Welcome, Guest: Register On Nairaland / LOGIN! / Trending / Recent / New
Stats: 3,036,400 members, 7,446,749 topics. Date: Thursday, 01 June 2023 at 09:11 AM
Nairaland Forum / Nairaland / General / Health / 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly (12891 Views)
More Doctors To Leave Nigeria As COVID-19 Gets Worse In USA / SPECIAL REPORT: Anxiety As Nigerian Doctors Leave Country In Droves / Salaries Of Medical Doctors In Nigeria (2) (3) (4)
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (Reply) (Go Down)
|2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by Okwyla: 5:22am On Apr 22, 2018|
Stakeholders in the health sector have expressed alarm at the rate Nigerian physicians are trooping abroad in search of greener pastures.
In separate interviews with The Guardian, they shed light on the urgency of the situation, calling on the Federal Government to do more to save the nation’s health infrastructure.
It is estimated that at least 2,000 medical doctors leave the country yearly for the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and South Africa.
“This is cataclysmic, given the fact that currently, contrary to the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO) of a ratio of one doctor to 600 patients, Nigeria has a ratio of one doctor to 6,000 patients.
This poor doctor-patient ratio is regrettable when compared to the ratio of doctor to patients in India (1:2083) and in the United States (1:500).”
Figures released February 2018 by the British government indicate that no fewer than 5,405 Nigerian-trained doctors and nurses are currently working with the British National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom (U.K.).
This means that Nigerian medics constitute 3.9 per cent of the 137,000 foreign staff of 202 nationalities working alongside British doctors and nurses.
A Consultant Neurological Surgeon, Brain and Spine Surgery Consortium Abuja, Dr. Biodun Ogungbo, regretted that fresh doctors no longer see a bright future within the shores of Nigeria. “The conditions of work are poor.
The facilities are poor and the remunerations are poor. Many doctors are breadwinners in their families but are unable to deliver family expectations,” he said.
He advised: “The government needs to take healthcare seriously and make it a major priority in view of its critical importance to our lives. The amount budgeted for health must be increased. Better financing translates to more remuneration for health workers, increased training opportunities for doctors, availability of equipment and other consumables.”
Professor of Radiology, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Ifeoma Okoye, shared her experience on the pitiful state of the healthcare system: “As a radiologist, my colleagues and I have faced frustration and embarrassment due to lack of imaging equipment to hone our skills and provide quality service confidently to our patient population, as well as hold our heads high at international fora, where we are faced with colleagues who run their daily practice on the latest high-end modalities.
For most of us, knowledge of such equipment is at best theoretical and these experiences of inadequacy turn our professional lives into one of hard labour and frustration.”
Okoye, also a Consultant Radiologist, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Enugu
(UNTH), explained: “Trained health professionals are needed in every part of the world, and so when healthcare professionals lack opportunities for professional development, enabling environment to practice and optimise their skills, and find that their quality of life and ability to train their children in the best educational institutions is gated by their poor salaries (compared to their peers in more advanced countries), they permit their brains to be drained.”
According to her, developing the clinical trial industry can add value to “identified growth indicators and become the cornerstone of health and economic transformational agenda, which should help Africa climb up the value chain towards industrialisation and provide opportunities to bring the large informal sector progressively into the formal economy.”
Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, former Minister of State for Health and Executive Director Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), told The Guardian: “If political leaders, who control the public purse, continue to choose to travel abroad for medical care, it is a signal for domestic health workers that they, too, ought to travel abroad, in order to practice and advance themselves professionally. We cannot have one without the other.”
His view was shared by Medical Director and Chief Executive Officer, Beaconhill Smile Clinics, Dr. Oluwaseun Akinbobola, who noted: “Healthcare is not a priority in our nation, as most decision makers would rather travel abroad when the need arises. Until we prioritise healthcare, I don’t believe this dramatic exodus of doctors will end. You cannot fix a health system you don’t believe in.”
He, therefore, advised: “The leadership of the country must instill confidence in and show willingness to improve healthcare services by signing necessary health acts and bills, increasing funding for the sector and ensuring that funds are properly managed.”
Former President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and Vice President Commonwealth Medical Association (CWMA), Dr. Osahon Enabulele, recommended: “Better political commitment to health; better appreciation of the worth of medical personnel, along with better and competitive wages; better working conditions and inspiring work environment; better security and access to social amenities; attractive and globally respected postgraduate training programmes.”
Medical Director, Optimal Specialist Hospital Surulere, Lagos, Dr. Celestine Ugochukwu Chukwunenye, on his part, stressed: “Federal Medical Centres should be handed over to the states. Each teaching hospital should then be allowed to float or sink.
Their governing boards should reflect the interest of their catchment area and appropriate pricing of their services in line with available government subsidies.”
He said the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) must be strengthened to provide better access to these facilities. According to him, it is a ruse to think that forcing the teaching hospitals to charge fees like Primary Health Centres (PHCs) is the way to improve access to them.
Patients, meanwhile, have deserted the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), following the strike action by members of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), now in its fourth day.
The union embarked on the strike after the expiration of an ultimatum it gave the Federal Government, alleging non-implementation of an agreement that included salaries.
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by Jeezuzpick(m): 6:02am On Apr 22, 2018|
Doctor should have finish for Naija be dat na!
1 Like 1 Share
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by ALMUSTAQIM(m): 6:25am On Apr 22, 2018|
THAT MEANS MORE WESTERN UNION & MONEYGRAM
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by stonemasonn: 6:31am On Apr 22, 2018|
2000 ke? See lie
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by ihitenansa: 6:34am On Apr 22, 2018|
while 200,000 herdsmen from libya migrates freely into nigeria yearly
29 Likes 1 Share
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by Jakumo(m): 6:46am On Apr 22, 2018|
Baa Magana. No forovlen, no sikiness dey for under sun, when corret Babalawo nogo fit treat am witi juju and some sacrifice for inside bush.
If Babalawo fail, na pray and fasting remain to do, after you don use all ya chop-money pay pastor finish.
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by Jakumo(m): 6:49am On Apr 22, 2018|
Na so. Megida nama go fit treat una, but afta dem go kukuma shoot any person when hin sikiness no dey hear medicine.
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by prospero5(m): 7:21am On Apr 22, 2018|
lazy nigerian doctors going to better economic environment where mr president and his FAFs will still visit for check-ups.
modified: since our leaders have chosen to always travel abroad for treatment, i think it is very pertinent for nigerian doctors to go over and wait for them over there.
24 Likes 1 Share
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by DrToche: 7:21am On Apr 22, 2018|
chai... see wetin we call leaders dey do despite all the riches we have
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by ruggedmallaam(m): 7:21am On Apr 22, 2018|
If buhari knows how busy We are on twitter and nairaland trying so hard to get likes and Retweets enh... He won't dare say Nigerian youths are Lazy.
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by cheddahboy(m): 7:22am On Apr 22, 2018|
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by directonpc(m): 7:22am On Apr 22, 2018|
Same as software developers. Stay in naija and be a local champion.
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by phyllosilicate(m): 7:22am On Apr 22, 2018|
Lazy Nigerian Youths.
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by youngbelieve(f): 7:22am On Apr 22, 2018|
Why won't they leave!!?! when this shithole of a country is never favourable to them. Outside the country medical practitioners are being handled nd treated with much respect,but the reverse is the case in Nigeria. I barely hear of medical doctors threatening to go on a strike and even if they do their case is being followed suit,but here in Nigeria its never the case.
Was it not few months back I heard doctors were advocating for govt to reduce their salaries because it was too high, in Canada But in Nigeria come 2030 that can and will never be the case. So 2,000 medical doctors leaving the country into where they shall be regarded nd treated as something sounds OK to me
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by davibid: 7:23am On Apr 22, 2018|
Who's to be blamed if not bubu
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by Sarang(f): 7:23am On Apr 22, 2018|
Please see my signature
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by Mutemenot(m): 7:23am On Apr 22, 2018|
How many yahoo boiz leaves ?
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by inoki247: 7:23am On Apr 22, 2018|
D Dr sid we are managing SARZ wants to purusue him,, our small Dr too that treat only one patient a Year sef ( 1hit) we dont know if he az run away to abroad too.
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by integritylady(f): 7:24am On Apr 22, 2018|
Who doesn't like greener pasture
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by thorpido(m): 7:24am On Apr 22, 2018|
Why won't doctors leave?Have you seen a talented footballer stick to Nigerian league and not look for a club in Europe?
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by Paperwhite(m): 7:25am On Apr 22, 2018|
And of course most of them are youths who have seen a frustrated country whose government don't care if they exist or not.
A country where the president,his family & cronies shamelessly go on medical tourism even against their own campaign promise while even the State Own Aso Rock Clinic don't even have a syringe/needle.
Even the NHIS is a corruption haven
3 Likes 1 Share
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by OboOlora(f): 7:26am On Apr 22, 2018|
With the no of those writing Primaries, ielts, GRE, USMLE..... I doubt this data can be accurate
All my Dr friends in Nigeria call me everyday to know how they can leaverhe poohole!
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by otokx(m): 7:30am On Apr 22, 2018|
Is it the forever striking medics or which ones? people should fear God and stop telling lies, 2000 ko, 2000 ni.
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by mekhai37: 7:31am On Apr 22, 2018|
Niggas aint been paid for ages
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by Cupidkc(m): 7:31am On Apr 22, 2018|
This is so true.... It's just a pity.
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by Aypoppin(m): 7:33am On Apr 22, 2018|
its a pity oo
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by Nobody: 7:33am On Apr 22, 2018|
Since they fly abroad for medical services, how will they care.
Na just God dey save person here where we use phone torchlight to do surgery and a gyna can do hernia surgery and be the anasthetist at same time.
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by 400billionman: 7:36am On Apr 22, 2018|
Medical Doctors can't even maintain their cars in today's Nigeria yet leaders will gladly approve $1 billion to fight insurgency. The educational sector and health sectors the two focal bases of human development in any country are always poorly funded in Nigeria yet Senators earn up to N15m every month. Nigeria needs an economist as President not an illiterate but the voters are not well guided. The National disgrace we are seeing today is rooted in our inability to make the right choices. Majority of Nigerians are blind but worse off is choosing a blind leader. An adage in the Bible goes thus,"When the blind leads the blind, both of them end in a pit''.
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by emperormossad(m): 7:37am On Apr 22, 2018|
It's been sung everyday but deaf ears is what we have. No one listens. Brain drain is actively going on in vital sectors. Our loss is their gain. Treat your workers like humans, no. If it is to appropriate billions of dollars to grant amnesty to unrepentant terrorists we will gladly support.
One day you'll all wake up and demand for your L.G chairman to treat you guys. I urge the govt to do the needful before it is too late and irredeemable. A word is enough.
|Re: 2,000 Medical Doctors Leave Nigeria Yearly by babdap: 7:39am On Apr 22, 2018|
The hustle is real.
APETAMIN weight gain Syrup(supplement) / Best Natural Tooth Ache Solution / NMA Bars Doctors From Treating Commissioners, Political Appointees In Kogi
|Sections: politics (1) business autos (1) jobs (1) career education (1) romance computers phones travel sports fashion health |
religion celebs tv-movies music-radio literature webmasters programming techmarket
Links: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10)
Nairaland - Copyright © 2005 - 2023 Oluwaseun Osewa. All rights reserved. See How To Advertise. 82