• Tue. Apr 23rd, 2024

Citizen NewsNG

....news at your finger tip

JAPA ! Over 15,000 Medical Workers Left Nigeria In 5 Years | Citizen NewsNG

ByCitizen NewsNG

Mar 11, 2024


The Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Muhammad Ali Pate says no fewer than 15,000 Nigerian doctors have left the country to seek greener pastures abroad in the last five years.

The Minister, who spoke on a Channels Television programme: “Sunday Politics,” on Sunday also revealed that successful Nigerian doctors, nurses and health workers overseas are considering returning to Nigeria if the enabling infrastructure is provided.

He said: “Some that have been successful are also beginning to think of how to come back if the enabling infrastructure is provided.”

Pate added that there are many health workers who chose to remain in Nigeria to serve the country despite the opportunity to move abroad where they are guaranteed a better pay and welfare package.

Saying his administration admires those who have stayed back, he said some Nigerian health professionals simply “go to get training abroad with the expectation that they will come back better skilled and contribute at home.

Pate, who spoke on the migration phenomenon, commonly known as Japa, which has seen the travelling of thousands of young health workers in the last few years, said the government is doing all it can to make the industry conducive for health professionals to stay at home and practice.

According to him, the Japa phenomenon is not limited to Nigeria as it is a global phenomenon.

Pate said: “The lifeblood of the health sector is the human resource.

“That is the most important ingredient, not the hospitals, though they are very important complements.

“There are about 300,000 health professionals working in Nigeria today, of all cadres; doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, laboratory scientists.

“There are about 55,000 licensed medical doctors in Nigeria”, they are not sufficient and not well-distributed across the country.

“Can you believe that most of the doctors and high professionals are in Lagos, Abuja and a few other urban centres? So, there is a huge distribution challenge.”

Also, Pate said his ministry is working with the National Salaries Incomes And Wages Commission to increase the pay of health workers in the country.

For Advert, Event Coverage, Story/Article Publication, Change Of Name & Placement In Newspapers, PR & Other Media Services
Contact Us On: WhatsApp
Send Email To: citizennewsng@gmail.com
Visit Citizen NewsNG To Read More Latest And Interesting News


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Solverwp- WordPress Theme and Plugin