By Dr Paul John ,firstname.lastname@example.org
As World Health Organisation celebrates World Health Day on April 7th each year ,that is how the members of Doctors’ Timeout Family celebrate their DTOF Day annually on June 16th. The theme for this year’s celebration was : The Resident Doctor and Financial planning (Medical Entrepreneurship) Myth Or Reality. The anniversary lecture was delivered by Dr Henry Ikechukwu Ukweh,a business magnate, an established entrepreneur, Consultant Public Health Physician.
A selfie taken by Dr Ureh Oparaodu ,the first female president of the Association of Resident Doctors ,UPTH,while inside the premises of the Orphanage home in Port Harcourt on Thursday ,June 14th 2018
Doctors’ Time Out Family (DTOF) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) established initially as a social media initiative of Dr Anthony Ude (Narcolepsy), a radiologist in training at UCH Ibadan but the Family has fully metamorphosed into a Philanthropic organisation that is primarily and exclusively populated by Nigerian medical doctors .The organization started as a WhatSapp group three years ago.
The members of the family include ‘happening’ doctors from all 36 states of the federation and the FCT ,cutting across all cadres of doctors at all levels of health care delivery including,but mostly in the tertiary hospitals . The organization recognizes the tremendous power of social media and utilizes this means to bridge the communication gap among Nigerian doctors.It addresses all issues affecting members on its very effective platforms and always rises to the occasion in all cases of unfair treatment of doctors and their representatives nationwide.
DTOF social media platform is so powerful that before any news is broken by the Nigerian journalists ,the members of the Family must have read the news at least one hour earlier . The Family currently has the current NMA president and his secretary along with their immediate predecessors,Prof Mike Ogirima and Dr Tanko Sununu respectively. To be admitted as a member of their Whatsapp group is a herculean task .During last year’s celebration of the Family ,the Telegram group was created to admit more members but the ever busy Whatsapp group seems not to have allowed the Telegram forum of the Family to thrive .
To be a member of the forum , one must either be a president or past leader in any of the affiliates of NMA ,especially the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) or any of its state chapters or one must have excelled in one area whether in medical practice or otherwise . The forum is so powerful that any candidate who wants to vie for any official position in NMA or any of its affiliate associations ,must as a matter of fact fraternize with the members of the forum. The forum goes ahead to organise a platform where candidates can present their manifestos before any important election .
DTOF through its activities is undergoing a remarkable transformation into an organization geared towards the sustenance of welfare for all members of NARD/NMA, political sensitization, mobilization and engagement of doctors nationwide, bridging the communication divide between junior doctors and that between doctors and the public, driving support for the establishment of a well structured residency training program, dismantling inter-professional strife in the health sector, addressing areas of health needs especially in vulnerable communities, improving the national health insurance quality and coverage and is committed to reducing capital flight due to health tourism from Nigeria.
From inception, this family of doctors has never failed to remember the downtrodden and vulnerable among the Nigerian society. The family organizes annual free medical services, social aid and scholarships to disadvantaged communities, orphanages, old people’s homes and indigent students. This goes a long way to show a shining example of good corporate social responsibility. A reminder to Nigerians, that we’re as strong as our weakest links and that a nation must provide a means of taking care of the weak, the fallen, and the forgotten among her people.
Despite the ever busy nature of doctors, DTOF has shattered the walls of isolation among doctors across the nation in an environment devoid of political, religious, social, ethnic and ideological divides.
One of the founding principles of the organization is the concept of family. The NGO is simply a family of doctors through which all doctors can exercise their rights to life, to practice the profession with liberty and dignity, to pursue happiness while sustaining a healthy nation and to defend the Nigerian medical profession from bastardization, both within and without. Thus, its activities often involve daily discussions on members’ welfare, inter-professional relationships and professional threats.
It is now common knowledge that health is a universal right; and must be made accessible, affordable and attainable to all. Western countries have realized this essential need and established programs for this. But in Nigeria and most sub-Saharan states it is only still a mirage to both the average and wealthy citizens.
This family of doctors has vowed not to relent until its political and professional powers are sufficiently channeled towards the actualization of world class health care for all Nigerians, which is its ultimate goal.
This year’s programme of activities was as follows :
Day 3 Activities
*Friday 15th June 2018*
– 6am – 9am, jingles, sponsorship and donations accolades.
– 9am, Opening prayer by Dr. Sebastine Oiwoh aka Celestial Seb ( Former POTARD LAUTECH Ogbomosho and current Deputy caucus leader, SW).
– 10am – Opening remarks by NMA President.
– 11am – Address by Executive Chairman of DTOF.
– 12 noon, – Presentation by our guest Speaker Dr Iyke Ukweh.
*Topic: The Resident Doctor and Financial Planning*
Sub-theme: *Medical Entrepreneurship, Myth or Reality*
-1pm – Contributions, Questions and Answers with respect to the topic.
-2pm – Jumat Prayers by Dr Abdullahi Umar aka Master P (NARD Northern caucus Deputy Leader).
– 3pm – Recharge cards splash.
– 5pm – *DTOF Brainstorming session part 1.*/Discussion on key issues bothering medical practice in Nigeria ~*Way forward*. To cover;
– Ways of Ending strikes in the health sector.
– Improving interprofessional r/ship in the hospital environment (NMA Vs JOHESU).
– Strategies to disseminate the hydra-headed amorphous JOHESU.
– Regaining the big brother role in the health sector by NMA albeit Career progression for other health workers vis a vis improved remuneration.
As it is part of DTOF ‘s rule that the incumbent NMA president will declare the programme open ,Prof Faduyile came online at 10:00 am on Friday ,June 15th,2018, to declare the programme of activities for this year’s epoch-making event as follows :
A Congratulatory Message on the 3rd Year Anniversary Celebration of Doctors Timeout Family (DTOF)
Good morning dear colleagues, it’s a pleasure addressing you this morning on the occasion of the 3rd anniversary of DTOF.
My commendation goes especially to the originators of this blog and also to members of this great family for the dynamism and sagacity regularly displayed here.
The maxim, “information is power”, can’t be seen applied more aptly than with the level of interactions on this blog.
Followers on this blog have been kept on their toes by the level of highly cerebral depositions seen here, and this have validated my long held belief that we have a large pool of very intelligent young men and women to tap from their rich knowledge, culture and heritage.
The current NOC, I must say is interested in constructive engagement and we encourage members to responsibly bring forth their thoughts for debate and if they are the superior view(s), we promise to appropriately deploy them in line with the NMA constitution. However, we will appreciate during the intellectual discourse, that we define the problems and proffer solutions for them in an atmosphere devoid of insinuations, innuendos and use of derogatory language. This will be regarded a constructive criticism.
We must also know that no one is perfect nor sole repository of wisdom, therefore we may have some decisions that may not seem right to some members. We plead you point these out with filial love and also suggest ways out.
This NOC is devising ways of having maximum interactions among members as a means of promoting all inclusiveness in our activities. To this end we support and encourage the use of social media and other newer technologies in reaching our large followership.
Needless to say that we have a lot of battles ahead of us, we should try as much as possible to accommodate ourselves and be focused on the use of our unity in diversity for the improvement of medical profession in Nigeria.
I want to also admonish us all that financial breakthrough and independence is a must for medical professionals. So I want to align with the theme: “The Resident Doctor and Financial Planning” and subtheme “Medical Entrepreneurship, Myth or Reality” of this 3rd year anniversary. We must see how we incorporate ourselves into the society and make the best use of our intelligence.
The era of doctors restricting themselves to the hospital environment should be discarded. The dynamism in the world will leave us behind if we remain static and stalled within the hospital environment.
Lastly, we are in a democracy and in democracy there is need for lobbying and lots of advocacy visits to get what is desirable for us. Nothing will come our way if we do not take active positions in the polity. We will require a lot of fund to be able to drive ourselves back to our revered position and we intend to go further; therefore we WILL have to contribute more to the commonwealth if we must deliver the expected.
I wish you a happy anniversary and Eid Mubarak to our Muslim brothers and sisters.
Dr. Francis A. Faduyile,
While Port Harcourt chapter was busy having their programme other members of the DTOF were equally observing their own events nationwide .Below is the reportage from the Northwest chapter of DTOF:
Activity Report of Doctors Time Out Family third year Anniversary
For North West category
On June 14th 2018, we were with the homeless children(children of the street) at four different locations in Zaria.
1.Makaranta Mall Umar at Yangoro
2.Makaranta Mall Auwal at Zaria city
3.Makaranta Mall Dahiru at Zaria city
4.Makaranta Mall Alarama at Zaria city
With us were the following collaborators:
1.Leadership and members of Association of resident doctors Ahmadu bello university teaching hospital Zaria
2.President and founder gift from givers
3.Representative from Voice of Nigeria
4.Representative from Leadership news paper
5.Representative from Zakat and sadaqah foundation
The following persons contributed to the fund raising:
1.Association of resident doctors Abuth zaria
2.Gift from givers foundation
3.Friends of the two organisations listed above
Muster point :ARD ABUTH LOUNGE
Departure : 8:59am
Time of commencement 9:20am
Duration of all events :5 Hours
Target audience :200 Street Children (ages 4 to 14 years)
Scheduled Activities :
1.Health talk on hand washing and personal hygiene
2.De worming of 115 street children
3.Provision of bath soap,washing soap and detergents to 150 street children
4.Provision of Clothing and pair of shoes to 150 street children
5.Medical consultation and identification of sick children for follow up at the Abuth Zaria
6.Visit to four public primary school for health talk on hand hygiene -target 2000 pupils(collaboration with ARD Kaduna state and other centres in kaduna)
7.Visit to community mosque and church(one each) for health talk on improved personal hygiene
8.School enrollment of identified brilliant children among those on the street
9.Follow up medical attention to the identified children on the street who are sick
Outstanding Activities :
1.Visit to four public primary school for health talk on hand hygiene -target 2000 pupils
2.Visit to community mosque and church(one each) for health talk on improved personal hygiene
3.School enrollment of identified brilliant children among those on the street
4.Follow up medical attention to the identified children on the street who are sick
1.Dr Aliyu Sokomba
2.Dr Bilqis Muhammad
3.Dr Mustapha Balogun
4.Dr Abdullahi Jatau
5.Dr Fatima Mahmud
6.Dr Yunus Yusuf Ali
7.Dr Yakubu Hamisu
8.Dr Afam margaret
9.Mall Kurfi Ahmed
10.Mr Ezekiel Tanko
3.Dr Fidelis Lovely
Media Partners :
1.Hajia Maijidah from Voice of Nigeria
2.Mall Ibrahim leadership correspondent
1.Garba Jibril -from Medical school
2.Mahmud Mahmud-from Law school
1.Founder and ethics committee of DTOF
2.All our kindhearted collaborators and friends whose generous donation and contributions in brainstorming after the needs assessment visits to the street children enabled us come up with a modest package for the children
Some of our collaborators have requested that we carry out similar programs quarterly instead of yearly.
BILQIS MUHAMMAD. O
ARD ABUTH Zaria
Port Harcourt chapter blazes the trail in this year’s celebration
Worried by the fact that there would be no movement on Saturday,June 16th 2018 due to the scheduled local government election in the state ,Port Harcourt chapter of the Family started their own programme of events one day earlier than others . In view of this ,the family visited the Good Shepherd Home located at 5 Wellington close ,near location bus stop Port Harcourt on Thursday ,June 14th ,2018 . It was a time for the doctors to give back to the society .
Dr Joe Okeguale
Doctors Time Out Family
Ethics and Privilege committee
Other national leaders of DTOF are:
Dr Udegbunam Tiger
Dr Jerry Adie
Dr Agazie Kelechi
Dr Emma the Great Osagiede
Dr Besong Akontachi
Dr Oamen John Blaze, Chairman DTOF,reacts
With every sense of humility and honour, I warmly welcome you all to the 3rd Anniversary of Doctors’ Time Out Family (DTOF). It’s no longer news that DTOF has within this short period metamorphosed from a WhatsApp forum into an organisation we are all proud to be associated with.
It’s indeed heart-warming to see various centres during DTOF anniversaries make it a point of duty to reach out to the less privileged and in their own little way provide succour to the needy. I implore us all while we are still in flesh and blood to continue to do what we can for humanity, for in death,individual skeletons can’t be differentiated on mere inspection.
Therefore only the good deeds we do now while still alive are the only differentials that can be judged by posterity and humanity.
Special thanks to our Father and President, Nigerian Medical Association, Dr. Francis Adedayo Faduyile Associate Professor of Pathology for finding time despite his busy schedule to give his opening remarks. We pray that God Almighty should forever guide your footsteps and grant you the wisdom to take our association to greater heights.
The guest speaker Dr Iyke Ukwe who is an ardent supporter/ member of DTOF will no doubt as a successful Medical Entrepreneur himself do justice to the theme of the anniversary “ The Resident Doctor and Financial Planning” and sub-theme “Medical Entrepreneurship, Myth or Reality”.
The future of the medical profession in the nation will in no distant future be revolutionised by the private health sector as the government healthcare sector have failed to live up to it’s responsibility. This can further be buttressed with the Nigerian President’s son recently undergoing treatment at a private facility in Abuja following a Road Traffic Accident.
If the government can seek refuge in private health facilities, then doctors as custodian of the health sector must be encouraged to wade into the murky waters of Medical Entrepreneurship, set up group practices with cutting edge technologies and bring the nation’s healthcare indices at par with what’s obtainable in developed nations.
NMA as part of her advocacy should encourage government to provide single digit loans re-payable over a minimum of 10 years to doctors who are willingly to go into private practices.
Once again I welcome you all to the 3rd anniversary of DTOF,I also want to use this opportunity to wish our Muslim colleagues a happy Eid Mubarak celebration and also to urge our Elders and senior colleagues in leadership and management position to strive to have a” Mentor-Colleague” relationship with their juniors rather than that of a “Tormentor-Colleague” relationship.
God Bless DTOF!
God Bless the Medical Profession!!
God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Dr Oamen John Blaze,
Meanwhile ,at the time of filing this report other centres are yet to submit their reports or upload pictures of their activities for this year’s celebration .