A Conversation Depicting The Struggles Of Nigeria’s Health Professionals


​Mls Intern: Congratulations on the commencement of your residency program dear pharmacist.

Mls intern: Kore on my mind!

N Frankie too😘

Dr W: Tona, Frankie, and other pharmacists in the house, has PSN commenced residency training for pharmacists?
Dr W: That would be a great achievement for PSN, all licensed pharmacists, and health care delivery generally in Nigeria.

Dr W: Things have to change. I followed Seun Fawole’s tweets yesterday on Twitter. He used to be in this group . Dude was saying stuffs that are really eye opening about residency training for doctors in Nigeria.

Dr W: If the President of a country cannot get quality health care in the country, and has to be flown abroad from time to time, he shames the whole country’s health professionals, starting from his minister of health, who is a professor by the way.

Dr W: He tells all of us that we haven’t arrived yet. And even in the face of that, they can’t restructure the residency training program in the country to assimilate more doctors.

Dr W: Do you know that there is “no space” for residency training now in the country? No space, in quote because if your dad or uncle is the CMD of a hospital, or a professor, space would come out by force.

Dr O‬: That’s true sha…

Dr W: Do you know the massive brain drain happening right now, since over the past twenty years. Those who have the means have left the residency training since. They’re in USA, Canada, Australia, UK, etc.

Dr W: Those doing residency here, go and ask them. Most of them are that want to be good clinicians want to leave the country.

Dr W: Residency has gone to the dust here o

Dr W : And the federal government has not yet declared state of emergency in the health sector, for massive restructuring.

Dr W: Me I’m just looking at them. Yes, I’m reading for primaries. I’ll go and pass, but I won’t hesitate to jump at the opportunity of leaving the country.

 Ijecks: Residency for Pharm I’m just seeing this for the first time.

Dr W: Something happened the other day. One professor asked me, are you the only house officer in this cardiology unit? I said yes. 
He then started making some revelations out of anger. He was talking to the two senior registrars in the unit, and the two junior registrars too, and I was listening

Dr W: He said, this place has been indexed in Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria to take 120 house officers.

Ijecks: Imagine

Dr W: And that’s exactly the amount of allocation that comes from FG every month. Someone is eating the rest of the money.

 Ijecks: And they took only 60

Pharm N: I will  not even do if it’s true. Who tell them say I wan work for hospital?

Dr W: He said, this place has been indexed to take 20 registrars, and twenty senior registrars in department of medicine alone. But, they’re just about 20, both senior and junior. Someone is eating the money.

Dr W: This country is doomed in the hands of these medical elders that don’t want to retire.

 Ijecks: Medical elders ke

 Ijecks: Its raining everywhere

Dr W: Yeah

Dr W: The professors and all those guys in MDCN

 Dr W : They’re running some coded packages only them is aware of.

Ijecks: If God keeps me alive my old age would that of rest walahi i wee nor coman kee masef

Dr W: Hehe

Dr W: Me-too

Dr J : Medical profession is messed up in naija.. I regret ever reading medicine..

Dr J : Imagine am doing locum @ fmc… . My work schedule is alternate day 24 hrs call

Dr O: Folks let’s keep our fingers crossed.. It definitely will keep on getting better..
Dr W: you are lucky to get locum after your Housejob.

Ijecks: Tell am

Dr O‬: I was about to say that…

Dr W: I know many friends roaming the streets since after housejob. They only thing that gives them relief is Facebook.

Ijecks: πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Dr O‬: πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Ijecks: Walahi

Dr W: You come to Facebook, they are there from morning till night

Dr W: You wonder what happened

 Ijecks: ochi egbuo m

Dr O: Gaskiya…

Dr J: My point is not getting locum… My point is doing 24 hrs call In children emergency alone..

Dr W: It’s terrible my bro

 Ijecks: Some people will actually love to be in your place  over and over again so far something comes in monthly.

Dr O:  Which simply means.. You got something doing.. Some people no mind 72 hours call.. But them no even see place to do am self

Dr J: Those saying am lucky am sure they don’t appreciate wot it means to work in cher

Dr J: have you worked in Cher before…at Dr O  Am sure Dr w can relate

Dr W : You’re damn lucky bro

 Ijecks: πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Dr J: Nobody does dat in Cher bro… Get your facts right

 Ijecks: Lol

Dr W: Go to Onitsha, and see guys hustling for pp, and the pay is 45k or 50k, with one room accommodation in the hospital there.

Dr W: You never see something

Dr W: This medicine in Nigeria is the dumbest thing that ever happened to mankind.

Dr J: The point is dat there are spaces… They decided to eat the money and suffer people… We have come to a stage where we ve seen suffering as part of our profession

Dr J: The truth is I can’t continue the locum..

Dr O‬: My point is that … You are a lucky Man to have gotten locum…. I know about five Drs looking for something to do presently no be lie… Since after…HJ..

Dr W: Me that is preparing for DHA exams and HAAD exams to go to Dubai, Qatar, etc.

Dr J: Dr w Abeg if you get materials,  I need am

 Ijecks: He is lucky if the pay is kul

Dr W: MO job there is far better than waiting for residency for five years to ten years till you get white hairs

 Ijecks: But if theres no pay he should forget it

Dr W: Big point

Ijecks: Check ireland too

Dr J: Don’t even wanna do residency

Dr W: I have about two friends from medical school, who are done with housejob and NYSC. They’re begging me that they want to come and stay with me here. Let it just be that they left house, and that they have roof over their head.

Dr W: These medical elders don’t understand at all

Dr W: They don’t

Dr W: They don’t feel what the young docs are feeling

Dr W: Many young chaps are roaming the streets Looking for locum

Dr J: Dr w hw far work for idp?

Dr W: They can’t even go back to their mum in the village

 Ijecks: In fact the issue of unemployment is everywhere

Dr w: They just have to survive by any means possible

Dr O‬: Of cos they won’t when their children..  Always get a smooth sail… They don’t get to suffer…
Med lab intern 2: U fit live Muslim life for Qatar?  Those guys no get joy

Dr w: A senior colleague is there. Dude is shining, chopping oil money

Dr W: One thing about being a doctor in Nigeria is that, if you don’t sit down early enough to plan your life, there is 100% chance you’ll end up frustrated.

Dr W: The system is wired to frustrate you, not encourage you to deliver your brilliance.

Dr O: 100% Correct…

Dr O: No wonder we have a Large num of Frustrated Docs…

Dr W: The number is unimaginable

Dr J: The only people that are happy are those in good NGOS

Dr W: Those days in medical school, during important matches, you’ll see those guys that left school when you were in 300 level, they’ll come to students hostel to watch match

Dr J: Every doctor in government is overworked

Dr W: That’s when you realise that they’ve been hanging around Nnewi, doing nothing for three or more years since they left school.

Dr W: Hanging around in student rooms who are their paddies while in school

Dr J: I heard Residents are on strike in umuahia… This is like the 5th time in one year

Dr W: I therefore, took out time to plan my life as soon as I started housejob.

Dr O: I need that plan too..it may likely work for me .ooo
Dr W: πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Dr W: We’ll overcome

Dr J: My advice generally is for us to open our minds that we must not work in town…. And that residency is not the only path way…

Dr O:you see young Docs doing supra in Facilities.. Just to get permanent license…

Dr J: Na that one pain me pass… It breaks my heart… 

Dr W: I tell you. I see some brilliant docs that could easily get a masters in 18 months in Anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, microbiology, parasitology, etc killing their God given time, waiting for residency

Dr W: Something you’ll go and brush aside and come out as best student in 18 months

Dr j: U forgot mpg

Dr J: Mph

Dr W: And the advantage of having an MBBS, you may be retained as a research assistant or lecturer 1

Dr W : You can progress even, if you want, to PhD. Brush it aside and collect Professor  in few years time.

Dr J: The only challenge is the finance… Person like me wey carry my hj money marry nko.. Make e be wetin I achieve na

Dr O: Chief.. The very very  annoying thing is that after… The MSC or MPH.. Getting a Job is another prayers and Fasting.

Dr W: Not when you a brush it aside with rugged force, collecting best student.

Ijecks: πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Dr J: Yeah.. But it’s a bit easier…   than wasting time waiting for residency

Dr W: The university must take you o

Med lab intern 2: No think am…Naija is making us strong!

Dr W: Or, your project topic excites everyone

Dr J: Guy no be must o… Except na ur state o

Dr J: I schooled in a place that do not send non indigenous people o

 Ijecks: your conne must be strong like iron beans @Dr w

Dr O‬: Tor u see am now..

Dr W: In Sokoto , and Kebbi and Zamfara states, if you see the way they’re looking for lecturers with MBBS eh.

Dr W: It’s hot cake

Dr W: Get masters

Dr W : Stop waiting on residency

Dr W: Those people don’t care about us

Dr J : @Dr w Na for North na… Come try am for east. I no wan do residency

Dr W: πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Dr O‬: Chief you also need money in your pocket to be able to   Brush aside….  If not.. How person way do supra go even get strength to Jack

Dr W: Don’t worry. I have plenty ideas

Night has come.

Dr J:  Lol

Dr W: Yeah. Honestly.

Dr O ‬: I know a young Doctor that has a shop where he sells  things..  Not until I saw his graduation jotter ..I no believe say na Docky …Like say the guy won hang boot self..

Dr W: Young Doctors are becoming frustrated and getting out of the profession self..

 Ijecks: The most expensive /popular wedding decor in Enugu is owned by a doctor

Dr J: Dats wot am talking about… Residency blocked doctors brain… We can’t even think again.

Dr O‬: That’s very true… We just have to think outside the Box.

 Ijecks: But is residency compulsory πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”

Dr J: No.It’s just dat fellowship Is the peak in any specialty

Dr J: And because while doing residency,  you are enjoying conmess… So it’s like been “paid well”  while studying

Ijecks: Hmnnn ok thanks πŸ€”πŸ€”

Bbhills: Ohk before I sleep, my opinion about that residency thing yeah? I think it’s an applaudable huge step. But then am thinking again how that will solve the problems in the health sector, exactly how is it beneficial to the patients and society at large….
 Please open my eyes to the use of this thing because I don’t  see the light in it. There are many ills facing the health sector and doing residency is first on the plate? 
Address me soon as Consultant, Medical Laboratory Scientist, Histo Major. Yeah! This is in the oven too!
Let’s all become consultants na, maybe we’ll get a headway after that. 
Sleep dey my eyes 😴😴😴

Ebere: Residency in itself is great. It’s importance in the clinical set up cannot be overemphasized.

 Our problems stems from our Nigerian system of doing things.

Hope we made sense 

Still on the matter. 



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