UCH chief decries increasing brain drain

The Chief Medical Director (CMD), University College Hospital, Ibadan, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, has decried increasing brain drain in the health sector, saying it was a threat to effective healthcare delivery in Nigeria.

He made the revelation while addressing reporters on the occasion of the hospital’s 63rd anniversary on Friday.

Expressing surprise that both old and young medical professionals are leaving the country for greener pastures this time, Otegbayo said the development is depleting the personnel strength in the sector which threatens effective healthcare delivery to the ever-growing Nigerian population.

He said: “Almost every day, I get resignation letters. They are poaching them because they know that they are good. The only difference is that they have modern equipment in those countries that are poaching them.”

The CMD also revealed that the hospital needs a minimum of N50 billion to rebuild decaying infrastructures and purchase new equipment to realize its desired goals.

Identifying infrastructural decay as a major challenge in the hospital, the Otegbayo said the facilities, which were built in 1953, need to be rebuilt in line with modern needs.

He added that the UCH also needs funds to purchase more newly developed equipment for technology-driven medical training and treatment of patients.

He called on corporate and charitable organizations and individuals to support the hospital through donations.

Reeling out the achievements of his administration in the last one year, Otegbayo disclosed that members of staff have been playing a crucial role in the milestones recorded so far.

He said: “With my mantra of ‘Shared Vision for Excellence,’ I am glad about the flow of work and achievements made so far. Every individual from the highest cadre to the lowest has been a seamless and strong collaborator to the successes recorded so far. This has been encouraging and with all these joint efforts, we would together set up a greater establishment.”

He listed some of the achievements to include the commissioning of new innovative projects and programmes as well as redevelopment and expansion of the hospital’s services to the public. Specifically, they include renovation and equipping of the main theatre, intensive care unit, accident and emergency theatre, universal laboratory and departmental offices.

Others include a new infectious disease centre, uninterrupted power supply to the Department of Radiology, acquisition of echocardiographic machines, and overhauling of the sewer system and water reticulation which is ongoing.

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