The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Professor Jesse Otegbayo, has said about 661 clinical workers have resigned their roles from 2020 till October 15, 2022, to relocate to other Countries.
The CMD said the situation has been taking its toll on the running of the hospital.
Otegbayo disclosed this on Monday, during a press briefing held in Ibadan, Oyo State, to mark the 65th founder’s day of the hospital.
He said; “Every week, I receive about 15 resignation letters; there are more nurses than doctors and pharmacists. The movement of health workers will continue for a while, I must confess, but the consequences are not going to be good for Nigeria because, in the next five years, we will feel full impart.”
The CMD said the Federal Ministry of Health has instituted committees to look at the retention of health workers.
According to Otegbayo, the Committee of CMDs of Tertiary hospitals have also made suggestions on this to different committees, including asking that the government ensures full replacement of staff that resigned.
The CMD said part of the challenges faced by the hospital in providing training, research and health care services includes; high cost of diesel to incessant electricity supply from the National grid; bureaucratic bottlenecks in replacing existing staffing; negative perception and high expectations from the public.