Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Looming deaths at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City



Every profession has its own ethics that guide its members in the discharge of duties. The medical profession is one of those professions that is guided by a code of ethics. Therefore, most people who go to the hospitals or any other health facility do so because they need treatment. 

If the priority of medical staff is to save lives, why is it that all other staff who work in the hospital have an opposite code of ethics that they operate from? Or do the medical ethics only apply to medical doctors and excludes nurses, hospital attendants and all other staff who work in the hospital? I don’t think so. 

A colleague of mine went to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH, recently for treatment and it took even more than six hours for her to see a doctor.  It took twenty minutes to submit the personal card and almost about two hours and thirty minutes for the hospital attendant to locate her file.  It was after another hour and thirty minutes before she got the attention she needed. This was because, after the attendants collected her card, they just dropped it somewhere and started chatting away.  

It is important to re-train all hospital staff.  They must know about the sensitive nature of their work.

Sandra Eguagie
ANEEJ, www.aneej.org

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