Terhemen Abua with reports from Punch.
The National President, Nigerian Medical Association NMA, Mike Ogirima, a Professor, at the national executive council meeting of the association in Lagos, Thursday, said, about three hundred Nigerian doctors left the country in 2016, maintaining also that more doctors have already joined the migration train this year.
He did not give any statistics, however, it was learnt that 500 doctors sat for qualifying foreign medical exams to move out.
An official of the association, Abimbola Olajide, had forecast in August that no fewer than 2,500 doctors would leave the country this year.
Reports has it that an estimated 35,000 Nigerian doctors are practising abroad, out of the 72,000 registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. The United Kingdom and the United States are the top destinations of the migrant doctors.
Nigeria is using her resources to train doctors and professionals at the advantage of foreign countries, the NMA head stated.
Ogirima said that the responsibility to check the migration lies with the government, the people and professionals at providing a good working environment, adding that “the government should provide adequate remuneration. We are not saying we should pay so much , but pay them for the job they are doing as at when due”.
According to him, the National Health Act of 2014 has not been fully implemented despite warnings of legal action and its implications from the NMA.
Some African countries who have voted up to 15 per cent or more to their health systems are witnessing gradual improvement in their health sector.
“Nigerians are now patronising health facilities in our neighbouring countries”, he said.
He expressed dismay that some African countries who have voted up to 15 per cent or more to their health systems are witnessing gradual improvement in their health sector.
“Nigerians, he stated, are now patronising health facilities in our neighbouring countries”.