care, why some doctors have problem with pharmaceutical care is bewildering, perhaps they should read to understand and appreciate the pharmacist more, if the full potential of the pharmacist is utilized, our health will be world envy. On the other issue raised, which bothers on counting drugs by pharmacist, I like you to see the various pharmacists interventions and know that for now, we are not just pill counters but patients’ watchdog, and advocate and whenever, the full potential is unleashed, you will appreciate the fact that as far as drug goes, pharmacist are the consultants’ CONSULTANT.
PHARMACIST EMPLOYING SSCE HOLDERS, AUXILLARY NURSES
This one was hilariously annoying, I can tell you that private hospitals do not even employ ssce holders, but train some girls/women, call them nurses and employ them as nurses, pharmacist, scientist, and radiographers and so on, and then JP came to a public domain to point accusing fingers at pharmacists. It is a common knowledge doctors are experts in putting a square peg in a round hole, just like JP is advocating for replacement of pharmacist and scientist with assistants and techs. Even as a young pharmacist, I work in a community pharmacy and the sell assistants and techs work under my supervision, while I work under my superintent’s supervision.
DRUG PRODUCING FIRM, ABUJA SCENERIO AND LACK OF PLANNING
I agree that drug producing firms should be established by and for pharmacist, to me, and may be many other that has read your article, you sounded like pharmacist are just folding their arms, but I am sure you will have a rethink if you read pharmacist write gej On the other issue, where. JP became frustrated on traffic and thus blamed it on lack of planning and thus likened it to the health sector. I want to also remind Dr. JP that most traffic jams in big cities like Lagos are due to wrong and impatient attitude of Nigerian drivers, LASMA, police and road safety ‘’legal’’ activities, secondly, the issue of not planning in health sector by our fore fathers might not be entirely true, but you have to understand that while others planned genuinely ,Ransome Kuti planned selfishly and thus has brought us to where we are today.
DEFINITION OF PARAMEDIC AND Dr. STELLA
In his definition of paramedic, (according his electronic oxford dictionary version 4.3106) pharmacist where not included in that definition but throughout his write up, he referred to pharmacist (directly or indirectly) as paramedic. Since our sagacious Dr. could not even define a paramedic or perhaps it was HIS dictionary’s definition, let us help him. According to Merriam Webster dictionary version 2.0 copyright 2015, A PRAMEDIC IS A PERSON WHOSE JOB IS TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE TO THE SICK OR INJURED PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL. This definition, my good friend, is the standard definition world over. He went on to eulogize Dr. Stella but forgot that nurse Justina Obi Ejelonu also died as they were both treating the same patient, perhaps nurse Justina is a paramedic and her life is worthless. Can someone tell Dr. JP to let the dead be.
LAWYERS ADVERTISING THEMSELVES AND HIS FELLOWSHIP INCIDENT
Dr. JP brought to our notice that lawyers advertise themselves by granting interviews and press briefing, but he did not draw our attention also that Drs. as well grant press briefing as personal physicians or am I missing something here. Dr. JP also mentioned an incident that happened to his fellowship while in school and how he advised them not to write the letter that eventually got them a quit notice, he went on to narrate how they embarked on a retrogressive prayer to appeal to God for the school authority not to develop their abandoned project, a prayer, in his opinion God will not answer, but he forgot two things, first, the fellowship needed light, you cannot be worshipping God in darkness and secondly, had they heeded his advice won’t it still amount to not reminding the school authority about the building which will eventually remain abandoned, tell us, how is your advice different from their prayers, however they exercised their faith but yours you kept.
PHARMACY TECHS, LAB ASSISTANT SHOULD TAKE OVER LAB AND PHARMACY
This point is very shameful, I am sure I need not address this because it has addressed itself.
PHARMACIST EXCEEDING THEIR BOUNDARIES BY TREATING DIARRHEAL
He wants us to know that pharmacists exceed their professional boundaries by treating diarrheal, please is diarrheal not treated with ORS and the last time I checked, ORS is still an OTC. However, he wants us to believe that Drs. stay within their professional boundary by dispensing drugs in their mushroom and ill ventilated cubicles called pharmacy, please remove the plank in your eyes before attempting to remove another’s beam.
JOHESU ASKIN GOVERNMENT NOT TO NEGOTIATE WITH NMA, INTERNSHIP PROGRAM AND PRIVATISATION.
I just want him to answer this very simple question. Does NMA as a professional body have right to embark on strike? Are they trade union? Dr. JP want internship program for biochemist but was quiet on that for nurses, perhaps he felt it is inappropriate…we catch you drift.
Dr. JP needs to understand that privatization is good, we have seen it with NEPA, however, we will start from clinical services and government will not fund residency for any professional group or body.
SOLDIERS, ARMY, NAVY ETC. MEDICALLY QUALIFIED LEAKED RECOMMENDATION OF YAYALE REPORT AND SHIFT WORK
Let me bring something to his notice with a very simple question. Has any arm of the military either navy, army or air force ever claim superiority over the others…the answer is well known and thus, your point baseless. Dr. JP has started a media campaign against report not in public domain, same way they killed the first report.
I cannot recall pharmacist working shift while I was in the teaching hospital, but I also wonder why he is bothered with how many hours a particular professional group works, what I think should bother him is whether the ‘’paramedic’’ is available when needed.
I want people like Dr. JP to understand and come terms with fact that pharmacy is a very broad discipline and has come to stay, they should know that just like Toyota, techno and other electronic giants open after sale services to monitor and follow up their product, pharmacist will follow up the use of THEIR drugs until the patient excretes them, be it in community pharmacy, hospital, church, mosque or even in the home and such privileges should never be contested. You have to realize that pharmacists, as far as drug is concerned are consultant’ consultant, pharmacist consult not only for patient but also for doctors, nurses, scientist etc.
Pharmacist Ugwuleke Clement
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