FG warns Nigerians against the danger of self-medication
The federal government has warned Nigerians to refrain from taking non-prescription drugs, stressing that self-medication portends more danger than the disease itself.
Director of Hospital Services Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi in an interview during the World Patient Safety Day 2022 march organized by the Federal Ministry of Health in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Abuja, said: “We are sensitizing the whole population that it is not enough for you to have a headache and you will go and get paracetamol or panadol from the pharmacy.
Adebiyi said, although it is an over-the-counter drug, but one should always have knowledge of the underlying condition.
“What’s giving you this headache?” for some people, it may be what they never think about. It is good that you are examined by medical professionals and have a diagnosis made so that the right medicine can be given to you,” she said.
She added that the walk was actually about raising awareness across the country and making sure that even medical professionals are following best practices, not just the usual.
Regarding penalties for medical professionals who make mistakes, Adebiyi explained that there are no regulatory bodies and they know what to do.
She said once any of these abusive practices are reported to regulators, action will be taken.
“For example, in the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, there is a commission of inquiry and there is a tribunal which adjudicates malpractice cases. Anyone caught at fault will of course be punished in accordance with the law,” she added.
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Similarly, a community physician and patient safety consultant for the Federal Ministry of Health, Prof. Stephen Abah, revealed that the government is currently drafting a policy on patient safety for Nigeria.
He said that around the world, patient safety takes center stage, especially this year when the theme focuses on medicines.
He said: We need to educate Nigerians about the danger inherent in this kind of practice. You need to know the medications you are taking, the consequences and empower the individual families of the patients so that they can ask questions about the type of medications and medications they are being given.
Additionally, a chief executive of Patient Safety Ambassadors, Ehi Eden, said that medication safety has become a critical issue globally as it is one of the leading causes of death in healthcare. health.
Eden revealed that 50% of healthcare related deaths are due to medication safety because the case is underreported and what is happening today is creating advocacy, raising awareness and engaging stakeholders in possible ways to manage drug safety.