Specialist says only 150 endocrinologists exist to serve Nigeria’s over 150million population.
The President of Endocrine of Metabolism Society of Nigeria (EMSON), Ahmed Balogun, on Wednesday in Ibadan, expressed concern over the dearth of trained endocrinology doctors in Nigeria.
Endocrinologists are specialist doctors trained in internal medicine or paediatrics who handle cases of diabetes and related ailments.
Mr. Balogun made the remarks at a news conference to commemorate the 2012 Scientific Conference and Annual General Meeting of the society, with the theme” Building a Foundation for Excellent Practice of Endocrinology in Nigeria” .
He said Nigeria has only 150 endocrinologists to serve its 150 million people, while the United States has 4,000 endocrinologists.
The president said the field covers a wide area of healthcare which includes diabetes mellitus, obesity, thyroid disorders and infertility.
“Our manpower training ability has to be doubled every five years, if we are to be felt in every state, local government and town in our country with over a population of 150 million people,” he said.
Mr. Balogun called on the government and corporate organisations to provide funds for the society to build endocrinology laboratories and endocrine research library.
“We plan to establish a headquarter which will be worth N1.5 billion with endocrinology laboratory and endocrine research library.
“The population of people in the country is still increasing day by day and will not wait for us, so we need funds to help the people,” he said.
He said diabetes isidipous is a serious and uncommon type of diabetes that is difficult to handle.
“This uncommon diabetes is not just about seeing the patient, but establish a diagnosis which has made it compulsory we have a laboratory with modern equipment,” the doctor said.
Mr. Balogun, however, said the society is ready to partner with the Post Graduate Medical Colleges on the training of endocrinologists.
“We want to partner with the general medical practitioners to improve their skill in endocrinology,” he said.