Ogun Doctors Ask Government To Declare Emergency In Health Sector
The Ogun State doctors of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has asked Ogun State government to declare a state of emergency in the health sector, to address the rising cases of medical doctors migrating from the country.
The state NMA Chairman, Doctor Adekunle Ashimi, made the call at a news conference held in Abeokuta to flag off the 2022 Physician week of the association.
According to him, 10,296 medical doctors trained in Nigeria had left the country and are now practicing in the UK, due to the poor pay, and hostile working environment for doctors in Nigeria.
The NMA Chairman says the rise in the migration of medical doctors has seriously increased the workload of medical doctors who remain in public hospitals in the state.
The bureaucracy in the government, according to him, has worsened the situation by making it difficult for heads of public hospitals to replace medical doctors who had migrated out of the country.
He urges well meaning Nigerians to intervene in the situation, to arrest the brain drain, and to prevent medical doctors embarking on a prolonged strike over the non review of the 2009 agreement.
According to Ashimi, the 2009 agreement stipulates that it should be reviewed in 2014, but is yet to be considered by the government