Experts brainstorm on Nigeria’s medical problems

Medical experts from the public and private sectors yesterday met to discuss ways of tackling challenges in the sector at the close of a two-day medical conference in Abuja.
The conference organized by Media Trust, publishers of the Daily Trust titles in collaboration with Prompt Home Health and other partners looked into how medical tourism could be reduced by creating awareness on existing facilities and services in the country.
Dr Jawa Zabah Muhammad, an Oncologist Senior Consultant Nuclear Medicine at the National Hospital Abuja while responding to some participants’ questions said it was wrong for medical practitioners to advertise themselves as the best in billboards.
“We can advertise within our own circle. One thing we should understand is that, if we offer quality service patients will advertise us. 50 percent of our patients came through patients we had treated in the past.  You can showcase the arrays of your services which will help in reducing health tourism,” he said.
On the frequent industrial actions in the sector, a surgeon, Dr Ejike Orji, said a collective responsibility and Private Public Partnership (PPP) was the solution, adding that every industrial action had a root cause and doctors never asked for what was not promised them by government.
He said government had  not been fair to young doctors, adding that their problems dates back to the military regime when the medical sector had a serious fight with the government and qualified professors of medicine were sacked.
A consultant radiation oncologist at the National Hospital, Abuja, Dr Abubakar Bello, said enrolees of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) must know their right to care and access it.

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