Brain drain: We lack doctors to train – Postgraduate college



Prof. Akin Osibogun, President, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, Ijanikin, Lagos State, says more than 30,000 Nigeria doctors have left the country to different part of the world.

Osibogun, a  Professor of Public Health,  said said that brain drain was affecting Nigeria’s health sector.

He made the disclosure at a press  conference on Tuesday to announce the college’s 41st convocation ceremony scheduled for  Thursday (Sept. 21).

The professor  said that migration of doctors  had become a challenge to the college in terms of having enough doctors to train.

“We need to keep training more and retaining more in the country through provision of financial and non-financial incentives by governments.

“Every medical doctor needs to enjoy the work they are doing to boost for productivity at the various hospitals.

“There is need for improvement of  work environment, providing more facilities at hospitals especially the teaching and general hospitals.

“We need to put in place mechanisms to ensure that our skilled manpower can remain in the country,” Osibogun said.

He noted that the  college was  the only body responsible for producing  postgraduate medical doctors for Nigeria.

“This college determines the curriculum, training format and acceptable certificate of medical specialists.

“As at today, the college has produced over 8,500 medical specialists.

“In addition, the college modulates and assesses fellows trained by other colleges such as West African College of Physicians and West Africa College of Surgeons,” Osibogun said

He said that the college would graduate  413 postgraduate fellows and 92 doctors of medicine on Thursday.

“We have about 10,000 resident doctors-in-training in different accredited training institutions in the country.

“Our fellows can be found in different parts of the country working as consultants in teaching hospitals and general hospitals, and they  provide specialised services in  ministries of health all over the country.

“The curriculum of this college is so robust. The training incorporates doctoral level training, academic training, professional training and leadership training,” Osibogun said.

He called for collaborations and partnerships with media organisations and education institutions as well as Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).

“We want TETFUND to recognise the role of this college as an  inter-university centre,” Osibogun said.


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