A photo making rounds on the internet, shows soup doctors at University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Enugu State are reportedly served.
According to @sharpval9 who shared a photo of the call food at UNTH, N400 is deducted from their salary per meal. Here’s what he tweeted;
This is what they serve Doctors at University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH Enugu as “Call food”.
Guyyyyy. The worst us that they will deduct about 400 per meal from the salary
This follows up PremiumTimes report of Nigerian doctors leaving the country in droves, because of unfavourable job conditions.
Punch also reported that when one Doctor Akinola Olabisi left Nigeria for the United Kingdom last year, he vowed never to return to his home country to work. Olabisi, a medical doctor, recalled that he was frustrated by the working conditions in the country and decided to seek a better opportunity abroad.
“Leaving Nigeria is the best thing that has happened to my career. Comparing life as a doctor in the UK and Nigeria is a world apart; it’s just indescribable. I enjoy my work as a doctor here because all the incentives to work are in place,” he told SUNDAY PUNCH.
But a few years ago while he was in the medical school at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Olabisi never planned leaving Nigeria. His dream was to work and save lives. According to him, he used to say that working in Nigeria will also help him to be close to family and friends. But as the years advanced, he realised he needed to change his orientation.
Speaking from the UK, the 30-year-old explained why he left the country.
He stated, “I considered the working conditions in Nigerian hospital where I initially worked as unsuitable. I had to cope with hectic working conditions made more difficult by the lack of basic hospital equipment, hostile working atmosphere, and measly salaries that were unpaid for several months. I was also not particularly motivated by the oppressive style of medical mentoring in many postgraduate training institutions.
“I do not intend to come back to settle in Nigeria. Poor remuneration tops the list of my reasons for leaving. The vast majority of Nigerian doctors earn so little compared to their counterparts in other African countries. It is shameful to hear what some doctors are paid, especially in the private hospitals. Also, hospitals are unacceptably short-staffed and the available hands are severely overworked. This undoubtedly takes its toll on productivity and quality of health care.”