Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara approved the automatic replacement of medical doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers who exit the state health facilities in search of greener pastures abroad.
Abdulraheem Malik, the executive secretary of the State Hospital Management Board, disclosed this on Thursday in Ilorin while featuring on the 38th edition of the Media Parliament of the Kwara State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
The parliament was themed: “Managing Brain Drain and Other Health Sector’s Challenges: Kwara State Government Approach”.
“The governor has approved for us to replace one on one. So, if a doctor resigns or leaves today, we have the automatic approval of the governor to replace that person,” said Mr Malik.
Mr Malik stated that the essence of the governor’s approvals was to bridge the gap that might arise following the departure of medical doctors and other related personnel in the nation’s health centres in pursuit of appreciable wages abroad.
He noted that the state government was recruiting medical staff to fill the existing vacancies to ensure that more doctors and others could attend to patients in public hospitals.
“So, the periodic recruitment is already ongoing. It is not even periodic. It is like when somebody leaves, you replace so we can close the gap as often as possible,” Mr Malik said.
He attributed the exodus of medical doctors from the country to economic factors and demand for an increase in wages, saying that many of them who relocated to developed countries did so due to attractive pay.
Mr Malik noted that the governor deployed measures to discourage the movement of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other related personnel out of the public health facilities with the implementation of CONMESS for them.
He added that the state government has regularly sponsored training for nurses for personal development and to make them effective in their profession.
In his remarks, the state chairman of the NUJ, Abdullateef Ahmed, said the recent reports that about half of the nation’s medical personnel, especially medical doctors, relocated to different parts of developed countries portends danger for the nation’s health sector.