- Professor Isaac Adewole lamented that medical doctors and other health professionals are leaving Nigeria for greener pastures abroad
- Adewole carpeted state governors for not being able to recruit or maintain medical professionals in their hospitals
- The Nigerian Medical Association said at least 2,000 doctors leave Nigeria annually as against Ngige's position
Nigeria’s minister of health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has expressed sadness with the way doctors flee the country in search of greener pastures abroad.
Adewole said this on Thursday, May 2, days after his colleague in charge of labour, Chris Ngige claimed Nigeria had enough doctors to handle medical cases in the country.
Ngige had also declared that doctors willing to travel abroad can do so. He, however, later claimed he was misquoted.
Daily Trust reports that Adewole, who spoke in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state, at the annual general conference/delegates meeting of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), lamented the increasing rate of brain drain in the health sector.
Represented by the chief medical director of Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, Emeka Onwe, the minister said: “I am not particularly happy with the latest trend of doctors leaving the country to other lands for greener pastures.
“We shall continue to ensure the welfare of the health workforce is improved. Our effort at centralising the internship posting of newly graduated doctors has received the support of FEC and will be rolled out within the year.”
He further lamented the inability of several state governments to recruit and keep medical doctors, specialists, in care hospitals.
“In many cases most local governments’ health facilities do not have a doctor. These are unrelated to poor welfare and remuneration package at various levels amongst other factors," he said.
On his part, Francis Faduyile, national president of the NMA, said at least 2,000 workers in the health sector leave the country annually.
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"We believe that this ugly situation can be turned to an advantage hence the need to bring this to the front burner for discussion and proffer a way out to the country’s advantage," he said while carpeting Ngige's statement.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Chris Ngige was absent at the 2019 May Day celebration at the Eagles Square, Abuja; making it the first time in many years that a sitting labour minister would fail to identify with the nation’s labour movement during the celebration.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was, however, present at the event to celebrate with Nigerian workers, even though Ngige did not show up.
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