Health

Some FCT residents urge doctors-patients relationship for improved healthcare

Published

on



Doctors

Abuja, Dec. 10, Some residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have urged medical doctors to show compassion by building trust among their patients in healthcare delivery.

According to the residents, doctor-patient relationship is a major step of care giving in the sector.

The residents who spoke in separate interviews with Nigeria News Agency in Abuja on Tuesday, called for improved relationship, adding that doctors must make the move.

Chinewe Nathaniel, an Engineer explained that doctor–patient relationship remains a major step of care as they must relate more effectively and efficiently with their patients to protect the interests and the preferences of individuals.

Nathaniel also said that doctors need training to enable them handle some difficult patients.

He said especially when treating patients with psychological problems or breaking bad news to them.

She said this had become imperative because some doctors lack the skills in dealing with difficult patients and also lack understanding of patient’s complaints.

Doctors are people too and they have their individual personalities.

I believe doctors are genuinely compassionate people, expressing that compassion is where they fall short sometimes.

It could be due to lack of training or because they get caught up in the increasing demands of modern healthcare,” she said.

Madam Nkiru Allision, a Pharmacist noted that for decades, physicians were among the most respected professionals globally, but unfortunately that perception was gradually changing.

According to her, patients’ trust in their doctors and healthcare in general is declining and the consequences can be disastrous.

Allision said lack of trust in the healthcare system had led to decreased patient compliance, worse outcomes, corrosive physician-patient interactions, and physician burnout.

This she said was so as patients now have access to information through the internet which makes it easier for them to second-guess their physicians.

The internet allows them to do their own research and arrive at their own diagnoses and treatments, correct or not.

As a result, fewer patients defer to physicians without question and if their information conflicts with their doctors views, they might be less likely to trust their doctors,’’ she said.

Mr Sunday Akhere of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, said doctors’ empathy toward patients was important to ensure quality doctor-patient relationship.

He said it would allow the doctor or the physician to understand the symptomatic experiences and needs of individual patients.

Akhere said various research outcomes had revealed that empathy improves the therapeutic effect and the patient’s quality of life.

Mrs Demola Buzunu, an Economist said doctors must stand on the oath of office based on trust as this always gave the patient confidence to effectively discuss in-depth of their health issues.

According to Buzunu, this development of trust enables the patient to comply with the doctor’s guidance, which consequently results in improvement of health.

Miss Adeola Coker urged doctors to be attentive to their patients during consultation as it was key to ensuring respect toward their patients.

She said nowadays, practitioners were most often taking notes at their computers while speaking with the patient not maintaining eye contact, not being aware of when one feels challenged and/or defensive.

Coker said taking notes on the computer was not a sin but such attitude always discouraged the patient from contributing to the consultation process.

Dr Abraham Ojo, a medical doctor said that people rather see the bad than the good in doctors, which he said tends to paint them all in a negative light.

Ojo said doctor and patient relationship had long been integral to medicine, and many descriptions of professionalism centred on quality interaction.

The doctor said it was on record that physicians always helped patients and families navigate some of life’s most treacherous diseases, adding that a strong bond facilitates the trust and openness necessary to help patients make wise, informed decisions under such difficult circumstances.

Ojo noted that some patients’ behaviours in active participation in medical encounters had over time contributed to physicians’ aversion to patients.

According to him, this attitude has led to the unfavourable direction of physician-patient relationship.

Physicians’ attitude is of central concern for establishing the physician-patient relationship.

There has never been a time when patients need to trust their doctors more, but doctors need to remember their oath and put the patient back in focus.

Sometimes, patients aren’t with the same physician long enough to know the potential of such doctors and build trust.

Patients need to learn that the vast majority of us care about our patients and have their best interests in mind.

As doctors, we all need to become a team again. Patients need to regain our trust, and our profession needs to re-establish its integrity,” he said.

Dr Titilayo Banjoko, a Pediatrician, said that physicians having a strong relationship with their patients were vital to the practice’s success.

She, however, noted that if the relationship between the two sides was irreparably fractured, there was little chance of the patient getting healthier.

Banjoko said it had become mandatory for doctors to provide the best possible care to a patient whether she liked or disliked the patient.

According to her, some patients lie about their past illnesses, treatment, addictions and other history relevant to their diagnosis and treatment.

She said that some patients do have reasons to hide information from a doctor but sometimes such information could drastically change the management and could even make a difference between life and death.

The Pediatrician stressed the need for adequate communication and trust in a doctor-patient relationship and because they influenced patient satisfaction and perceived quality of healthcare services.

She said that statistics had shown that patient-centred approach with effective communications skills and trust leads to better management and improved patient satisfaction.

This is associated to better adherence to the treatment, better health outcomes and better perceived quality of healthcare services.

The pediatrician also advised patients against self medication or changing their drugs without consulting their doctors.

“This includes omitting medications or not adhering to the advised schedule of treatment or starting a new treatment.  

Edited by: Hawa lawal/Ese E. Ekama
(NAN)

 

 

 

https://nnn.ng/some-fct-residents-urge-doctors-patients-relationship-for-improved-healthcare/

Metro

FEMA alerts Abuja residents of severe flood

Published

on


The FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has once again issued a high alert on prospect of severe flood within the FCT, especially the riverine parts of the city.


The Director-General of FEMA, Alhaji Abbas Idriss, issued the alert in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

Idriss said the red alert became necessary following rainfall and repeated floods being witnessed in different parts of the country and around the FCT,

Idriss said  though FCT was not on the red alert, but could be at the risk of heavier flooding because of its closeness to neighboring red line States.

He assured that the agency was prepared to handle any eventuality that may arise.

“As we speak, about nine rivers in nine countries are discharging their contents from their rivers which will eventually flows into River Niger and settles at Lokoja,” he said.

Idriss, who described  flooding in the FCT  as human-induced, appealed to FCT residents to desist from activities that could lead to flooding during the peak season.

The FEMA boss stressed that the FCT administration cannot  afford to lose more lives resulting from the reckless behaviour of those who refuse to adhere to early warnings from relevant authorities.

He called on residents living around the riverine and flood-prone areas of the FCT to move to higher grounds, clear their water channels and drainages.

Idriss also enjoined the residents to avoid dumping refuse on water ways and avoid walking or driving through flooded water to keep safe.

“What we are about to witness from now on is ‘river flooding’ and this is going to be heavier and more forceful than the flash flood we experienced  earlier,” he warned.

The FEMA boss emphasised that the FCT administration had been on its toes doing the needful to ensure safety in and around the FCT.

Idriss, therefore, stressed the need for residents to take personal responsibility of the safety of their environment, saying ” disaster management is an all-inclusive effort from both the government and the governed.”

He assured residents of the agency’s efforts to work with all the relevant stakeholders to mitigate any possible effect of flooding in the FCT.

The DG said that the agency had strengthened its Ambassadors (FEMA volunteers/Vanguards) in all the area councils to be able to sensitise their people using town criers and other indigenous means of communication.

” This will enable them to drive the message home, in the bid to minimise loss of lives and properties.”

He added that FEMA had also mounted reflective billboards at various flood prone points warning off and cautioning residents from these danger areas.

Idriss challenged religious leaders, community heads and well- meaning Nigerians in authority to take responsibility of the public education and sensitisation of people around them.

” Especially those living close to flood prone areas to move to higher grounds for safety and to always call the national toll-free emergency number 112 for prompt response of any emergency.”,he said.

He said flood could catch up with anybody, anywhere, citing the   example of the victim of Trademoore Estate ,Lugbe, a visitor in the Estate that was swept off by flood water.

Idriss said FEMA had been unrelenting in sensitising FCT residents on appropriate safety measures following earlier NIMET and NIHSA prediction of torrential rain fall this season.

Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN

https://nnn.ng/fema-alerts-abuja-residents-of-severe-flood/
Continue Reading

Economy

Osinbajo inaugurates fashion cluster shared facility for MSMEs in Lagos

Published

on


Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday performed the virtual inauguration of the Fashion Cluster Shared Facility for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises(MSMEs), the Eko Fashion Hub 1, in Lagos State.


Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.

Osinbajo said that the Federal Government remained deeply committed to creating a more business friendly environment for MSMEs to thrive, as they were the engine room of the Nigerian economy.

According to the Vice President, the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP), has in it, a Survival Fund for MSMEs.

He said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval of the implementation of the MSMEs Survival Fund as part of the ESP was to cushion the impact of COVID-19 on the economy.

“Under the Survival Fund is a Payroll Support Scheme, which will provide up to N50,000 in monthly salaries for up to 10 staff of a qualifying business, for a period of three months.

“There is also a N50,000 grant for 100,000 small and medium-scale businesses, while 333,000 self-employed persons working as artisans and transporters will benefit from a one-off grant of N30,000.

“The President has also approved that the Federal Government bear the full cost of business name registration for 250,000 new businesses nationwide.

“We are doing all these to support MSMEs across the country to maintain their staffing levels and keep their businesses afloat through these very challenging times.”

The Vice President said the Buhari administration’s commitment to the success of small businesses was evident in its MSMEs Clinics initiative.

Osinbajo said that the clinics extended business support services to small businesses across the country, of which the MSMEs Shared Facility Scheme was a core component.

“The Eko facility, which was developed through collaboration between the Federal Government, the Lagos State Government, and the Organised Private Sector, is an end-to-end fashion production centre equipped with needed machinery and will be made available to the public under a shared facility style structure.

“When MSMEs thrive the economy thrives, when they struggle, the economy struggles.

“MSMEs’ Shared Facility Scheme being implemented by the Federal Government under the National MSMEs Clinics seeks to provide high-quality operating equipment, which small businesses can access at a reasonable cost, within a conducive space,’’ he said.

According to the Vice President, the facilities will help to reduce operating costs for users, allowing them to invest the savings in expanding their businesses and hiring more staff.

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was physically present at the event in Ikeja, commended the President and Vice President for supporting the scheme.

He said that there were plans to replicate the same in other parts of the state.

There are 161 machines at the EKO facility, including 74 industrial straight sewing machines, 10 industrial steam pressing irons, four monogramming machines, eight industrial button-hole and five industrial button tacking machines.

It also has Tinko and Coil machines, heming and industrial weaving machines, among others.

The Facility has a 100kva standby generator and a 2kva solar power system.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mariam Katagum, Managing Director, Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe and the Special Assistant to the President on MSMEs, Tola Johnson joined the event.

Others were the CEO, Bank of Industry, Mr Olukayode Pitan, Director-General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN), Dr Dikko Umaru Radda, Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Alhaji Garba Abubakar and Managing Director, NEXIM Bank, Abba Bello.

Dr Lola Akande, Lagos State Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives among other government functionaries also attended the event.

Osinbajo had in June, virtually inaugurated and handed over the 200,000-capacity Yam Storage Facility at the Zaki Biam International Yam Market in Benue State.

He had said there were also plans to establish similar facilities in other parts of the country, including in Kaduna, Anambra and the FCT.

Edited By: Felix Ajide
Source: NAN

 

 

 

 

https://nnn.ng/osinbajo-inaugurates-fashion-cluster-shared-facility-for-msmes-in-lagos/
Continue Reading

Judiciary

Businessman in court over alleged N1m job scam

Published

on


A 32-year-old businessman, Usman Rilwan,who allegedly defrauded a job seeker of N1 million, on Friday appeared in  a Life Camp Magistrates’ Court.


The police charged Rilwan, who lives in City Centre Plaza Gimbiya, street Area 11, Garki, with  criminal breach of trust and cheating.

The Police Prosecutor,  ASP Peter Ejike of the FCT Command Abuja, told the court that the complainant, Adamu Idris of Karu FCT, Abuja, reported the matter at Life Camp Police Station, on August 16.

He alleged that early in the year, the defendant told the complainant that he can get a job for him at the Department of Petroleum Resource (DPR) if he can pay N4 million.

Ejike alleged that both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), stating that the payment would be done in two installments of N2million through bank transfers.

He alleged that the MoU also states that the defendant would refund the money to the complainant if he breaches the agreement.

The prosecutor alleged that on March 24, the complainant transferred N2 million as the first installment from his First Bank account 2027809509 to Access Bank account 0107549258 belonging to the defendant.

Ejike told the court that in May, the defendant told the complainant that the appointment letter would be ready on June 20, buy he failed to delver.

He said that the defendant  refunded N1million and all efforts to recover the balance of N1million, failed,

The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of section 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.

The defendant, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Magistrate Chinyere Nwecheonwu admitted the defendant to bail and ordered that he provides two sureties.

Nwecheonwu ordered the sureties must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court; they should deposit their recent passport photograph and a valid means of identification to the court.

The magistrate adjourned the matter until Nov.18, for hearing.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN

 

https://nnn.ng/businessman-in-court-over-alleged-n1m-job-scam/
Continue Reading

Defence/Security

NAF distributes medical oxygen cylinders to FCT isolation centres

Published

on


The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has distributed medical oxygen cylinders to isolation centres in the FCT.


The Chief of Medical Services, NAF, Air Commodore Gideon Bako, while distrbuting the items to the beneficiaries at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Thursday in Abuja, said it was in continuation of national efforts to fight COVID-19.

He explained that NAF had been supplying medical oxygen to the beneficiaries in the FCT and even in other parts of the country.

“All the beneficiaries need do is to bring their empty cylinder to the airport for onward transportation to Yola, fill them, and bring the cylinders back to them.

“All these are at no cost to them, being one of the ways of giving back to the society, and in efforts to fight the scourge.

“We have over 156 cylinders that we took to Yola, filled, returned and distribute to the beneficiaries,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the beneficiaries include: DSS Medical Centre, CACOVID Isolation Centre, as well as the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH).

NAN also reports that UATH has 128 of the cylinders, while DSS has 16.

According to him, NAF has its own cylinders too, which it normally supply to the beneficiary isolation centres.

“We also have facilities in Yola like the Federal Medical Centre and the state Specialist Hospital that the service has been supplying medical oxygen to,” he said.

Bako, however, said that all the efforts were geared toward letting Nigerians know that whereever they were, they were not forgotten.

“Just bring your empty cylinder to the airport. We will transport them to Yola, fill them and bring them back to you wherever you are free of charge.

“The only thing we do is that we monitor to ensure that the cylinders are taken to the right place and for the purpose they are meant for,” Bako said..

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
Source: NAN

https://nnn.ng/naf-distributes-medical-oxygen-cylinders-to-fct-isolation-centres/
Continue Reading

Nadal stunned by Schwartzman in Italian Open quarter-finals, Djokovic survives Koepfer United States initiates ‘snapback’ process to reimpose sanctions on Iran – Pompeo NIDO-Ghana plans webinar to mark Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Edo election: Why collation is delayed — INEC Nketiah’s late strike gives Arsenal 2-1 win over West Ham United Ekiti Deputy Gov eulogises late theatre icon, Jimoh Aliu Gov Bagudu, stakeholders meet over flood, insecurity, vow to surmount challenges El-Rufai to participate in maiden Kaduna Marathon on Nov. 21 Ondo election: Agboola Ajayi best candidate for good governance — Mimiko Edo 2020: Group commends INEC on equal access for PWDs Banditry: Lawmaker urges FG to deploy more security to Sokoto Ebonyi police confirm alleged murder of motorcyclist by suspected lunatic COVID-19: Lagos govt reopens cinemas, gyms Edo Poll: PDP alleges move to replace election results in Edo North Akaeze-Ukwu tragedy: Buhari condoles with govt, people of Ebonyi VAR drama as Zaha double earns Crystal Palace shock 3-1 win at Manchester United Sultan turbans 15 District Heads in Sokoto Nigerians gifted with exceptional confidence, resilience,  mental acuity – Osinbajo Cash Transfer: Zamfara to dismiss 10 Facilitators for extortion Youth hold key to sustainable democracy – Ekiti APC chieftain  Fiorentina snatch late win in Serie A opener Dortmund young guns sparkle in opening win over Gladbach Environmental advocates call for total ban of plastics Edo electorate hail INEC, security agencies Edo poll: Gov. Wike commends INEC, security agencies for peaceful conduct Edo election: Police commission lauds security presence at voting centres Bye-elections: 12 candidates jostle for Lagos East, 8 for Kosofe Constituency II Liverpool sign Portugal winger Jota from Wolves Police in Anambra arrest 3 suspects for alleged abduction, rape of job seeker Spurs sign Bale on loan, Reguilon on permanent deal Vulture Day: NCF advocates Vulture Conservation World Clean Up Day: NGO tasks Lagos residents on cleaner, greener environment Ondo Gov’s wife registers market women for democratic dividends Ebonyi Bus Plunge: FRSC confirms 14 corpses retrieved from river Crawford University appoints new V-C, other principal officers Edo 2020: Gov. Tambuwal lauds Buhari on statesmanly call, directive LASG seals 3 illegal container terminals, 19 additional contravening buildings Pirlo says Suarez unlikely to join Juventus after all NiMet predicts cloudiness, rains Sunday to Tuesday FG disburses N24m loan to 2,400 entrepreneurs in Sokoto 2023: NYC urges Gov. Umahi to consider running for Presidency Anambra FA Caretaker Committee enrolls club owners in health insurance scheme “Its your portion to die,’’ Clergyman tells Christians La Liga: Villarreal record 2-1 win over Eibar Hertha Berlin crush Werder Bremen 4-1, as Cologne, Stuttgart lose Leeds United hang on to win 7-goal thriller with Fulham Lagos to transform  judiciary infrastructure Polaris Bank appoints Segun Opeke as Executive Director Edo poll: APC chieftain commends electoral process