Opinion: As Donald Trump Appoints A Nurse As Surgeon General

Opinion: As Donald Trump Appoints A Nurse As Surgeon General

By Opinions | The Trent on April 28, 2017
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Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams received her rank from Surgeon General, VADM Vivek Murthy (Left) and her husband, Dennis Adams during the ceremony in November 2014 | Times Virginia

Why would a nurse be appointed a surgeon general of the United States? How could one replace  an “almighty” medical doctor with a “common” nurse, is President Donald Trump thinking right?”

President Trump and his handlers must be cautioned by the American Medical Association (AMA); they should call on their Nigerian counterpart for help, because the Nigerian Medical Association believes it is “against” International best practices. Trump should recall that NMA refers to other medical professionals as gatemen, while only their members are owners of the house.

The Nigerian Medical Association just intervened in a similar scenario where a medical laboratory scientist who has been promoted to the position of director medical laboratory services was reversed on the directive of NMA at the Nnamdi Azikwe  University Teaching Hospital Nnewi, NMA  believes other health professionals should be headed by them.

This cannot and must not be allowed to happen in Nigeria, every Medical position must be held and occupied by a “medically qualified” and certified personnel “specifically” a member of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.

The Ministry of Health or rather the “ministry of doctors”, where other practitioners are regarded as support staffers who are not qualified to even head their departments, and must be made to work  under the supervision of a medical doctor is indeed the international standard, no wonder our health care services rank top from below.

The youngest physician in any health facility in Nigeria is “superior” to the most senior nursing officer, this is equally applicable to pharmacists, radiologists, physiotherapists even if the officer is a doctorate degree holder.

A nurse as surgeon general? If this were to happen in Nigeria, NMA would have called for an indefinite industrial action till the nurse is removed from office and a medical doctor made to replace the Nursing
Officer.

The American medicare, unlike our own, follows due process and professionalism. All medical professionals are equal. America is not like Animal Farm where all medical professionals are equal, but some are more equal than others

In summary, the pain and tears of the Nigerian patients should continue, the declined health standards should continue and the medical tourism should not stop so long as the ego of the NMA is being massaged by  government.

Toks

Toroko Amos is a social media commentator. Connect with him on Facebook.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

18 COMMENTS

  1. First don’t compare America to Africa. The two are like first world country to third world country. When It come to health. and most importantly she is a Rear Adm. How many nurses you know in Africa are Rear Adm. She,s more than qualified.

    • What did you mean by saying the writer should not compare American with Africa? Haven’t you heard of international best practices by Nigerian doctors? That is what it means…. And for your second question, it seems you are not informed with the recent realities and development even in Nigeria. A nurse was promoted to the rank of Real Admiral recently. Kindly find out…

      • America has never appointed a nurse or Juhesu member to that post stop deceiving unsuspecting people. Just Google it and Ser the present and past surgeon general your nurse name is no where in the list. It may interest you to know that all surgeon general are medically qualified

  2. You’re wrong bro, Surgeon General is a military rank in the HEALTH DEPARTMENT of the military (be it the army, air force or navy). It’s not applicable to Ministry of HEALTH or to Teaching Hospitals, not even in the American Medical Association does she have a role to play.

    It is a simple military rank that is even outdated and futile. However congratulations to the nurse that is now the Surgeon General.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surgeon_general

  3. What did you mean by saying the writer should not compare American with Africa? Haven’t you heard of international best practices by Nigerian doctors? That is what it means…. And for your second question, it seems you are not informed with the recent realities and development even in Nigeria. A nurse was promoted to the rank of Real Admiral recently. Kindly find out…

  4. You should understand thé statement. She was being dressed by thé surgeon général( Dr. Jerome Adams MD) . Hé was confirmed surgeon général in August 3, 2017. Don’t misinform the public.

  5. These eccentric and inglorious nigerian medics have annexed their thalamic pathway in the shoulder due to multiple lesions in their heart. They are driven by title against charisma. mediocrity is the fallout of their agelong thalamectomy, which is fast becoming a potent weapon of mass destruction second to none in the hands of these grotesque practitioners against the unsuspecting Public. U have grown our hospitals from an intervention institution into research theatres to discover novel and faster ways of visa acquisition to the other side. This is a feat the Fulani herdsmen would not attain in a life time, little wonder u deserve these illicitly conceived bogus entitlement justifiable only in the Nigeria’s den. Shame on u pinheads

  6. IT IS LIKELY THAT WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IS ADMINISTRATION, NOT TECHNOLOGY, CAPACITY NOT CERTIFICATE. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE WOMAN HAS ALL THE CAPACITY WITH WHICH TO SERVE AT THAT. THIS IS NOT NIGERIA WHERE CERTIFICATE IS PLACED ABOVE ALL THINGS.

  7. Please comrades. America has never appointed a nurse a substative surgeon general. I think people wanting to pass information should be honest about it. At the expiration of the tenure of immediate past surgeon general in 2017 based on military rank Trump nominated her in acting capacity pending appointment of a substantive surgeon general which he did appoint on 5th of September 2017 and as usual he is a doctor. Even her appointment in acting capacity was widely viewed as misnomer by Trump and hence the headline you are parading without reading the text. Her name is no where in the list of American surgeon Generals. Please use your browser and Google and stop feeding unsuspecting public with craps

  8. America has never appointed a nurse or Juhesu member to that post stop deceiving unsuspecting people. Just Google it and Ser the present and past surgeon general your nurse name is no where in the list. It may interest you to know that all surgeon general are medically qualified

  9. Fake news my people. Just Google American surgeon General and the rest na story. Madam nurse name no dey for the list at all. All the surgeon Generals are medically qualified. JUHESU style I guess..lol

    • It might be important to check the time stamp on the opinion article and check to see that at the time this article was published, the nurse was appointed acting surgeon general of the United State.

  10. My question is did anybody bother to check who the Surgeon General of the USA is? The SG is Dr. Jerome Adams. He is a medical doctor. Whoever wrote this article is really funny to think he/she can make a point by misleading people as if we dont hsve access to the internet.

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