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Is A Patient Not Entitled To Know What Injections He's Being Given In A Hospital?

I think it's good for a patient to have full knowledge of every medication he receives from the hospital, both tablets and injections. Why would a physician conceal the injections he administers on his patient from him? What's the logic backing that? Would you rather be injected with drugs you know nothing about?

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LOL @ gonorrhea thing. one would argue the same thing for other stds but people are just unwilling to be proactive with their health. baffles me though, but i can only wonder.

youre right about BSA, and like you said, who really knows for how long we can rely on that with our ever evolving environments and new discoveries of infectious diseases

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youre so right on that antibiotics thing. microbial infections like gonorrhea and the likes are even growing more resistance to antibiotics. i think in a place like our country i dont think the precautions needed to at least avoid more resistance to antibiotics are in place. we are definitely going to be having a serious trouble worldwide with regards to the resistance thing

i remember when Dora was the DG of NAFDAC, many fake drugs were dismantled. we just need stronger and tougher enforcement if not in 20yrs time we will still be having the same issue

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**Gosh someone fix this damn anti-spam bot. This is the second time I am having to make this post. The first one wont appear**

In my opinion, there is no reason for concealment at all.

As per internet/self diagnosis, it is a rising problem every be in America, UK, Nigeria, India etc. I think Nigeria should look at adopting a strict drug control approach like we have in the UK.

Prescription drugs in Nigeria should be just that and that only, Prescription drug! No one should be able to get into a pharmaceutical/chemist shop outlet and buy anything they want. It is a very dangerous practices to everybody in the long run. It offers no benefit whatsoever.

In the UK, Prescription drugs can only be obtained after a Doctor or [certain nurse] have seen patient and feels it is necessary for them to use certain drugs. They are then given a "Prescription paper" that contains the stamp of the hospital, information of the doctor, the hospital number and issuing authority etc. This is then taken to a drug outlet store where it is checked before drugs are given to the patient/person.

I think we really should adopt this kind of/similar method. It sucks that anyone can walk in a shop and buy anything they want in most cases. It is a dangerous practice.

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i think every patient has the right to know and even if the patient is not assertive, the doctor should explain the purpose and uses of every drug they administer to the patient

i can also understand the reason of concealment in a place like Naija, where people will choose to self medicate which in many cases endangers their health.

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Unfortunately, Nigerian Doctors and "standard medical practice" don't quite flow in the same sentence.The patient should therefore ask what the injection is, and refuse to take it if it contains an allergenic compound.

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I would've loved this to be made public, because many people don't know what rights to knowledge they have in the hospital. One could react to some treatment without proper agreement with the doctor. How can you inject someone with Chloroquine to treat him/her Malaria not knowing that he/she reacts badly to it. You need to know!!!!!!!

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Nigerians in Nigeria are largely ignorant about Drugs, Medicines in general. They will take ANYTHING prescribed by a Doctor, Pharmacy, Nurse because they just want a panacea. They self medicate to an alarming degree. Doctors are not infallible, and Nigerian Doctors are more fallible than most. But even more importantly, the effectiveness, ineffectiveness and even the viability of drugs is constantly changing. It is irresponsible to expect your Doctor to keep abreast of these changes.

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You have a right to know cos you may tell the doctor if you are allergic to any of the medication. I always ask before i take anything and the doctors always reply.

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The patient should have full knowledge of what he's dealing with, both the diagnosis and drug administration. This I think is ethical. What do the doctors in the house say?

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this happens everywhere.

they usually tell you if you ask them, i think.

It could also depend on the doctor's personal style and his schedule.

but i'm not sure how things run in nigeria though. When i was there i didnt notice the same.

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i've also noticed that in my brief visits to hospitals. it's the doctors that don't like to reveal the type of medication they are administering. it's almost as if they're afraid the patients will self medicate if they tell them what they're being given. my doctor won't even tell you what you're being treated for, all he does is do checkup or run tests (within the hospital), observe the results and send the recommended prescription to the drug dispensary (also within the hospital). then you take your drugs and go. thank goodness the medication worked for me and i haven't had any reason to visit him recently.

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