By Chinyere Anyanwu
the The federal government has been urged to take decisive action to stem the challenge of medical flight of doctors out of the country as well as to tackle the problem of medical tourism.
Provost of Benjamin Carson School of Medicine, Babcock University, Ilisan-Remo, Ogun State, Professor Barnabas Mandong made the call during a recent conversation with reporters.
The Provost, briefing reporters on the school’s graduation/induction ceremony, held over the weekend, stressed the need for the government to invest and trust the country’s medical sector to enable it to provide the best health care service in the country.
Professor Mandong said: “We are calling on the federal government to do something about the leak of our doctors. Our nation’s medical health services cannot be treated in isolation. I believe that any country that pays attention to education, agriculture and health will definitely improve because this tripod of development is what sustains other developed nations of the world.
“We therefore call on the federal government to address the issue of compensation for health workers in general, because a healthy nation is a productive nation. A healthy nation will produce educated people, a healthy nation will produce farmers who will produce the food needs of that country, because a country that cannot feed its people, its health indices will deteriorate.
Mandong further said that to reverse medical tourism in the country, the government must invest in the health of its citizens and use the health facilities available here to build people’s confidence in the sector.
According to him, “the first thing the federal government can do to reverse health tourism is to invest in the health of its population. Medical tourism can be reduced, but it must start at the top. If the President goes to one of our hospitals and does his basic medical examination, it will create the confidence of the citizens in the medical sector. Apart from building people’s confidence in the sector, this will attract more Nigerians to invest more in the health sector. We therefore call on our government to pay attention to the health sector. »
Speaking at this year’s graduation / induction ceremony, which is the 6th edition, the provost explained that the school, which has graduated 258 doctors since its inception, has inducted 54 doctors in this batch. .
He noted that Benjamin Carson Medical School prides itself on “producing physicians and health care physicians who, in addition to having practical skills to manage common health problems, medical emergencies, a strong inclination for health community in the broad sense, preventive medicine, as well as the ability to lead a health team and manage, at least, small health centers in this country and to be suitable for postgraduate training anywhere in the world.