Nigerian doctors abroad say govt didn't allow them improve healthcare system in Nigeria

Nigerian doctors abroad say govt didn't allow them improve healthcare system in Nigeria

- The federal government has been accused of frustrating efforts of Nigerian medical practitioners to improve Nigeria's healthcare system

- The accusation was made by the Nigerian medical practitioners in the diaspora under the umbrella of Diaspora Professional Health Initiative

- The association said government turned down the strategies they came up with just when it was about implementing it

Nigerian medical practitioners in the diaspora have accused the federal government of frustrating their efforts to improve healthcare in Nigeria.

The Cable reports that the medical practitioners made the accusation under the auspices of the Diaspora Professional Health Initiative (DPHI). gathers that DPHI comprises of Nigerian medical practitioners who are based in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, South Africa, among others.

A member of the association, who craved anonymity, claimed that they came up with strategies they could use in sharing skills with their counterparts back home, but were turned down by the government when they were about implementing their ideas.

The medical practitioner expressed displeasure that instead of the project to kick off on January 27, the government abruptly postponed it till further notice.

According to the medical practitioner, members of DPHI spent three years planning the project.

Meanwhile, previously reported that Nigeria's health minister, Dr Osagie Ehanire on Thursday, October 24, revealed that the federal government would soon start employing the services of medical experts from Europe and America.

The minister stated this during the 2020 budget defence session, adding that it would strengthen Nigeria’s health sector and curb medical tourism.

He said officials of the health ministry were already in touch with foreign embassies for specialists who would work in hospitals across the country for specified periods.

Ehanire said the experts, already exposed to sophisticated practice in the advanced world, would not only attend to the health needs of Nigerians but also use the opportunity to share expertise with their local counterparts.

According to him, indigenous consultants and surgeons would also spend some time abroad and come back to contribute to the improvement of the Nigerian healthcare system.

In other news, a Nigerian medical doctor identified as @wakawaka_doctor on micro blogging platform, Twitter, shared his touching story with members of the internet community.

According to the doctor, when he was in Nigeria he worked two jobs, morning and night, and attended to about 120 people on a daily basis. He disclosed that despite working double jobs, he was earning a total of N118,000.

His post read in part: "2013, Nigeria I was doing 2 jobs, morning and night, saw 100-120 patients daily in the name of free health. Month end; Salary- 118,000 naira." ( -> We have updated to serve you better

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