‘Quack­ery in med­i­cal prac­tice worse than rob­bery’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Chris­tiana T. Alabi, Kaduna

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.

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