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Life - Love & Relationships Updated: October 23, 2023

NMA Calls For More Security For Doctors

By Felicia Abisola Olamiji
October 23, 2023
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The Nigeria Medical Association, Federal Capital Territory (NMA-FCT) has called on the relevant government agencies to provide more security for the safety of its members.

The call was made by Dr Charles Ugwuanyi, the Chairman, NMA-FCT while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after a Thanksgiving outing to kick-start the 2023 Physician Week, celebrated annually in October.

NAN reports that the chairman spoke on the backdrop of the recent backlash on doctors, on alleged negligence of duty at their workplaces arising from the death of a “one chance” victim in Abuja recently.

He explained that the incident had brought so many attacks on doctors while calling on relevant government authorities, particularly security organisations, to provide more protection for members of NMA.

He said that the incident had subjected Nigeria medical doctors in the FCT to various forms of violence ranging from physical to emotional abuse.

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“So much is expected from the Nigerian doctor but very little is given to them, therefore, we operate in a very hostile environment, it seems like any unfortunate incident in public institution is always blamed on the doctors.

“As you are aware recently, there has been some unpleasant news which has gone very viral in one of our hospitals here in the FCT, where a doctor has been alleged to have refused to treat a patient.

“Let me use this opportunity to remind people in authority that our duty is to treat people who are alive; we are not trained to wake people up from death; therefore, when they apportion blame when things don’t go well, it should be properly aligned.

“On the issue of a police report, I don’t know why they expect a doctor who is attending to a patient to abandon another patient in search of a police report.

“We view that the people who are bringing in accident victim should take the responsibility of bringing police report, bringing doctors report, it is not the duty of a doctor to abandon other patients in search of police report.

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“We have been badly traumatized because of the negative publicity, it is absolutely unfair, especially when people in governance who are supposed to be in the know are expecting us to do otherwise,” he stressed.

He described the whole issue as unfortunate while sounding a note of warning that the Nigerian doctors are not magicians to wake the dead, but only trained to treat the sick people.

He stressed that if people brought dead bodies to the hospital, “they should know that the place for dead people is in the mortuary and they shouldn’t take it upon the doctors”.

Ugwuanyi, therefore, appealed to the relevant government agencies to be alive to their responsibilities, especially in the area of security, adding that security agents should secure doctors’ lives

He said that doctors are now being victimised in the hospital and in their place of work, adding that NMA had reported several incidences of doctors and nurses who were beaten up in their places of work.

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He said that some doctors had also been murdered in their consulting rooms and that nobody is talking about that while appealing that when there were lapses, the blame should be channelled to the appropriate quarters.

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Felicia Abisola Olamiji

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