Association seeks engagement of more doctors in hospitals

By Ummul Idris
#TrackNigeria: The Association of Residents Doctors (ARD) has called for engagement of more doctors in public owned hospitals across the country.
Dr Roland Aigbovo, the ARD President, FCT chapter, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja.
Aigbovo said that the number of doctors to patients was grossly inadequate.
He said government needed to employ more doctors, noting that there are a lot of qualified doctors roaming the street with no work.
He stated that most doctors were often on call work for 32 hours, stressing that this is exposing them to danger and committing unpardonable errors.
Aigbovo however noted that unpredictable busy schedule was an inevitable part of doctor’s life, especially at the emergency wards.
According to him, the more stress factors, the more mistakes they make and when mistake is being made the patients suffers more adverse effects that are unrelated to their illness.
“It is natural to think that the more stressed you are the more errors you make, the maximum we work is generally when we are on call 32 hours.’’
“I believe when more hands are employed it will reduce the hours we doctors work and less stress,’’ according to him.
He said that the population was growing faster, while doctors and facilities in the hospital remained the same. (NAN)

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