Expert calls for improved remunerations of medical practitioners in Nigeria

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By Abiodun Azi
Lagos, Sept 30, 2020 An
Anesthesiologist, Prof. Olushola Kushimo, has called on the three tiers of government in Nigeria to improve remunerations of medical practitioners and their working conditions for effective healthcare delivery.

Kushimo, also a Professor of Anesthesia, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos, spoke with newsmen on Wednesday during her “Walk through Valedictory Celebration” in LUTH.
According to her, a lot of things had happened in Nigeria and the remunerations can no longer meet the requirements of doctors again.

“The condition of service of medical practitioners is another thing that should be looked into.

“When necessary equipment and other things to work with are in place, including motivation and good remunerations, doctors will stay back in Nigeria and work diligently,” Kushimo said.

Wikipaedia says, “Anesthesia or anaesthesia is a state of controlled, temporary loss of sensation or awareness that is induced for medical purposes.

“It may include some or all of analgesia, paralysis, amnesia, and unconsciousness. A patient under the effects of anesthetic drugs is referred to as being anesthetised.

Physician anesthesiologist specialises in anesthesia care.

Kushimo said she ended her journey in the field of anaesthesia as “a fruitful professor”.

“I have ended my journey as a fruitful one.

“It has been a long journey, but a very fruitful one that I don’t know how the 40 years went by, but am grateful to God that even, there were ups and downs.

“My aim is to see the numbers of anesthesiologists that I have trained, excelling anywhere they go, because it has been a very fruitful journey,” she said.
Kushimo said that she joined the service in 1976 and met so many people, noting that by the time she finished her residency and started working as a specialist in the department, she was left with only a consultant.
The retired anesthesiologist said that she decided not to travel abroad because she was a widow that had children to cater for.
She said that anesthesia work abroad was very attractive, and many people wanted to go.
According to her, I was called everywhere to work, but I could not leave because of my children.
“I didn’t travelled abroad to work, mainly because of my children and one cannot take children there,” she said.
On what she would like to be remembered for, Kushimo said she would liked to be remembered for “a legacy to continue what I have established.
“Work very hard, because you want to improve the society, please God and uphold moral value, while working, and should not compromise,” she advised.
Also, Prof Afolabi Lesi, the Provost, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, said that the retiree had trained countless generations that had been added to manpower.
Lesi said that, not only undergraduates manpower, but also post-graduates and specialists manpower, not only in Nigeria, but in West Africa.
He said that Kushimo had contributed to knowledge, asking “why would she not be celebrated?
“She had saved countless lives in the course of her duty as an anaesthetist.”
He said that Nigeria owes her a depth of gratitude that she should be celebrated.
Also, Dr Olanrewaju Akamu, a Consultant and Director in LUTH, said he learnt a lot from Kushimo as “a very diligent, humble, disciplined, thorough breed professional that was usually punctual to work”.
Akamu said that there were many things she was able to reproduce on her own, which the younger ones should learn from.
He said that Kushimo left a good legacy in her four decades of teaching.

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