The Ondo State Chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has issued a call to the state government to address the critical issue of a shortage of resident doctors in state-owned hospitals.
In a communique released at the conclusion of their meeting, the association highlighted the significant challenge posed by the departure of many doctors from the state, either migrating abroad for better opportunities or relocating to other states within Nigeria.
The communique shared by state Chairman of the NMA, Dr Omosehin Adeyemi-Osowe, on Friday, noted that there is dire shortage of health personnel in the state, and Doctors have refused to take up employment with Ondo state government.
According to reports, numerous doctors within the Ondo State Civil Service left for greener pastures locally (neighbouring states such as Osun, Lagos, Ekiti, Kwara, Delta) and internationally, African Countries: Sierra Leone, Gambia, South Africa, etc, and outside the continent: United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Germany etc).
Currently, there are only 22 resident doctors at UNIMEDTHC compared to the previous figure of 150 resident doctors.