Medical practitioners in radiology have been urged to remain in the country and practice as a way of contributing their own quota to the country and saving more lives.
Dr Sam Enukegwu, a radiologist and consultant at St. Bridget’s X-ray Centre, Benin, made the call in Benin, Friday, at the presentations of first indigenous text books on radiology medicine practice in the country.
The books titled: ‘St. Bridget X-ray Radiological Cases Atlas with Clinical Direction’ and ‘Aids Tomedical Sonology Techniques: the St Bridget’s X-ray Centre Experience’ were co-authored by Dr. Sam Enukegwu, Dr. Amaka Ebubedike, Dr. Benko-Coker and Prof. Monu Johnny.
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The books were reviewed by Professor K.C. Eze of Nnamdi Azikwe University, Akwa, and Dr. Ebubedike, and the occasion was chaired by Chief Sam Igbe, the Iyase of Benin kingdom.
Speaking, Dr. Enukegwu, who single handedly authored ‘Tomedical Sonology Techniques: the St Bridget’s X-ray Centre Experience’ and the other title he co-authored with other experts, said the books were authored to give experts better guidance and education in radiology medicine in the country.
Dr. Enukegwu said the need to write the text books was borne out of the fact that all text books on radiology in the country are the ones authored by white men and discuss diseases that are related to the white.
“Over the years, I have observed that we have a lot of cases that need to be documented because the books that we read here in Nigeria were written by white people, and most time for white diseases. So, we needed to document the Nigerian cases in book format so that people can read and learn from it.
“We need this kind of thing to encourage younger radiologists who want to remain in this country so they can work better with more images to guide them.
“For radiology in Nigeria, and to my knowledge, this is the first radiology next book authored by a Nigerian (sic),” he said.
Reviewing the book – ‘St. Bridget X-ray Radiological Cases Atlas with Clinical Direction,’ Prof. Eze said the book is basically on the authors’ personal experiences and practices and not just what they got from the internet.
While describing the book of a very high qualities and standard, Prof. Eze stated that 99% of images and patience discussed in the book are all from St Bridget’s X-ray (Radiodiagnostic) Centre and not from foreign land.
According to him, the book is going to add value not to radiology medicine alone but to the entire environment – individual and the society at large.
Describing St Bridget as a private sector that is result oriented, he said St. Bridget X-ray was amongst the first to have ultra sound machine in the country and first to input images in ultrasound result.
While reviewing ‘Aids Tomedical Sonology Techniques: the St Bridget’s X-ray Centre Experience,’ D. Ebubedike described the book as original work of the author.
Academia drawn from different institutions were present at the book presentations.