Borrow Ideas To Save Lives, John Urges Medics

Foremost Gynaecologist and pioneer staff of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), Professor Celestine John, has stressed the need for medical experts to borrow ideas and current technologies from the aviation, financial and other sectors with a view to saving lives in the health sector. 
Delivering the 2nd Obstetrics and Gynaecology Departmental Guest Lecture series entitled: “Borrowing to Save Lives” at the UPTH Auditorium last Tuesday, Professor John noted that selective, careful borrowing of knowledge, skills, material and personnel can save lives, adding: “To borrow to save a life is a good art with a good intention. What we borrow to save a life can be very simple or complicated.
“We are all encouraged to borrow from the airline industry the art and meaning of safety measures. This emphasis is particularly so in the surgical sciences. Every factor contributing to a safe flight has a failure rate. These safety measures aim to keep the failure rate in humans involved equal to or below a specified risk level,” he explained. 
“Just this year, some universities have researched into what medicine can learn from the motor industry. They researched into the ethics and workings of the largest and most successful motor company in the world; the Toyota brand,” Professor John told his colleagues, adding that a lot of new ideas, especially the one of quality control which has made Toyota the top selling range, needed to be borrowed by medical practitioners as a way of controlling the quality of students trained and sent out to work as medical doctors. 
“We need to borrow the idea of quality control in medicine.We need to borrow more from the motor industry to firm up our quality control over our own products,” Professor John admonished his younger colleagues.
“The financial industry mainly through a country’s Central Bank carries out periodic stress tests on the banks. These tests are designed to strengthen the financial capacity of the banks.Yes, we do have a number of stress tests, but how often do we insist on them to establish the wellbeing of our patients. We should borrow from the financial industry and carry out our stress tests more often,” he recommended.
The Guest Lecturer observed that medical technology encompassed a wide range of healthcare products used to diagnose, monitor or treat diseases that affect humans, pointing out that “from technology, there has been a large scale application of organised knowledge and skills in the form of devices, medicines, vaccines, procedures and systems developed to solve health problems and improve the quality of life and save lives.”
Meanwhile, associates, former colleagues and students of Professor John have paid glowing tributes to him for his solid contributions to the health sector in in service. Some of those who spoke on their experience with Professor John with nostalgia were Professors Kanu Nkaginieme, Anthony Okpani, John Ikimalo and Owunari Georgewill, including Dr. Hope Bell-Gam, who represented the Chief Medical Director of UPTH, Professor Aaron Ojule. 
Others included Provost of the College of Health Sciences, Professor Christie Mato, Dean of the Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Professor Samuel Uzoigwe, Director of Administration, UPTH, Mrs. Boma Jumbo and Chairperson of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Departmental Guest Lecture Organising Committee, Dr. Ngozi Orazulike. 


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