Brain Drain: all hands must be on deck to make things work:- Chief Dr Ogunbiyi

Brain Drain: all hands must be on deck to make things work:- Chief Dr Ogunbiyi

 

Brain Drain: all hands must be on deck to make things work:- Chief Dr Ogunbiyi

Brain drain is a term used to describe the emigration of highly educated or skilled people from one country to another. This phenomenon is often driven by economic factors, such as better job opportunities or higher salaries abroad, as well as political or social factors, like violence or lack of freedom in the home country.
Brain drain can have a significant impact on a country, leading to a loss of skilled workers and a drain on the economy. It can also lead to a brain gain, or the reverse flow of knowledge and skills back to the home country, if those who leave eventually return.

To this end, the GreenLand News Media Team organised a Media chat with Chief Dr Ogunbiyi Bamigboye, Chief Medical Director, Tolbert Specialist Hospital, Abuja. According to him, “the brain drain is a very difficult situation we find ourselves. The economy of the nation is becoming difficult and there is no enough resources to care for the youths.
“Some of them have good intention to make the system work, sometimes they are not disposed because of financial constraints. Unfortunately, the inflation is worsening the situation.”
He noted that Post Covid 19 gave room to cheap labour where developed countries give opportunities to migrants who feel it is better off abroad to earn a living. These cut across all works of life or every profession.”
Dr Ogunbiyi expressed concern for brain drain in medical field. According to him, “For us in the medical practice, you will find out that all our professionals in medical field, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, lab scientists, are all moving out in large number”
“When I look back, in our own time, we went out there, got the postgraduate qualifications, came back with the knowledge and experience we have acquired. Though we go from time to time to improve our medical education and training.”
He decried that medical professionals are opting to travel abroad. He said “these days, those of us who are in private practice will go extra mile to keep those professionals. No matter how hard we try we still do not meet up with their demands. We believe with time some of them may come back.”
Dr Ogunbiyi who charged Nigerian government to come up with a policy that will encourage them to continue to stay, also said it will make this generation to have a sense of belonging.
“I can foresee the population of Nigerians in Canada, by the next 15 – 20 years; Nigerians will be the prime minister of Canada. This is because they are in every works of life, doing well and given enabling environment to maximize their potentials. They feel that it is a home-away a home for them. Also, there are Nigerians in parliament; like United Kingdom and United States of America.”
“These goes to say that any country or city you go and there is no Nigerian there, its means, that place is not worth staying.”
In his words:
“I believe that all hands must be on deck to make things work and to keep these youths in Nigeria. It is high time to have functional refineries in every sub region of this country. Fuel subsidy and high cost of living, which was as a result of fuel subsidy. I think our currency will go back as its used to be.
“The healthcare sector need a lot of attention. The primary healthcare by Olikoye Ransome-kuti need to go back to the drawing board. We need to sustain and maintain the quality care average Nigerian needs in our primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare delivery.
“Attention should be given to it because it will touch lives in our rural communities. Health maintenance organization also need to take care of health care providers. They are like middle men of organizations.
“Therefore I charge the government to intensify effort in the area of informal sector, the rural areas need attention across all the 774 local government areas. God willing we will get there.” Dr Ogunbiyi said.

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