By David Agabi
Medical Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Medical Centre, Nguru, Yobe State, Dr A M Musa said Nigerian Medical Practitioners need to be treated better to enable them render effective and efficient services to the country.
Musa stated this on the heals of an exodus of medical doctors of Nigerian descent Europe, United States of America, Canada and Ukraine in recent past for greener pastures.
The medical practitioner stated this in an interview with AFRICA TODAY at the 60th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the West Africa College of Surgeons (WACS Abuja 2020) held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
“As medical practitioners, we’re concern over the issue in view of the fact that our population is fast growing and the ratio of a doctor to a patient is of grave concern, thus we need our professionals to help and not to migrate. Also if you evaluate what it takes to train a medical doctor, you will understand that there’s so much to loss when he or she couldn’t stay back to render service to her people”
“However, you can’t stop people from leaving if they intend to, its their fundamental human rights, whereas its pleasurable to render service to ones people” he stressed.
Dr Musa therefore call on the federal and state governments to as a matter of necessity implement policies that will better the working conditions of health workers, upgrade and improve equipment, and tools of health facilities, improve the environment condition generally and also train and retrain health workers to meet with up-to-date trends in the profession.
He therefore call on Nigeria and other West African countries to take the welfare of its workforce seriously positing that medical practitioners are of a high demand abroad.
Recall that the 60th anniversary of West African College of Surgeons is an event that brings together medical practitioners from both Anglophone and Francophone speaking countries in West Africa and other support partners to brainstorm new models, innovation and latest trends in the profession and the way forward.