Japa syndrome takes toll on Nigerian hospitals- NARD President

Dr Ibukun Enesi, President, National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHC) in Ile-Ife, has decried the debilitating impact of the JAPA syndrome on the nation’s healthcare system.

Enesi expressed deep concern over the escalating workload faced by the remaining doctors within the sector.

Highlighting the trend of healthcare professionals seeking better opportunities abroad over the past five to seven years, Enesi attributed the mass exodus to factors such as stark pay disparities, inadequate working conditions, limited facilities, and pervasive insecurity.

He underscored the adverse effects of the syndrome on healthcare service delivery at both tertiary hospitals and primary healthcare centers.

Enesi painted a grim picture of the situation at OAUTHC, citing a severe shortage of medical personnel leading to an overwhelming workload.

He noted that the strain on the available doctors was resulting in delayed patient care, with some physicians succumbing to the stress, a phenomenon observed over the past year.

Urging immediate government intervention, Enesi called on the Federal Government to address the crisis by implementing comprehensive welfare packages.

He specifically appealed for housing and car loans, as well as improved facilities and working environments within hospitals to retain young medical professionals.

Echoing these concerns, Mrs Confidence Nwachukwu, a patient at the Plastic Surgery Clinic, lamented the evident decline in the quality of healthcare services.

She emphasized the urgent need for the Federal Government to recruit additional medical personnel, emphasizing the impact on those unable to afford private healthcare.

As the Japa Syndrome continues to erode the healthcare workforce, the call for government action grows louder, urging authorities to safeguard the nation’s health sector for the welfare of both medical professionals and the general public.

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