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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
clickhere to read his write up
The government should make these facts accepted by every medical and health worker who must work in the Health Sector. Those who cannot should
TODAY makes it 26 days when doctors under the aegis of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) abandoned their patients in hospitals nationwide to protest against the Federal Government’s agreement with other allied health professionals who are under the umbrella of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU). Medical consultants who were supposed to join in the strike, were<!–more–> restricted by a legal case they filed through their umbrella body, Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) at the National Industrial Court (NIC).The case has since been adjourned to October because judges are on recess. Even NMA itself has been dragged to court by JOHESU. But while everyone is awaiting the outcome of the legal cases, it seems the Lagos State government has found a soothing balm to the challenge of incessant strikes in the healthcare sector. Today, the tension that usually heralds strikes in the healthcare sector in the state has been significantly reduced. When The Guardian visited some private hospitals in the state, it was discovered that those hospitals were not crowded by patients as it used to be during strikes by medical professionals. The situation at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) was as if there was ongoing strike action in the medical profession. Staff at both the accident and medical emergencies of the hospital were working.A source who spoke anonymously at LASUTH said locum staff (doctors hired on contract) by the Lagos State government have made the difference. “Medical consultants along with locum doctors and other healthcare professionals are working. We have been admitting patients. I think the locum staffing phenomenon introduced by the Lagos State government sometime ago has made the difference,” the source said. Locum staffing was alien to the medical profession in Nigeria until 2012 when medical doctors and the Lagos State government locked horns over the implementation of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) signed in 2009 between Federal Government and medical doctors. Medical doctors under the umbrella of the Medical Guild went on strike. Irked by the action, the Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola sacked about 788 striking medical doctors. But there was a big void to fill. To fill that it, the state government recruited locum medical officers, but not without signing a contract with the contract medical doctors.Details of the terms of contract revealed that the locums are not employees of the state government but contract staff that can be fired at will. The terms of operation also revealed that they have no right to unionism or collective bargaining, and they cannot embark on strikes or any industrial action to seek redress. The only option available to them when they have grievances is mediation. The terms of engagement also reveal that since there is no guaranteed income for them, the locum staff will be paid between N5, 000 to N7, 000 for every four hours worked. The crisis was later resolved. But unlike what many observers had thought, the locum staff remained, even while the employed medical doctors returned to work. According to the Wikipedia, a locum is a person who temporarily fulfills the duties of another. Locum is a global practice. Wikipedia explains: “In the UK, the NHS (National Health Service) on average has 3,500 locum doctors working in hospitals on any given day, with another 15,500 locum general practitioners. Many of these locum hospital doctors are supplied by private agencies through a national frame work agreement that the NHS holds with 51 private agencies.”Until the ongoing strike, many people had forgotten that locum has become a part of Lagos State medical practice. Affirming how the locum staff practice has become a soothing pill to the strike headache in Lagos, a consultant gynaecologist with LASUTH, Dr. Paul Adekoya (not his real name) said: “Lagos State government has tied our hands with locum staff practice.” He added that the contract type of employment has been effective in reducing the effects of the ongoing nationwide strike. The state government has since expanded the scenario to other healthcare professionals, including nurses, radiographers among others. It was learnt that the Lagos State government decided to retain the system to curtail the negative effects of strikes in the nation’s healthcare system. Some other public hospitals not owned by the Lagos State government, it was also gathered, have started hiring locum staff. At the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), it was discovered that locum staffing has been adopted in the recruitment of gatemen, cleaners and non-medical professionals. However, as good as the practice may seem in stabilizing the healthcare system, there are fears in some quarters that it may lead to unemployment in the medical sector if continued. “Locum staffing is good for the patient, but bad for the person engaged as locum staff. Government may, as a result of the practice, deliberately refuse to give jobs to qualified medical person,” Mr. Alex Akanji, a pharmacist with the Lagos State government, said. While many people may attribute the relative stability in government hospitals to the locum staffing, a medical sociologist with Crawford University , Dr. John Ayodele, thinks otherwise. Citing a research that was conducted in Canada, he averred that the absence of patients in private hospitals may be because Lagos residents have learnt how to live in a healthy way.“A research that was done in Canada some years ago showed that when medical doctors go on strike, there was a decrease in medical problems because people were proactive; they were taking action that would positively affect their health so that they would not see any need to go hospital,” Ayodele said
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