A CERTAIN WFM RADIO MEDICAL PROGRAM AND MY COMMENTS.
Having attempted to call into the Radio Doctor show on WFM of Wednesday the 10th of November, 2016 and failed, my I make some comments regarding this show.
This show being a call-in program requires listeners to call in with their health complaints while the doctor attempts to proffer solutions.
A certain Dr Ndubuka who was a guest on this show made comments that subtly and brazenly ran down his professional colleagues claiming that the said patients "were not properly examined by their doctors".
It is highly disappointing that this doctor would proceed to so denigrate his colleagues in public...having heard from one side only.
The advertorial motives of this doctor were even more apparent when the program anchor congratulated him on the "opening of his new hospital"!
So my reading of the situation is that this doctor came in to advertise his skills, his hospital and seized on opportunities to denigrate his colleagues to his advantage!
All valid counts for a breach of professional ethics!
It is a fact that patients often twist facts to appear prim and proper in the eyes of new doctors... and as subtle praise to the latter while being economical with the truth!
The incident cited above is by no means an isolated case as doctors who preceded this particular one had a habit of sending the hint that the doctors that had hitherto seen the callers were not qualified enough for not being specialists!
Now, this Dr Ndubuka advised a caller with blocked nostrils to "massage it with hot water"! Aside the fact that no mention was made of the fact that a piece of cloth be soaked in such "hot" water, then squeezed out so that the word "massage" would correctly suffice, I see no wisdom in applying hot water to facial skin lest the patient is inflicted with severe burns!
Dr Ndubuka also opined that this hot water would shrink up the blood vessels of the nose. Another blunder! Heat vasodilates...not vasoconstrict...except the good Dr was suggesting that burnt tissue must shrink!
Also, the compulsions of the guests to mention the sexual organs in adjectival forms but find the noun forms repugnant seems funny if not outright unprofessional and misleading!
And so, when asked about uterine prolapse, my colleague readily mentioned "vaginal" orifice but briskly reverted to " private part"!
Besides, not all categories of uterine prolapse leads to such extrusion from the vagina but the most severe called procidentia!
If people consider some parts of their bodies so repelling that they so refrain from calling them their appropriate names on a professional show even at an hour when kids are at school, I should expect some persons to start amputating their penises and scooping out their vaginas very soon!
And when Dr Ndubuka was asked about how safe it is to wash out female "private parts" with soaps, his fear of mentioning words like "vagina" and distinguishing them from allied structures like the labia and clitoris...all vulval members... propelled him to hurriedly reply that it is safe so far as one uses a mild soap!
I am sure the caller's major concern was about douching...which is eminently unnecessary and unhealthy... as washing out commensals of vaginas inadvertently promotes the growth of pathogens!
The real lesson derivable from this article is that no one is infallible as can be readily deduced from the the professional blunders of this particular doctor.
No one is beyond mistakes!
It is not only unethical to run down a colleague.
It is lousy...
Dr Tosin Akindele is a medical practitioner and public affairs analyst.