MINISTER of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has charged resident doctors to adhere strictly to the ethics of their profession to save lives, enjoining them to avoid strikes. The Minister stressed that industrial actions have done more harm than good, especially in the health sector, even as he identified lack of political will, commitment, poor data collection and corruption, among others, as some of the problems affecting the nation’s health sector. Professor Adewole handed the charge in Keffi, Nasarawa State yesterday, while addressing the National Executive Council meeting of the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD. The minister, who was represented by the First Vice President of the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, Dr. Kingsley Enweremadu, reminded the doctors of their primary calling to provide efficient and effective healthcare service to people, rather than making money at the expense of patients. Adewole commended Dr. Joshua Giyan-Ndom, the Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Keffi, for transforming the hospital, noting the quality of healthcare delivery at the centre which is impacting positively on the lives of the host communities and Nigerians at large. He stated, “We are aware of his giant programmes and policies at the centre which is impacting positively on the lives of the people of this area and Nigerians at large. I want to urge him (Giyan-Ndom) to sustain the tempo in order to improve on the living and health condition of Nigerians,’’ he said. The minister restated federal government commitment to continue to fund the health and other sectors adequately in order to better the standard of living of Nigerians. Giyan-Ndom, while presenting a lecture on “Electronic Medical Records, Keffi Taking the lead”, advised hospitals in the country to key in to Electronic Medical Records considering its enormous benefits. “Electronic medical records have a lot of advantages which include reduction in medical errors, no missing of patient’s information, cost effectiveness, increased clinical process, reduced waste of time, among others, so hospitals should key in to,’’ he said. Also speaking, NARD President, Dr. Muhammed Askira, described the meeting as a constitutional programme where the association appraises members’ level of engagements throughout the year. Askira also commended the medical director of the FMC Keffi, for introducing positive health programmes that have direct bearing on the lives of the centre’s staff, patients and other Nigerians and called for its sustenance. Earlier, the state chapter President of NARD, Dr. David Elukpo, described the theme of the meeting as apt considering the present reality of the nation’s health challenges.

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