Some newly-inducted doctors at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, have called on government at all levels to provide adequate facilities and personnel toward a robust healthcare system in the country.

In separate interviews with the News men in Lagos, the new doctors said such step would also reduce incessant strikes among health and medical workers.

One of the inductees, Dr Maryam Abdulfatah, said remuneration was too big for medical doctors considering the rigours and long period of studentship they passed through in school.

According to her, the government should appreciate the “little effort” by doctors to save lives, especially with the poor health facilities in most hospitals in the country.

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She said doctors had been making sacrifices to ensure the well-being of patients and “appreciating such efforts will reduce industrial action’’.

Abdulfatah, therefore, urged the federal and state governments to increase funding of their health institutions.

“Government should make the hospitals conducive enough for the patients to access quality healthcare service and for doctors to be able to carry out their responsibilities.’’

Dr Adara Joshua, a new dental surgeon, also said state-of-the art equipment should be provided at health centres, secondary and tertiary health institutions in the country.

This, he said, would enable doctors to put their acquired skills to productive use.

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Joshua observed that many of the hospitals were poorly equipped below the international standards, thereby making it difficult for the medical students to practice.

“The medical sector is really facing some challenges and that is why health workers have been going on strike frequently.

“The frequency of strikes is really affecting the students being trained as doctors by prolonging their years of studies,” said Joshua, who promised to be an agent of change in his profession.

“This will be done through my services and sacrifices to safe lives.”

NAN reports that the Provost of the College of Medicine, Dr Foluso Lesi, had said on the occasion that there were multiple opportunities opened to the new inductees.

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“I pray that they will choose the path that will be tailor-made for themselves.

“The problems we are aiming to solve in the healthcare sector are complex and interwoven and it will need the collaboration of physicians and scientists in the clinical and basic sciences to advance the frontiers of medical knowledge.

“To solve the problems, it will require the commitment of the interdisciplinary research and service,’’ he said.

No fewer than 90 holders of the Bachelor of Medical Sciences degrees and 15 holders of the Bachelor of Dental Surgery degrees were inducted on Sept. 29. (NAN)


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