Unethical practice by medical practitioners endangers lives in Nigerian – SOGON

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By; Bayo Akamo,Ibadan.
The Chairman of Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON), Western Sector, Professor Okanlawon Odusoga has alerted that unethical practice by some medical practitioners is presently endangering many lives of patients in Nigeria
Professor Odusoga raised the alarm in Ibadan while speaking at a quarterly symposium of the society held at University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan
According to the SOGON Chairman,to put an end to the unethical practice among medical practitioners in the country, there is the urgent need for them to comply with the ethical standard in the profession.
The SOGON Western Sector Chairman stressed that the symposium was put in place to sensitize members and educate them on how to develop and improve themselves on better delivery of health services in the country, adding that the symposium would go a long way to address the abnormalities.
In his presentation titled “Ethical issues in the management of infertility” a consultant obstetrician and gynecologist, Dr. Gbolahan Obajimi said infertility has become the major reproductive concern in Nigeria which borders on arrays of issues and factors.
He pointed out that child bearing is a choice which informed the audience that it is the belief of many Africans to produce children shortly after marriage adding that the time has come for practitioners in the field to be acquainted with the necessary skills and knowledge to increase in their practice in the profession considering the fact that management of infertility is still “costly” in Nigeria.
Emphasizing that ethics borders on moral principle of doing what is right in a profession,he noted that ethical issue in Gynaecology and Obstetrics has raised concern in the area of principle of medical ethics and infertility management.
Speaking on “clinical governance in daily practice”, another Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Dr. Marcellina Coker asked Clinicians to comply with ethical standard to be able to ensure that patients which is the hallmark of the medical profession are given proper attention in the hospitals,saying,the foundation that makes clinical governance effective is setting a realistic and evidence base standard as she called for more training and re-training for members to be acquitted with prons and cons of the profession.

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