THE BUGS DOCTOR WITH A PASSION FOR MUSIC
Emmanuel Ndawula is a retired Microbiologist and musician. This autobiography covers Emmanuel’s early life in Uganda and gives an account of more than 30 years as a consultant microbiologist in the NHS in the UK.
Below Emmanuel tells us a bit more about the book…
“This is a narrative of my life as a young person born in Uganda, as a microbiologist and a singer-song writer. There are many stories and sub stories in this long journey from rural Africa to leafy Kent, England. I have written the story in such a way that I share my memories with the various people – schoolmates, relatives, workmates and many others who may have had similar experiences.
I go through my early life, relationship with my parents and the excellent education I had at one of the best boarding schools in Uganda. The transition from school to University was quite fascinating. The experience at medical school and as an intern demonstrated how the necessary skills to be a doctor were acquired. I mention my mentor and discuss the topic of role models.
To the people who do not know what a medical microbiologist does, I reveal my-day to-day activities, which I will show are relevant to everybody who has had an infection or will have an infection and that means everybody. Information is also given to young people who may want to pursue a career in clinical microbiology.
I introduce a concept of descriptive diagnosis, which I used when formulating antimicrobial guidelines. Hopefully, this will help doctors to ‘fine tune’ the way they diagnose and treat infections. It also enables patients to understand management of their infections.
I give an account of my other role – the Infection Control Doctor (ICD) and the qualities I believe people should look for in a Director of Infection Prevention and Control (DIPC), the supremo of infection control in every Trust in the UK. I give brief demystifying descriptions of MRSA and Clostridium difficile – two notorious pathogens, which have been splashed as headlines in the popular press.
There are examples of anonymised cases of specific infections. People who have suffered such infections, doctors and nurses who looked after them will remember the experiences. The roles of clinicians and microbiologists are clearly defined. Let us compare notes. For quite a long time, I had a wonderful bureaucratic- free working relationship with General Practitioners who sent a large number of specimens to our laboratories.
The climax is the NHS, which has the longest chapter. I use the descriptive diagnosis concept to tell you the root causes of the problems in the NHS. I suggest remedies and cite the proposals that I sent to our politicians of both main parties when they invited ideas. The remedies save money and improve the quality of care. Although this applies to the UK health service, there are many principles that are universal. The other activities that may be of interest to many people are meetings and interviews. Has anybody in your organisation urged you to embrace change or else? I share my experiences with you. As a person who has worked in both public and private healthcare systems, I compare and contrast some aspects of the two systems.
On a lighter note, I tell a narrative of my passion for creative music and share my views on a variety of topics through the medium of music.
Last but not least, I have had moments of reflection, which I think have made me a better person. I share these with you.”
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