Nigerian doctors charge colleagues on regular medical check-up


doctor-240x300Two medical experts on Monday in Lagos urged doctors to also seek medical care to stay healthy and avoid sudden death.

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They told our newsmen  in separate interviews that many doctors were busy taking care of patients without considering their own health.

Dr Kay Adesola, National Secretary, Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN),  said that recent record showed that many doctors had died  prematurely.

Adesola said that it was autopsy that  usually revealed  that such doctors had certain ailments which were not treated or properly managed.

According to him, most doctors go about their daily activities without knowing they have health challenges,  and those who were aware of their health status do not find  time to go for medical investigations .

Adesola   said that most physicians were “caught up” in the trivialities of medical practice which affected their health mentally and physically.

He explained, that doctors worked longer hours, see more patients to ensure that they provide solutions to patients’ health needs, as well as make ends meet.

“Our patients respect us by hanging- on to every word we say. They depend on our advice and expertise to stay healthy and alive,” he said.

Adesola, however, advised doctors to place priority on their health status as they do with their patients.

Dr Kofo Dabiri,a paediatrician, said that most doctors were victims of extreme psychological distress and heart disease.

Dabiri said that most physicians  were exposed to occupational hazards, adding that their daily operations affected their emotional, psychological and physical well-being.

“Doctors are not heartless; their failures weigh heavily on them.

“We deal with lots of trauma such as psychological, and physical trauma  which  affect the way we work and our health”, she said.

Dabiri advised each medical practitioner to be a patient to another doctor to stay healthy and work efficiently, as well as prevent sudden death.

“Most doctors believed that it was a bit embarrassing to be a patient of another doctor which is why they hesitated to seek care.

“Some of them forget that when they are not healthy, it can affect their ability to deliver the best possible care needed by their patients,” she said.  (NAN)

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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