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Acrimony, disruption of services worsen Nigeria’s health sector — LESI

By Gabriel Olawale

The Provost, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Professor Folusho Lesi has identified constant acrimony and disruption of services as one of the major challenges facing the healthcare sector.

Lesi who spoke at the 2017 Medical and Dental induction ceremony of 154 Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and 32 Bachelor of Dental Surgery, said that the situation was made worse with persistent, unrelenting brain drain of not only the senior doctors but the new graduates across all professionals who seem disillusioned by what they see around them.

He disclosed that the state of affairs appears that the leaders have failed the next generation and Nigeria is the loser. “Despite the bleakness, the good news is that there is hope. The power to change a trend and nation resides in every individual to be the change agent.”

The renowned Paediatric Consultant urged the newly inducted graduates to be change agents, work with empathy and not sympathy. “I want you to know that despite the leadership role of doctors in the medical team, doctors alone cannot render the needed services in the healthcare system.

“I, therefore, charge you to remember that if you are willing to do more than you are paid to do, eventually you will be paid to do more than you do. I also want you to practise this profession with conscience and dignity and enter into the leadership potential that most of you have already.

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