Unity among health professionals: Tool for effective healthcare delivery, by Abba Muhammad Tawfiq

Unity among health professionals: Tool for effective healthcare delivery, by Abba Muhammad Tawfiq
Abba Muhammad Tawfiq.

Unity among health professionals: Tool for effective healthcare delivery, by Abba Muhammad Tawfiq

The scaffold that sturdily supports the pillar of success in everything is “unity”, without which we will somberly watch every beautiful thing in our everyday life running into a complete fiasco.

In healthcare settings, unity and peaceful coexistence in the midst of healthcare professionals is of paramount importance and virtue of necessity for ensuring the effective delivery of qualitative healthcare services.

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To easily fathom the significance of that, let us reflect and ponder on our biological level of organization of life. It succinctly and wholesomely depicted that the degree of unity between various cells leads to the formation of “body tissues”, and the harmonious agreement between various tissues to form “organs”.

Organs, however, organise to produce a system and thus an effective function of respective systems yield a healthy life. Snags created by pathological factors deflect the spirit of harmonious union in the different levels of this organisation results in abnormality and disruption from the robust and sound wellbeing.

The milieu of the hospital/healthcare settings comprises various health specialities from different professional backgrounds. This includes Medical Laboratory Science, Medical Radiography, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Nursing Science, Dentistry and Medicine among others. The aims and objectives of each and every profession can only be appraised by rendering its best to the prime concern that is the ill beings.

As interdependent social animals that are being tightly held together by the strong bond of mankind, we must interact, socialize and above all reciprocate love and respect everywhere, be it in worship places, hospitals, banks, medical schools and so on. The essence of so doing is to make our hearts and souls free from the bondage of emotional malice, attain optimum peace and maintain both physical and emotional well-being within ourselves. Unfortunately, the hostility ranging from an exaggerated self compliment, a show of self-worth and superiority, seeing other professions with contempt in the name of rivalry amongst medical students and to some extent healthcare professionals is worrisome and indeed condemnable.

Under whose tutelage in the medical school are students being taught that six years of MBBS discipline should make them condescend and disregard other professions from being part of the healthcare system? Or the greater dispersion in the juxtaposition of the tense and heinous atmosphere under the five years of Radiography training with that of Medical Laboratory Science or Nursing render the significance of the former and insignificance of the latter. This is absolutely puerility of the highest degree. Each profession is worthwhile and its ethic is centred towards meeting the need of patients.

Can we patiently have a proper dekko at how the systems of our body unite to execute their functions to maintain an equilibrium conducive state for survival? What will happen if, for instance, the neural tissue says it is superior and appears to boss other systems while the circulatory system in response denies it sufficient oxygen to meet its basic metabolic demand? Or what do we think is going to happen when the renal system quarrels with the immune system on whose function serves the body best, and both react so that one can predominate the other and effectively carry out both the functions concurrently, will this ever happen!? Capital NO.

Conspicuously, the hospital/healthcare environment is analogous to our biological level of organization and how bodily systems work.

Togetherness leads to the existence of all sorts of misunderstandings, this is inevitably true and the ripple effect of us not allying with one another is directed towards our subject of interest that is patient because a medical doctor alone cannot efficiently run a whole hospital, neither pharmacists nor physiotherapists. As such we need to come close, close enough together, thus respect our differences and welcome our and to specialise in one skill or the other and benefit from each other’s knowledge. Only by so doing, we can efficiently render our best compassion to our patients.

There is a saying “united we stand, divided we fall.”

Service to humanity is service to the Lord, may everything we do be solely for the sake of God and to attain the reward of God. Ameen.

Abba Muhammad Tawfiq is a 500 level Physiotherapy Student at the University of Maiduguri.


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