By Usman Shuaibu
The leadership of the Medical and Dental Specialists in Basic Medical Sciences (MeDSABAMS) has called on the Federal Government to implement full salary for the medical doctors who are teaching in Nigerian
The chairman of the local organizing committee of the first national meeting/ scientific conference of the association, Prof. S.A. Asala who made the call in an interview with newsmen at the physics lecture complex, University of Abuja permanent site, also urged the government to give the necessary recognition to the doctors in the teaching profession.
Asala, who is a lecturer at the University of Abuja, expressed dismay that the basic medical specialists were not treated fine by the government because they were not practicing in the hospitals setting.
He said: “There are group of people who are called basic medical specialists. We are not be so recognized, but these are groups who established the foundation of medical training”.
He added: “In this country today, if you are not Gynecologist or pediatrician people think that you are not doctor (s) and do not have much to contribute”.
Asala said the conference was being organized in order to champion the way forward for the basic medical specialists in the country.
Presenting the conference’s lecture entitled “The Dearth of Medical Specialists in Basic Medical Sciences: Challenges and Way Forward”, the guest lecturer from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Prof. Taiwo A. Adewole, said the lecture centred on the dearth of medical doctors in academic.
He further said the lecture focused on how the challenges facing the medical doctors in academic would be addressed in terms of their demands in the universities.
He suggested that the doctors in academic should encourage the students to be interested in the medical profession, noting that doctors are the best to teach doctors.
Adewole, however, advised the graduands of medical profession to pick up jobs in the universities, instead of wasting time to search for work in the hospitals or teaching hospitals.
Speaking earlier, the Vice-chancellor of the University of Abuja, Prof, Michael Adikwu, commended the leadership of the association for the zeal and encouragement to organize this meeting/scientific conference.