Osinbajo laments brain drain in health sector

September 30th, 2019

By Hassan Zaggi

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has decried the rate of brain drain in the health sector which, according to him, has resulted in the shortage of essentially needed health care profession­als in the country.

He further regretted that Nigeria is currently facing hu­man resource for health crisis with unequal distribution of available workforce.

Osinbajo made this known at the 39th Annual Gener­al Meeting/Scientific Confer­ence of the National Associ­ation of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) in Kaduna.

The conference was with the theme: Human Resourc­es Challenges of Residency Training: The Nigerian Situa­tion in the Global Mix.

Represented by the Minister of State for Health,. Dr. Olo­runnimbe Mamora, Osinbajo said: “Government recognizes that human resource is criti­cal in the provision of quali­ty health care as evidenced by statistics from the National Human Resource for Health Strategic Plan of 2008 – 2012 which indicates that areas with the lowest concentration of health professionals have the worst health indices in the country.”

He reiterated that the fed­eral government is making concerted efforts to resolving some of the associated prob­lems that make doctors leave for other countries, thereby worsening the trend of inad­equate medical personnel in the country.

Among other efforts, he said, is the accent to the Med­ical Residency Training Act (MRTA), 2017, “which is with the intention to encourage the Resident Doctors by providing an improved system and struc­ture for their training and wel­fare; as well as ensuring that some degree of private sec­tor involvement is provided to make the needed facilities and equipment available that will result in the success of the resident training programme.”

The Vice President, there­fore, called on the Resident Doctors to partner with the government to ensure that the challenges are surmounted.

Earlier, President of the Na­tional Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Dr. Oluse­gun Olaopa, noted that there is no better time to discuss the theme of this year’s AGM than now.

This, he said, is because the myriad of problems bedeviling Nigeria’s health sector can all be linked to brain drain which has left the citizenry with an ineffective healthcare system and deteriorating record of low health indices.

In order to address the situ­ation, he advised that a sound and effective Residency train­ing was key to a functional healthcare system as this is the only means of ensuring avail­ability of specialist services to Nigerians.

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