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Brain drain overstretching healthcare workers, NMA laments

Sunday egigiator

The brain drain in the health sector is depleting the few medical staff left in government hospitals, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has lamented.

Similarly, the Ogun State Health Commissioner, Dr. Tomi Coker, lamented the shortage of medical personnel in Nigeria, saying that Nigeria urgently needs 300,000 doctors to provide effective medical services to the people. Nigerians.

NMA Secretary, Lagos Zone, Dr. Ime Okon made the remarks during a session with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday.

Okon advised aggrieved patients and their relatives to send their complaints through the appropriate channels, rather than transferring their anger or inflicting injury on the few doctors in the country.

Okon said, “We don’t want to use brain drain and other reasons as excuses for not providing excellent services; that’s why we have complaint channels to monitor health workers.

“We want to improve and meet the best standards for everyone because the system is there for everyone.

“Doctors also get sick; nurses get sick and you don’t want to fall victim to a failing system. So we try to make it work for everyone.

“It could be my relative who is sick and I am off duty; if we have a system that works, it will work well for that person. It doesn’t have to be a “man-knows-man” thing; once it’s systemic, it will work for everyone.”

She also told NAN that using proper channels to register doubts about doctors performing their duties would go a long way to improving healthcare delivery.

Okon pointed out that complaint boxes and phone numbers for medical directors and chief nursing officers “are strategically placed in all public hospitals. Complaints sent there are dealt with quickly.”

She added that using complaint channels would give a quick response from hospital management rather than resorting to attacking health workers or resorting to social media to lodge complaints.

“Complaints are signals that are treated confidentially. If you call and they don’t pick up, that means they’re busy. you can send a text message and they will call you back.

“The NMA is following these complaints and we find that most of them are frivolous.

“There was a recent issue at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital where someone assaulted health workers and the management of the hospital decided to take the matter legally.

“The family are now asking for an out-of-court settlement and healthcare workers are angry at the decision because people are trying and sweating to keep the healthcare system running,” Okon said.

She also told NAN that the cooperation of parents and relatives of patients is needed, noting that health workers understand and try to reduce the psychological pressure encountered during treatment.

Okon noted that concerted efforts are being made to ensure that public health facilities improve and function optimally for the benefit of citizens.

Meanwhile, Coker lamented the shortage of medical personnel in Nigeria, saying Nigeria urgently needed 300,000 doctors to provide effective medical services to Nigerians.

Coker said this at the International Healthcare Conference and Exhibition organized by Katherine Oxford Ltd in conjunction with Ace Medicine Clinics held at Covenant University Conference Centre, Ogun State.

The conference on the theme: “Mentoring in the health sector for sustainable development”, brought together, among others, doctors, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, nurses and students.

She said of the 80,000 registered doctors in Nigeria, around 40,000 are outside Nigeria, 8,000 are in the UK and 4,000 are in America.

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