Expert seeks mutual respect among health workers

Health Workers

An emotional intelligence expert, Isaac Onoja, has identified mutual respect among health workers as the best way to guarantee effective delivery in the healthcare sector.

Onoja gave the recommendation at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan on Thursday while delivering a lecture at the opening of the 2017 Health Week of the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHIP), UCH Ibadan branch.

Entitled ‘Emotional Intelligent in The Healthcare Delivery’, the lecture pointedly blamed medical doctors for the incessant crisis in the health sector, accusing them of attempt to lord it over other professionals in the system.

“The problem in the health sector is the problem of leadership and the doctors are supposed to be leaders in the healthcare delivery system. But once the leader is not able to lead well it is a big problem. Leadership is not lordship, leadership is that somebody has found his voice and is helping others to find theirs.

“The moment you lord it over people, you don’t get the best out of them. Like Herbert Einstein will say, the significant challenges we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. When these problems were created, many of them (medical doctors) were not even there but it was handed down from one generation to the other,” Onoja said.

While suggesting the way out of the logjam, the trained pharmacist called for synergy, emotional intelligence and empathy among all health workers to ensure quality healthcare service delivery to the patients

“So the way out is to activate the emotional intelligence. What you need, the other person needs, what the doctor needs, the pharmacists need, what the pharmacists need the medical lab scientists need. So let everyone come together, let them put their hands together and work together to be able to have a healthcare system that will be able to deliver quality and deliver a result to the people.

“We will keep having these problems until we are able to activate emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is defined as blending thinking and feeling. Why are the doctors so afraid? They have fear, fear of what? That they will not be respected again? No, there is no scarcity of respect. Everybody has its own track, let everybody stay on their track. The doctor on its track, the pharmacists on its track, nurses on its track, the medical lab scientists on its track, the physiotherapist on its track and we will be able to achieve a functional healthcare system that will make the patients the kings that they are. We will be able to help them and everyone will now grow together and we will be able to have a happy society”, he added

In his welcome address, NUAHP UCH branch Chairman, Olusegun Sotiloye, said the event was organized to create public awareness on the importance of the less-known professions in the healthcare system to the overall success of the sector.

“The seminar is our way of showcasing ourselves as medical professionals because most people only know about medical practitioners popularly called doctors and nurses when you go for healthcare in the hospital. But the idea is that there are so many other professionals that are involved in the system, the physiotherapist, the radiographers, medical laboratory scientists, operational therapist, dietitians, medical physicist and so many others. Without all these people there can never be quality healthcare, he said.

Nigeria Society of Physiotherapists to sanction erring members

The Nigeria Society of Physiotherapists has condemned in strongest terms, what it described as “a disturbing video” currently circulated on social media platforms and published by some traditional media in Nigeria depicting a barbaric treatment of an innocent child with disability by an alleged member of the society.
In a statement issued in Abuja and jointly signed by the National President, Dr. Rufai Yusuf Ahmad and National Secretary Dr. Felix Odusanya, the society expressed shocked and outrage and categorically denounced what is seen in that video.
It described the content as “callous and unprofessional and does not in any way relate to Physiotherapy practice, its skills and all its known techniques”.
To unravel the matter, the NSP has set up appropriate machinery to reach out to the victim and her parents to ascertain the current health state of the victim.
The Societies’ ethics Committee has also been directed to urgently and thoroughly investigate what happened while liaising with the Medical Rehabilitation Therapists Board (MRTB) on the matter.
Once the findings following laid down procedures indict the practitioner, the Society said she would be made to face the disciplinary Committee of NSP and be punished according to the prescribed sanctions as provided in NSP constitution.
The National President and Secretary assured the general public that what is seen in that video is in no way related to Physiotherapy procedures and practice anywhere in the world.
“The NSP sympathise with the family of the victim for this traumatic experience and offers to have a qualified Physiotherapist help the family with appropriate treatment of the child,” the statement stated.
Physiotherapy professional practice has been in Nigeria for over 70 years and the Society was formed 58 years ago and has over the years practiced under strict ethical and professional standards.
In view of the recent ugly incident, the NSP executive advised the public to be mindful of quacks and to continue to exhibit highest standards of ethics and professionalism in dealing with their clients.
Furthermore, the statement assured Nigerians that at all times the NSP would protect the nation from quacks and ethical misconducts, and would not hesitate to punish any erring practitioner or quack found culpable in practice.
“NSP will also protect the nation from quacks and ensure the provision of Physiotherapy services according to the Constitution of the Society and laws of the Nigeria,” the statement added.

Watch!!! That high blood sugar may get you demented

A group of researchers in the United States have discovered how high blood glucose could lead to dementia even if the affected person never had diabetes.
The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, analyzed 2,067 participants without dementia aged 65 and over, from a study called Adult Changes in Thought (ACT).
In order to examine the relationship between glucose levels and the risk of dementia, researchers from the University of Washington involved in a Group Health study analyzed average measurements of glycated hemoglobin levels and glucose levels over a period of 6.8 years.
The team compiled specific data from the participants using a Cox regression model – a predictive model that uses time-dependent factors.
Results of the study revealed that in the participants with diabetes, the risk of dementia was 40% higher for those with an average glucose level of 190 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl), compared with participants who had an average glucose level of 160 mg/dl.
However, the results also showed that in the participants without diabetes, the risk of dementia was 18% higher for those with an average glucose level of 115 mg/dl versus those with an average of 100 mg/dl.
Dr. Paul Crane, an associate professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, says:
“The most interesting finding was that every incrementally higher glucose level was associated with a higher risk of dementia in people who did not have diabetes.
There was no threshold value for lower glucose values where risk leveled off.”
The researchers note the strength of this research lies in it being based on the ACT study, which is a long-term cohort study analyzing people throughout their lives.
Eric Larson, a senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute, adds:
“We combine information from people’s research visits every other year with data from their visits to Group Health providers whenever they receive care. And this gave us an average of 17 blood sugar measurements per person: very rich data.”
The researchers say that including both glucose levels and glycated hemoglobin in the measurements was key. They add that blood sugar levels rise and fall throughout the day, but glycated hemoglobin does not vary as much over short periods.
However, the researchers add that these results do not necessarily mean that people should eat foods with a lower “glycemic index,” but exercise may help.
“Your body turns your food into glucose, so your blood sugar levels depend not only on what you eat but also on your individual metabolism: how your body handles your food,” says Dr. Crane.
In conclusion, the researchers say that although the results show that higher glucose levels are linked to higher dementia risk, there is no data to suggest people who make changes to lower their glucose levels will reduce the risk of dementia.