Ondo NMA worries over shortage of resident doctors

The Ondo State Chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association has called on the state government to address the issue of shortage of resident doctors in state-owned hospitals .

The association said many of the doctors in the state had left for foreign countries for greener pasture, while some who were still in Nigeria had left the state for another state.

This was contained in a communique issued at the end of meeting of the association.

The state Chairman of the NMA, Dr Omosehin Adeyemi-Osowe, made the communique available on Friday.

According to the communique, the state had only 22 resident doctors out of 150 in the previous years as a result of the purported exodus of the doctors.

The communique read in part, “There is dire shortage of health personnel in the state. Doctors have refused to take up employment with Ondo state government.

“It was also observed that numerous doctors within the Ondo State Civil Service left for greener pastures locally (neighbouring states such as Osun, Lagos , Ekiti, Kwara, Delta) and internationally, African Countries: Sierra Leone, Gambia, South Africa, etc and outside the continent: United States of America , Canada, United  Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Germany etc).

“As at the time of writing this communiqué, there are only 22 resident doctors at UNIMEDTHC compared to the previous figure of 150 resident doctors.

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