Infiltration of Quacks Into Medical Profession a Threat to Public Health – Kogi Commissioner

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The Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) has been charged to protect the nobility of the medical profession by purging out quacks within its rank.
Kogi State Commissioner for health, Dr Haruna Saka-Audu gave the charge on Wednesday in Lokoja while declaring open the 2018 annual general meeting and scientific conference of the MDCAN, Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja chapter.
He said that the infiltration of quacks into medical profession had become a threat to public health, saying that there was no way the association can exonerate itself from the many problems now bedeviling the health sector.
According to Saka-Audu, the association is in a better position than government to tackle the menace and urged its leadership across the country to rise up to the challenge.
He praised the consultants for their various contribution to delivery of quality healthcare to the people of the state,  saying that the state was ready to take the collaboration with the them to a higher level.
To this end, the Commissioner said that government had initiated discussion with board and management of the Federal Medical Centre on the need to upgrade it to a teaching hospital for the benefit of the people of the state.
He stated that the government will continue to look forward to their advises and suggestions on how to improve the healthcare delivery to the people, especially rural dwellers.
The theme of this year’s meeting and conference is: Building A Strong Culture of Professionalism Among Medical Professionals.
The guest lecturer at the event, Dr Christopher Uyinmwen in his presentation identified trust as the key and most critical factor  factor  in the practice of medicine.
“No trust, no submission, once you can be trusted , you lose all,” he said.
To be trusted, he urged consultants to always bring their expertise to bear in their practice of the profession and also uphold standards below which they cannot operate.
Uyinmwen, a Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon at Asokoro District Hospital, Abuja urged his colleagues to always display a sense of responsibility,reliability and show respect for and another and patients in the course of discharging their duty.
He also warned them to be mindful of their conduct outside their professional circle and improve upon their knowledge and technical skills.
The Guest Speaker warned doctors against turning themselves to demigods, asking them to always show compassion to those suffering pains hardship.
He, however, called for right investment in the health sector for doctors to achieve professionalism, saying that adequate equipment and manpower, infrastructure, training and training must be made available to enhance practice.
Dr Ayodeji Ogunmola, the Chairman of MDCAN, FMC Lokoja chapter, in his remarks said that the association will not hesitate to flush out bad eggs within its ranks once they are discovered.
He said that the lecture was part of efforts being made to improve the relationship between doctors and patients, saying that it was also meant to update the knowledge of doctors.
Ogunmola said that the association was also taking steps on how to improve on quality and standard of preclude in the hospital  and commended the management for the facilities and the enabling environment for his members to practice their profession.

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