HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES RAISE ALARM AS LUTH SHUTS DOWN 5 WARDS OVER DOCTOR’S SHORTAGE
Written by Oyebamiji Idowu on November 29, 2023
The House of Representatives Committee on Health has expressed grave concerns over the alarming decline in the nation’s health manpower. The committee’s Chairman, Dr. Amos Magaji, described the situation as worrisome, highlighting the closure of five wards comprising 150 beds at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) due to the migration of doctors and nurses overseas.
Dr. Magaji emphasized that the ‘japa syndrome’ among Nigerian health workers is taking a severe toll on the country’s healthcare system. To combat this exodus, the committee pledged to work diligently to curb the rising trend of Nigerians seeking medical treatment abroad.
The committee stressed the need to address the root causes driving health professionals to seek greener pastures elsewhere. Investing in state-of-the-art healthcare infrastructure and enhancing the attractiveness and reward system within the sector are essential steps to stem the tide of migration. By creating a more conducive and rewarding work environment, the committee hopes to retain skilled health workers and reverse the current trend.
The committee’s concerns underscore the critical need for urgent and decisive action to address the healthcare worker shortage. By implementing effective measures to retain and attract health professionals, Nigeria can strengthen its healthcare system and ensure that its citizens have access to quality care.