By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
The Vice Chancellor, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, UNIMED, Prof. Adesegun Fatusi has attributed parental factor as one of the major causes of brain drain in the health sector.
He, therefore, called on parents to lead the campaign against the trend, as the migration of medical personnel have more negative effects on the health sector.
Fatusi who stated these when he played host to the Ondo State House of Assembly Committee on Tertiary lnstitution in his office, said the accusing fingers pointed at government for being responsible is not totally true, hence the need for concerted efforts of stakeholders to stop the syndrome.
The don explained that the reason is not far fetched because the country has not given its health sector the needed attention and mostly the advice some health personnel are being given their family members.
The VC frowned at the manner at which parents are encouraging their children who are studying medicine or health related courses in the country to go abroad and practice, describing the trend as worrisome.
While urging parents to allow their wards give back to the society their humanitarian services after completion of studies, the don noted that it will also help improve the health sector of the country as well as curb the brain drain syndrome
Speaking on some of the achievements of UNIMED, Fatusi said the institution which is not up to nine years has made a lot of progress including running 43 courses with another 14 coming up.
He hinted that the institution is intensifying efforts to kick-start faculty of Pharmacy as well as PhD programme, adding that the University has the highest Medical Science Courses in Nigeria by opening up fifteen new courses that never existed in other schools.
The don noted that the institution is keen to lead the scientific pathway in areas of operation and continue to be the best specialised school in Nigeria and beyond.
He said that the university have established new campuses , faculties/programmes and ensuring that all courses offered in the university are accredited.
He, however, sought for the support of the House in funding of the institution for more infrastructural development as well as reviewing the law that established the institution, emphasising that the school is capital intensive.
Responding, the Chairman of the Committee, Chris Ayebusiwa who led other members on the visit applauded the level of development at the institution assuring of legislative supports to ensure UNIMED remains the best.
The Committee noted that the State government placed high premium on the school, hence the need to intensify efforts to maintain standard.
“We are happy for the positive results, the school has made the State proud, we urge the Management not to relent
but continue to work as a team to further move the institution forward”.
Members who advocated for medical personnel to stay in the country that produced them, advised institutions to inculcate this on the students while in school.