Stakeholders have called for more investment in public health institutions and increased emoluments for medical doctors to address the rate of brain drain in the medical profession.
They made the call in Abuja at a scientific Conference organised by the Nigerian Society of Anaesthetists .
The President of the Nigerian Society of Anesthetics, Professor Elizabeth Nwasor who lamented the high number of Nigerian professionals moving in droves to other countries for greener pastures called for urgent measures to halt the trend.
She also stressed the need for training of anesthesia specialists and promotion of technological advancement in anesthesia practices.
Professor Nwasor also decried the non acceptance of some level of qualifications and inclusion of members in most public health institutions.
“There is the issue of our middle level workforce who have obtained the postgraduate Medical and Dental Council Membership, secondly secondary and tertiary hospitals in Nigeria are not employing or putting up adverts for the employment of Diploma in Anaesthesia or Membership Certificate holder.
This is a passionate appeal to the government to encourage the employment, training, Professional registration and give due recognition on career progression of this cadre of anaesthetists in order to add value to these certificates and justify the huge amount paid to sit for these examinations”
The Guest Speaker, a medical expert, retired Major General Obashina Ogunbiyi, listed factors responsible for brain drain to include poor welfare and working conditions, inadequate infrastructure, insecurity and attack on members.
He recommended that the federal government should provide more middle level manpower, conducive and secured workplace, special incentives and welfare packages for anesthetists and other professionals in a bid to stem the brain drain syndrome.
Retired General Ogunbiyi urged the federal government to increase grants to TETFUND to boost research among tertiary institutions in the country.
In a message, the Minister of State for Health Joseph Ekumankama saidó the federal government was also concerned about the issue of brain drain as he said measres were in place to discourage the act.
The minister promised to work with relevant organizations to address most of the challeges raised.
By Ifeanyi Osita Edited by Grace Namiji