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Teamwork can boost sector outcomes, improve medfical practice, say doctors


Chief Medical Director, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Prof. Chris Bode.

Geared towards finding lasting solutions to the healthcare system, medical experts have said that boosting teamwork, research among medical practitioners can improve the sector and improve medical practice.

They noted the importance of synergy among medical professionals, cited that no single component of medical team can do the job. Chief Medical Director (CMD), Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi-Araba, Prof Chris Bode, said that teamwork is the way to go in health care delivery.“Even if you a neurosurgeon and you have done a good surgery, a cleaner can ruin your work if you do not include the person as part of your team,” Bode said.

He added that the institution mandate is services to humanity, training and research. Bode at the Grand Reception/Recognition and Presentation of Awards during LUTH week, said: “Today we are celebrating the team we were able to build over the years to take care of the teeming populace of Nigerians.“We are making progress, if we continue like this, believing in ourselves and in goodness of what we can do the sky would be the starting point.”

The medical director added that without research you could not break new grounds. He stated that the knowledge of five years ago would soon become obsolete, stressed on the need to be on the forefront of research. Bode disclosed that over 200 consultants in LUTH over 90 per cent engage in research among themselves and with international bodies. “Things are beginning to work and patients are acknowledging it. However, it does not mean we are not having challenges but would over come it with teamwork.”

Also, Director of Administration/Secretary LUTH management board, Mr. Babajide Grillo, said in the hospital system everybody have their roles to play, the doctors, nurses, lab scientists among others.He added everybody must work together to make sure the system works because nobody could do it alone.

Grillo said the aim of LUTH week was to create awareness, motivate the members of staff and also promote hard work and people working together.Chairman, LUTH Management Board, Alhaji Isa Bello Sali, said that focus of the celebration was to give some level of honour to well behaved and well performing staff.

Sali who was represented by Dr. Louis Obodo added the significant of the day was to encourage LUTH staff to do better and restrategise.He stated: “Nigerians are getting more school than educated in the sense that people go and acquire certificate without them living the certificate.”Sali urged health professionals to treat patients with point of view of knowledge not just on the point of view of schooling.“I encourage Nigerians to seek solace in government hospitals. There are so much you can get in government hospital that you cannot get in private hospital because the whole medical manpower is found in tertiary hospitals,” he added.


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