How long is Medicine & Surgery? To the non-initiated, this is a very simple question, but to the initiated the answer to this question is not straight forward.
Medicine is actually 6 years plus X, where X can mean either one or more years. Medicine is one course if things don’t go your way can make you lose your self-belief and lessen your worth as a human being literally.
And so as I was walking into the hospital premises with my friend Dr Emmanuel Alfa I saw a medical student, we both know, and asked him which class he was in. His response stunned me.
“I don’t even know my class again” he said. He lamented that his original colleagues were now Doctors working and earning, while he was still in school frustrated.
Emmanuel called him and read a portion from scripture ” know we no man after the flesh”and throw light to that scripture. I had never seen it from that light. I could see the way the eyes of the medical student brightened as he heard from God’s Word.
After he was served this three course meal, I then asked him the question again. Which class are you in? He gladly told me, we talked a bit and he left with springs in his steps.
Never let exams and situations define you. Never allow your failures or success in the past or present define you. You were made for more.
They may have called you names in ward rounds, said that thing in your skull is more of an apple than a brain, but never allow these words define you.
You are made in the image and likeness of God, keep moving on and walk and work with God to be all he Has made you to be.
Do have a great weekend indeed.
By the way, I saw the medical student recently and he has passed his examinations and he is in a new class.
What’s the big deal about kerosene poisoning?
By Ovundah Nyeche
Many times I jokingly tell my friends I have triplets. Well when you have 3 children which includes twins below the age of 5 what else is that called? Lol
Truly speaking, many times I do my reading and prepare for many of my seminars and presentations at work or even in the library, because once daddy steps inside house na full time work don start.
Remove your eyes from your kids and boom something…
We try our best to keep our home as safe as possible, but with kids, safety is also of the Lord.
Years ago, while doing my NYSC in Ekiti State, an unconscious child was brought into the hospital with a crowd following him.
My duty was to wake up the child by fire or by force, unfortunately, those who brought the child were not giving me any useful information.
How long has this child being unconscious… Today!
Trauma to the head… Kosi!
Last meal… Recently!
It was obvious my talk was taking me to no where, I had no glucometer to check the child’s blood sugar who was barely 3 years old, I decided to treat as a case of cerebral malaria, and I set up everything.
On a 2nd note, the smell from the child’s mouth was somehow, somehow… It was smelling kaikaish.
No…. Wetyn pikin go dey do with Kaikai?
No information was coming forth…
Treatment started and boom grandmother shows from nowhere with an empty Kaikai bottle…
My little patient had looted one full bottle of alcohol and the effect was him lying on the bed unconscious…
Few minutes after commencement of treatment… He was awake.
Handling children is not beans and this brings me to a very important topic “Kerosene Poisoning”.
Wetyn be Kerosene Poisoning?
I am sure we all know what kerosene is, kerosene poisoning without getting too technical is harm as a result of accidentally drinking kerosene.
Kerosene poisoning is very common, as many homes still make use of kerosene and unfortunately kerosene looks like water and unlike petrol is stored in attractive containers, many times bottled water containers or even soft drink bottles.
It is the commonest form of poison amongst children.
Usually when it happens parents panic and have to do things.
Some of the things include giving the child palm oil, palm kernel oil, crude oil, olive oil, groundnut oil, or putting their fingers inside the child’s throat.
They do this to neutralize the kerosene, but most especially so the child can vomit the kerosene gulped.
Kerosene is poorly absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) and the fear is in the kerosene getting to the lungs and this usually happens when the child vomits.
Medical people call this “aspiration pneumonitis”, which is big grammar for the lung tissue reacting to the kerosene in the lungs.
This reaction can lead to fever, the child being breathless, cough, as well as noisy breathing.
The kerosene can also affect the heart, GIT or even the brain or bone marrow.
What do I do then?
- First don’t panic.
- Secondly don’t allow the enemy to use you.
- Thirdly, do nothing at home, yes including suggestions from neighbours except the neighbour is a qualified doctor.
- Fourthly, halele, go to a hospital, irrespective of the quantity of kerosene swallowed.
In the hospital, the child would be observed, and if needs be a Chest X-ray would be requested and treatment given to the child as needed.
Don’t play a doctor if you are not one, life is not Nollywood.
How do we prevent this?
Let’s call it the 4 As
reduced Accessibility : Hide all kerosene from children. Keep if far from children.
reduced Attractiveness: Don’t store kerosene in attractive containers, and lock the containers properly.
reduced Availability: If you can don’t use kerosene, apart from the issue of poisoning, the issue of burns is a story for another day. Also use only quantities needed.
increased Awareness: Now you have heard tell others.
Again what do I know?
This is the end of my story.
Presentations: 58th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the NMA Rivers State.
The well attended conference which held in the NMA House Port Harcourt, had 3 Scientific sessions as well as Panel discussions.
Presentations which were presented include:
Environment and Health: Confronting Challenges in a Sustainable Way
Professor Precious N. Ede
Institute of Geosciences and Space Technology
Rivers State University
Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt.
Health Care Financing: Confronting Challenges in (Achieving) Universal Health Coverage and Service Delivery
Dr. Anikara S. Atamunotoru
Health Financing Specialist, USAID Health Finance & Governance (HFG) Project.
Human Resources For Health: Pillar Of Health Systems Strenghtening
Dr Claribel Abam
Pioneer Executive Secretary, R/S Primary Health Care Management Board, 2011-2015
The Keynote address: Health Delivery in Rivers State: A Situational Analysis was presented by Dr Charles Ibiene Tobin-West a renowned Public Health Specialist.
Abstracts for the NMA Rivers State 58th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference.
List of Abstracts Accepted for Oral Presentation
|1||NMA/ABS/2018/01-OR||Audit of patients aged 60 years and above presenting in a tertiary Hospital in south-south Nigeria||Bell-Gam HI
|2||NMA/ABS/2018/03-OR||The Cost Effectiveness of Including Hepatitis C Antibody Screening in Routine Antenatal Tests-A Single Centre’s Experience||Dan-Jumbo A|
|3||NMA/ABS/2018/08-OR||Endoscopic posterior urethral valve excision using hysteroscopic scissors- Colworths experience.||Ovunda Jack Omodu|
|4||NMA/ABS/2018/13-OR||Association between cooking fuels and peak expiratory flow rate among rural women in the Niger-Delta.||Ofori S|
|5||NMA/ABS/2018/24-OR||Improving Child Survival in Nigeria And the Revised Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding||Alice Nte|
|6||NMA/ABS/2018/25-OR||Prevalence of Gallstone Disease in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Using Ultrasound in Port Harcourt, South-South Nigeria.||UGBOMA E.W|
|7||NMA/ABS/2018/28-OR||The Quality of Public Sources of Drinking Water in Oil Bearing Communities in The Niger Delta Region of Nigeria||Omosivie Maduka|
|8||NMA/ABS/2018/29-OR||The International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes: Its Implications to the Nigerian Medical Association||Alice Nte|
|9||NMA/ABS/2018/30-OR||Arthroplasty-The Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital Experience.||Friday Aaron|
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