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HEALTH AND MEDICAL LAW WEB SYMPOSIUM: PUBLIC HEALTH MANAGEMENT AND THE LAW– July 28- 29, 2021 Click to Register

  • Preamble

CLB SEMINARS, the Learning and Development arm of Centre for Law and Business (CLB) is pleased to present this invaluable web symposium titled PUBLIC HEALTH MANAGEMENT AND THE LAW. This web symposium will be hosted via Zoom and run for two days July 28 and 29, 2021 starting from 9.00am

  • Objective:

This Symposium is designed in the main to significantly enhance understanding, knowledge and awareness in the law, regulation, and framework including practical considerations relating to public health generally and in particular during an epidemic or pandemic, highlighting the public role and duties of government and government agencies, government restrictive management measures juxtaposed against individual citizenry rights amongst such other similar considerations. The Symposium also offers knowledge in public health delivery, addressing government regulation, the increased use of technology, data collation, storage and usage and the role of private medical and health delivery in public health management, the synergy between government and the private sector in public health management and delivery.

Its objective is also to generate discussions and debate on germane issues of medical and health delivery and be knowledge empowering.

  • Modules:
  • Infectious Diseases/Public Health Management: Legal and Regulatory Imperatives
  • Vaccination: Ethical and Legal Considerations
  • Technology and Data Protection in Healthcare Delivery
  • Health Insurance and Healthcare Delivery: Regulation, Oversight, Discipline, etc
  • Liability in Healthcare Delivery: Professional Misconduct, Negligence, Malpractice, Misdiagnosis, etc.

4.1.1 Infectious Diseases/Public Health Management: Legal and Regulatory Imperatives: 

The role of public health is to ensure the delivery of health care in every community and across every social stratum. Health infrastructure includes not only the physical structures of public health agencies, clinics and hospitals and the human resources to operate them, but also countries’ legal infrastructure. That is, the laws and policies that empower, obligate and limit government and private action, considerations, rights, and duties concerning health. Infectious disease outbreaks such as COVID- 19, require a wide range of actions (e.g., disease reporting, surveillance, quarantine, social distancing, curfews, restrictions, lifestyle regulation, issues of confidentiality, import of medical supplies and personnel), all of which are effected through, or subject to laws, statutory and otherwise including international treaties, conventions, and practices. This module aims to explore the legal infrastructure that aids the health sector in the control of infectious diseases juxtaposed against individual rights of citizens, public security, etc.

4.1.2.   Vaccination: Ethical and Legal Considerations: 

Vaccinations have long been the subject of various legal and ethical controversies. The key ethical debates have revolved around vaccine regulation, research, testing and access disparities. Research has also shown ‘vaccine hesitancy’ to be real issues. It means that people have religious or philosophical beliefs that conflict with vaccinations.  ‘Herd immunity’ is generally achievable only with high vaccination rates, and many scientists had thought that once people started being immunised ‘en masse’, herd immunity would permit society to return to normal. That being said, forcing citizens to be vaccinated could be bordering on infringement on personal rights as well as the denial of the presence of a pandemic and in consequence denial of the citizenry to curtailment measures, treatment, vaccination, etc. This module will examine these legal and ethical considerations, as such issues are becoming increasingly crucial in the conversation regarding the balance of public health management against protecting individual beliefs and rights.

4.1.3. Technology and Data Protection in Healthcare Delivery:

The manner a country deploys technology in its health care system is germane to the advancement of its healthcare. With the increased use of use of technology in diagnosis, treatment and care of patients including tele – medicine, robotics, artificial intelligence, etc and electronic health records in which patient’s data are collated, stored, retrieved, used and shared technology and data protection in the healthcare industry is very important.

This segment of the law is generally emerging with hardly specific legislation on the subject matter such that any issues arising may have to be considered within the context of the common law a bewildering mix and source of law for the uninitiated and challenging even for the initiated. This module will address the issues including disruptions such as cyber and malware attacks and would address the regulatory and policy gaps that exist in the health tech industry.

4.1.4.Health Insurance and Healthcare Delivery: Regulation, Oversight, Discipline, etc:

A full range of health system actors working efficiently – in both the public and private sector –are needed to keep health systems running in the best way possible. Health Insurance, a veritable instrument in health delivery presents its own challenges in the healthcare delivery system. This module will consider the regulatory framework and legal considerations in terms of the regulation for the establishment and maintenance of private health facilities and healthcare delivery in the public and private sector generally and in particular in the event of a pandemic as the current Covid – 19 pandemic and health insurance considerations.

4.1.5. Liability in Healthcare Delivery: Professional Misconduct, Negligence, Malpractice, Misdiagnosis, etc:

Health care delivery often is involved with issues such as professional misconduct, medical negligence, malpractice, medical error, misdiagnosis, etc which can become legal in nature. Professional misconduct, negligence, malpractice, etc are issues applicable to all segments of health and medical care and providers. Nurses, pharmacists, laboratory attendants and any other health care providers can be liable for professional negligence. Professional Ethics are also key considerations on this subject. The Rules of Professional Conduct for Medical and Dental Practitioners also known as the Code of Medical Ethics and similar codes for other health care providers offer guidelines to assist practitioners to best practices and avoid the pitfalls of infractions and errors. This module aims to inform participants of their respective rights and duties in the event the occurrence of any of these issues.

  • Whom For

Lawyers, Medical Directors, Ministries of Health, Local Governments, Policy Formulators in the Health Sector, Heads of Health Sector Agencies, Private and Public Hospitals,  Fertility and IVF Centres, Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Pharmacists, Laboratory Scientists, Owners of Medical Laboratories and Diagnostic Centres Pharmaceutical companies, Health and Medical Professional Bodies, Health Insurance Providers, Heads of Human Resource Management in addition, Colleges of Medicine and Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, who will find the content of this Web Symposium useful for their curriculum and interested and discerning members of the public.

6.0    Faculty

The details of this Web Symposium will be delivered by a panel of specialists, professionals and experts in the law and practice   of Health and Medical Care, who possess extensive and practical experience in this field of study.

  • The World Health Organisation,
  • Oyewale Tomori – Renowned professor of virology and public health expert,
  • Advocate Nick van der Walt, Senior Counsel at Advocates Group Twenty One, expert in medical negligence, delict, etc a senior member of the Johannesburg Bar.
  • Tokunbo Alli – CEO, Leadway Health.
  • Doyin Odubanjo – Executive Director Nigeria Academy of Science, former Chairman Association of Public Health Physicians,
  • Ngozi Onyia – Managing Director Paelon Memorial Hospital Limited,
  • Cheluchi Onuobia – Legal Practitioner and Founder and Executive Director, Centre for Health, Ethics and Development
  • Abiola Idowu – Executive Secretary, Health Facilities Monitoring and Accreditation Agency, Lagos State (HEFAMAA)
  • Laolu Osanyin – Legal Practitioner and Founder Center for Medical Law Research and Development
  • Ngozi Aderibigbe – Legal Practitioner, Jackson Etti & Edu
  • Yemisi Solanke Koya, Esq – Public Health Regulator, holds both a degree in law and in medicine
  • Bolaji Obadeyi – Chief Medical Officer of Deloitte and Touche (Nigeria) and a member of the Governing Board of the Lagos State Primary Health Care Board
  • Chinonso Egemba (Aproko Doctor) – Medical Doctor, social commentator, and critic

7.0.    Date and Duration

Wednesday-Thursday, July 28-29, 2021; Two Days.

Time: 9.00am

9.0.   Sponsors: Leadway Health: Paelon Memorial Hospital

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