The President of the World Medical Association, Dr. Osahon Enabulele has called for support and empowerment of young doctors in the medical profession.
Enabulele stated this while delivering an address at the first International Junior Doctors Network Conference, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Saturday.
The WMA boss expressed worry over the increasing cases of bullying, harassment and overwork of junior doctors with consequent increase in cases of physical and mental burn out.
In a press statement made available to our correspondent, he disclosed that the declining level of mentorship in the medical profession had left most of the junior doctors disillusioned with some exiting the medical profession or seeking alternative career pathways; a situation that has impacted negatively on healthcare delivery and health outcomes.
While reminding physicians of the need to commit themselves to the Physician’s Pledge and the revised International Code of Medical Ethics, Dr. Enabulele assured junior doctors of the WMA’s commitment to the well-being and career development of junior doctors. He further assured of WMA’s commitment to address the unfortunate rise in violence against physicians in their workplaces.
Also, he called for the revitalisation and strengthening of mentorship platforms in the medical profession, creation of conducive working conditions and improved condition of service, career development, continuous professional development and effective communication pathways for junior doctors and other cadres of doctors.
The WMA president had since left for Geneva for the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Director General of the World Health Organisation, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus.
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