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Nigeria's Healthcare Crisis: LUTH Battles with Dwindling Workforce

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María Alejandra Trujillo
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Nigeria's Healthcare Crisis: LUTH Battles with Dwindling Workforce

In a significant development, the House of Representatives Committee on Health expressed deep apprehensions regarding the diminishing healthcare workforce in Nigeria, particularly at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). The hospital is grappling with a severe shortage of doctors and nurses, leading to the closure of five wards or 150 beds. The situation, attributed to the 'japa syndrome' - a trend of healthcare workers emigrating in search of better opportunities, has set alarm bells ringing.

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Legislative Efforts to Stem the Tide

The Chairman of the committee, Dr. Amos Magaji underscored the criticality of the situation during an oversight visit to LUTH. He outlined various legislative efforts being taken to address the issue. These initiatives aim to make the health sector more attractive and rewarding for its workers by enhancing infrastructure and other facilities.

LUTH's Cancer Center: A Beacon of Hope

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Despite the challenges, there's a silver lining. The Chief Medical Director of LUTH, Professor Wasiu Adeyemo, informed the committee about the success of the hospital's cancer center. Since its inauguration by the then President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, the center has treated over 9,600 patients.

Furthermore, the center has attracted patients from Europe, Africa, and America, reinforcing its global reputation. Professor Adeyemo encouraged Nigerians to utilize the facility, signaling its capability to deliver world-class treatment.

A Commitment to Enhance Healthcare

This report underscores the committee's commitment to tackling the daunting challenge of medical personnel emigration. It also signifies their resolve to enhance healthcare delivery in Nigeria. As the nation grapples with a healthcare crisis, these efforts are a crucial step towards strengthening the healthcare sector and ensuring quality care for all Nigerians.

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