Nigeria’s foremost tertiary health institution, the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan is witnessing an exodus of doctors, nurses and other health workers from the Hospital.
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of UCH, Professor Abiodun Otegbayo, who confirmed this today, November 21, said that at least 15 Nurses, Doctors and Pharmacists, among others are leaving the Hospital on a weekly basis.
“Every week, I sign resignation letters of 15 health workers at the institution, who are mostly clinicians, that is, Nurses, Doctors and Pharmacists, among others.”
The CMD called for removal of bottlenecks in to enable the management replace workforce due to mass exodus of health workers.
Professor Otegbayo, at a news conference marking the 65th Founder’s Day celebration of UCH, said that from 2020 to October 15, 2022, no fewer than 600 clinical staff had left the hospital, and that bureaucracy bottlenecks had been hindering their replacement.
He said that there is an acute shortage of manpower due to push and pull factors, such as poor welfare of workers and insecurity, among others.
Professor Otegbayo said that UCH has been committed to effective healthcare delivery in Nigeria and West African Sub-region.
The chief medical director said the institution would continue in its strides as infrastructure and facilities were being overhauled in addition to human capital development.
He commended the staff members of the institution for their dedication and commitment to uplifting the institution by giving in their best and according respect to the patients.
Professor Otegbayo said the institution had acquired two sets of Auto Clave, 64-Slice CT machines and two Mammography machines to improve clinical services.
“Just as the physical infrastructure is being developed, so also is the administration bringing in state-of-the-art equipment to enhance service delivery. We have not rested on our oars as we keep acquiring new equipment.
“It is our style to keep on acquiring equipment that position the hospital at the forefront of demands for best clinical practices.
“Perhaps one of our most significant achievements in the last 65 years of our existence has been a truly indigenous elaboration and facelift of the University College Hospital. However, like I said, we keep improving, between the times we produced the scorecards and now, we have continued with our projects, acquired new equipment, got more help and upgraded our services.
“In the area of physical infrastructure, we have made the following milestones: Completion of the Molecular Laboratory, completion of the rehabilitation of the burnt Tailoring and Laundry building.
“Completion of renovation works on the Radiology Block VI, painting of the exterior of the Mortuary Block and continuation of the interior of the Mortuary Block.”