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Medical council cautions doctors over dignity, rights of patients

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Registrar, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), Dr. Tajudeen Sanusi has reminded medical doctors of their ethical trust to regard patients with utmost respect and dignity.

Dr. Sanusi gave the warning yesterday in Kano at the 19th induction ceremony of 68 newly qualified medical doctors of Bayero University, Kano.

The registrar, who administered oath and affirmation pledge to the young doctors emphasised strict adherent to code of ethics which clearly spells out sanctity of life and dedication to duty.

According to him, “With this oath, you are accepting the call to service and after the induction, you are on your own and you are responsible for your actions and inaction. 

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“As medical officers, you are expected to stay clue to your consultants. You are not members of resident doctors; meaning, you are not expected to join any strike in the hospital. But if you chose to join, you must be ready to face the consequences.”

Consultant pediatrics, Professor Munteseer Ibrahim, also harped on effective communication skill and techniques doctors should adopt to ensure quality health delivery to patients.

Professor Munteseer said it’s the responsibility of doctors to communicate the medical conditions and alternative treatment in simple language to patients, just as he cautioned against unwholesome attitude inimical to the medical profession.

“ Your patient has the right to be treated with dignity and respect. Patients also reserved the right to be educated about their medical conditions, offer explanations where necessary and alternative or options for their consideration. Patients also have the right to seek legal action against doctors in any case of negligence.”

Vice Chancellor, Bayero University, Prof. Mohammad Yahuza Bello applauded the giant stride of the graduands to attain the high fit of their dreams in life.

Bello, who said the new doctors were found worthy academic excellence, character and learning, reminded the inductees to always demonstrate diligent and reputable conduct that will do the university and society proud.

Represented by director, academic planning, Dr. Bala Sidi Aliyu, the VC disclosed the university’s plan to commence veterinary medicine and unveiling of diagnostic laboratory center just as he assured management support to faculty of Medicine and Sciences, to sustain academic excellence.


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