Medical brain drain hits JUTH as staff resign daily

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Medical brain drain has hit the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) as its health workers resign from the institution daily in search of greener pasture.

The chief medical director of JUTH), Dr Pokop Bupwatda, disclosed this in an interview in Jos, Plateau State, on Wednesday.

He called on stakeholders in the health sector to tackle what could be responsible for brain drain in the sector urgently.

He described as “alarming” the spate of resignation saying the development “is creating human resource gap in health sector.

“Daily, we see our health workers resigning in their numbers, this is a major challenge and this brain drain is really alarming, I get resignation on a daily basis, it is an emergency for us,” he said.

Bupwatda called on the agencies of government and their parastatals that are responsible for the replacement of health workers to make the process of recruitment and replacement easier.

He described the present process of recruitment of health workers as cumbersome as waivers must be got from the head of service.

“The process of recruitment should be made easy to replace workers leaving the Nigeria health sector because workers on ground are overwhelmed.

“It is salient to replace the workers leaving to avoid a human resource gap and to ensure that the health workers replacing the workers who resign can understudy them before their exit,” he said.

He assured the government that if the process of recruitment was made easier for the hospitals, such would not be abused.

He attributed the brain drain of experienced personnel in the health sector to health workers wanting better lives and better working environment.

He further also said during COVID-19 pandemic, Europe and other parts of the world lost a lot of its health workers, a development he created human resource gap.

“Such countries are, therefore, looking for health workers to bridge the human resources gap by offering better pay and working environment,” he observed.

Bupwatda appealed to the government to do more in pacifying health workers to stay back in terms of incentives and work environment.

He said that the “hospital is also faced with the challenge of funding and power in which they spend a lot of money in the purchase of diesel and general running of the hospital.”

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