NIGERIA: 300 Doctors Left Nigeria In 2016, Say NMA President

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The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Mike Ogirima has revealed statistical report of Nigerian trained Doctors leaving Nigeria, adding that 300 professional doctors left Nigeria to another country in 2016 due to the bad working environment.

Speaking in association’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held on Thursday in Lagos, Dr. Mike Ogirima revealed this.

According to Dr. Mike who said the United Kingdom and the United States are more interesting countries for fleeing Doctors, he added that estimated 35,000 Nigerian doctors are practising abroad, out of the   72,000 registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.

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Mr. Abimbola Olajide, the official of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), revealed in August that no fewer than 2,500 doctors would leave the country this year.

“Nigeria is using her resources to train doctors and professionals to the advantage of foreign countries.What are those things attracting these professionals outside?  Can we duplicate those things here?” Mr. Ogirima asked.

The NMA president said the responsibility to check the migration lies with the government, the people and professionals to provide the good working environment.

Mr. Ogirima said, “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.

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“We, on our part as professionals should look inward to change our attitude to patients. We should make patients as the Centre focus of why we are called doctors.”

He said the National Health Act of 2014 has not been fully implemented despite warnings of legal action and its implications from the NMA.

According to him, the act holds the key to revolutionising the health industry.

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“It will encourage the provision of the additional fund to the system and ensure the care of the vulnerable in the society.

“The present provision of only three to four percent of our annual budget to the health sector is not helping the development of our system.

“Some African countries who have voted up to 15 percent or more of their health systems are witnessing gradual improvement in their health sector.

“Nigerians are now patronising health facilities in our neighbouring countries,” he said.

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