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Monday, 8 September 2014

Ebola-Late Dr. Enemuo acted like a traditional healer- Medical council

If he were alive,the late Doctor Iyke Enemuo who secretly treatedECOWAS diplomat, Olubukun Koye,in a Port Harcourt hotel,would have been disciplined by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, because he acted like a traditional healer.
Fielding questions from journalists in Abuja, the Registrar of MDCN, Dr. Abdulmumuni Ibrahim, condemned the decision of the late doctor to treat a patient suffering from a contagious disease in a hotel.He said..

It is very unfortunate that he died. But what he did was very wrong. In fact, orthodox doctors should not behave like traditional healers. No medical intervention by a doctor should be done in secrecy.
If you are a patient, the doctor should advise that you should be treated at the right facility. Even when in an emergency, a doctor should get the patient moved to the hospital after handling the emergency. So, honestly it was really wrong for the doctor to treat a patient in a hotel. What he did was unethical.A doctor is not supposed to reject a patient, although the consultation between a patient and a doctor is a mutual contract. A doctor has the right to accept or not to accept to treat a patient. But it is unfortunate that a doctor will refuse to treat a patient after he or she goes to the right facility seeking treatment.
If a doctor is up to date in the practice of medicine, he should be well informed about managing the Ebola Virus Disease and that is why the MDCN has made it a policy that for a doctor to renew his/her license annually, he/she must be up to date by way of continuing professional development.
If a doctor is up to date, he will be in tune with global best practices and he will be knowledgeable about the approved protocol of treating Ebola Virus Disease. It is also expected that every medical personnel involved in managing a case of the disease is fully kitted in world standard protective kit.
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