April 22, 2024

Japa: Ogun lawmaker advocates salary increment for health workers

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By James Ogunnaike

The lawmaker, representing Abeokuta South State Constituency 1, in the Ogun State House of Assembly, Lukman Atobatele has appealed to the federal government to increase salaries of health workers in the country.

He also charged the government to adequately fund the nation’s health sector to checkmate the ‘japa’ syndrome among health workers.

The lawmaker was speaking with newsmen during a medical intervention programme organised by his foundation; ‘Atobatele Lukman Foundation’ in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The Atobatele Lukman Foundation gave free medical intervention to over 1000 patients in the state capital, where they benefited from eye care, dental, surgery, including free drugs and eyeglasses with over 40 doctors and nurses form the US administering the treatments.

Atobatele stated that the foundation considered the intervention as important because many Nigerians cannot access healthcare because of lack of financial capability.

He said, “Government should pump money into the health sector. If the government can pump money into the sector, then some of the problems we have in the sector, including brain drain, medical tourism will reduce drastically.

He added, “In abroad, registered nurses earn as much as one thousand dollars a day. Government should please increase their salaries. You cannot expect them to work well when they are not well paid. This is why many of them are running abroad.”

Also speaking, Head of the medical team for the outreach, Dr. Fadeyi Olatubosun disclosed that through the initiative, Atobatele is supporting the government in giving medicine since the government cannot do it alone.

He said, “The government cannot do it all that is why Atobatele through his foundation is doing this. I want the government to support initiatives like this.

“We have people with diabetes, eye problems, dental problems, hernia. We have a powerful medical team here, we have a team from the United State of America, we have a team from Federal Medical Centre FMC and from a private institution.

One of the beneficiaries who underwent surgery said, “this type of intervention is very rare. I had cataract but after the operation I can now see clearly. I was given free drugs as well.

Another beneficiary said, “I had breast lumps, but I have been operated and now I am better. All thanks to Atobatele.