24th June, 2011
A medical doctor and politician, Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora, on Thursday advised medical doctors to participate actively in Nigeriaâ€™s political system to ensure implementation and evaluation of health policies.
Mamora, who represented Lagos West District in the sixth National Assembly, gave the advice on Thursday in Lagos at a general meeting of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).
Mamora said that doctors needed to go beyond medical practice and enter into the sociopolitical realm of the countryâ€™s governance to pursue effective implementation of health policies.
The senator added that active involvement of doctors in governance would enhance efficient healthcare delivery to the masses.
â€œA resident doctor must participate actively at all levels of governance and seek relevance in order to ensure efficiency of national health policies,â€ he said.
The Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Sun Newspapers, Mr. Femi Adeshina, who was at the event, urged doctors to be trustworthy since patients entrusted their lives to their care.
He said that a good doctor should be loving, patient, knowledgeable, civil and humane â€œbecause they are generally perceived as being next to God when it comes to healing.â€
The editor noted that inhumane attitude of some doctors compelled some patients to seek medical help abroad.
â€œDoctors must ensure that they make themselves available to their patients at all times and lend listening ears to all their health issues so as to give them proper treatment,â€ he urged.