UNILAG Receives NARD Leadership, Hails Members for Resilience

The University of Lagos Management, on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, received the National Leadership of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on a courtesy visit.

The Resident Doctors were guests of the Vice-Chancellor as part of activities marking the May Ordinary General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Association tagged Eko 2023.

Addressing the NARD Delegates led by the National President, Dr. Innocent Emeka Orgi; the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Folasade Ogunsola, OON, lauded members of the association for their commitment to providing health care to the general populace despite the daunting challenges plaguing the health sector.

Prof. Ogunsola who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development Services, Professor Ayodele Atsenuwa identified the health sector as the worse hit by brain drain, an ugly trend which she said, has put a lot of pressure on the few personnel left to man most medical facilities.

She expressed optimism that the new administration will formulate and implement programmes and policies which will address the pressing challenges plaguing the health sector and the professionals therein.

Prof. Atsenuwa also spoke glowingly about eggheads in Medical Sciences breaking new horizons in medical service delivery through the effective deployment of technology, a development, which she noted, must be leveraged for Nigeria to break even and occupy her rightful place in the comity of nations.

Earlier in his remarks, the National President, National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Dr Innocent Orgi appreciated the management of the University of Lagos for the warm reception.

He said the courtesy visit was part of the association’s strategy to get the attention of government at all levels with regard to the plights of the Resident Doctors and other allied professionals in the medical sector.

While decrying the mass exodus of medical personnel, and the medical tourism option available to those in the ruling class, Dr Orgi said the Ordinary General Meeting of the association intends to be all-inclusive in analysing the issues and proffering solutions via its communique. He prayed that relevant stakeholders would look into and adopt the recommendations of the association as a way of addressing the quagmire in the nation’s medical sector.

The weeklong Ordinary General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the National Association of Resident Doctors; Eko 2023 holds with the theme: “Redefining Healthcare Policies to Cater for Present Realities”.

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