Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa says his administration has built six cottage hospitals, with more than 40 primary health care (PHC) facilities also remodeled and renovated in the state.
The governor made this known at the “Adamawa Physicians’ Week 2022,” organised by Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Yola on Tuesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the event was: “Nigeria’s Healthcare Delivery System and 2023 Democratic Transition: A Time to Change the Narrative.
” Fintiri, who was represented by the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Abdullahi Isa, said that the medical equipment for the facilities had already started arriving from the United States of America.
According to him, his interest in healthcare delivery has also encouraged some partners to do more for the state.
NMA Chairman in the state, Dr Solomon Bulus, lauded the government for the infrastructural development recorded in the state and called for more, especially in the area of health workers’ welfare.
He decried the shortage of manpower and the challenges being faced by health workers in the country generally, adding: “doctors are being underpaid, overworked and targeted by kidnappers.
” Bulus called for the review of doctors’ salary structure, which, he said, had been overdue since 2014. He also urged Nigerians to intervene over the review of the new salary structure in order to improve the welfare of health workers.
Speaking, Dr Hayatu Ahmad, a Consultant Peadiatrician at Federal Medical Centre, Azare, Bauchi State, decried the challenges of manpower in the health sector.
He particularly cited a state with seven general hospitals but without medical doctors to provide the needed services.
Ahmad, who stated that World Health Organisation (WHO) had recommended one doctor to 1,000 patients, urged governments at all levels to do the needful in order to salvage the situation.
Chairman of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Oyo State, Dr Wale Lasisi, has called on government to give doctors incentives to mitigate the issue of brain drain bedeviling the health sector.
Lasisi made the call in Ibadan on Tuesday at the opening of the 2022 Physicians’ Week, with the theme: “Nigeria’s Healthcare Delivery System and the 2023 Democratic Transition: A Time to Change the Narrative.
” He said that the problem of brain drain had been on since 1960, as many people leave the country on daily basis.
“In those days, the pattern was people training abroad and coming home to practise.
“As things degenerated over time, many people who have been exposed abroad ran back while those who have had the opportunity of training abroad also ran back when they saw the quality service there.
“UK is trying to replace its own workforce and make sure its people get the best of healthcare, thus coming down to Third World nations in Africa, including Nigeria, to recruit medical personnel.
“In the immediate future, the best that government can do is to add incentives to retain those who are on ground,” Lasisi said.
In his lecture, Vice-Chancellor of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun, Prof. Ayodeji Agboola, advised those contesting for one position or the other to put the issue of healthcare in the front burner.
“We have heard several promises from 1960 till when the civilian rule started in 1999. “So much legislation had also been made and we have heard that they wanted to develop primary healthcare but we have not seen any significant improvement.
“My advice and plea to all of them is to make sure that they put primary healthcare into focus,” Agboola said.
Dr Fola Adeniji, of University College Hospital, Ibadan, said if the brain drain trend should be allowed to continue, the country would be at the risk of having a collapsed health system.
“For every physician trained in Nigeria, government must have spent an average of N3.8 million, which is equivalent to $10,000. “So if that individual decides to leave the country, that means the country will be losing investments in that individual,” Adeniji said.
In his opening remarks, Chairman of the event, Prof. Akinyinka Omigbodun, described doctors as endangered species, as many of them were leaving for other places, with the few remaining already overwhelmed with the number of patients.
Omigbodun urged the association to bring together policy makers and stakeholders to implement policies that would benefit the sector.
In his goodwill message, Chief Medical Director of UCH, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, noted that the nation’s healthcare system had suffered a lot, especially in terms of poor allocation of resources to the sector.
He, however, said this year’s budget had given the sector the highest allocation, for the first time in many decades.
The Nasarawa State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called on the state government to introduce car and housing loans to curtail the continued relocation of medical doctors abroad for greener pastures.
Nasarawa State NMA Chairman Peter Attah gave the advice at a news conference to mark the 2022 Physicians’ Week on Tuesday in Lafia.
According to him, the association is currently compiling the number of doctors that have left the state for overseas in the last two years, with a view to advising the government appropriately.
Attah said that the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia, and Nasarawa State Hospitals Management Board, had replaced more than 60 doctors that had resigned and left for overseas.
“But as I speak to you now, more than 40 of the replaced doctors have resigned and left for better offers.
“In July 2022, Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital alone replaced no fewer than 30 doctors, but when they resumed about a month later, more than 10 of them resigned and left.
“In the last quarter of 2020, the state government through the Nasarawa State Hospitals Management Board, employed more than 30 doctors.
“But as I am talking to you now, more than 25 of the newly employed doctors have resigned and left.
“The same scenario of doctors leaving is still the case at the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi, the only federal health facility in the state,” Attah said.
He stated that in the last one year, more than 100 doctors had left the state to foreign countries, due to inadequate incentives.
According to him, the shortage of doctors is putting so much pressure on the few ones that have decided to stay to the extent that doctors now prefer to work in the rural areas because of the inadequate health facilities in the towns.
He said that the standard of the World Health Organisation is one doctor to 600 people, but the ratio in Nasarawa State is one doctor to more than 20, 000 people.
He said that at the moment, there were no fewer than 550 doctors working at the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi, and with the state government, to serve more than one million people.
Attah, however, commended the state government for the regular replacement of the doctors that had left.
According to him, it is better to improve the welfare of doctors to curtail brain drain, than to continue to replace and they still leave after sometime.
He suggested the upward review of the hazard and call-duty allowances and the reduction of taxes being paid by the medical doctors.
Attah also advised the state government to give vehicles and housing loans to the doctors to curtail brain drain.
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), has blamed the increasing maternal and infant mortality in the country to brain drain in the health sector.
Dr Babatunde Rosiji, the NMA Chairman, Ekiti chapter, made the disclosure in Ado Ekiti, on Monday, at a press conference marking the association’s 2022 Physicians’ Week. According to him, the menace of brain drain is gradually killing the nation’s health sector.
Rosiji said that about 10,296 doctors now practice in the United Kingdom, making Nigeria having the third highest foreign doctors in that country.
The NMA boss also raised the alarm over increasing maternal and infant mortality in Ekiti, hinging the incidence on the geometric loss of doctors to other facilities and movements to foreign countries.
“Statistics by General Medical Council, which licenses and maintains official register of medical practitioners in UK showed that 200 Nigerian trained doctors were licensed between August 31,2022 to September 30,2022. “The statistics also showed that about 1,307 doctors trained in Nigeria were licensed in UK as Nigeria continues to battle one of the worst situations of brain drain in history.
“In overall, 10,296 doctors who obtained their degrees in Nigeria currently practice in UK,” he said.
Speaking about the rots in Ekiti health sector, the NMA leader said; “Every secondary health centres and specialists hospitals in Ekiti must have at least nine doctors, but the highest we have is two per hospital.
“We are supposed to have 276 doctors, but we have just 85. How do you expect us not to have high mortality?
“We need about 195 doctors to run the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, but we only have 95. “Why should people blame doctors for the monster the government has created?
For the primary, we need 32 but only have 12 and four of them will be retiring soon.
Rosiji expressed regret that four local governments in Ekiti have no doctors to oversee their primary healthcare centres, which he said also contributed to high diseases index in the state.
He appealed to Nigerians to be patriotic in 2023 by voting for a candidate that would rescue the country from the current difficulties, rather than placing high premium on vote buying and other pecuniary gains that could sway their positions wrongly.
“The era of blind loyalty was over.
Let us all patiently wait to hear the plans of the presidential candidates for the health sector before pitching our political support for the one with the best health policy”.
The NMA boss urged the state government to implement hazard allowance to medical doctors on its payroll, regretting that Nigerian medical practitioners remained one of the poorly paid globally, and that the trend must change.
He said his members may resort to industrial action, if the state government failed to pay backlog of salaries owed members and implementing payment of other allowances due to them.
Rosiji said NMA in many states branches had offered free medical treatments and despatched relief materials to victims of flooding in Bayelsa and other states.
As part of the activities marking the week, Rosiji stated that the NMA would offer free healthcare services to the residents of Iyin and Ikogosi Ekiti, as part of their corporate social responsibility to the state.
Dr Bako Ali, the Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Taraba chapter, has described the doctor-patient ratio in the state as “poor.
”He made the expression in Jalingo on Monday at a news conference to mark the 2022 Physicians’ Week.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NMA Physicians’ Week is an annual event during which the sacrificial works of Physicians are given prominence and doctors are celebrated.
The for this year is “Nigeria’s Health Care Delivery System and the 2023 Democratic Transition: A Time to Change the Narrative.
”The Taraba NMA chairman, who put the ratio at one doctor to 10,000 patients, said that the situation had made health service delivery difficult and stressful.
Ali said it was unfair that the state government had yet to implement the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) for doctors in the state service.
He further said that medical doctors in the state were not receiving hazard allowances and expressed concern that the doctors were leaving the state for Federal Government-owned facilities due to poor remuneration.
He added that “let me also tell you that the same issue of poor remuneration is making doctors in federal civil service to seek for jobs abroad.
”He, however, commended the state government for ongoing rehabilitation works on General Hospitals in Wukari, Gembu and Bambur, adding that “we urge government to extend this gesture to other hospitals.
The state of facilities in many hospitals in the state is discouraging.
”The chairman also urged governments at all levels to show greater commitment to the development of the health sector in the interest of public health.
Dr Charles Ugwuanyi, the Chairman, FCT chapter of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), has urged physicians to make themselves instruments in the hands of God to be able to provide service to humanity.
He gave the charge in an interview during Special Thanksgiving Church Service to kick-start the 2022 Physicians’ Week in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NMA Physicians’ Week is an annual event during which the sacrificial works of physicians are given prominence and doctors are celebrated.
Celebrated concurrently in all states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the theme for this year is “Nigeria’s Health Care Delivery System and the 2023 Democratic Transition: A Time to Change the Narrative.
”The chairman, therefore, advised the physicians to “always believe in the divinity of healing as exemplified by God in the Holy Bible.
”He said the thanksgiving service was to dedicate to God all the activities that would be carried out during the 2022 Physicians’ Week.He added that “it is always good to dedicate everything to God Almighty who has given life, created heaven and earth.
“This physicians’ week is about looking at ourselves, remembering that we are physicians, and our contributions to the society.
“It is also a conclusion of the fact that the heart of healing and doctoring started from the Garden of Eden. “Christ is the greatest physician ever, so starting the Physicians’ Week by dedicating it to God Almighty through this thanksgiving is traditional for NMA and we are only following the tradition.
”Ugwuanyi also urged physicians to always take care of their health, saying that the health professional needed to be healthy first before he or she could take care of others.
The immediate past Chairman of the association, Dr Enema Amodu, also urged medical workers to work in unity to move the health sector forward.
According to him, medical workers must understand that they are part of the team that will grow the sector, and everyone has a role to play.
He added that “the medical profession include doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists, laboratory scientists, radiographers and others.
“We should all understand that we are part of the team and everybody has a role to play; even the human body has the head, neck, arms and legs, and all need each other to function.
Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Ogun chapter, on Monday, called on the state government to declare a state of emergency on the health sector to address the issue of brain drain among medical doctors.
NMA Chairman in the state, Dr Adekunle Ashimi, made the call at a news conference to flag off the 2022 Physicians’ Week, with the theme: “Nigeria’s Healthcare Delivery System and the 2023 Democratic Transition: A Time to Change the Narrative.
” Ashimi expressed the regret the rate at which brain drain had hit the country’s health sector, saying that no fewer than 10,296 doctors who obtained their degrees in Nigeria were currently practising in the United Kingdom.
According to him, Nigeria has the third highest number of foreign doctors working in U.
K., after Pakistan and India.
This, he said, had made the country lose its human resources in geometric progression.
According to him, until government declares a state of emergency in the health sector, the trend may continue to linger.
“We call on our government to urgently declare emergency action in Nigeria’s health sector for the sake of the citizens.
“As the situation gets worse, doctors, who stayed behind, are seriously overworked, as bureaucracy has made it difficult for heads of public hospitals to replace the doctors who had left.
“Therefore, those who are working now begin to see reasons to join the train and leave the country.
“The situation our health care is facing now means one doctor to 15,000 patients, which may be worse if the situation is not addressed,” he said.
Ashimi also appealed to government to review the Consolidated Medical Salary Scheme, saying that there was the need for commensurate hazard allowance for health workers.
He noted that the review of CONMESS had been due since 2014, based on the 2009 collective bargaining agreement signed by the government to review it after five years.
He also urged the state government to start paying the revised hazard allowance without delay, as few states had been paying it ahead of the Federal Government.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the week-long programme will feature a scientific conference, community outreach and a symposium.
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) says Nigeria is now battling with its worst situation of brain drain in history, as no fewer than 10, 296 Nigerian-trained doctors are currently practicing in United Kingdom.
Dr Uche Ojinmah, the National President of the association, raised the concern on Monday amidst other issues at a press briefing to mark the 2022 Physicians’ Week in Ibadan.
Ojinmah, represented by Dr Wale Lasisi, the NMA Chairman in Oyo State, said: “Currently, Nigeria has the third highest number of foreign doctors working in the UK after India and Pakistan.
“While we are losing our human resources to health in geometric progression, Lassa Viral Hemorrhagic fever, Malaria, COVID, Ebola, Marburg, and so on, are still very much available in the face of worsening incidences of Systemic Hypertension with or without complications, Diabetes mellitus with or without complications, osteoarthritis and so on.
“We call on our governments, at all levels, to quickly declare emergency action in Nigeria’s health sector for the sake of its citizens,” he said.
Ojinmah also expressed dissatisfaction over the welfare of members amidst lack of facilities and infrastructure.
“Let me inform you all that Nigerian doctor is poorly paid, overworked, lack necessary work tools and had become a target for kidnapping.
“We, as Nigerian doctors, have been taken from the lofty heights of nobility to nothingness by the neglect and possible disdain for the health sector by successive governments.
“The penchant of state governments for seizing or slashing our salaries and paying it piecemeal at their convenience, without interest, has become subject of folklore and hence, cannot be allowed to continue.
“On the need to review CONMESS, let me inform you that the ball is now in the court of the governments and they are foot-dragging.
“Let no one take our civility for weakness as we shall do all within the limits of legality to protect the interest of Nigerian doctors, while the governments continue in their ‘search’ for obvious reasons behind medical brain drain,” he said.
The association president, however, sent condolences to citizens affected by the flooding in some parts of the country.
He said that the association had shelved the national opening ceremony of its Physicians’ Week slated to hold in Bayelsa due to the incident.
“We pray for a quick resolution and recovery.
We call on our governments at different levels to work together in helping victims to recover quickly.
“We call on the Federal Government to actively initiate measures to avert another flooding.
“This is one flood too many in our recent history as a nation; we say no more floods while we watch,” Ojinmah said.
Lasisi, in his capacity, as the state NMA Chairman, urged the state government to implement the proposed hazard allowance for doctors working at the state level and for those in the private sector.
The Anambra State chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) said at least 600 flood victims benefitted from its free medical services.
The state Chairman, Dr Jane Ezeonu, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka on Thursday.
Ezeonnu said that the medicare was conducted by a team of 13 medical doctors at an internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp in Umueri, Anambra East Local Government Area. She expressed worry that High Blood Pressure and anxiety issues were prevalent in the camp.
She said that those who needed more medical attention were given referral for better treatment.
“As part of our activities towards saving lives in this period of disaster, we visited the IDPs camp in Umuleri to give free medical services.
“Our aim is to ensure that they don’t lack care, especially basic medical care while in camp,” she said.
Ezeonu further said that some food items were also delivered to the victims to alleviate their sufferings.
She called for a sustainable measure to address the problem of flooding and reduce the interruptions on people’s communal existence in the affected area.
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), has partnered Lagos State Government and relevant agencies to investigate the unethical filming of the late ex-Big Brother Naija housemate, Patrick Fakoya, at Doren Specialist Hospital.
NMA said this in a statement signed by Dr Benjamin Olowojebutu and Dr Ismail Ajibowo, the Chairman and Secretary of NMA Lagos Zone, on Monday in Lagos.
They said that the association was aware of media reports about the incident surrounding the death of Swavey and the alleged involvement of Doren Specialist Hospital, Ajah. “We want to appeal to the general public that we allow all statutory bodies that have the power to investigate the matter to conclude their findings and give a detailed report.
“Passing a guilty verdict on healthcare workers before the investigation is concluded will not do any good to anybody.
“We appeal for calm and let us allow the law to take its course,” they said.
They commiserated with the family of the deceased and his loved ones and pray for the fortitude to bear the huge loss.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Swavey, a former Big Brother Naija housemate, was involved in a car accident on Oct. 11 and was rushed to Doren Specialist Hospital, Ajah. He, however, succumbed to injuries on Oct.13 at a different medical facility.
A yet to be identified person recorded and posted on social media a 30-seconds video of Swavey on oxygen while health workers struggled to lift him.
The short clip sparked outrage, condemnation and allegations against the healthcare workers and Doren Hospital.
Meanwhile, the management of Doren Specialist Hospital, in a statement distanced the involvement of its staff in the recording of Swavey’s video.
Also, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, said that the state had commenced an investigation into the incidence.
The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) had also shown interest in the incident.