February 4, 2023

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‘Household physicians key to tackling long-term results of COVID-19’


Lengthy-term results of COVID-19 may cause lingering well being issues, even because the Society of Household Physicians of Nigeria (SOFPON), has reiterated the significance of Household Physicians in lowering the scourge of the pandemic by way of affected person training and revolutionary healthcare supply.

The President, SOFON, Professor Musa Dankyau, in a chat on the twenty fifth annual common and scientific convention on Wednesday in Abuja, mentioned household physicians who’re the primary contact of care for many sufferers accessing personal and public well being amenities in Nigeria, have been working tirelessly to cut back the scourge of the pandemic in Nigeria. 

“As Household Physicians, we’re main care physicians, as we offer first contact care, complete care, continued care and coordinated look after Nigerians. What this implies is that Household Medical doctors assist Nigerians to forestall ailments and if they should see a surgeon or a gynaecologist as an illustration, they coordinate that care. That’s the reason we name ourselves distinctive,” Dankyau defined.

Talking on the Theme of the convention: “The Household Doctor and the Challenges of Transiting the COVID-19 Pandemic”, the president mentioned, on the early stage of the pandemic, the prevalence was excessive and as such many Nigerians have been affected. Whereas it takes two weeks for the signs of the pandemic to elapse for some, for others, it’s nonetheless affecting their well being, Dankyau said.

“Now we’re having fewer folks affected, however with lengthy COVID, (a time period to explain the results of COVID-19 that proceed for weeks or months past the preliminary sickness), the signs nonetheless longer for some Nigerians, inflicting nice havoc on their well being. Although, most individuals with lengthy COVID don’t have the standard traditional signs, however they’ve all kinds of different signs that have an effect on the standard of their lives,” he added.

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As Household Physicians, being the primary and final individuals a affected person sees, Dankyau mentioned, “We are likely to see the primary circumstances as they arrive and when others have executed their work, we’re nonetheless there with the affected person who could possible have a long-term complain. We aren’t giving up on them. We can be with them till our sufferers are okay medically, as a result of we’re skilled to supply complete, persevering with care and coordinated care to people and households throughout the context of their communities in Nigeria.