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Conditions not ideal but don’t flee Nigeria, medical college begs doctors

  The National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria has appealed to doctors to stop leaving the country to practice abroad.   The Pre...

 


The National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria has appealed to doctors to stop leaving the country to practice abroad.

 

The President, NPMCN, Dr Musa Borodo, gave the advice on Tuesday during a press conference ahead of NPMCN college’s 39th convocation expected to hold on Thursday virtually.

 

Borodo said though the working conditions were not ideal in Nigeria, doctors should understand that “there is no place like home.”

 

Hundreds of Nigerian doctors, on Tuesday, August 24, converged on Abuja, as a firm, Meeds Consultancy, commenced interviews for those willing to work in Saudi Arabia.

 

The firm organised the interview on behalf of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health.

 

But the medical college president told the doctors to give the newly constituted health committee headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo a chance to revamp the sector.

 

Borodo said, “The working conditions for doctors and other health workers are not ideal in Nigeria. The teaching hospitals are not what they should be. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation recently said they didn’t know that the health sector was in total disarray until COVID-19 came.

 

 “We hope that the health committee inaugurated by the President will improve the situation. We do urge our fellows to come back and those that have not gone to stay back. There is no place like home. We hope that things will improve. We should be patient.”

 

Borodo, however, urged the Federal Government to declare brain drain as a national emergency in the country’s health sector.

 

He stated, “It is sad to note that the intended impact of this effort (training) in our national healthcare delivery system is rapidly being lost to others, due the escalating monstrous phenomenon of brain drain we are experiencing in our dear country.

 

“We accordingly urge the government to declare brain drain as a national emergency and urgently reverse it through improving job opportunities as well as improving the work environment of the doctors. We also dispassionately urge the trained doctors as well as those in training, who are leaving the country, to show more patience as things will improve.”

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