First impression will say that they are striking for themselves.
But is it so simple to answer, let’s check out some facts:
According to a new survey by Nigerian Polling organization (NOIPolls), 8 out of every 10 medical doctors in Nigeria are currently seeking work opportunities abroad, and this includes junior, mid and senior level doctors in both public and private medical institutions.
This survey was carried out with Nigeria Health Watch and shows that some of the medical personnel include house officers, corps members, medical and senior medical officer, residents, registrars, consultants and medical directors.
Nigeria has about 72,000 medical doctors registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, with only approximately 35,000 practicing in Nigeria.
The most common reasons behind this drain are – Poor work environment, Lack of infrastructure and Poor salaries.
These are the basic requirements a medical professional would expect anywhere in the world, and it is the duty of every government to pay heed to it.
It is the choice every country makes for themselves as what kind of efficient healthcare system they want – A system where professionals think of improving their skills or a system where professionals think of shifting to better work places.
Strikes bring in a negativity towards the profession and thus no doctor ever wants to go to a strike, it is the last resort they will go for when nothing else works.
Same time caring for the emergency patients is always on priority and that thing usually donot suffer even at times of strike, and that defines the profession of a Doctor.
Our message to the community leaders, government and even average citizens is clear. It is the same message that our colleagues are using across the world: if fail to keep your healthcare workers motivated, if you fail to give them a decent and respectable work environment, you will soon find yourself in a situation where a demotivated Medical professional will be treating you and you can well imagine the result of that treatment.
It’s not doctors vs people or doctors vs government, everyone is on the same side, it’s just that we need to think what others want and if their demands are legitimate then we all should speak for them. Creating differences, blaming others without understanding the genuine concerns will only make the healthcare situation worse.
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