Medical doctors under the auspices of Medical Guild have raised the alarm over the shortage of doctors under the public hospital system and called on the Federal and state governments to replace doctors who leave the health system as well as regularly recruit doctors into public hospitals.
The Chairman of Medical Guild, Dr. Babajide K.S. Saheed, while lamenting the brain drain of medical doctors who are leaving Nigeria in droves to practice medicine in developed countries, urged the governments to retain them in Nigeria by providing their remuneration, basic working equipment, adequate funding for Residency training, ensuring their training and re-training, among others.
Saheed spoke yesterday, while announcing the 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Scientific Conference of the Medical Guild.
The Medical Guild, an association of Lagos State Government employed medical doctors, is an affiliate of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Lagos State Branch.
The Scientific conference of this year’s AGM scheduled to take place today, Tuesday in Ikeja, has the theme ‘Maximising Earning Potentials for Doctors in Nigeria’ with the sub-themes ‘Early Planning For Retirement’ and ‘Doctors And Their Health’.
Part of the activities lined up for the AGM include the Barrister Bamidele Aturu Memorial Medical Outreach scheduled to hold in Agege on Wednesday, presentation of award to deserving personalities which includes Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos State because of the many good roles he has played to nurture relationship between himself and doctors in the state.
The chairman of Medical Guild lamented that after Nigeria has trained doctors with its resources, at the end of the day, “we lose them to the outside world.”
While recommending the provision of basic remuneration as part of the strategy to end the migration, Saheed said, “What doctors need is basic and simple remuneration; they are not asking for billions.
“What they need is what can meet three basic needs of life: housing, which is shelter, food, the ability to take care of themselves and their families and clothing.”
Assured that these migrating doctors will stay back in the country to practice their profession.
“With the provision of these and the training and retraining of medical personnel, the migrating doctors will not leave Nigeria.”
Consequently, he called for the provision of enabling working environment, especially ensuring availability of basic equipment, lamenting that many doctors were frustrated over lack of equipment to carry out treatment for the care of their patients.
Furthermore, Saheed recommended that in filling the appointment into the offices of the Permanent Secretary in the Lagos State Primary Healthcare Board (PHCB) the state’s Health Service Commission (HSC) both of which are currently vacant and that of the Ministry of Health (MOH), which will be vacant in a short while, “the laws which state that the positions are to be filled by doctors be followed in the appointments.”-
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Originally Authored By: Appolonia Adeyemi