National President, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Prof. Mike Ogirima has revealed that 300 doctors left the shores of the country in 2016, this was made known at the association’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, held on Thursday in Lagos.
He continued at the meeting themed “Exodus of Healthcare Professionals, Time to Act is Now” saying the number has increased as more doctors have left the country this year.
Despite not giving a specific number, NAN learned that 500 doctors sat for the qualifying foreign medical exams to migrate.
Some other reports have it that out of the 72,000 doctors registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, an estimated 35,000 Nigerian doctors are practicing abroad, with the United Kingdom and the United States as top destinations for the migrant doctors.
An official of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Dr. Abimbola Olajide, in August, revealed 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?, ” Ogirima asked.
He continued “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.
“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.