Doc­tors to get dig­i­tal iden­tity cards

Daily Trust - - NEWS - Judd-Leonard Okafor & Dor­cas Daniel

The Nige­rian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (NMA) has launched dig­i­tal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cards to build a data­base of doc­tors in ef­forts to iden­tify quacks.

This was un­veiled at its 2017 an­nual gen­eral meet­ing and sci­en­tific con­fer­ence, which re­flected on the roles of ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy in medicine and sus­tained fight against quack­ery.

Dr Chiedozie Achonwa, chair­man of the as­so­ci­a­tion in Abuja said its new dig­i­tal iden­tity arose from a need to iden­tify its mem­bers, pro­vide easy ac­cess to real doc­tors and com­bat quack­ery.

“As we gather in­for­ma­tion on the new dig­i­tal ID cards, we are also plan­ning of hav­ing an electronic di­rec­tory, where with just a click; pa­tients are able to ac­cess dif­fer­ent doc­tors with dif­fer­ent spe­cial­ties.

“And of course this will help to re­solve the is­sue of quack­ery in medicine, as this new iden­tity for­mat will pro­vide only real doc­tors to the pub­lic,” Achonwa said.

Dr Eli­jah Miner in his lec­ture on the topic, ‘medicine in the 21st cen­tury’ urged med­i­cal reg­u­la­tors to “check, re-check and check” all peo­ple open­ing med­i­cal out­lets if they had a data­base to come to.

“There are lots of things hap­pen­ing out there and the main thing is good at­ti­tude to­wards our pa­tients. Med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers need to be cour­te­ous to pa­tients as this in turn builds the patient’s con­fi­dence in the treat­ment to be re­ceived.

“Let’s look within our­selves and ask ques­tions like, what is our at­ti­tude. If it changes, then tech­nol­ogy and lead­er­ship will fall in place,” he said.

He said new tech­nolo­gies are com­ing into Nige­ria sooner than ex­pected, cit­ing mi­crochip tech­nol­ogy, which im­me­di­ately di­ag­nose dis­eases ac­cu­rately with a drop of blood or saliva then trans­mit to a su­per com­puter.

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