Lagos - Stakeholders in the health sector
on Wednesday said the unhealthy rivalry among different cadres of healthcare
professionals had adversely affected healthcare delivery services in the
They said this in interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) in Lagos against the backdrop of the country’s 54th Independence Day
Dr Omojowo Olubunmi, the president, Association of Resident
Doctors, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (ARD-LUTH), Idi-Araba chapter, said
that unhealthy rivalry which culminated in incessant strikes could be resolved
with a comprehensive health summit.
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"The rivalry in the health sector is militating against
effective delivery of healthcare services.
"It is high time in Nigeria we developed a system that is
holistic in its application. This continuous rivalry and acrimony in the
hospitals are uncalled for.
"The truth is that when you don’t have hierarchy and a
system is not well organised; if everybody operates at the same pedestal, you
are looking for anarchy.
"Everybody is important, but there must be structure; these
are issues that need to be resolved once and for all.
"I believe strongly that what we need is a clear, fair and
well-oriented health summit where all the professional groups can come to the
table and lay down their grievances.
"Then, we should have unbiased umpires to harmonise all
Also, Mr Kehinde Adegoke, the chairman, LUTH chapter of the
Senior Staff Association of Universities Teaching Hospitals, Research and
Allied Institutes (SSAUTHRAI), urged healthcare professionals to work as a
"The health sector that is supposed to be a team
relationship has become a battlefield, that is the reason the health sector is
losing a lot of grounds; services are going down because the team relationship
is not there.
"The way the system has been run is such that other
professionals have been made like second class citizens in their own team.
"It is not the generic right of any professional group to
claim perpetual leadership.
"Any professional who claims to be able to deliver service
alone, that professional is a quack, because western medicine is teamwork and
the focus of the team is the patient.
"When the patient is not there, all of us whether doctors,
or pharmacists or laboratory scientists or nurses, we have no business being
"Let us see ourselves as members of one team to attend to
our clients and let us work together as a team. When we do that, health sector will