The Federal Government has warned Nigerians against the dangers inherent in self-medication.
The Honourable Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire stated this at a walk to commemorate the World Patient Safety Day celebration in Nigeria.
The Minister who was represented by Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi, the Director and Head of Hospital Services, Federal Ministry of Health, advised all patients not to practice self-medication.
Dr Adebiyi added that the ministry has been sensitizing the entire citizens and ensuring that health practitioners give their best while treating patients and also prevent malpractices among professionals.
” There are regulatory bodies like the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria and investigative panel guiding health care professionals and practitioners in Nigeria.
These bodies are responsible for ensuring quality service delivery in the health sector. They are usually responsible for trying cases of malpractices and sanctioning bad eggs in the industry”, she added.
The Director disclosed that the theme for the World Safety Day celebration “Medication without harm” involves sensitizing the entire populace to know the right drugs to consume.
“It is important for patients to know the type of drugs they ingest into their body.
It is good to know the underlying condition of a disease before using particular drugs”, she added.
Mr Ehi Eden, Patient Safety Ambassador from Patient Safety Movement Foundation, added that 50 per cent of the causes of death in the health care sector is on medication safety, and several people have died due to this reason.
“Many families have lost their loved ones through preventable harm or death that is coming from medication safety.
For those who are not health care professionals, one of the things we are doing for them is empowerment, they should be at the centre of the conversation, and they have the right to know the name of the drug they are given and taken.
” The Patient’s relative is at the centre of medication because when a patient is sick, they may not be able to administer the drug by themselves, the family have to administer the drug.
NAFDAC has legislation that gives the patients the right to know the name of the drug being given”, he added.