The Chairman, Medical Guild in Lagos State, Dr Kehinde Saheed, said the guild would continue to collaborate with the state government in achieving qualitative healthcare delivery in the state.
Saheed made the assertion on Tuesday in Lagos at the guild Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference with the theme: “Maximising Earning Potential for Doctors in Nigeria”.
“We discovered that most doctors serve patients continually, but often pay little attention to themselves, reflect realities which are seeing today in the lives of doctors.
“The theme was chosen in order to bring to the fore the potential which exist in our environment for practitioners within and outside the guild.
“We need to improve the income of doctors which inevitably leads to higher quality of life and will also reduce the exodus of doctors from the country.
“We are encouraging doctors to plan early for retirement and also live a healthy life because they do break down at work.
“We intend to continue to pursue these goals of planning retirement early and healthy living within ourselves,” Saheed said.
In her remarks, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, the Medical Director, Shomolu General Hospital, advised all doctors to have rethink about their future before retirement.
Sanwo-Olu said that most doctors were always being buried with their work without taking care of themselves and their future.
“Doctors should realise that after work or retirement, we have a lot of roles to play in the families and society.
“Welfare of every doctor is very important in the country that is why am calling on every doctor to work together.
“We can work together by establishing an organisation called “Association of Retired Doctors” in the country.
“After retirement from the services, it will really help doctors to share their experiences, be relevant and continue to add values to the society,” she said.
Also, Dr Omotunde Ogunlaja, a Senior Consultant Paediatrician, urged doctors to be financial independent and maintain their lifestyle after retirement.
Ogunlaja, also the Medical Director, Premier Specialists’ Medical Centre, said the only way they could achieve this was by starting retirement plans from the day they start working.
“We discovered that retirement is very personal because some plan ahead while some do not plan which affect them in future.
“After retirement, every doctor still needs to be relevant in the society by contributing tirelessly to the health system in the country,” he said.