On Friday, 6th February 2015, Oncologist & Fulbright scholar, Ranjana Srivastava, took to theGuardian.com to xray a perennial cankerworm tucked neatly into the bright white coats or scrubs of men and women saddled with the responsibility to restore the health of billions in our world.
Here is the article titled: “How doctors treat doctors may be medicine’s secret shame.“
It was a noteful flashlight into a problem that particularly bedevil the profession in Nigeria, like every other nation. I’m yet to decipher the logic that upholding ‘unhealthy rivarly or outright oppression of one another’ rather than ‘mutual respect’ is a better way to entrench the age-long traditions of the noble trade of medical practive. In terms of improving prospects or promoting the collective public image and mental wellbeing, I’m not sure that approach is working.
For me, the following excerpts were insightful from theguardian article by Ranjana Srivastava & I share thus:
“…Absolutely. The medical profession as a whole abounds with fragile egos and deep vulnerabilities..”
“Research, here and abroad, points to increasing levels of anxiety, depression and burnout among doctors. We traditionally invoke factors such as long hours, demanding patients and unending bureaucracy as the cause but perhaps it is worth asking what role do we play in harming each other, however unintentionally…” The patients suffer inevitably thereby.
May we all find grace to be true brethren rather than competitors in our selfless efforts to save lives, one at a time among billions across the globe..!!