- The number of Nigerian doctors practising in the UK has risen to 7,875 from 7,870 in less than one week
- NLC, NMA and the National Association of Resident Doctors decried the situation, saying it forebodes great consequences for the country
- The check of the numbers was done on GMC's website, an association that maintains the register of UK doctors
According to the UK’s General Medical Council (GMC), the number of Nigerian doctors working in the United Kingdom has increased to 7,875 amid coronavirus outbreak.
It should be noted that the GMC is the body that coordinates the country’s official register of all medical workers. Nigeria, Pakistan, and India are among the countries with the highest export of doctors in the UK.
In less than a week, Reuben Abati reports that as of Thursday, July 23, the number of Nigerian doctors rose from 7,870 to 7,875.
The new findings got reactions from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), and the National Association of Resident Doctors.
While NLC expressed grave concern over the poor health sector and the migration of health officials, pointing to the grave consequences they have on the country, NMA said the ongoing exodus is the second highest after the mass migration in the 1990s.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigeria lost one of its top medical doctors in the diaspora, Alfa Saadu, who was in the UK taking care of persons infected with Covid-19.
Some of those who know the medical doctor mourned him on social media. It was gathered that he had joined the UK medical personnel as a volunteer when the virus broke out in the country. He later got infected.
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In other news, about 58 Nigerian doctors were on Friday, July 10, stopped by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) from traveling to the UK.
It was reported that the doctors had concluded plans to leave via a chartered flight from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos for a training programme in London.
However, the immigration service in a tweet explained that the flight was blocked because the doctors had no entry visas to the United Kingdom.
From the tweets, NIS further said a valid visa is a basic requirement for international travels according to Section 17 of the Immigration Act, 2015.
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