By Abiodun Azi
The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) on Wednesday graduated 334 students from eight departments out of its nine departments.
This was disclosed by the Chief Medical Director (CMD) Prof Chris Bode during the joint graduation ceremony of LUTH schools.
Bode who was represented by Prof Wasiu Adeyemo Chairman Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) said that LUTH was a foremost hospital with three core mandates (objectives) of patient care, teaching and research.
He said that in pursuit of one of the mandates (teaching), we have nine schools with eight of them graduating today.
He said that LUTH has also been training health workers in different fields such as medical and dental students, nursing, physiotherapist, medical laboratory scientist, radiographer among others.
The CMD said that there was therefore a need to reflect on LUTH achievements and challenges in this respect in the face of global phenomenon of brain drain.
He said this was the reason we have chosen the topic “LUTH @ 60 and the training of manpower in health-care service provision”.
Speaking, Dr Adedamola Dada, Medical Director (MD) Federal Medical Centre, Ebute Metta, advised the graduands to work well that later money will come.
Dada also advised the graduands to respect their teachers, colleagues and the institution that trained them.
He told the graduands that after he graduated he was not earning up #2,000 but he was contented with it, and here he is today.
He enjoined the graduands to stay back in Nigeria and give back to the country as it has given to them.
He also admonished the graduands not to leave the country that the country had done well for them.
He gave assurance that whoever wants to work in his hospital was welcome.
The key note speaker; Prof Olatunji Aina, a foremost Psychiatrist and astute academics talked on “Brain Drain”.
Aina said that all health workers are important, the doctor, nurses, pharmacy among others have roles to play.
He emphasized that all individual in the hospital or health workers are on ground to making sure that services are rendered to those that seeks it.
He said that there should be equitable distribution of health workers as a motivation to make them not seek greener pastures overseas.