Medical Practitioners in the country have been challenged to expand their super intelligence by going entrepreneurial.
This challenge was thrown to them during their annual “Physicians Week” held at Women Development Centre, Abakaliki on 12th October, 2019, by Dr. David Okoroafor, Director/CEO Everyday Stuff.com, in his lecture entitled “The Doctor as an Entrepreneur”.
Dr. Okoroafor noted that doctors as highly trained professionals and specialists occupying a niche in health care can still employ the same intelligence in creating wealth both within and outside the medical profession through sincere means involving creativity and innovation.
Dr. Okoroafor lamented that doctors occupying upper and middle classes in the society are faced with financial expectations and demands, therefore, to enable them shoulder these financial burden demands that they create streams of income or, at least, one robust source of income capable of handling their numerous needs.
The medical practitioner highlighted that considering what average doctor earns as a salary, that it would demand approximately four lifetimes for a doctor to earn a billion, as such, enjoined colleagues to wake up from their slumber and comfort zones and take advantage of the medical technological advancement, engage more in research to bring solutions to day-to-day health issues.
He noted that outside the medical field, that opportunities abound in different other ventures which are all geared towards the fulfillment of one’s dream, even as, it requires perseverance, passion and hard work.
He further revealed that a doctor must enterprise if he must achieve financial freedom and retire at leisure, by creating wealth for himself and contribute meaningfully to the societal development.
He stressed that it requires a special skill for such a person to start among leadership, marketing, and teamwork, whereas such a person should choose an area of his specialty while he discards public opinion in pursuit of his dream.
Earlier, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Umezurike had called on doctors to join politics so as to contribute in decision making in the country as the profession still lacked representative at the National Assembly.
He made the pronouncement while declaring open the 2019 Nigeria Medical Association week, Ebonyi State Branch with the theme:”Care of the Unknown Patient: An Overview”.
The Commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Chris Achi, bemoaned that the welfare of doctors are at stake and requires professional representatives at the National Assembly to protect the interest of the noble body.
He emphasized that the general welfare of doctors should be looked into to encourage the demanding profession like their sister judges who retires at 70 with a full pension paid to them.
“If judges retire at 70, there is no reason our consultants should not retire at 70, not just retiring but should go home with their full benefits just like judges.
However, the former Minister of Health, and pioneer Chairman of NMA Ebonyi State Chapter, Dr. Onyebuchi Chukwu, represented by MD Fisticula Centre, Abakaliki, Dr. Johnson Obunna in his remark noted that what he nurtured a few years ago has been largely grown and adopted by the Association.
He encouraged them to adopt the culture of addressing every member as a “Doctor” whenever they come together instead of using other known titles.
In his address, the NMA State Chairman, Dr. John Egede, pointed out that the “Physicians Week” celebration was to honor members for their contributions to the well-being of their immediate communities and the society at large, during which also they discuss those factors that militate against the provision of effective healthcare services in the state and Nigeria generally.
On his part, the keynote speaker, Dr. Emmanuel Uche Eni, Consultant Surgeon Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (AE-FETHA) in his lecture entitled “Care of the unknown Patient: An Overview” said unknown patients is a patient whose identity cannot be ascertained at the time of arrival in the hospital, noting that little or nothing is known about the patient’s personal or family details at the first time of contact with the emergence care team. And it may also be that the patient is unable to give his or her identity due to one reason or another.
He stressed that that the unknown patients are always brought in by Police, Road Safety Corps, or Good Samaritans.
He said he picked 5 years review of their records for the purpose of the presentation numbering 15,542 with each new patients seen in accident and emergency (surgeon side) over the period.
“The total number of unknown patients over the period was 91, counting between 2015-2019 accounting for 0.6% of all patients of the unknown patients, 50 (55%) were alive on presentation, while 41 (45%) we’re brought in dead (BID).
He noted that challenges encountered at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the AE-FETHA when handling an unknown patient to include care, legal and discharge.
The consultant proposed that in the absence of universal health insurance for such patients, there was a need for government to budget specifically for the health of paupers, under which unknown patients can be treated.
Dr. Eni commended Ebonyi State Government for its regular intervention on awaiting bill settlement, and called for special training of drivers before issuing them driver’s license, especially as it concerns over speeding, overloading, drinking and driving as well as answering of phone calls while on steering.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Dr. N.O.K Obayi, has described this year’s theme as a carefully selected one adding that the issue of an unknown patient should be of everybody’s concern.
Other activities of the day were speech presentations, awards to members for their contributions to the organization.
Among the award recipients were Dr. Onyebuchi Chukwu, Dr. Chris Achi and the quiz competition awards were given to Government Technical College, Ezzangbo, 1st position, Special Science School and Stella Maris College for 2nd and 3rd positions.