‘Not all health workers are medical doctors’
Musbahu Shu’aibu & Umar Balarabe
People in Kano State have been advised to always go to appropriate units whenever they visit hospitals to access medical care.
The Acting Director Medical Services of the Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Sulaiman Mudi Hamza gave the advice in a press statement issued from the Board’s Public Relations Officer, Ibrahim Abdullahi and made available to The Triumph.
The Director said that reports reaching the Board indicate that many people think that any health worker in health facility is a medical doctor who they could approach for remedy of their health challenges.
He pointed out that people need to understand that hospital is basically set up to serve as a specialized place where they will access healthcare from, therefore they are expected not to stay at home when confronted with illness.
“Hospital composes numerous specialties such as medical doctors, physiotherapists, nurses and midwives among others and even non- specialized ones. Each category has separate role according to principles of that profession. So, if a person goes to hospital he should make sure that he follows due process, right from card collection up to the purchase of drugs. This is the procedure for better treatment,” the statement quoted Dr. Mudi.
He, however, lamented the habit of some people who have the notion that whoever works in the hospital is a medical doctor, who’ll prescribe drugs, administer injection or perform surgery for them at home, pointing out that a lot of problems emanate as a result of this unspecialised way of accessing healthcare so much that lives can even be lost.
Turning to health workers, Dr. Mudi cautioned them to desist from parading themselves as medical doctors while they are not, adding that they should guide people rightly in the hospital or community.
“Health workers are enjoined to work within their jurisdiction. They shouldn’t intrude in the area that is not their profession, as they are very well aware of the laid down principles that clearly define their responsibilities. The Board will not condone such reckless manner. Whoever is found wanting will be dealt with according to the existing laws,” Dr. Mudi frowned.