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Physician-patient Ratio in Nigeria Worsens as More Nigerian Doctors Move Abroad

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With no fewer than 5,405 indigenous trained Nigerian doctors and nurses currently working with the British National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom (U.K.) and many more seeking to migrate, the physican-patient ratio in the country keeps taking a dip.

The figure, released by the British government, means Nigerian medics constitute 3.9 per cent of the 137,000 foreign staff of 202 nationalities working alongside British doctors and nurses.

The Guardian revealed that many more Nigerian doctors would join their colleagues soon because the U.K. has need for medics from Commonwealth countries, since some doctors in the European Union (E.U.) are already leaving because of Brexit.

It was also gathered that most of the Nigerian doctors and nurses are leaving for the U.K. because of better conditions of service. The migration has further worsened the physician-patient ratio in Nigeria from 1:4,000 to 1:5,000, contrary to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recommended 1:600. The physician-patient ratio in the U.K. is 1:300.

According to the WHO, countries with low physician-patient ratio have worse disease outcomes and life expectancy.

Figures from the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) showed that about 45,000 doctors are currently practicing in Nigeria. This means that 12 per cent of 45,000 Nigerian doctors, that is 5,405, are practising in the U.K. and the country is now left with less than 40,000, excluding those practising in the U.S., South Africa, Saudi Arabia and others.

NMA President, Dr. Mike Ogirima, described the exodus of doctors as worrisome. He blamed the situation on poor remuneration for medical doctors, poor working environment and inadequate medical equipment and infrastructure.

He said the trend has worsened the doctor-patient ratio of 1:4,000, caused longer waiting time at hospitals, rise in fatal disease outcomes, and more frequent medical errors by over worked doctors.

Ogirima said: “Nigeria is using her resources to train doctors and professionals that will leave to work in foreign countries. What are those things attracting these professionals outside? Can we duplicate them here?”

“Government should provide adequate remuneration. We are not saying we should pay so much, but pay them for the job they are doing as and when due.”

Consultant Public Health Physician, Prof. Akin Osibogun, however, said the situation could be reversed if the Federal Government makes the National Insurance Scheme (NHIS) compulsory for all citizens. According to him, this would provide enough funds to improve the conditions of service and working environment for health professionals.

He said: “The few ones we have are leaving because of poor conditions of service, working environment and after service package. It means the physician-patient ratio has worsened, maybe from 1:3,000 to 1:5,000. When you compare, those countries that have better physician-patient ratio have better treatment outcomes.”

Osibogun, a former Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), said Nigeria currently produces about 3,000 medical doctors every year and needs to increase the ratio by producing more, and developing plans on how to retain them.

He explained: “We need to make working conditions attractive. If they know they will have a house after 20 years of training, the lure to leave would be reduced. What are the benefits attached to the job? What are the provisions for the doctor’s family? What are the long-term prospects for the staff?

“We need to improve the work environment in terms of financing. Make it work-friendly, not crowding 10 persons in one office. Talk about electricity supply; you come to work and you are scheduled to do a surgery but there is no electricity.

“We need to be more drastic; re-organising the way we fund health service. There should be compulsory NHIS that will bring a pool of funds. We have to adopt a more holistic approach.”

But a consultant paediatric surgeon and current CMD of LUTH, Prof. Chris Bode, said the situation is not hopeless. He said the high migration of Nigerian doctors to the U.K. is because some doctors in E.U. countries are leaving because of Brexit and the NHS has opened its gates to doctors from Commonwealth countries.

Bode, however, said Nigeria needs proper planning to harness the opportunity the situation brings.

He said: “A medical degree is an international passport. Because of global competition, many doctors are moving to the U.S. and U.K. We lose because we trained them but we also learn from them by getting exposed to cutting-edge technologies. One day, if we harness them, they will come back to impact positively on the practice here.

“That is the method Japan, India and China used in adapting what they learnt in the U.S. and U.K. It is not a total loss. We are seeing a lot of movement of medical doctors abroad. It is not as if Nigerian medicine is dead. I had to spend a lot, $14,000, some years back on going to Israel to learn new skills. That has distinguished me and Nigerians are benefitting.

“Nigerian doctors are going to the U.K. because they have opened their gates. By the time the medical doctors come back, we will be better for it. It is not a hopeless situation. There is a lot we can do to harness the opportunity. We need proper planning.”

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‘Do not listen’ to Udom – Akwa Ibom People Beg Senator Akpabio

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A section of Akwa Ibom residents have expressed reservations over the sudden posture of Governor Udom Emmanuel towards his predecessor, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

The social media on Sunday, was awash with pictures of Governor Udom Emmanuel exchanging pleasantries and whispering to
his ex-benefactor, Senator Godswill Akpabio at the Diocesan New Year Prayer and Fasting Assembly 2019 of the Catholic Diocese of Uyo held at Cardinal Ekanem Seminary Grounds, Dominic Utuk Avenue, Uyo.

Reacting to the development, facebook users have called on Senator Godswill Akpabio not to listen to Udom’s friendly gimmicks. “We do not know what he whispered to Senator, we are urging him not to listen to Udom’s lies. We’re waiting for March 2nd, Akwa Ibom people will reply all the invectives that Udom has poured on Akpabio”.

Another facebook user, Victy Peter said “Governor Udom’s gesture is coming too late. After hurling insults and paying mercenaries to humiliate Senator Akpabio, Udom should not deceive Akwa Ibom people with his friendly gesture. Maybe, he should postpone them till after the elections, we’re confident Udom will loose”.

Further investigations by Akwa Ibom INFO reveals that Udom is embarking on a mission of reconciliation because he is afraid of being ridiculed by Obong Nsima Ekere in the forthcoming polls. “The Governor is surrounded by mercantile politicians, he knows that he will not be re-elected but you know he cannot walk-away without putting up a fight”, another user added.

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Pastor Charis, Uma Ukpai, Nathaniel Bassey, Ors for Restoration Convention 2019

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Pastor Charis Essienobong, Senior Pastor and Founder, Restoration Grace Ministries will speak at the Restoration Convention 2019, with the theme: “Alive Again”.

The yearly event, which begins from Monday, January 14 to Sunday, January 20, will feature ministrations by Pastor Nathaniel Bassey, Prospa Ochimana, Pastor Ity Charis, The Classical Choir and The Restored Voices Choir, among others.

According to the organiser of the convention, Pastor Charis Essienobong, “this year’s theme alongside the pastor’s restoration conference is targeted at bringing to life anything that is dead around, within the life of believers and God is ready to release fresh light for His people.”

Other ministers of the gospel expected at the event include Pastor (Mrs) Idy Charis, Rev (Dr) Uma Ukpai, Bishop (Dr) John Ekong of the New Ark of Covenant Ministries and the Founder and Presiding Bishop of Victory Life Ministries International, Bishop Mike Bamidele.

The week-long power-packed event will be rounded off with Super Celebration Service on Sunday, January 20, 2018 from 8am at the church auditorium.

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Yuletide: Emmanuel Ekon Floods Federal Constituency with 4,000 Bags of Rice

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• Senator Udoedehe dissolves parallel excos

In an uncommon move that has never been heard of any from a federal lawmaker, Chairman House Committee on Local Content and Member Representing Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekon has commenced distribution of 4,000 bags of rice, cash gift and other festive items worth millions of Naira.

Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekon

Speaking at the flag-off of the exercise in Etim Ekpo and Ika Local Government Area which was graced and supported with various donations by APC State Chairman, Hon. Ini Okopido, Atuekong Inibehe Okori, DIG Udom Ekpoudom and wife, Member Representing Etim Ekpo/Ika State Constituency, Hon. Gabriel Toby and APC flagbearer for Etim Ekpo/Ika State Constituency, Barr. Chris Okorie, party leaders, stalwarts and faithfuls, the lawmaker announced the donation of 200 bags of rice, cash gift of N500, 000 and a live cow, each to the Local Government Areas.

The frontline lawmaker who is also the APC flagbearer for Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency in the forthcoming elections admonished youths to shun violence and desist from being tools in the hands of desperate politicians.

“The forthcoming elections is a choice between Keke Napep empowerment and knowledge. I recently watched a video where the retiring emperor of Etim Ekpo, Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem claimed that he sent me to National Assembly to empower youths with motorcycle, not oversight and training of youths. Each of my trainees receive at least N120, 000 monthly which is more than the price of Keke. For Enoidem to say that youths only Keke Napep, it is time for the youths to tell him that the youths of Etim Ekpo are worth than Keke Napep”, he added.

In his remarks, the State Chairman of All Progressive Congress, Hon. Ini Okopido lauded the lawmaker and other dignitaries for their gesture which he said is palliative due to the gross insensitivity of the Udom administration towards the people. “By the time we take over government in 2019, we will continue to place the people at the center of our programmes”, he said.

In a similar vein, former lawmaker representing Abak, Etim Ekpo, Ika Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Ekperikpe Ekpo commended the lawmaker for taking the welfare of constituents as priority, urging the people to remain steadfast and deliver all candidates of the party in 2019.

Responding, the youth leader of Ika Local Government, Mr. Ufok Abia and women leaders assured the lawmaker of the support of youths. “The youths of Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency have resolved to vote for all candidates of the All Progressives Congress. We simply have no choice, we’re ready to return all our candidates.”

Meanwhile, Senator John Udoedehe has dissolved parallel excos of the party in the area. According to him, “My task in Etim Ekpo is simple and easy. I am here to dissolve is parallel excos and by the powers conferred on me, I hereby dissolve all structures of the party. We have decided to work with the excos recognised by the leadership of the state. Don’t let anyone deceive you with money, APC is taking over Akwa Ibom State. At the moment, we’re no longer talking about winning the state, we’re talking about which local government that is returning the highest number of votes”.

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Business Mogul Lauds Emmanuel Ekon on Human Capacity Development

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CEO of Wissun Motors, Mr. Wisdom Sunday Ubom has commended Chairman House committee on Local Content and member representing Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekon for human capacity development and giant developmental strides.

Mr. Wisdom Ubom

The automobile expert who disclosed this in an interaction with Akwa Ibom INFO lauded the meaningful contributions of the lawmaker especially with the training of over 500 youths in the oil and gas industry, a feat he said has never been achieved in the history of representation in the constituency.

“Ekon has consistently focused on projects and programs that has brought about the grassroots’ development, thus making better the fortunes of the constituency. With his commitment towards empowering the youths in the constituency through various skill acquisition programs, the lawmaker recognises that youths are the future of our great constituency.”

“He has been passionate about youths. Recently he raised a motion on the need to forestall the resurgence of youth restiveness in Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun Local Government Areas in the constituency and called on the Presidential Amnesty Committee to integrate the aggrieved youths for proper training and rehabilitation.”

“We are impressed with the initiative of the lawmaker and that is why we are supporting his re-election bid. The youths of Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency will vote overwhelming for Ekon”, he added.

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