The Association of Resident Doctors, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) have commenced its 10th annual Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) and Scientific conference at the MRC auditorium of the hospital.

The ARD president, Dr Badmus Adeola while giving the welcome address stated that antimicrobial resistance is now an acknowledged difficult problem facing the world with little presence in Nigeria. Adeola also stated that the reason for choosing this year’s theme: “Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control in the Nigerian Health Sector and the Subtheme: Doctors’ Mental Health Challenges; A Practical Approach citing the rise in depression and suicide among health workers in particular and Nigerian in general.

While delivering the opening address at the conference, the Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Lagos, Professor Folasade Ogunsola, a professor of microbiology who is also the chairperson at the occasion charge ARD not to pay lip service to antimicrobial resistance and infection control. She also admonished them to return to evidence-based medicine by avoiding antibiotic prescription without laboratory tests confirmation of the presence of such microorganism.

Prof. Ogunsola however advised ARD body to put up an action plan on how to deal with mental health challenges among doctors stressing that “doctors don’t want to tell others they have problem” while also wishing the participants a wonderful conference.

In his remarks at the opening of the conference today, the Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, Professor Adewale Oke charged resident doctors to pay keen attention to their mental health citing that doctors’ mental health is no different from that of the rest of the population.

Professor Oke gave credence to accumulation of stress as the major cause of mental health stressing that work overload, present economic recession, road traffic and other environmental factors could also be directly responsible for stress accumulation in medical doctors.

The CMD further advised doctors to seek urgent medical attention as soon as they notice changes in their attitude citing that fear of being labelled or stigmatized or compromise of confidentiality makes doctors not to seek medical attention.

He however expressed enthusiasm as he joyfully declares the conference open while also wishing the ARD members a fruitful deliberation.

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Anifowoshe - Bello K.A.

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