LUTH shuts down 5 medical wards due to relocation of doctors

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Esther A

Active Member
Jul 28, 2022
LUTH shuts down 5 medical wards due to relocation of doctors


The Lagos University Teaching Hospital has shut down 5 medical wards which consists of 150 beds. This is a recent development and this happened due to the relocation of doctors out of Nigeria. Recently, the House of Representatives Committee on Health revealed their concern over this issue. They mentioned on Tuesday that they were concerned about the decrease in the manpower needed in the health sector of the country

Many doctors and nurses have relocated from the country and this is what led to the action that was taken by the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). These doctors have relocated to different parts of the world. The LUTH had to close down 5 wards comprising 150 beds as a result of this. Closing down a whole ward or 5 wards is a serious issue and has rightly called for concern.

Dr Amos Magaji who is the Chairman of the house of representatives committee on Health has spoken up about the situation. He has also revealed how much of a concern it is. He disclosed that the legislative arm is making plans to curb this issue by reducing the number of Nigerians who are traveling for this purpose. According to him the number of health workers and doctors who have migrated abroad have seriously affected the health system of Nigeria.

He paid a visit to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital which is located in Idi-Araba and saw how serious this issue was.
In his words “We saw significant problems here. Right now, there are about five wards in LUTH, totalling about 150 beds that have been shut down because there are no nurses and doctors to man those wards.... we will work together with the Federal Government and also with the teaching hospital to find a way out of these national embarrassments that have befallen this country"

He also added “It’s not something that can be fixed in one day, but nevertheless, we are going to be approaching it piecemeal. We are going to do what we can do immediately and what we can do long-term approach to it…we are actually looking at how to solve this problem, starting even from the enrollment in universities, and then how house officers are employed, and then of course, the residency programme.”