Wife of Lagos State Governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has urged more medical doctors to venture into politics. Dr. Sanwo-Olu, who spoke at the opening ceremony of the Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Lagos State Chapter, recently held at Ikeja, said it was important for more doctors to go into politics to enable them to be part of the decision-making process in order to influence things positively.
“I am very happy that we have already doctors have a few doctors is influential political figures, but I strongly believe that we need to have more doctors in politics in order to improve the health sector”.
Dr. Sanwo-Olu, who identified adequate remuneration packages for doctors and other professionals in the health sector, urged all stakeholders to urgently address the negative effects of brain drain in the medical profession, especially considering its implication on universal health coverage.
The Wife of the Governor, who is also a Medical Doctor, said concerted efforts must be put in place to encourage Nigerian doctors outside the country to return home and contribute to improve access to healthcare and national development.
She also reiterated the need for all residents to embrace the Health Insurance Scheme recently launched by the State Government, saying the people stands to gain a lot by contributing to the fund and being our brothers’ keeper.
Speaking on ‘Brain Drain In Medical Profession: Effects On The Nigerian Health System’, Dr Sanwo-Olu said: “For me, the way to go is to put in place deliberate policies to address the factors encouraging our Doctors to take the next flight abroad in droves and these include adequate remuneration of Doctors, provision of health equipment and infrastructure, accommodation for our doctors and the allied forces in the health sector, as well as scaling up of the Health Insurance Scheme.
She also urged the private sector to partner with government to properly run the Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) and as well adopt those that were not functional, saying such would go a long way to achieve universal coverage, being that the PHCs are the closest to the people.