The Chief Medical Director, University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, Ondo town, Ondo State, Dr Oluwole Ige,
has said the exodus of medical and health workers in search of greener pastures out of Nigeria is inimical to the country’s health sector and human capital development.
Ige said the country was in a serious emergency situation in the health sector, hence the urgent need to address the situation.
The CMD stated this on Thursday at the second induction of physiotherapists who recently graduated from the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo.
No fewer than 34 graduates were inducted at the ceremony.
Represented by the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee of UNIMEDTH, Dr Michael Gbala, the CMD urged the inductees who nursed plans of leaving the country to always have a second thought before making such an adventure.
He said: “You (inductees) are coming at a time that there is mass exodus of medical personnel. The university has taken about five years to train you. So, Nigerians will be happy to have you around.
“If your lecturers had left, they would not be around to train you. We are in a very serious situation. Except something is done, we may be heading towards a major crisis. I salute those who are still around despite the challenging situation.
“Wherever you may be, ensure you continue to retrain yourselves and be good ambassadors of the institution.”
In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Olusegun Fatusi, however stated that the inductees could seek employment in any country they desire.
Fatusi. who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration and Clinicals, Prof. Adolphus Loto, advised the inductees to make sure they work in Nigeria before deciding to travel out of the country.
“It is your right to seek employment anywhere in the world because it is part of the international labour mobility. But my advice is that before you leave, you must get a job here.
“Many cannot come back because there is nothing to fall back because there is nothing to fall back on. You have two goals in your career; to solve societal problems and to address personal problems.”
“Our dear and wonderful inductees, we are proud of you and your achievement so far. The induction programme, as you have been well tutored, is not a mere ceremony. It is a critical rite of passage into a new life – the life of professional health workers, and specifically, your entry into the distinguished and rewarding profession of physiotherapy,” the VC admonished .