Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu Identifies Inadequate Remuneration Packages as Factor Responsible for Brain Drain in Medical Profession.
Uploaded by Adekoya on July 3, 2019
Adequate remuneration packages for doctors and other professionals in the health sector, provision of world class health equipment , as well as scaling up of the Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS , have been identified as ways to tackle brain drain in the medical profession.
The Wife of Lagos State Governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu made this known at the opening ceremony of the Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Lagos State Chapter.
Dr. Sanwo-Olu said it was important for all stakeholders to resolve to address the negative impact of brain drain in the medical profession, especially considering its implication on universal health coverage.
The Wife of the Governor, who is also a Medical Doctor, said concerted efforts must be put in place to encourage Nigerian doctors outside the country to return home and contribute to improve access to healthcare and national development.
She stressed the need for all residents to embrace the Health Insurance Scheme recently launched by the State Government, saying the people stands to gain a lot by contributing to the fund and being our brothers’ keeper.
In an opening speech, the State Chairman, NMA, Dr Saliu Oseni, lamented that brain drain constituted a menace to health Care delivery in the country with the emergence of alarming statistics recently.
Dr. Oseni who expressed worries about the situation, explained that it’s effects had resulted in shortage of Doctors to meet health care needs of Nigerians .
Speaking on the theme of the conference ‘Brain Drain In Medical Profession: Effects On The Nigerian Health System, the Chief Medical Director, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Dr. Adetokunbo Fabamwo, said there was need for government to fund the health sector in order to address brain drain in the health sector.
According to Dr. Fabamwo, with improved wages in the sector, conducive work environment, and expanding the post-graduate training spots for young doctors, many of the Doctors would love to stay back and practice in their home country.