By Baban Khalid
The Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria (IMAN) has explored the need for healthcare practitioners to regularly participate in training that emphasizes compassionate care alongside technological proficiency, as human touch remains integral despite the adoption of advanced technologies.
It also urged members to implement mentorship programs that focus not only on clinical skills but also on personal and professional growth, while more efforts should be invested in collaborations that foster integrative workshops to explore the potential benefits and integrations of traditional and alternative medicine.
A communique of the association meeting observed that to enhance the efficacy and outcomes of research, healthcare providers should actively seek and establish collaborative research partnerships within and outside their specialties for the institutions to adopt wellness programs, regular mental health check-ins, and flexible schedules to mitigate the risks and effects of burnout.
The communiqué was signed by IMAN President and Secretary, Prof. Ibrahim A. Areagba and Dr. Abdurrasheed Nasir, respectively, who stressed the need for the association’s investment in ICT infrastructure and training through digital literacy programs that are integrated into healthcare training curricula, as members should explore the establishment of Islamic cooperatives as avenues for sustainable financial growth and community development.
Members rose up from their just concluded 24th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference in Gombe with the need for providers and trainees in healthcare industries to be encouraged to attend workshops and trainings focusing on foundational counseling techniques, especially for addressing addiction.
“To adequately manage trauma, regular psycho-trauma training should be made available and be considered essential for both healthcare and non-healthcare professionals. Institutions are urged to organize seminars highlighting the importance of mentorship and collaborative efforts in successful research endeavors.”.
“Re-education sessions on Islamic principles guiding conflict resolution should be conducted periodically, ensuring these principles remain at the forefront of interpersonal dealings in healthcare teams. Workers in the healthcare industries are called upon to regularly revisit and study the Islamic code of ethics in healthcare, ensuring decisions align with both professional and religious tenets.”.
The communiqué outlined the association challenges, which included the poor availability of holistic mentoring necessary in shaping healthcare professionals and the difficulty of mapping out space in modern medicine that will be available for traditional and alternative practices.
Other challenges, according to the communiqué, are the low practice of joint research ventures essential to boosting efficiency and results in healthcare studies and the need to generate more solutions to address the escalating burnout among health practitioners as well as optimize patient care for better healing outcomes.
“There was also poor availability of foundational counseling skills crucial for addiction-related care, low availability of valued ICT skills in moulding the next generation of healthcare leaders, a huge gap existing in utilizing the untapped potential that Islamic cooperatives hold for sustainable growth, and the opportunity to raise both health and non-healthcare professionals’ skills to better manage and address trauma.”.
“There is poor awareness of the vital synergy of mentorship and teamwork for successful research, low utilization by healthcare teams, the Islamic principles that best provide for conflict resolution, and low practice of the Islamic-generated ethical handling of healthcare decisions.
Participants at the end of the conference therefore resolved that IMAN should successfully implement its programs based on its guiding principles, aimed at ensuring that the conference resolutions are considered and implemented in all states of the federation as regards its themes and subthemes.
The Association AGM ended with the appointments by the Congress through the Shura as the New Executives for the 2023–2026 tenure of Professor Ibrahim Oreagba as National President, with Pharmacist Dr. Muhammad Audi and Dr. Ibrahim Opeewe as National Vice Presidents I and 11, respectively, while the post of National Secretary goes to Dr. Nasir Abdurasheed.
Others are Shuaibu Ibrahim as Assistant National Secretary I; Muhammad Abubakar as Assistant National Secretary II; Hajiya Naima Balarabe as National Ameera; Hajia Hadiza Manga as Secretary, Sisters’ Forum; Dr. Muhammad Haruna and Mal. Ja’afar Aliyu as National PRO I and 11; Dr. Umar Kamuwa as National Financial Secretary, while the post of National Treasurer went to Usman Hassan Sha’aba; and Barrister Khalil Abdullahi is the National Legal Adviser.