Expert decries poor funding of Specialist doctors training

Expert decries poor funding of Specialist doctors training

The Chief Medical Director of Central Hospital, Benin, Edo State, Dr. Philip Ugbodaga, has decried inadequate funding of Specialist training for resident doctors. He said the situation represents abysmal and unacceptable health indices in Nigeria. Ogbodaga made the call lwhile delivering a lecture at the 39th Ordinary General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the National

The Chief Medical Director of Central Hospital, Benin, Edo State, Dr. Philip Ugbodaga, has decried inadequate funding of Specialist training for resident doctors. He said the situation represents abysmal and unacceptable health indices in Nigeria. Ogbodaga made the call lwhile delivering a lecture at the 39th Ordinary General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) in Benin City. The Conference has as its theme, “The Corollary of government policies on residency training in Nigeria”. He however recommended the inclusion of a systematic management and leadership training scheme in the Curriculum of medical students and resident doctors. The Medical Director, assured that increase in budgetary allocation to the health sector would help address the brain drain in the medical field. In a paper titled: “Residency training as a training ground for doctors in administration”, Ugbodaga also called for improved training of resident doctors in the nation’s teaching hospitals and other postgraduate training institutions. According to him; “Inadequate funding of speacialist training in Nigeria is fuelling the abysmal and unacceptable health indices in the country and urgent steps are needed to reverse this trend.”  The former Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Edo State branch, He noted that this would ensure the production of medical managers who are innovative, dynamic, and who get into leadership and management positions prepared to listen and communicate, express a clear vision, maintain integrity, and express empathy to both patients and staff.  These qualities, he said, are the best hope to solve some of the greatest challenges of health care administration in Nigeria.  He advocated a rotational approach in the appointment of Chief Resident position among senior resident doctors during their training, with a view to giving them equal opportunities in leadership and expose them to the management of men and materials. According to him, “leadership development has clearly reached a critical crossroad, and the most important role of the leader could be described as ensuring a ready supply of replacement leaders to maintain organizational progress in the ever-changing healthcare environment.” While congratulating the President  of the association, Dr. Olusegun Olaopa for his resourcefulness, Ugbodaga noted that with the high calibre leadership provided by NARD over the years, the emergence of a doctor as President of Nigeria was only a matter of time.

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