Expert recommends residency training as panacea to brain drain

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Dr Bello Muhammad, the Medical Director, Ahmad Sani Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, Gusau, says residency training remains the panacea to brain drain in hospitals.
Muhammad said this in Gusau while speaking at the public presentation of the 4th Edition of the Hospital’s in-house Magazine and 2017 award.
According to him, brain drain of medical doctors in Zamfara could be checked if doctors enjoy regular training and facilities improved.
He said the major challenge bothering the hospital was continues out flow of the medical doctors in search of residency training at Federal Medical Centres and Teaching Hospitals.
Muhammad said although Gov. Abdulaziz Yari had directed the management of the hospital to replace any medical doctor that leave, but the personnel were very scarce.
He said the only solution was for the State Government to introduce residency training in the hospital in order to prevent the out flow.
He also appealed to the state government to recruit more medical personnel for the hospital to enable the existing doctors go for further training to enhance their productivity.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Abdullahi Shinkafi, commended the hospital’s management for providing quality services.
The SSG, who was represented by a Deputy Director in his Office, Malam Mukhtar Rabiu, promised to convey all the requests for consideration.
He expressed hope of overcoming the problems of brain drain in the hospital as the facility would soon be upgraded to a teaching hospital following the establishment of the state university.