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Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by Twoclans(f): 9:55pm On Aug 31, 2018
At OP you could not have said it any better ,I don't wish my enemy to have anything to do with Nigerian doctors as long as health is concerned .

I was at one of the general hospitals in Abuja last week with a senior colleague ,while her vitals were been taken the nurse was screaming out her details to the other nurse to write it down in her file in the presence of so many other patients also seated at the lobby waiting .She felt so embarrassed.

As if that was not enough ,when she got to the lab for specimen collection it was another drama completely. She was given a test to conduct after she sees her menses .This is a lady who had clearly told the doctor during consultation that her womb had already been removed .Biko where do they expect her to see blood from shocked

If you are lucky to be healthy and have no business with the health care sector in Nigeria ,you can't understand what God has done for you.

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Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by eyinjuege: 9:56pm On Aug 31, 2018
[quote author=gcof post=70792204][/quote]

All ye meme peoples. Weh done.
I dont have any on my phone, but i will find one for you

Mind yaself
Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by Merryglad(f): 9:57pm On Aug 31, 2018
I went to general hospital that should be may 5th how can i forget, i had a severe stomach ache. There i was was pouring my pain out to the doctor, only for him to ask me whats paining you inside the stomach? I said i dont know sir and he said why do you think i know.?

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Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by kenechi072: 9:57pm On Aug 31, 2018
Honestly Nigerian Medical doctors are just so rude and annoying! Even common youth corpers ooh. I cannot forget my experience in NYSC Iseyin camp(oyo State) 2013 batch C. I was very ill and had to be rushed to the clinic. My friend saw an empty chair and told me to sit on it. All for one useless fat 'doctor' corper to come and just say 'stand of from there my friend'. Fellow corper ooh shocked. I was visibly ill and that was all that stupid girl could say. I just couldn't fight because I was too weak. Even the fake drugs I was given even worsened by condition. Since then I really started disliking doctors. Many of these quack nigerian trained doctors don't know what there doing.

I would have called the stupid doctor out much earlier than this, just that I don't know her name.

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Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by MrBigiman: 9:58pm On Aug 31, 2018
Why do ladies have more issues with Doctors?

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Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by bornolowu(m): 10:01pm On Aug 31, 2018
MissJoy29:
I just hope this writing will be able to adequately capture my frustration, disappointment & dissatisfaction with the Nigeria Medical Doctors in particular & the Health sector in general.
I also apologise in advance for the long post.

For as long as I can remember, I have always been sceptical about going to hospitals. The attitude of the health workers there are nothing to write home about. Both the private and the public hospitals. Even though I still believe that public hospitals are far better than the private hospitals(especially the average ones) in terms of quality service(although you run the risk of dying before you are attended to due to how slow they are).

There are so many anomalies in our hospitals. I have seen & heard really bizzare stuffs going on. From the nonchalant, impatient and highly unprofessional attitude of the attendants, the unhealthy environment, the cranky and harsh attitude of the nurses, the fact that there's also "who you know mentality" when lives are at stake, the subtle way they bill you unnecessarily by paying for almost everything you do in the hospital(consultation fee, file retrieval fee, unit fee, buying of this & that for your treatment that you will end up leaving for them), the lack of medical equipment, the walking up & down paying for one thing or another at different times(even when you are not fit)instead of paying at once,the number of unqualified & seasoned doctors, the location of a hospital's laboratory on the last floor of a three-storey building(like, who does that!!!!), the high cost of drugs and other medical supplies in the hospital's pharmacy as opposed to their cost outside etc.

But I have a particular area I want to focus on.

THE ATTITUDE OF THE NIGERIAN DOCTOR
This thread was born out of my experiences this week at a teaching hospital. These experiences brought back all the others I have had to push to the back of my mind a long time ago for lack of an appropriate channel to express them. For the purpose of this thread, I'm going to use my experiences at ABSUTH (Abia State Teaching Hospital), LASUTH (Lagos State Teaching Hospital), LUTH (Lagos University Teaching Hospital), National Orthopaedic Hospital Igbobi & few private hospitals as yardsticks to buttress my grievances. I'm also going to put into consideration, the attitude of my close friends who are medical personnels.

Note: I'm not here to compare hospitals. I'm only using them to show that the attitudes of the doctors I met there may actually be same(or at least, almost same) with all of them in the country.

Firstly, if I have met 15 medical doctors, only 1 turned out to be sympathetic and humane. Apart from my family doctors and this sympathetic doctor, I don't think I will ever recognise any of the doctors I have seen again. But after 5 years or so, I still recognised him when I saw him again recently at same hospital(and I have memory problems) Why? He was probably the first doctor I ever saw who actually listened cos they WANT TO not cos they HAVE TO. There's a big difference. Most of them just hear you. They don't listen & they don't allow you talk. That's why they ask you questions based on what THEY THINK you feel & not on what you KNOW you feel.

Secondly, these doctors (except my humane doctor) make it look as if they are doing you a favour when they tell you about your ailment. It's as if they want you to pay consultation fees before they explain in details what you are passing through. What am I saying? One actually told me that! Inasmuch as I think majority of them don't actually know their profession that well, I still wonder why they choose to withhold & hoard information. It's bad enough they don't tell on their own without being asked. But it's even worse they withhold when asked. I have recurring ear ache that comes like every 2 years. This time around I asked the doctor (on the advice of a friend) what the cause of the problem is so I can avoid it. And he opened his mouth & said to me, "get solution first. What do you need the cause for? I was stunned to say the least!
Thirdly, they are always very harsh & impatient. You come in to a doctor's office, 30 seconds later, you are out with a piece of paper filled with their illegible writing just cos they are more concerned with what they are scribbling based on what they THINK you are going through than on what you are actually saying. They are hurrying to see as many patients as possible to collect as much money from them as possible and also to go to their private clinics. So no adequate time allocated to a patient.

Again, because of the attitude of some of these doctors, I'm really not surprised why I detest private hospitals because majorly, they are still the ones that establish it. The main reason why I hardly go to private hospitals is because I don't understand why someone will be, say an E.N.T doctor in a public hospital, but will end up being a GENERAL practitioner in his/her private hospital. They are now automatic Ob/gyn, optometrist, dentists, surgeons, paediatricians etc. I can't count the number of times they have mistreated cases they are supposed to refer to specialists like professionals do.

After venting like this, I'd like to hear from the house. Knowing that people in the medical profession are supposed to be warm, humane, sympathetic, kind, friendly, patient, a listener, polite, knowledgeable, seasoned, capable etc, why then do you think most Nigerian medical doctors are cold, nonchalant, impatient, unkind, harsh, rude, condescending? Is it because that's who they are normally or are there some things in the sector and/or in the training process that turn & change them into the aforementioned? Doctors in the house & non-doctors like me, over to you.

the doctor should have told you the diagnosis and the cause. I wont want to make excuses for him but be informed that the doctor patient ratio in nigeria about 1: 10000 as against 1:400 abroad and WHO standard . That simple means doctors here are skewed to give you this kind of services until nigeria changes. Secondly you are wrong on that specialists should not attend to cases outside their specialty, Every good doctor knows when to refer . Well like amarabae said you know the diagnosis why not google it. Must you be spoonfed. The energy it took you to write this up is enough to learn of the condition and note that is what is done abroad. All patients know their condition. They even know the treatment. Please grow up. You want to be treated like patients are treated abroad ( one doctor to 400 patients yet patients read about their condition before coming) but you don't want to learn basic things about your condition like patients do abroad( despite one doctor to 10000 patients and none payment of salary). And note you can't generalise doctors are the best people I have meant in life . God bless!!!!

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Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by Nobody: 10:01pm On Aug 31, 2018
eyinjuege:
If you need someone to talk to, get a therapist.
If you want a Dr to spend as much time with you, it's best you go to a good private hospital. They will give you your money's worth.
When you go to a government hospital, their clinic time runs strictly on schedule. They cannot afford to stay longer than necessary in clinic as they have other responsibilities in the hospital. They still have their ward patients to look after, they have presentations to present to their peers and to also learn. Even abroad, you will be lucky if you get 15minutes with your Dr, except in countries like the US/Canada where you actually pay for the time or your insurance pays. Unlike other countries in Europe where their healthcare is almost free.
In clinic, there are hundreds of patients waiting to see them, and you aren't the only one. I'm sure if the patient before you stays too long, you will still complain. and when its your own turn, you won't want to leave on time too. We all know once the time for clinic is over, they will leave. Do you want other patients after you not to be seen?
Healthcare isn't free in the U.S, but it's free in Canada [although international students/non-citizens pay].

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Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by Mizk(f): 10:03pm On Aug 31, 2018
Doctors should be able to listen to your problems, tell you the cause of your problems, how to prevent it and treat it, the OP is right, but we're in a country where money is valued more than human life, I once had an incident with a standing fan, it cut me so deep i was bleeding profusely,

I was taken to the hospital by my older bro who had only 5k on him, since i was loosing so much blood it is supposed to be an emergency situation, but these so called lazy auxiliary nurses asked me to wait in the reception with my bleeding hand, i was feeling cold and dizzy, after what seemed like 30mins of constant yelling from my bro, they agreed to attend to me, could you believe they requested for 10k deposit? My bro urged them to take 5k and start treatment so he can use the ATM or my parents can pay because they're on the way, they adamantly refused, my bro was pacing thinking of what to do before the doc stepped in and he accosted the doc, made him see reasons before he agreed they should proceed with treatment.

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Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by gcof(m): 10:06pm On Aug 31, 2018
the truth is that these doctors are humans and not google you ask questions and answers shows up immediately, they treat patients based on experiences they’ve had with another patient and what they read while in medical school. Patients also do not help matters as many patients cannot comprehensively give a description of what is wrong with them, keep repeating questions and sometimes try to dictate to doctors how to treat them. Now imagine you as a patient going into the consulting room right after such patients.

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Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by Nobody: 10:07pm On Aug 31, 2018
MissJoy29:
I just hope this writing will be able to adequately capture my frustration, disappointment & dissatisfaction with the Nigeria Medical Doctors in particular & the Health sector in general.
I also apologise in advance for the long post.

For as long as I can remember, I have always been sceptical about going to hospitals. The attitude of the health workers there are nothing to write home about. Both the private and the public hospitals. Even though I still believe that public hospitals are far better than the private hospitals(especially the average ones) in terms of quality service(although you run the risk of dying before you are attended to due to how slow they are).

There are so many anomalies in our hospitals. I have seen & heard really bizzare stuffs going on. From the nonchalant, impatient and highly unprofessional attitude of the attendants, the unhealthy environment, the cranky and harsh attitude of the nurses, the fact that there's also "who you know mentality" when lives are at stake, the subtle way they bill you unnecessarily by paying for almost everything you do in the hospital(consultation fee, file retrieval fee, unit fee, buying of this & that for your treatment that you will end up leaving for them), the lack of medical equipment, the walking up & down paying for one thing or another at different times(even when you are not fit)instead of paying at once,the number of unqualified & seasoned doctors, the location of a hospital's laboratory on the last floor of a three-storey building(like, who does that!!!!), the high cost of drugs and other medical supplies in the hospital's pharmacy as opposed to their cost outside etc.

But I have a particular area I want to focus on.

THE ATTITUDE OF THE NIGERIAN DOCTOR
This thread was born out of my experiences this week at a teaching hospital. These experiences brought back all the others I have had to push to the back of my mind a long time ago for lack of an appropriate channel to express them. For the purpose of this thread, I'm going to use my experiences at ABSUTH (Abia State Teaching Hospital), LASUTH (Lagos State Teaching Hospital), LUTH (Lagos University Teaching Hospital), National Orthopaedic Hospital Igbobi & few private hospitals as yardsticks to buttress my grievances. I'm also going to put into consideration, the attitude of my close friends who are medical personnels.

Note: I'm not here to compare hospitals. I'm only using them to show that the attitudes of the doctors I met there may actually be same(or at least, almost same) with all of them in the country.

Firstly, if I have met 15 medical doctors, only 1 turned out to be sympathetic and humane. Apart from my family doctors and this sympathetic doctor, I don't think I will ever recognise any of the doctors I have seen again. But after 5 years or so, I still recognised him when I saw him again recently at same hospital(and I have memory problems) Why? He was probably the first doctor I ever saw who actually listened cos they WANT TO not cos they HAVE TO. There's a big difference. Most of them just hear you. They don't listen & they don't allow you talk. That's why they ask you questions based on what THEY THINK you feel & not on what you KNOW you feel.

Secondly, these doctors (except my humane doctor) make it look as if they are doing you a favour when they tell you about your ailment. It's as if they want you to pay consultation fees before they explain in details what you are passing through. What am I saying? One actually told me that! Inasmuch as I think majority of them don't actually know their profession that well, I still wonder why they choose to withhold & hoard information. It's bad enough they don't tell on their own without being asked. But it's even worse they withhold when asked. I have recurring ear ache that comes like every 2 years. This time around I asked the doctor (on the advice of a friend) what the cause of the problem is so I can avoid it. And he opened his mouth & said to me, "get solution first. What do you need the cause for? I was stunned to say the least!
Thirdly, they are always very harsh & impatient. You come in to a doctor's office, 30 seconds later, you are out with a piece of paper filled with their illegible writing just cos they are more concerned with what they are scribbling based on what they THINK you are going through than on what you are actually saying. They are hurrying to see as many patients as possible to collect as much money from them as possible and also to go to their private clinics. So no adequate time allocated to a patient.

Again, because of the attitude of some of these doctors, I'm really not surprised why I detest private hospitals because majorly, they are still the ones that establish it. The main reason why I hardly go to private hospitals is because I don't understand why someone will be, say an E.N.T doctor in a public hospital, but will end up being a GENERAL practitioner in his/her private hospital. They are now automatic Ob/gyn, optometrist, dentists, surgeons, paediatricians etc. I can't count the number of times they have mistreated cases they are supposed to refer to specialists like professionals do.

After venting like this, I'd like to hear from the house. Knowing that people in the medical profession are supposed to be warm, humane, sympathetic, kind, friendly, patient, a listener, polite, knowledgeable, seasoned, capable etc, why then do you think most Nigerian medical doctors are cold, nonchalant, impatient, unkind, harsh, rude, condescending? Is it because that's who they are normally or are there some things in the sector and/or in the training process that turn & change them into the aforementioned? Doctors in the house & non-doctors like me, over to you.


Your thoughts about the Nigerian doctors that u have met.
Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by Nobody: 10:10pm On Aug 31, 2018
Quiescere:
Healthcare isn't free in the U.S, but it's free in Canada [although international students/non-citizens pay].

She didn't say health care is free in the US, she said it's free in some European countries.

Read and understand.
Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by gcof(m): 10:10pm On Aug 31, 2018
eyinjuege:


All ye meme peoples. Weh done.
I dont have any on my phone, but i will find one for you

Mind yaself

Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by seunH: 10:13pm On Aug 31, 2018
murphyibiam15:
crap...every sector is guilty from bankers to road side sellers
Abiiii, my brother or have you forgotten police and even university lecturers too
Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by eyinjuege: 10:14pm On Aug 31, 2018
Quiescere:
Healthcare isn't free in the U.S, but it's free in Canada [although international students/non-citizens pay].

Canadians dey enjoy be dat. Many people in the US have little or no access to healthcare because no ego/kudi.
In the UK with free healthcare, if you go to your Dr na 10minutes appointment you go get. Some clinics will tell you , you can't bring more than one complaint. Some will say not more than 2 or 3.
Before you can get appointment atimes, you wait for one month. By the time your appointment reaches, your sickness has gone sef grin
If you're seeing a specialist in a hospital, you can get 6 months appointment. Atimes, you will have 1 or 2 years before you can get your operation done (for non emergencies). Until they see you are dying, you're not entering their theatre just like dat o.
However, if you go private in the UK, your surgery can be done within 1 week. You can see a Dr same day, if you so wish.

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Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by Vindarlo: 10:14pm On Aug 31, 2018
...and funny enough they don't do so outside the shores of Nigeria. Nigeria is a mess with her leaders. A doctor or health worker is a Ñigerian. Just as our politicians behave well when they are outside Nigeria and turn to gods at home.

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Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by highbee02: 10:14pm On Aug 31, 2018
sirBLUNT:
like seriously? he did not offend her? OK,you walked to the doctor's and complain of some strange monthly blood and you asked why is that and he tells you some gibberish and say this is the solution without telling you the cause and hit the internet to know more...then why the hell is a doc?why not stay at home and hit the net if a doc cannot tell you what you need to know...nigerian doc's are one of the most arrogant and obnoxious set of humans always displaying their demi god braggadocio traits in every little chance they got,making the patient look like he's ignorant and worthless, i've been a victim of their arrogancy and pls we should stop encourage them for their stupidity

To buttress your point, the doctors will turn u to an INSTRUCTIONAL Materials to teach the medical students, question and answer session while one is wallowing in pain on the bed. I had similar experience @ UITH Ilorin. I have been using herbs but it's not yielded any positive result
Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by Hadeehart101(f): 10:15pm On Aug 31, 2018
Nigerian doctors are nothing to write home about in terms of the way they attend to their patients. In fact, they are not fit to be called care givers.
The experience we had when my dad was sick recently still lingers. embarassed embarassed

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Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by gcof(m): 10:16pm On Aug 31, 2018
seunH:
Abiiii, my brother or have you forgotten police and even university lecturers too
Nigeria na just managing, everybody is after his/her pocket, no room for doing things right. A typical case of survival of the fittest

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Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by eyinjuege: 10:17pm On Aug 31, 2018
[quote author=gcof post=70792840][/quote]

Hmmm...

Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by gcof(m): 10:19pm On Aug 31, 2018
eyinjuege:


Hmmm...

Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by NoToPile: 10:20pm On Aug 31, 2018
It's a Nigerian thing.

An average Nigerian takes advantage of any one they seem to have a little edge over its mostly the young newbie docs that have this arrogant egoistic attitude anyway. All the doctors I have seen that have this attitude are still the ones at the lower part of the ladder still building up.

The one that wanted to burst my water during labor was rash, removed his gloves hastily and shouted that he will leave me for 4hours simply because I said he should let me calm down for some seconds before he did the stuff, I was stiff I needed to calm down, a senior doc came in asked what happened and then said calmly it won't pain, that infact he would do it for me all I heared was pim and I didn't even feel anything except the trickle of water.

Those consultants, attend to patients better and with professionalism, you ask questions they will answer you nicely. I guess experience has a lot to do in this. I have had a prof attend to my son at a teaching hospital and the experience was quite different, nice attitude despite the fact that he's elderly, listens to your talk and answers all your questions and it reflected on the other doctors working with him too.


All in all the ultimate is not to have anything to do with hospitals except when necessary (childbirth etc) especially govt hospitals.

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Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by cosmatika(m): 10:21pm On Aug 31, 2018
Having gone through ur post, these re my deductions;
1. U re wat we call " difficult patients ". U already have bad mind for Drs, so no matter wat they do for u, u ll still not be satisfied.
2. Ur type of person reads rubbish on Google b4 going to d hospital. So u get there and start asking rubbish questions. And if I must tell u, Drs hate it wen u come to d hospital to tell dem ur diagnosis. Since u already know d diagnosis, go and treat urslef.
3. U must know dat u re not d only one dat has a problem. D Dr u re consulting may have a bigger problem than urs. So don't go to d hospital to frustrate him with ur life.
4. U re not d only one waiting to see a Dr. U shud know we re short staffed in Nigeria in terms of Drs. So don't expect d Dr to waste the whole day seeing only u.
5. U or ur close relation must have been frustrated from studying medicine, so we understand ur vernom against Drs


NB- I'm a Dr. I've had a lot of patients commend me for my patience, depth of knowledge and how I lecture dem abt their ailment, but ITKs like u don't find it funny with me. U re in d hospital to consult a Dr and not for a lecture. I can't take all d MBBS and professional exams, den u ll still come to quiz me like I'm in a viva

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Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by myself13: 10:22pm On Aug 31, 2018
Twoclans:


If you are lucky to be healthy and have no business with the health care sector in Nigeria ,you can't understand what God has done for you.
Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by millionboi(m): 10:22pm On Aug 31, 2018
Amarabae:
Having gone through your post, I really don't see how the doctors you met offended you,
You came for treatment to be well and not for an interview class with the doc, there are crowd waiting also to be attended to.
If he diagnose you, you have a phone, when you get home, you browse about the issue.
Simple.
You should not be in hospital to count which health professional laughed with you, you should be there to get help and go
oh my God .....I was abt blasting her b4,I saw ur post dear.

Ignorance is truely a disease,she doesn't know dat d doctor was very friendly to ve told her to get cure than telling her d root cause dat comes with life time stigma.
Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by Nobody: 10:23pm On Aug 31, 2018
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Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by Nobody: 10:23pm On Aug 31, 2018
Wrong approach.
Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by PataAlhaja(m): 10:24pm On Aug 31, 2018
Amarabae:
Having gone through your post, I really don't see how the doctors you met offended you,
You came for treatment to be well and not for an interview class with the doc, there are crowd waiting also to be attended to.
If he diagnose you, you have a phone, when you get home, you browse about the issue.
Simple.
You should not be in hospital to count which health professional laughed with you, you should be there to get help and go

You don't have sense!

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Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by Nobody: 10:24pm On Aug 31, 2018
MissJoy29:
I just hope this writing will be able to adequately capture my frustration, disappointment & dissatisfaction with the Nigeria Medical Doctors in particular & the Health sector in general.
I also apologise in advance for the long post.

For as long as I can remember, I have always been sceptical about going to hospitals. The attitude of the health workers there are nothing to write home about. Both the private and the public hospitals. Even though I still believe that public hospitals are far better than the private hospitals(especially the average ones) in terms of quality service(although you run the risk of dying before you are attended to due to how slow they are).

There are so many anomalies in our hospitals. I have seen & heard really bizzare stuffs going on. From the nonchalant, impatient and highly unprofessional attitude of the attendants, the unhealthy environment, the cranky and harsh attitude of the nurses, the fact that there's also "who you know mentality" when lives are at stake, the subtle way they bill you unnecessarily by paying for almost everything you do in the hospital(consultation fee, file retrieval fee, unit fee, buying of this & that for your treatment that you will end up leaving for them), the lack of medical equipment, the walking up & down paying for one thing or another at different times(even when you are not fit)instead of paying at once,the number of unqualified & seasoned doctors, the location of a hospital's laboratory on the last floor of a three-storey building(like, who does that!!!!), the high cost of drugs and other medical supplies in the hospital's pharmacy as opposed to their cost outside etc.

But I have a particular area I want to focus on.

THE ATTITUDE OF THE NIGERIAN DOCTOR
This thread was born out of my experiences this week at a teaching hospital. These experiences brought back all the others I have had to push to the back of my mind a long time ago for lack of an appropriate channel to express them. For the purpose of this thread, I'm going to use my experiences at ABSUTH (Abia State Teaching Hospital), LASUTH (Lagos State Teaching Hospital), LUTH (Lagos University Teaching Hospital), National Orthopaedic Hospital Igbobi & few private hospitals as yardsticks to buttress my grievances. I'm also going to put into consideration, the attitude of my close friends who are medical personnels.

Note: I'm not here to compare hospitals. I'm only using them to show that the attitudes of the doctors I met there may actually be same(or at least, almost same) with all of them in the country.

Firstly, if I have met 15 medical doctors, only 1 turned out to be sympathetic and humane. Apart from my family doctors and this sympathetic doctor, I don't think I will ever recognise any of the doctors I have seen again. But after 5 years or so, I still recognised him when I saw him again recently at same hospital(and I have memory problems) Why? He was probably the first doctor I ever saw who actually listened cos they WANT TO not cos they HAVE TO. There's a big difference. Most of them just hear you. They don't listen & they don't allow you talk. That's why they ask you questions based on what THEY THINK you feel & not on what you KNOW you feel.

Secondly, these doctors (except my humane doctor) make it look as if they are doing you a favour when they tell you about your ailment. It's as if they want you to pay consultation fees before they explain in details what you are passing through. What am I saying? One actually told me that! Inasmuch as I think majority of them don't actually know their profession that well, I still wonder why they choose to withhold & hoard information. It's bad enough they don't tell on their own without being asked. But it's even worse they withhold when asked. I have recurring ear ache that comes like every 2 years. This time around I asked the doctor (on the advice of a friend) what the cause of the problem is so I can avoid it. And he opened his mouth & said to me, "get solution first. What do you need the cause for? I was stunned to say the least!
Thirdly, they are always very harsh & impatient. You come in to a doctor's office, 30 seconds later, you are out with a piece of paper filled with their illegible writing just cos they are more concerned with what they are scribbling based on what they THINK you are going through than on what you are actually saying. They are hurrying to see as many patients as possible to collect as much money from them as possible and also to go to their private clinics. So no adequate time allocated to a patient.

Again, because of the attitude of some of these doctors, I'm really not surprised why I detest private hospitals because majorly, they are still the ones that establish it. The main reason why I hardly go to private hospitals is because I don't understand why someone will be, say an E.N.T doctor in a public hospital, but will end up being a GENERAL practitioner in his/her private hospital. They are now automatic Ob/gyn, optometrist, dentists, surgeons, paediatricians etc. I can't count the number of times they have mistreated cases they are supposed to refer to specialists like professionals do.

After venting like this, I'd like to hear from the house. Knowing that people in the medical profession are supposed to be warm, humane, sympathetic, kind, friendly, patient, a listener, polite, knowledgeable, seasoned, capable etc, why then do you think most Nigerian medical doctors are cold, nonchalant, impatient, unkind, harsh, rude, condescending? Is it because that's who they are normally or are there some things in the sector and/or in the training process that turn & change them into the aforementioned? Doctors in the house & non-doctors like me, over to you.




Genuine complains not directed to the right quaters should be frowned upon.It is wasteful and will not achieve anything. There you go again generalising about outcomes of appointments with doctors.I wonder why you dont see anything wrong with this your approach.You can only change things by doing things properlought out manner.
Have you ever sued a hospital and they didnt show up in
court?have you ever sued a doctor/nurse and they
showed contempt of court?what have you done to show
grievances?
Sitting down behind a computer lamenting i repeat brings
no changes, if you or any of the aggrieved members take
action, then you may expect some things to change.
This is the fundamental Nigerian problem, you sit and
complain and do nothing and expect change.There is a
problem ,agreed, but you have to make effort if you want
change. If you have a compelling case, go to SERVICOM,
sue the doctor or the hospital or go to the MDCN which has a strong disciplinary committe. It is by doing things like these that advanced countries have developed better systems.
Save for doing the above, i see all the complaints on this
forum as meaningless rants which will achieve nothing.

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Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by eyinjuege: 10:25pm On Aug 31, 2018
Twoclans:
At OP you could not have said it any better ,I don't wish my enemy to have anything to do with Nigerian doctors as long as health is concerned .

I was at one of the general hospitals in Abuja last week with a senior colleague ,while her vitals were been taken the nurse was screaming out her details to the other nurse to write it down in her file in the presence of so many other patients also seated at the lobby waiting .She felt so embarrassed.

As if that was not enough ,when she got to the lab for specimen collection it was another drama completely. She was given a test to conduct after she sees her menses .This is a lady who had clearly told the doctor during consultation that her womb had already been removed .Biko where do they expect her to see blood from shocked

If you are lucky to be healthy and have no business with the health care sector in Nigeria ,you can't understand what God has done for you.

You don't know the test she needed to conduct, so stop being ignorant. Because they removed her womb doesn't mean they removed her ovaries or her cervix.
She would have simply told the lab person she doesnt have menses anymore, and he would have done the test without a specific timing.
That's the problem with Nigerian patients, waiting to be spoon fed when information abounds everywhere. Why didnt you find out the test they asked her to do?
What if they wanted to confirm if she had truly entered menopause, before starting her on hormone replacement therapy to ease her postmenopausal symptoms?
Hope you know because you removed your womb, and no longer having menses doesn't mean you have reached menopause
The lab person doesn't know why they wanted the test, nor does he know she's removed her womb.

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Re: My Thoughts About Nigeria Medical Doctors. by Adakintroy: 10:25pm On Aug 31, 2018
Amarabae:
Having gone through your post, I really don't see how the doctors you met offended you,
You came for treatment to be well and not for an interview class with the doc, there are crowd waiting also to be attended to.
If he diagnose you, you have a phone, when you get home, you browse about the issue.
Simple.
You should not be in hospital to count which health professional laughed with you, you should be there to get help and go

This is the stiffness she is refering to. No human angle. If Someone can't properly connect with you how do you hope to open them up. Don't forget your profession has elements of human psychology to it.

You can easily say you guys are stressed and over worked. That will be logical enough. But many of you doctors try to hide you stress. In the end you do crappy jobs and justify it.

It's ok. You not the only ones that sees through people. Many of you doctors are sick yourself.

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