Medical Deficit: A Doctor attends to 4,000 patients in Kaduna

In Kaduna state, one medical doctor has to attend to 4,000 patients which remains a wide gap from the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended ratio of one to 600.

The shocking revelation was made by Kaduna State chapter of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) at press conference ahead it’s 2017 Annual General Meeting in Kaduna.

The body, which decried shortage of doctors in the state, further hinted that, there are about 2,000 practicing physicians in the state ranging from public to private facilities and across all tiers of health care services with only about 230 certified medical doctors many of whom are not in active service.

In that press conference ahead it’s AGM and Scientific Conference, the chairman of the Association in Karina state, Dr. Adbulrahman Shehu stated that though, the state government has taken steps in recent years to bridge the gap by ensuring accreditation of the State Medical school for training of more doctors and recently conducting interview for doctors’ employment, the challenge has remained that of internal brain drain due to poor welfare packages.

He said, “doctors in the state are constantly moving to the federal institutions and other neighbouring states due to the comparative advantage of welfare packages. The remuneration of doctors in Kaduna state has become a matter that needs an urgent intervention in order to stem the tide of continuous brain drain occurring in the state.

“While we commend the state government for being regular and prompt with payment of workers’ salaries, we must put on record that as it stands, doctors in Kaduna are among the worst paid across the country and particularly among states in the Northwest,”

“We are engaging the state government and exploring all avenues of dialogue to persuade the state government to see the need to fulfill the agreement of 2012 when the state implemented 90percent of the old CONMESS with a plan to improve to 100percent by 2013. It is our hope that government will respond urgently”, he said.

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