FG, West African Surgeons To Build Capacity Of Health Professionals
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole says government will partner with the West African College of Surgeons (WACS) to train efficient surgeons in order improve the healthcare service in the country.
The Minister made this known while commissioning Permanent Secretariat of the College in Lagos.
Prof. Adewole said “The Federal Government of Nigeria would be happy to collaborate with West African College of Surgeons to deliver quality health services to Nigerians and other neighbouring countries”.
“Federal Government is investing hugely on residency training especially on the salary and other incidental needs. I will like to appeal passionately to the West African College of Surgeons’ Leadership to reduce the training period of residents to 5-6 years, any further training should be post-fellowship diplomas”. Adewole said.
Prof. Adewole urged the College to include character assessment of individuals as criteria for the recruitment in to residency training programme.
He said that enrolling only quality, focused and individuals with right attitude would reduce the incessant strike in the health sector.
The Minister said that West African College of Surgeons is a professional body that trains specialists in surgical specialties, the college had trained about 5000 specialists in various surgical discipline including Anesthesia, Dental Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology and Radiology. He added that the College had also trained about 800 Diplomates in Anesthesia, Ophthalmology and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT).
The Minister further explained that the College had accredited 200 programmes in 88 tertiary institutions where specialists are trained and examines about 2500 candidates every six months.
Earlier, the President, West African College of Surgeons, Mr. Akinyinka Omigbodun pledged to work closely with the ministry to improve surgical care for the teeming population of the nation.
The president urged the Federal Government and other West African countries to commit appropriate resources towards halting brain drain in the field of medical services.
He observed that appropriating adequate funds to the health sector and creation of enabling environment will go a long way in preventing healthcare providers in the region from searching for greener pasture in other parts of the world.
Professor Omigbodun, said brain drain is inevitable but government should halt the trend by designing programmes that will encourage healthcare providers to stay back.