President, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, NPMCN, Ijanikin, Lagos state, Prof. Ademola Olaitan has blamed reduction of medical professionals on incessant strikes by doctors.
He disclosed this at the 35th convocation of the college for the award of fellowship certificates to new fellows at the weekend.
According to him, postgraduate medical and dental education in Nigeria is passing through a turbulent period. "While funding is low, the frequent work stoppages in various Teaching Hospitals do not allow for trainees fulfillment of the prescribed minimum period of clinical placements and rotations that qualifies them for examinations."
Olaitan also said that the college senate frowns at these disruptions in services and by implication in training. "Senate came to the conclusion that each trainee or Associate Fellows has responsibilities to ensure completion of prescribed rotations and placements on schedule to avoid disqualification from the college fellowship examinations.
"It is the opinion of college that high investments in medical education by the government will yield high-quality patient care."
Top among the investments in medical education according to him will be the resuscitation and funding of post Part 1 residents to exposure to recent and improved innovations in healthcare delivery in the developed world, procurement of. Modern equipment for diagnosis and treatment will also be a worthwhile investment.
On the relevance of the certificate of the college, the president said the fears of inability to make progress academically or administratively as holders of the college fellowship or its equivalents have been laid to rest.
"The Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission, NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed brought this cheering news by his declaration and pronouncement on our college fellowship. “He confirmed that the fellowship training undertaken by our college is robust inclusive.
"He reaffirmed that possession of the college fellowship or its equivalent was all that a clinical lecturer requires getting to the top of his university career and that non-possession of Ph.D. will not stand in their way to the peak of their career.
Olaitan stated that the position of NUC resulted from the proactive approach taken by the college to enlighten, discuss and dialogue through a college committee.
He commended the efforts of Prof. Abubakar Rasheed for an in-depth investigation into the content and training programme of the college and salute his courage for saying it as it is.
Congratulating the 387 new fellows, the president said the academics and medical education presents them further avenues to showcase their worth through the impacts they make. He urged them to make impacts on their family, on the young, among their peers and contemporaries in their place of primary duties.
"Use this achievement to impact your community, the country and the international environment, your clinical practice and daily encounter with patients provide opportunities to influence their lives and experience."