BY OLA AJAYI
IBADAN-PRESIDENT, Ibadan College of Medicine Alumni Association, ICOMAA, worldwide, University College Hospital, Benedictus Ajayi, has said the college has produced little over 15,000 doctors since it’s establishment in 1948. This gives an average of 238 doctors a year.
However, Ajayi’s worry is that majority of them are serving in foreign countries due to unfriendly working environment in the country.
He said this meant that the country had been training these medical professionals for other countries to enjoy.
Describing the development as worrisome, he called on the Federal Government to put machinery in motion to stop the trend so that Nigerians could enjoy the services of these trained medical professionals.
He spoke on the activities marking the week-long programme of the association.
According to him, “it is an irony that out of the meager resources available to the country, it trains medical practitioners for other countries to make use of”.
“The Federal Government should think of how to make medical practitioners happy, not only financially, but to be conscious and concerned about people that render service. The College could not have trained less than 15,000 doctors, majority of who now ply their trade in foreign countries due to lack of an enabling environment.”
He said more than 30 distinguished medical practitioners who have made immense contributions not only to the profession of medicine would receive different kinds of awards.
Also to strengthen the association and make other contributions to the profession of medicine, the association would launch an endowment fund of one billion Naira.
Justifying the necessity for the endowment fund, he said the university was in dire need of money as it could no longer rely on government for provision of all the necessary facilities.
He explained that the fund would be raised in order to meet some of the needs of the College like establishment of clinical case laboratories, meaningful indigenous research as well as other projects the association wants to embark upon which could not be immediately funded by the government.
To make its impact felt by the community, the association, moved to Ekotedo in Ibadan where free health services were rendered to the people.