‘Quackery in medical practice worse than robbery’
The Medical Director of Federal NeuroPsychiatric Hospital in Kaduna, Dr. Lateef Taiwo Sheikh, has described quackery in medical practice as worse than armed robbery.
Speaking at the 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Scientific Conference of the Kaduna state chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Sheikh said, “A quack is worse than a robber because a robber demands for money or life while a quack demands for both money and life.”
He said quackery was in the field because so many things had gone wrong. “So many things are going on today that is not allowing us to pay attention to the quality of laboratory services being delivered and when you talk about them, they will say it is rivalry among health workers. They have allowed this to overshadow what is threatening the lives of Nigerians. No laboratory today provides free services to patients and nobody is saying anything,” he lamented.
Earlier, the State chairman of the NMA, Dr. Muhammed S. Ibrahim, said there were unlicensed laboratories in the state and that quackery in laboratory service delivery was top among problems begging for immediate attention in Kaduna State.
“This has led to situations where we find it difficult to make diagnosis of common diseases that have been existing for many years,” he said.
The theme of this year’s AGM/Scientific conference, Qualitative Laboratory Services: A key to Effective Health Care Delivery in Nigeria, he said, was carefully chosen because of the importance of the sector of clinical care and the ‘sheer neglect’ it is suffering in the country.