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Brain drain killing EKSUTH, MDCAN cries out

By Ayodele Afolabi, Ado-Ekiti
09 December 2022   |   9:04 am
The medical consultants under the auspices of the Medical and Dental Consultants' Association (MDCAN) have raised the alarm that the migration of the medical workforce from the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), is seriously affecting the survival of the tertiary health institution.

Guest seated at the high table during the AGM

…. Urges governor to urgently intervene

The medical consultants under the auspices of the Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association (MDCAN) have raised the alarm that the migration of the medical workforce from the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), is seriously affecting the survival of the tertiary health institution.

This was just as Doctors have been asked to join active politics so as to make the health sector better.

The medical consultants, therefore, appealed to the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Abiodun Oyebanji to “Save the Soul of EKSUTH” by intervening in its affairs.

The Chairman, MDCAN, EKSUTH chapter, Dr Olatunde Ogundare who stated this yesterday, in his opening address at the 2022 Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference held in Ado Ekiti, warned that the time for the governor to act is now.

Ogundare who lamented the disproportionate ratio of medical to non-medical staff added that the institution has witnessed an unprecedented reduction in the medical workforce.

“Between the 2021 AGSM and now, EKSUTH has witnessed an unprecedented reduction in its workforce, especially in the clinical areas, such as doctors, nurses and other allied healthcare workers.

” EKSUTH has witnessed both internal and external brain drain which is seriously affecting its existence and survival as a tertiary health institution catering to the wellbeing of the people of Ekiti State.

“I want to use this opportunity to appeal passionately to the Executive Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Abiodun Oyebanji and other respected leaders to ‘Save the Soul of EKSUTH’, the time to act is now.”

In his keynote lecture titled: Doctors in Politics: Impact on the Overall Development of the Nigeria Health Sector, the former Executive Secretary, of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Dr Femi Thomas urged Doctors not to leave politics for charlatans.

He urged Doctors not to always complain and lament all the time, saying, “engineers can’t make it happen in the health sector for you, you have to do it by getting involved. You can’t solve health sector challenges if you are not in politics.”

The Chairman of the occasion and the Senator representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele urged Doctors to get involved in politics to add value, asking them to get their permanent voters card to bring the change they deserve.