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NMA Faults FG For Brain Drain In The Health Sector

 

Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has faulted the present Federal Government for the total neglect of the health sector which has led to a massive brain drain of Medical Doctors to the United Kingdom (UK) with a figure standing at 10,296.

The disclosure was made by the National President of NMA, Dr. Uche R. Ojinmah as contained in an address he presented to the press at the briefing to mark 2022 Physicians’ week with the theme: Nigeria’s Healthcare Delivery Sys and The 2023 Democratic Transition: A Time To Change The Narrative.

Reading the address to Journalists in Bauchi on behalf of the National President, Bauchi State Chairman of the NMA, Dr. Mohammed Bashir Faruk stated, “The statistics also showed that between January 1, 2022, and September 30, 2022, about 1,307 doctors trained in Nigeria were licensed in the UK as Nigeria continues to battle one of the situations of brain drain in its history.

‘Overall, 10,296 doctors who obtained their degrees in Nigeria currently practice in the UK.”

According to the NMA National President, “Dispersion of the emigration data for Nigeria-trained doctors to the UK is as follows: 233 in 2015, 279 in 2016, 475 in 2017, 852 in 2018, 1,347 in 2019, 833 in 2020 in spite of COVID Pandemic and in 2021 during recovery from COVID.

He added that “Currently, Nigeria has the third high number of foreign doctors working in the UK after India and Pakistan.”

Uche Ojinmah lamented that “Meanwhile, while we are losing our human resource for health in geometric progression, Lassa Viral Hemorrhagic fever, Malaria, COVID, Ebola, Marburg, etc are still very much available in the face of worsening incidences of Systemic Hypertension with or without complications, Diabetes mellitus with or without complications, osteoarthritis, etc. We call on our Governments to quickly declare an emergency act in Nigeria’s health sector for the sake of her citizens”.

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