Stakeholders offer solutions to shortage of healthcare professionals
To effectively address underemployment and shortage of healthcare professionals in Nigeria, stakeholders have spotlighted efficiency of technology in enhancing the sector.
Pharmacist and founder, ProLocum, Feyi Adeyemi, pointed out that poor infrastructure and welfare for caregivers were behind the dwindling talent pool and reluctance of providers to relocate to underserved communities, where they are most needed.
Speaking during the virtual launch of ProLocum platform at the weekend, he explained that the initiative aims to bridge the gaps in healthcare staffing, by providing healthcare facilities with options in selecting healthcare professionals suitable for the intended position.
Adeyemi stated that the platform connects healthcare providers with professionals, and does not permit doctor-to-patient recommendations, adding that it proffers work flexibility.
His words: “We are the connectors between healthcare providers and professionals. We specialise in helping Nigerian healthcare professionals find additional shifts based on their profession and availability”.
“An intelligent match-maker, which swiftly matches healthcare professionals with positions that align with their qualifications and preferences, offers professionals with a robust calendar management system, offering control and flexibility over their schedules, and fostering transparent communications between healthcare professionals and facilities.”He explained that each signee undergoes a professional background vetting and a performance review for the locums from the facilities.
Managing Director and CEO of Primeah Pharmacy, Dr. Bunmi Olugbeja, said the initiative effectively reduces fixed costs and offers payments based on work hours.
“As a business owner, this platform provides us with a bigger pool of people, who will be available to work for us. This is very crucial because the pool of staff available for work is becoming smaller.”
“We can now get medical professionals, who will be willing to work for specific durations, and we would not be worried about the cost, because the payment negotiation will be within the length of time, as against full-time employees,” she said.
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