The Association of Residents Doctors (ARD) has called on the FG to engage more doctors in public-owned hospitals across the country.
Dr Roland Aigbovo, the ARD President, FCT chapter, made the appeal on Friday in Abuja while speaking to Newsmen.
Aigbovo said that the number of doctors to patients was grossly inadequate, stressing that the government needed to employ more hands.
According to him, there are a lot of qualified professionals roaming the street with no work.
He stated that most of them were often on call work for 32 hours, stressing that this is exposing them to danger and committing unpardonable errors.
Aigbovo, however, noted that unpredictable busy schedule was an inevitable part of doctor’s life, especially at the emergency wards.
According to him, the more stress factors, the more mistakes they make and when mistakes are being made the patients suffer more adverse effects that are unrelated to their illness.
“It is natural to think that the more stressed you are the more errors you make, the maximum we work is generally when we are on call 32 hours.’’
“I believe when more hands are employed it will reduce the hours we doctors work and less stress,’’ according to him.
He said that the population was growing faster, while workers and facilities in the hospital remained the same.