Doctors should be gentler, warmer to patients- Biodun Stephen


Filmmaker and media personality Biodun Stephen criticised Nigerian medical professionals for failing to treat their patients with compassion.
She advocated for doctors to be more compassionate towards their patients, pointing out that the majority of Nigerian medical professionals’ lack of warmth is needless.

She said: “Dear doctors, I know this country does not give you the credit you deserve, but the patients need your warmth in consulting with them. You do not need to be friendly, though. I believe it’s a plus. But aloofness and coldness does not come with the medical practice. Do better. Be kinder.”

She further told hospitals in Nigeria that most patients do not like coming to them, the same way they don’t like seeing patients.

“ Dear hospital, the feeling is mutual. I do not like coming to you either, but sometimes life forces us to be in your presence. When I do come to you, tell your people not to treat me like a livestock. You are not doing me a favor. It is a paid service. Thank you.”