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Experts task medics on basic clinical skills

FOLLOWING the proliferation of medical doctors on the use of telemedicine, experts in the medical profession have tasked medical doctors, nurses, medical students and everyone in the line of medicine to focus more on basic clinical skills.

They made the remark during the book launch titled: An Introduction to Basic Clinical Skills in Surgery, organized by the Department of Surgery, Lagos state University College of Medicine and the Lagos state University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).

The book reviewer, Professors Julius Esho while emphasizing the importance of the book said medical students only handle lifeless objects in school but with basic clinical skills, they become aware of their impact in the lives of the people.

Esho said basic clinical skills will help one to “be prepared to deal with people, knowledgeable and understand the language of human being, learn to communicate properly, and show concern about the welfare of the patient.” 

Professoer Ade Elebute also speaking at the event said there is lack of clinical skills not only in Nigeria but worldwide in the medical profession. “Doctors worldwide are beginning to loose ability to use clinical skills in surgical issues.”

However, he urged medical practitioners “to know and continue to be master of clinical skills.”

One of the co-editors of the book, Professor Michael Bankole said the decision to write the book was informed by the observation  that it is an area where there are no textbooks available yet.

According to him, lack of basic clinical skills is attributed to the fact that the practice of medicine has become advanced and people have become instrument dependent.

In his words, “people look at the patient and order x-ray without listening to them properly. People also use telemedicine in consultation between a doctor and patient or in supervision of medical staff, and to order the kind of treatment a patient should undergo.”

Elebute asked the lecturers to set a prize tag examination for the students with questions drawn from the book and the best student should be given a copy of the book.

Other dignitaries at the event are Chief Medical Director, LASUTH, Prof. Giwa Osagie, staff and students Lagos state University College of Medicine and the Lagos state University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).

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