Five-year compulsory service for doctors will create crisis – WMA

The President of the World Medical Association, Dr Osahon Enabulele, has opposed the Medical and Dental Practitioners Act (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to compel medical and dental graduates to render five-year compulsory services within Nigeria before being granted full licence to practise.

The bill, which passed second reading at the House of Representatives last week, aims to check the exodus of Nigerian medical professionals abroad.

WMA President described the bill as misplaced and ill-advised, saying it should be withdrawn because it would rather worsen brain drain.

Enabulele said, “This bill shows a clear lack of understanding of the push and pulls factors buoying the crisis of brain drain in Nigeria and other parts of Africa, the region worst hit by the crisis

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