Experts task health professionals on collaborative medical delivery

SOME health practitioners at the Alimosho General Hospital, Igando in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State, have called on healthcare professionals at the facility to increase collaboration and work together to maintain continuity.

They gave the advice at the Continuous Medical Educational Forum for the staff of the General Hospital on Friday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Forum was an initiative of the Lagos Ministry of Health for procedural training in public health facilities across the state.

The training featured basic job schedules or activities of modern medicine for all clinicians as well as non-clinicians and geared toward medical advancement.

Dr Njinaka Mosugu, the Chairperson, Continuous Medical Educational Committee at the General Hospital, said it was imperative to imbibe system thinking as a habit.

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“We all must harness resources and work collectively as a team.

“Research papers have to culminate from this facility, which contemplates upgrading into a teaching institution; even as it entails more grants being given, following such trajectory feature.

“This will definitely aid progressive development for those things we need as a budding organisation,’’ the chairperson said.

On her part, Acting Medical Director of the facility, Dr Odufunke Odukoya-Maijeh, urged healthcare professionals to work together with the mindset of achieving a common medical delivery.

“Our roles as health care professionals are vital for collaborative medical delivery.

“Patients’ satisfaction should play a focal point at implementing every task, for all disciplines are interdependent, requiring collaboration.

“Together everyone achieves more,” the medical director said.

Similarly, Mr Michael Umoru, the Principal Nursing Officer, Alimosho General Hospital, said effective system mechanism would foster collective production.

“So, everybody, starting from the gateman, record officers, clinicians to non-clinicians, must work as a team for effective input, collaborative output and unified feedback process.

“If the system thinking mechanism is effectively used, it enables consistent availability of health resources, along with good financial management and through positive interrelationship, fostering collective production.

“If this is well utilised, brain drain, prompting advent of healthcare professionals emigration, could be adequately curtailed,’’ he said.

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