Nigerian govt warns in opposition to self-medication

The Nigerian authorities has warned the general public to desist from taking medicine with out a prescription, saying self-medication poses a fantastic hazard to their well being.

Talking throughout a stroll to commemorate the 2022 World Affected person Security Day on Saturday, the Minister of Well being, Osagie Ehanire, stated self-medication poses extra hazard to the human physique than the ailment itself.

Represented by the Director of Hospital Providers, Federal Ministry of Well being, Adebimpe Adebiyi, he stated the stroll is to sensitise your complete populace to desist from the dangerous act.

“It isn’t sufficient so that you can have headache and seize paracetamol or panadol from the pharmacy.

“Though it’s an out-of-the-counter treatment, one nonetheless must know the underlying situation,” he stated.

Mr Ehanire stated the day is marked to sensitise the general public, together with healthcare professionals, to make sure they perform finest well being practices.

The stroll was organised by the well being ministry in partnership with the World Well being Organisation (WHO).

World Affected person Security Day

World Affected person Security Day is widely known on 17 September yearly with a give attention to “treatment with out hurt”.

The marketing campaign which began in 2017 calls on stakeholders to prioritise and take early motion in key areas related to important affected person hurt because of unsafe treatment practices.

These embrace high-risk conditions, transitions of care, and concurrent use of a number of drugs amongst others.

A walk organised by the Federal Ministry of Health in partnership with the World Health Organisation to commemorate the 2022 World Patient Safety Day in Abuja on Saturday
A stroll organised by the Federal Ministry of Well being in partnership with the World Well being Organisation to commemorate the 2022 World Affected person Security Day in Abuja on Saturday

Globally, one in 20 sufferers suffers avoidable treatment hurt and unsafe treatment practices, the WHO stated throughout a briefing to commemorate the day.

The Director-Normal of WHO, Tedros Ghebreyesus, stated treatment errors account for half of all avoidable hurt in medical care.

Mr Ghebreyesus stated though medicines are highly effective instruments for safeguarding well being, they will trigger severe hurt when wrongly prescribed, taken incorrectly, or are of poor high quality.

Affected person security

Talking throughout the stroll, a group doctor and affected person security advisor, Stephen Emoh, famous that the federal government is presently drafting a coverage on affected person security for Nigeria.

Mr Abah stated affected person security is taking centre stage globally.

“We have to educate Nigerians on the hazard inherent in this sort of observe. It’s worthwhile to know the medicine you’re consuming, the implications and empower sufferers’ households in order that they will ask questions on the type of drugs they’re given.”

He stated immediately’s stroll is to boost consciousness globally of the hazard of self-medicating.

Equally, a affected person security ambassador, Ehi Eden, stated treatment security has develop into a important challenge globally because it is likely one of the main causes of demise in healthcare.

Mr Eden stated about 50 per cent of deaths are from treatment security.

He stated such circumstances are underreported therefore the necessity to create extra advocacy, and consciousness and have interaction stakeholders in doable methods to handle treatment security.

He stated many households have misplaced their family members by means of preventable methods attributable to treatment security.

“He that has to dwell has no motive to die because of error attributable to treatment security,” he stated.


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