Capacity Building: West African Surgeons Urge Government to Act


The West African College of Surgeons, WACS, has urged the Federal Government of Nigeria and other West African countries to commit appropriate resources towards halting brain drain in the field of medical services. The College pointed out that appropriating adequate funds to the health sector and creation of enabling environment will go a long way in preventing healthcare providers in the region from searching for greener pastures in other parts of the world.
Speaking at the commissioning of the WACS permanent secretariat in Lagos last week, President of the College, Professor Akinyinka Omigbodun, said that brain drain is inevitable but government should halt the trend by designing programmes that will encourage healthcare providers to stay back.
The Secretary-General of the College, Dr. Olutola Olatosi however called on government to strengthen its international collaboration with bodies that support training, “Government also needs to ease the process of importing training materials. Simulation is very important but these are very expensive equipment and in a situation whereby training institutions want to bring in equipment and a huge duty is imposed, making things difficult.”

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