Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso
By Ibrahim Shuaibu
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Kano state chapter has urged the state Government to declare state of emergency in the health sector to halt brain drain in existing government hospitals that have witnessed the dis- engagement of over 100 medical doctors in the last six months.
Kano State Chairman of the Nigeria medical Association, Dr Shehi Ali Abubakar stated that the mass exodus of medical doctors to federal institutions and neighbouring states was brought about by what he described as “systemic decay in the available facilities”.
Addressing reporters on Monday in Kano, Dr. Shehi said sequel to the collapse of infrastructures, the Paediatrics’ ward at Murtala Muhammad Hospital has been closed down due to lack of manpower.
He stressed that at present only 65 doctors attend to patients in a facility adjudged to be one of the busiest government hospitals in the state.
“Murtala Muhammad Hospital, the largest and busiest government hospital in the state has less than 65 doctors working there and it is estimated that at the current exodus rate, less than 40 doctors will be working in this facility by the end of the year.”
The Chairman noted that there is general lack of morale among doctors under the employment of the state government, adding that Kano State remain the only state in the North West region yet to implement CONMESS despite several agreements and undertaking with the medical practitioners.
Dr Abubakar pointed out that the precarious situation in the existing state government health facilities had piled pressure on the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, originally designated a tertiary institution intended to be a research base facility now handles patients from primary facilities.
Dr Abubakar while assuring the general of public their readiness to carry on with services to humanity was however quick to call on Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso-led administration as a matter of urgency fix the infrastructure decay and as well commence full implementation of CONMESS to health workers.
When reporters contacted the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Abubakar Labaran Yusuf explained that “I am attending a meeting now and do not want to say anything concerning the position of the NMA.”