The chief medical director of Nigeria’s leading tertiary health facility, University College Hospital (UCH), Prof. Abiodun Otegbayo, has said that at least 600 health workers at the facility have quit in the past year. .
Speaking at a press conference marking the 65th UCH Founder’s Day celebration in Ibadan on Monday, November 21, Otegbayo said at least 15 nurses, doctors and pharmacists, among others, were leaving the ‘UCH on a weekly basis.
According to him
“Each week, I have signed resignation letters from 15 health workers at the facility, who are mostly clinicians, i.e. nurses, doctors and pharmacists, among others,” did he declare.
He mentioned that from 2020 to October 15, 2022, as many as 600 clinical staff had left the hospital and added that bureaucratic bottlenecks had hampered their replacement. Otegbayo said there was a severe labor shortage due to push and pull factors, such as poor worker welfare and insecurity, among others.