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Incompetent Doctors & Wrong Diagnosis Behind High Death Rates In Nigerian Hospitals – Expert

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Monday Oct 31st, 2016 – Incompetent Doctors & Wrong Diagnosis Behind High Death Rates Of Patients In Hospitals Across Nigeria – Expert

Increased wrong diagnosis has led to the death of high number of patients in hospitals across the country, said an expert.

According to a Visiting Professor of Pharmacology, Nagasaki University, Japan Associate Prof. Omotuyi Olaposi cases of medical errors in the country are alarming, requiring critical intervention.

He spoke at the end of a two-day seminar on medical services and simulation organised by Medbridge Global Company Simulation.

Olaposi, who is also the Director, Centre for Bio-Computing and Drug Development, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Ondo State said medical error is a very big challenge.

He said: “Medical errors is unfortunately a very big Heath challenge in Nigeria, medical errors have a lot of dimensions. The first dimension is what is called misdiagnosis. That is when people are diagnosed wrongly and that means the chances of treating the person is almost zero. That will be giving a wrong treatment for a wrong disease.

“The second dimension is when doctors diagnose right but the wrong drugs and medications are administered. You got the ailment right, but the wrong thing is given. The third is when you get the diagnosis right, get the right drugs to administer but you administer the drugs improperly, probably due to insufficient training or exposure. So these three are very important in terms of how people eventually die in our hospitals in Nigeria.”

Speaking on wrong diagnosis of persons, Olaposi explained it is only in high profile persons that the public get to know.

“It was just because Dora Akunyili happens to be a celebrity, that as why we knew what exactly happened. A lot of people die without even knowing it. The family will just accept it as the will of God and they just move on. Nobody is questioned and nothing whatsoever.

“I will say it is very difficult because we don’t have data. There is no data where people are taken to court or the hospitals are petitioned. But I can tell you from my own personal observation that I know more than ten people in this year alone that have either been diagnosed or treated with wrong medication or probably the wrong way of administering drugs,” he stated.

According to him, “if the total number of people visiting the hospital in Nigeria annually is 100, I think 30 per cent of cases are due to wrong diagnosis, wrong treatment or wrong drugs.

“But the caveat is that not all the errors will eventually lead to death. That is the reason why it has not come to the front burner. A lot if these errors can be corrected and then life moves on.

“I will not say yes for now and I have my reasons. You need people to be trained and retrained, certified and be re-certified. It is only when you have put these measures in place that you can now begin to talk about punitive measures. Some people have been out of medical schools for up to 20 years and they have not gotten any other experience apart from attending to patients.

“So training should be continuos and that is the reason why Medbridge Global Company is embarking on this event. What they are bringing to the table.

“If we have done the right things in terms of providing trainings and facilities, yes, we should. But we have not. Somebody have to be diagnosed and there no appropriate equipment for the right diagnosis.

“And most of the diagnosis they are going to be doing will be without appropriate equipment will be trial by error. So how won’t they make mistake that will make them be taking the patients back to the hospitals about four times. It is almost not possible.

“The government does not have the money to put up these facilities. We need t look at the Private Public Partnership arrangement. There are private investors who have this money. But the reason they will not put this money on the table is because they feel the patents will not come and when they come, nobody pays for them.

“So if we work out our NHIS funding system, it means that no matter who you are, if you are consuming something in the nations, you also need to lay some VAT. And that money is set aside forces,the are system. When people get sick, they get to the hospital and that is it.,”

Chief Executive Officer of Medbridge Global Company Simulation, Modupe Olowodahunsi said the essence of the conference is draw attention to critical need of simulation in health care service delivery.

Olowodahunsi maintained that for Nigeria to meet global standards in health care service, simulation and provision of standardised healthcare infrastructure must be attained in order to scale up the nation’s health care system


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  1. talker

    October 31, 2016 at 1:22 AM

    I am totally agree with you, Nigerian Doctor are incompetent. No man power experience, no latest technology and no latest equipment, they kill my cousin in LUTH with their negligent of duty , i don’t pray to put my life in the hands of Nigerian Doctors.. anyone that try it is putting his or her life in danger, they dont know anything they are just there to ASSUME

  2. Joy

    October 31, 2016 at 6:59 AM

    True talk!

  3. fifelomo

    October 31, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    Absolutely true.

  4. Aminu bilikisu bukola

    October 31, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    True talk many of them are stupid wrong diagnosis it happen to me last week when am not feeling fine one doctor in Abuja tel me I have kidney infection and the refer me to specialists hospital which I did another test they told me is ulcer .I wanted to sue the hospital but I forgive them

  5. betty

    October 31, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    very true.

  6. ebuka

    October 31, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    God will help us.

  7. debbylove

    October 31, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    Nigeria doctors and Nigeria police are same, dey will never investigate nd be sure before assuming.

  8. Endure

    October 31, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    The monumental challenges Our health care sector is facing is deeply worrisome honestly.

    Our government has so far failed to know that so many things is contributing to the poor state of our economy. From incompetent doctors to wrong diagnosis. From the right diagnosis to the use of fake drugs on patients. From the use of counterfeit drugs to poor health infrastructure and many more,all in our country. It is truly opprobrious to discover that our Government has indeed abandoned health care sector which should have been placed among the top priorities and one of the basic need and necessity of any individual in the country. Even the private hospitals we have across the country are mostly meant for the rich and not for the poor.

    Sad enough,that is why we continued to see people die of treatable infectious diseases and ailments. No collective data report from various health care facilities across the country to track the cause of deaths among patients in the hospitals in order to ascertain how best to tackle all types of illnesses. Some of the drugs meant for patients in government hospitals are shockingly taking away by the doctors to their private hospitals they owned for sales and for use on their own patients,very appalling indeed!

    Instead of fighting for a motion that will latter see the approval of abortion in the country, Our minister of health Mr Isaac Adewole should rather come up with good recommendations that should be forwarded to the federal government for consideration and for possible inclusion of additional funds in the next year’s budget in order to address the county’s health sector that is falling apart.

  9. Jilo

    October 31, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    The rate at which many Nigerians are dying of simple ailments at our various hospital across Nigeria is at its peak. Most of these death are avoidable but because we have many useless people in leadership position who only think about their pockets mortality rate continue to surge in Nigeria. How many times have you seen our lawmakers deliberating on important issues such as health. It is not only wrong diagnosis or improper administering of medications but inability to provide necessary modern medical equipments .

    A United States medical doctor may have the same training as a Nigerian Doctor but if a Nigeria Doctor does not have the right medical equipments, that may lead to improper diagnosis and medical malpractice. Sometimes ago, a Nigeria Doctor mis diagnosed a 10 year old boy for having appendicitis. If not because the boy’s father took a second opinion from America doctors, that boy could have been cut for just no reason. It is better to seek second opinion in Nigeria nowadays or confirming from three different sources before engaging in using any medication to your ailments rather than depending on one unsure source.

    Simple way forward, let Nigeria government invest more in our health care sector, we can engage in exchange program in which we pay foreign doctors to come and share most of their latest technology with us. This is one of the area where we suppose to channel our resources not by stealing them and dash them out to foreign countries.

    Also our doctors need to recertify, retrain and update themselves of any new medical innovations so they can measure up with their foreign counterparts.

  10. sola olaniyi

    November 2, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    Very correct write-up

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