Man commits suicide at UCH premises in Ibadan

A man suspected to be in his early 50s jumped to his death from the 5th floor of the Administrative Building of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Oyo State on Wednesday.

The yet-unknown man’s action stunned the people around as they only suddenly saw him landed on the floor with a thud on the cemented floor outside the Mortuary department of the hospital.

Dressed in blue native Ankara attire with a pair of palm sandals left on the floor before he took the plunge, the deceased whose identity was yet to be ascertained by the police hit his head on the floor, thereby forcing blood to gush out and splattered the floor immediately.

Unconfirmed information alleged that the man left a suicide note, indicating that he decided to opt for suicide after being duped of N30m.

The Public Relations Officer of the hospital, Ayodeji Bobade, while confirming the incident to journalists, said the man should not have got any business on the fifth floor where he jumped from, as the floor houses the hospital museum.

He said despite the fact that workers of the teaching hospital were on strike, the management still detailed a doctor to conduct a test on the body and was later certified dead.

The police were later invited to the scene where the officers took some sample tissues before the man’s remains were deposited at the mortuary.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Adekunle Ajisebutu, also confirmed the incident, as well as the fact that a suicide note was found on the deceased, but he said, ‘I have not known the content’.

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.