The Chief Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Ebute Metta, Lagos, Dr. Adedamola Dada said, FMC is now employing retired specialists.
The CMD said in an interview in Lagos, attributed to brain drain, that measures are being taken by the hospital to retain health workers and how health insurance can reduce quackery.
“For us, we are expanding our services. And you can go round to see that we are expanding our services. And that is because once there is a problem, we don’t believe that we should fold our hands and let the problem overwhelm us.
“Rather, what do we do? We try to think through the problem and find a solution.
“One of the solutions that we have found is that in this city of Lagos, we have a lot of people who have the required skills, who are still strong, and who are retired, retired specialist consultants, retired nurses, and all the rest of them.
“So what we have done is to actively encourage these retired people out of retirement.
“And then the second thing, as I said, is to create an enabling environment, a good environment, so that even those who are staying will prefer to stay with us. And that is what has been happening.
“People are resigning. Some people are resigning. But I can tell you categorically that the impact has not been too severe on us.
“And that is not because people are not resigning, but it is because we have been able to design programmes and alternatives to ensure that we are in a position to replace some of these people who are resigning.
“Yes, it is a problem in the system, but we must not allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by problems,” the CMD said.