Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun on Tuesday bemoaned the mass migration of medical practitioners from Nigeria to foreign countries in search of greener pastures.
The Governor who blamed the brain drain in the Nigeria health sector on the mass exodus, charged medical practitioners to stay back at home and make sacrifices for the development of the sector instead of travelling abroad.
In the Governor’s view, the brain drain in the country’s health sector “is killing the society”.
Abiodun who spoke at the 26th induction ceremony of the graduating set of doctors in Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Sagamu, Ogun State, said medical practice should not be about income but impact which will end up attracting income and significance.
The Governor who spoke through his Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, urged medical practitioners to make serving in Nigeria a priority ahead of travelling abroad in the name of looking for a greener pasture.
Abiodun noted that developed nations should not continue to get the best of Nigeria at the expense of the well-being of the country.
Considering the maternal mortality between the United Kingdom and Nigeria, the Governor said, the gulf is wide beyond description, adding that the need for posterity to celebrate those who choose to stay back to serve their fatherland is paramount.
Abiodun said, “We have to think of posterity. When we travel abroad, we marry foreigners, we settle down there and our children do not see themselves as Nigerians anymore.
“You are the highest echelon of the society. The grave consequence of practising abroad is not just about the brain drain but the killing of the society.
“Do not let your pursuit be about income. Instead let it be about impact. When you make impact, income and significance will follow,”he said.
The Governor further advised the 41 newly inducted Doctors to uphold the four principles of the Hippocratic oath of the medical profession, including autonomy, justice, beneficence and non-miltificence, noting that being a doctor is a privileged-position and patients health must be taken with utmost dignity, respect and trust.
Congratulating the inductees and their parents, he assured that the present administration will continue to upgrade the health sector to make it attractive to investors, saying that the trust reposed in the government will not be taken for granted.
In her lecture, the guest speaker, Ambassador Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosumu charged the newly inducted to be responsible to themselves, their parents and the nation at large, urging them to take their own health very seriously.
According to her, make sure you are as healthy as you want your patients to be. You can even choose a senior colleague to be your mentor in the medical practice.