Hospitals in Ogun state, including the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu has been hit by the ongoing migration of nurses out of the country.
At least, about 120 quit Babcock university hospital, Ilishan Remo, to seek greener pasture abroad in the past three months, according to the state wing of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives.
The migration, according to the association is affecting the state’s health sector in term of maternal as well as infant mortality and morbidity.
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The state chairperson of the association, Comrade Olufunmilayo Solarin who made this known to a Rockcity FM correspondent, Busola Adegbite said at the local government level, up to 200 had just left without being replaced by the state government.
Solarin said although she could not give a total number of the nurses, who had just migrated, feelers from all hospitals across the state, indicates that almost half of their nurses had just left the country .
She expresses concern over the migration of nurses which according to her is still continuing, creating an unprecedented shortage of nurses in hospitals thereby increasing the workload of the existing nurses.
Solarin says the association is engaging the state government to employ more nurses and provide enhanced welfare packages to stop the migration and attract more into the profession.
For instance, she said that Ogun state which has eight schools for training nurses had become a nurses manufacturing state for other parts of the country.
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