Shortage of Medical Personnel – Tougher Times Ahead for Nigerians (II)

by Shelton on February 14th, 2015

filed under House Loan

No resident doctor has been recruited in Lagos in 3 years

— Dr. Tope Ojo, Chairman, NMA, Lagos State branch

Looking at issue of shortage of health worker I do like to put it in political perspective, I have two reasons I always advance in respect to this which is inability to be fulfilled individually and professionally.

You are in a country where a health worker cannot boast of a living wage, you cannot boast of very good condition of service and this is not alien to Nigeria. Shortly after independence around 70s people were enjoying a robust package which were not only applicable to doctors. These included a car loan, house loan among others. But this is not applicable again, we are now experience a state of dead infrastructure. We have not been able to get continuous power supply in this country over the years, bad roads and even access to health facilities even as a health provider, this are personal things that when you are growing up in life you want to graduate and leave like normal human being but this is not guarantee at all.

Second, our people are unable to practice their profession to the fullest. There are a lot of things in terms of revolution that have occurred in medicine, and this is not available in our country. For instance when you are looking at surgical specialities, it has gone beyond opening people up a times, there are now facilities that can conduct the proper examination without tiring people. Many years back Lagos State can boast of 20 Magnetic Resonance Imaging, MRI machines, but now in the whole of Lagos I dont think we can boast of five. And when you are comparing this number with the population of Lagos State we all know what it means. Even practising the profession you cannot help your patient maximally.

Elementary school principal ‘finances private workout room with education …

by Shelton on February 14th, 2015

filed under Finances

A principal who works at an elementary school where only 12 percent of students can pass math exams diverted school funds towards a personal gym, it has been claimed.

Principal Jazmine Santiago of PS 269 in Flatbush, Brooklyn allegedly bought gym equipment, including a bench press, pull-up bar, treadmill, elliptical machine and thigh exerciser. 

One source told the New York Post. told said that when confronted by other staff at the school, Santiago claimed the workout machines were shared with older students.