LASUTH Resident Doctors Lament Staff Shortage
By Olamide Fadoju
Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) resident doctors say they are hugely understaffed and have urged the government to approve the employment of House Officers to remedy the situation.
President, Association of Resident Doctors Lagos State University Teaching Hospital LASUTH, Balogun Fatai said this in an exclusive interview with Nigeria Info.
Fatai said out of a minimum of 80 House officers, only about 25 are available to attend to several patients at the Hospital.
“We have just 25 doing what 85 people should be doing you can imagine how stressed they will be how effective they can be. That means that patients that sample is supposed to be collected from will be delayed because you will have one person having to attend to several people in the ward.
“More than 20 people to collect a sample from at the same time. These House Officers are meant to be on ground in wards with patients every time. So these patients care can never be optimal if we don’t have them on ground.”
He said the acute shortage has led to stress on the doctors and inadequate personnel for prompt response to patient complaints.
According to Fatai, the resident Doctors had met with the management of LASUTH and were told the hospital interviewed House Officers to be employed, but they cannot resume as Governor Babajide Sanwolu is yet to approve their employment.
“Their employment is supposed to be seamless. They have been budgeted for. It’s not like they require any special budget. This is not what we should be bothering the governor for.
“LASUTH has a board. Employment of House Officers who are just interns should not what should wait for Governor's approval. It should be something that the LASUTH board should be able to give approval for and employ them without this kind of delay we are experiencing,” he said.
Additional Reports by Joy Kalio