On 10/Jul/2019 / In Medical News
The Chief Medical Director of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Prof. Adetokunbo Fabamwo, has stressed the need for government to fund the health sector in order to address the brain drain syndrome in the country.
Speaking during the 2019 Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Lagos chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, Fabamwo said the Federal Government must do something drastic to keep health workers in the country.
He advocated for improved wages and a conducive work environment for health workers, as well as the expansion of post-graduate training spots for young doctors. The LASUTH CMD also called for the implementation of the National Health Act, noting that the provisions of the Act would have addressed the issue of funding in the health sector. “One per cent of the consolidated revenue is supposed to be used to revamp the health sector, if only this can be done, then all the other remedies can be achieved,” Fabamwo added.
Commenting on the issue, the wife of the Lagos State Governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, said that factors enabling doctors to leave en masse should be discouraged. She noted that a 2017 survey conducted by Nigeria’s polling agency in partnership with the Nigerian Health Watch revealed that most Nigerian doctors dreamed of working abroad.
Mrs Sanwo-Olu said, “It has also been established that over 50 per cent of the 72,000 doctors that are registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria practise outside Nigeria. About 70 to 80 per cent of doctors that graduated between five and 10 years ago are already out of the country.”
She warned that if the ugly trend was not checked, it would have adverse effects on the middle class and experienced workers in the country’s health system. The Lagos State Chairman, NMA, Dr Saliu Oseni, said the brain drain had constituted a menace to health care delivery in the nation with the emergence of alarming statistics recently.
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