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Friday, 20 October 2017

Clinical Governance - 'Too Much Medicine' - hifa] BMJ

I read the report below and chuckled, because if you look well you will see that the author writes from Zambia in Africa - not much difference from Nigeria you might say - In Africa health workers promote ' too much medicine' by their misdeeds and attitude.  READ ON courtesy of BMJ and HIFA


'‘’hifa] BMJ: Too Much Medicine
Dear All,
˜Too Much Medicine reported from BMJ article 2017 by Neil and commented by others. Massimo from Tanzania is right on. I wish to add my thoughts also to this important article though still restricted as
on the 14th October, 2017.
Some factors that might be attributed to too much medicine may include the following:

-Some Lab. Technicians and to a lesser extent pharmacists prescribe drugs for their friends, colleagues and relatives on request outside patient­clerking;
-Language barrier between a doctor and a patient during history taking may result in prescribing too many drugs trying to short in the dark without being too sure which drug would work;
-Poor health information on the dangers of lack of well-informed information about the side effects of such drugs to a human body;
-Certain beliefs in some cultures the colour of a drug would be more appealing to them at some age;
-Other beliefs that an injection could be more effective than a tablet (the sociology of medicine);
-Attending so many clinics both private and public at the same time;
-Stock piling of the so called life serving drugs; and
-Sale of medicines from unauthorized or make-shift drug stores etc.

What is the way forward? Avoid introducing harmful substances in the body, educate people on the dangers associated with overdependence on medicines whether traditional or conversional,
health workers should provide side effects of some drugs over others, etc.’’ 
by
Kenneth  L Chanda - Kenneth L Chanda is Associate Consultant and Lecturer at Zambia National Institute of Public Administration where he is lecturing in Records Management’

Joseph Ana.

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