Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, the Vice Chancellor of Igbinedion University Okada (IUO), has advised Nigerians to take issues of their health seriously.
Ezemonye gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) shortly after Dr Isaac Adewole, the Minister of Health, spoke on “Patient’s Safety in Nigeria” at Okada on Friday.
Ezemonye said that the aim of the lecture was to educate the public about patients’ safety in Nigeria and the measures put in place to ensure safety.
“The visit of the minister has provided this university a priceless opportunity to host a gathering of experts and the public in such a manner as ever before.
“The choice of the minister for the maiden distinguish guest lecture series of the College of Health Sciences is a recognition of his outstanding contributions to the health sector in Nigeria.
“Today’s lecture on patients’ safety in Nigeria is significant and ultimately heartwarming.
“The realisaation of the critical role of patients safety skills in productive science informed the need of this university to establish the first patient’s institution in Nigeria here in Igbinedion university.
“This is in collaboration with the Patients Safety Africa, an affiliate with World Health organizations,” he said.
The minister had earlier described patients’ safety as the reduction of risk of unnecessary harm associated with healthcare to an acceptable minimum.
He said an acceptable minimum is the collective notions of current knowledge, resources available and the context in which care was delivered and weighed against the risk of non-treatment.
“Not all adverse events can be prevented given the knowledge, information and the state of the art of medical care at the time of the incident.
“An allergic reaction to a drug administered for the first time is an adverse event but would be considered unpreventable given lack of preexisting knowledge of the patients’ idiosyncratic allergy.
“Any subsequent administration of this drug to this patient would be under most circumstances considered a preventable medical error,” the minister said.