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Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by baralatie(m): 12:47pm On Apr 07, 2023
donbenie:
The ones that went to private universities nko?
If you have any advice to give, marshall it to the government..
If they don't want Doctors leaving,all they have to do is improve all round medical experiences in Nigeria


Improvement of medical facilities is on side of the coin
Protecting your medical graduates from bee hijacked from the country is on the other side of the coin.
There are two sides of the same coin.

Then how many of the medical students do you think can afford private medical tuition and how many of the private teaching hospitals have what the govt teaching hospitals have
Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by FreeStuffsNG: 12:51pm On Apr 07, 2023
tamdun:
They should go and sch in UK/US then,majority of the medical students can't afford to sch abroad,fed govt is subsidising education for them for the betterment of NIG citizens not UK/US/Saudi
O pari
Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by Porpulace: 12:51pm On Apr 07, 2023
DesChyko:
The Nigerian Medical Students' Association @NiMSA_Nigeria strongly opposes the recently proposed bill to mandate Nigerian-trained medical or dental practitioners to practice in Nigeria for a minimum of five years before being granted a full license to practice.

This bill, sponsored by Rep. Ganiyu Abiodun Johnson is unpatriotic, ill-timed and a breach of the fundamental human right of doctors as enshrined in the 1999 constitution of Nigeria as amended.

This bill is aimed at strangulating the medical profession and making mockery of her autonomy.

The reason given by Rep. Johnson for sponsoring this bill will end up achieving the direct opposite as the bill seeks to enslave Nigerian trained doctors and paralyze the health care system. The search for greener pastures abroad can be reduced by making our land and pasture green, properly equipping our hospitals, better treatment for doctors and the brain drain will be adequately controlled. Rep. Johnson at this point should be steering conversations on medical tourism and not doctor slavery.

We firmly believe that this bill is not the solution to the problem of brain drain, and we stand against it in its entirety in the strongest possible terms.

The intention behind the sponsorship of this bill does not take into consideration the root causes of brain drain in Nigeria. The issue of brain drain is multifaceted and requires a more comprehensive approach to tackle it.

Instead of trying to forcefully take doctors as slaves, the lawmakers should be focusing on creating an enabling environment that encourages doctors to stay and work in Nigeria. The lack of infrastructure, inadequate and inappropriate remuneration, and poor working conditions are some of the major factors driving medical professionals away from Nigeria. These issues need to be addressed if we want to attract and retain our healthcare professionals; make our land green.

We also believe that the bill is a violation of the fundamental human rights of medical professionals and should not see the light of the day. The government has no right to force doctors to work in a particular location against their will- it is an affront to their autonomy and choice. We also unequivocally state that this bill will discourage students from pursuing medical education in Nigeria, which will further exacerbate the problem of the shortage of healthcare professionals.

A better way to bring up the issue of being trained with “tax payer subsidies” would be to have it optional, the option of paying for medical education at the real cost value, the option of obtaining student loans and also the option of going for the subsidized medical education with the caveat of staying behind for a certain number of years to “pay back”. Besides, not all Doctors in the country are trained on subsidy; one thing the bill failed to capture. Doctors need to have a choice, even before they start their training so they can make better informed decisions.

Additionally, we strongly believe that the bill is arbitrary in nature and totally unconstitutional- it deprives the Nigerian-trained medical and dental practitioners of their fundamental right to freedom of movement by arbitrarily imposing restrictions on their movements against the provision of Section 41 the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In conclusion, @NiMSA_Nigeria vehemently opposes this bill in part and in one whole. We call on the sponsor of the bill to withdraw it with immediate effect and seek better ways of finding a lasting solution to the problem of brain drain by consultative collaboration with relevant stakeholders in the health sector coupled with the government's willingness to address the root causes and underlying issues that drive healthcare professionals away from Nigeria.

The Nigerian medical students’ association, is eager for a better health system hence, our willingness to work with the government, as we have always done, to find lasting solutions to the issues plaguing the healthcare system.

The health sector is essential to the growth and development of our nation, and we must take steps to ensure that our healthcare professionals stay and contribute to the growth of our country.

We say *NO* to this bill,
Rather, make our land and pasture green.

Ejim Egba,
NiMSA President

https://twitter.com/NiMSA_Nigeria/status/1644103703643791360?t=0RcYbEkErW8YYUIVFZktgQ&s=19

Previous thread https://www.nairaland.com/7643700/bill-prevent-medical-doctors-getting

Who is the mugu that sold the idea in the first place that doctors in Nigeria are trained for free/subsidized?

Who pays the highest school fees in public universities in Nigeria? Answer is Medical Students. Plus 6+ years in school.

Who pays the highest school fees in private universities in Nigeria? Answer is Medical Students.

Where is the subsidy?

Government cannot equip the public hospitals. Compare Nigerian hospitals with the hospitals abroad and you will bow your head in shame. Poorly equipped. Yet they want to compare school fees in Nigeria to school fees abroad

Oya! Charge 10million per year for school fees.

The Professors that are leaving, is it because of money? The system is frustrating and dissatisfying.

Ignorant people everywhere in the name of leaders.

After passing the bill, the lawmakers should bring back their children to Nigeria to study Medicine.

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Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by INDUSTRIALFAN(m): 12:52pm On Apr 07, 2023
tamdun:
They should go and sch in UK/US then,majority of the medical students can't afford to sch abroad,fed govt is subsidising education for them for the betterment of NIG citizens not UK/US/Saudi
you are dull sha.
1. What of those who schooled in private universities?
2. Why didn’t the government make the subsidisation a choice?
3. Is subsidisation of medical education the solution of the root cause? Of what use is giving an individual keys to a vehicle without tyres and an engine? Medical education is subsidised but what about an enabling environment that encourages doctors to work effectively? You think it’s all about money? Down to money sef, even with the subsidisation of medical education, these people still pay exorbitantly and come out of school only to start work to be paid peanuts that can’t recoup how much they have spent in school even if they work 10 years.

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Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by Trustme2(m): 12:53pm On Apr 07, 2023
Hi
Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by Alphanancy: 12:53pm On Apr 07, 2023
Is04970:
There are arguments for and against the bill but I'll tilt towards the Reps.
If you desire to practice in UK or US as a medical practitioner why not school there and pay huge fees for your training?
Why get your education in Nigeria with taxpayers money and end up not being useful for Nigeria?
The hospitals in Nigeria aren't equipped ;Yes. So also the airports, seaports, the roads are bad etc but if the country manages to train you to become a doctor it behoves on you to manage to practice there.
Sometimes you guys just come here to spew rubbish just to sound politically correct. Ask yourself why your president does not patronize same hospitals you want young doctors to serve in. How many of the persons sponsoring the useless bill uses Nigerian hospitals?

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Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by donbenie(m): 12:56pm On Apr 07, 2023
baralatie:

Improvement of medical facilities is on side of the coin
Protecting your medical graduates from bee hijacked from the country is on the other side of the coin.
There are two sides of the same coin.

Then how many of the medical students do you think can afford private medical tuition and how many of the private teaching hospitals have what the govt teaching hospitals have
There are many Private Universities and Hospitals,who have been graduating hundreds of Medical students for years..
And there have been no particular complaints about them..
So,that assertion doesn't fly..
If you want your Medical Professionals not to be poached,then make the environment conducive for them..
Anything other than that is a waste of time..
Labor will always migrate to where conditions are better..
You don't want to keep frustrated and ill motivated workers in your payroll..

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Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by INDUSTRIALFAN(m): 1:00pm On Apr 07, 2023
tamdun:

U no get sense,so they are free to run to UK after nig govt used tax payers money to subsidise their education?
No body asked them to subsidise any fee. Why is it by force to accept subsidised fees? Why isn’t it optional? Some of us can afford to pay the full fees 3 times over yet they won’t give us the option.
Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by Bloggz74(m): 1:00pm On Apr 07, 2023
Trained you how?

Was it for free?

Didn't you pay school fees?

Fix the problem of brain drain causes and see if they will leave.

The political classes and its families asses medical tourism in Europe yet prevent people from seeking greener pasture there.

Una well done.

Is04970:
There are arguments for and against the bill but I'll tilt towards the Reps.
If you desire to practice in UK or US as a medical practitioner why not school there and pay huge fees for your training?
Why get your education in Nigeria with taxpayers money and end up not being useful for Nigeria?
The hospitals in Nigeria aren't equipped ;Yes. So also the airports, seaports, the roads are bad etc but if the country manages to train you to become a doctor it behoves on you to manage to practice there.
Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by vanitybutiwanti: 1:03pm On Apr 07, 2023
Sltp:
Nobody is subsidizing anything. Nigerian educational sector is bullshit. However, haven't been introduced to a lot of medical practices in Nigeria, they can go through some fast training and continuous training and they'll meet up to international standards
The sector is bullshiit but developed countries employ doctors from a bullshiit educational sector, I don't think all the screws in your brain are intact, you guys just criticize everything that comes your way, when last did you go to a public hospital? Do you know how long it takes for a doctor to attend to a patient? Nigerians are largely ignorant and Stupiid, you go to school for almost at no cost here and you expect Nigerian government to pay you American standard and UK standard wages, do you know how much it takes to get a medical education abroad?

Tomorrow if the government pegs the fees at 5million per annum in our public schools, how many persons can afford it?
Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by omoiyalayi(m): 1:03pm On Apr 07, 2023
Dcaliphate:
Good one by NIMSA
....
All my life, i never imagined we had such a vast army of supporters of evil in Nigeria until now.
I'm talking about everyone and anyone who is in support of the just concluded sham called the 2023 general elections that produced Tinubu. SHAME ON YOU!! No wise man drinks poison because it was served in his tribal cup.

Just know that the evil you support today will bite you hard later in the future, if not you, your children.

You are still living in the past

Wake up
Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by bayelsaowei(m): 1:03pm On Apr 07, 2023
Is04970:
There are arguments for and against the bill but I'll tilt towards the Reps.
If you desire to practice in UK or US as a medical practitioner why not school there and pay huge fees for your training?
Why get your education in Nigeria with taxpayers money and end up not being useful for Nigeria?
The hospitals in Nigeria aren't equipped ;Yes. So also the airports, seaports, the roads are bad etc but if the country manages to train you to become a doctor it behoves on you to manage to practice there.
who do you think these tax payers are? Aren't they also parents of the medical students under consideration? They have a right to leave the country whenever they want. Our reps folks have no sense..are there kids even in Nigeria to start with? Useless rep members..their head no correct.
Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by lulufaj(m): 1:04pm On Apr 07, 2023
Is04970:
There are arguments for and against the bill but I'll tilt towards the Reps.
If you desire to practice in UK or US as a medical practitioner why not school there and pay huge fees for your training?
Why get your education in Nigeria with taxpayers money and end up not being useful for Nigeria?
The hospitals in Nigeria aren't equipped ;Yes. So also the airports, seaports, the roads are bad etc but if the country manages to train you to become a doctor it behoves on you to manage to practice there.


And what happened Ed to nurses, IT people moving in droves and other professionals? Their own education isn’t subsidised? You people are funny
Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by omoiyalayi(m): 1:04pm On Apr 07, 2023
tomzyELNINO:
CAN WE ALSO HAVE A BILL THAT STOPS POLITICIANS FROM GOING ABROAD FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT?

That bill is needed more

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Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by Spandau: 1:06pm On Apr 07, 2023
DesChyko:
The Nigerian Medical Students' Association @NiMSA_Nigeria strongly opposes the recently proposed bill to mandate Nigerian-trained medical or dental practitioners to practice in Nigeria for a minimum of five years before being granted a full license to practice.

This bill, sponsored by Rep. Ganiyu Abiodun Johnson is unpatriotic, ill-timed and a breach of the fundamental human right of doctors as enshrined in the 1999 constitution of Nigeria as amended.

This bill is aimed at strangulating the medical profession and making mockery of her autonomy.

The reason given by Rep. Johnson for sponsoring this bill will end up achieving the direct opposite as the bill seeks to enslave Nigerian trained doctors and paralyze the health care system. The search for greener pastures abroad can be reduced by making our land and pasture green, properly equipping our hospitals, better treatment for doctors and the brain drain will be adequately controlled. Rep. Johnson at this point should be steering conversations on medical tourism and not doctor slavery.

We firmly believe that this bill is not the solution to the problem of brain drain, and we stand against it in its entirety in the strongest possible terms.

The intention behind the sponsorship of this bill does not take into consideration the root causes of brain drain in Nigeria. The issue of brain drain is multifaceted and requires a more comprehensive approach to tackle it.

Instead of trying to forcefully take doctors as slaves, the lawmakers should be focusing on creating an enabling environment that encourages doctors to stay and work in Nigeria. The lack of infrastructure, inadequate and inappropriate remuneration, and poor working conditions are some of the major factors driving medical professionals away from Nigeria. These issues need to be addressed if we want to attract and retain our healthcare professionals; make our land green.

We also believe that the bill is a violation of the fundamental human rights of medical professionals and should not see the light of the day. The government has no right to force doctors to work in a particular location against their will- it is an affront to their autonomy and choice. We also unequivocally state that this bill will discourage students from pursuing medical education in Nigeria, which will further exacerbate the problem of the shortage of healthcare professionals.

A better way to bring up the issue of being trained with “tax payer subsidies” would be to have it optional, the option of paying for medical education at the real cost value, the option of obtaining student loans and also the option of going for the subsidized medical education with the caveat of staying behind for a certain number of years to “pay back”. Besides, not all Doctors in the country are trained on subsidy; one thing the bill failed to capture. Doctors need to have a choice, even before they start their training so they can make better informed decisions.

Additionally, we strongly believe that the bill is arbitrary in nature and totally unconstitutional- it deprives the Nigerian-trained medical and dental practitioners of their fundamental right to freedom of movement by arbitrarily imposing restrictions on their movements against the provision of Section 41 the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In conclusion, @NiMSA_Nigeria vehemently opposes this bill in part and in one whole. We call on the sponsor of the bill to withdraw it with immediate effect and seek better ways of finding a lasting solution to the problem of brain drain by consultative collaboration with relevant stakeholders in the health sector coupled with the government's willingness to address the root causes and underlying issues that drive healthcare professionals away from Nigeria.

The Nigerian medical students’ association, is eager for a better health system hence, our willingness to work with the government, as we have always done, to find lasting solutions to the issues plaguing the healthcare system.

The health sector is essential to the growth and development of our nation, and we must take steps to ensure that our healthcare professionals stay and contribute to the growth of our country.

We say *NO* to this bill,
Rather, make our land and pasture green.

Ejim Egba,
NiMSA President

https://twitter.com/NiMSA_Nigeria/status/1644103703643791360?t=0RcYbEkErW8YYUIVFZktgQ&s=19

Previous thread https://www.nairaland.com/7643700/bill-prevent-medical-doctors-getting

The sponsorship of this bill is a direct consequence of being represented by nincompoops with brain atrophy who cannot think deep and act beyond "bigmanism" and dictatorial tendencies.
Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by lulufaj(m): 1:07pm On Apr 07, 2023
austinvsb:
An important bill! The US does the same through the 7 years RESIDENCY programme that is Mandatory for anyone that wants to be a practicing doctor.

Looks like most people now want to go study medicine in Nigerian universities so as to be able to run away the next year after graduation!

That's not to take away from the need for the Government to provide proper financial compensations and facilities for our doctors!!!


Stop saying what you don’t know. Better to be quiet. I am a senior doctor myself. No such rules exists in the us. Most of the colleagues in the gulf states are American trained. Very few specialties have 7 residency programmes(neuro, trauma and orthopaedics) in the us. Most are 3 to 5 years. Go get your facts right first.

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Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by Sltp: 1:07pm On Apr 07, 2023
vanitybutiwanti:
The sector is bullshiit but developed countries employ doctors from a bullshiit educational sector, I don't think all the screws in your brain are intact, you guys just criticize everything that comes your way, when last did you go to a public hospital? Do you know how long it takes for a doctor to attend to a patient? Nigerians are largely ignorant and Stupiid, you go to school for almost at no cost here and you expect Nigerian government to pay you American standard and UK standard wages, do you know how much it takes to get a medical education abroad?

Tomorrow if the government pegs the fees at 5million per annum in our public schools, how many persons can afford it?
Just shut the Bleep up. I've lived in Nigeria and I've lived in EU. On what basis are you comparing the cost of education in Nigeria with that of the developed world. In the EU, you can afford a car with your one month salary workingas a restaurant helper. I ask you again, on what basis are you saying this "at no cost"? Nigeria education is actually too expensive if you consider the minimum wage and the standard of education. What are they subsidizing?

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Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by Spandau: 1:09pm On Apr 07, 2023
tamdun:
They should go and sch in UK/US then,majority of the medical students can't afford to sch abroad,fed govt is subsidising education for them for the betterment of NIG citizens not UK/US/Saudi

You cannot even say anything about the salient points that the guy highlighted. Those that are being trained at private universities don't get to enjoy any subsidy. Read what the guy said again and see if you are not thinking like Abacha.
Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by lulufaj(m): 1:10pm On Apr 07, 2023
Is04970:
There are arguments for and against the bill but I'll tilt towards the Reps.
If you desire to practice in UK or US as a medical practitioner why not school there and pay huge fees for your training?
Why get your education in Nigeria with taxpayers money and end up not being useful for Nigeria?
The hospitals in Nigeria aren't equipped ;Yes. So also the airports, seaports, the roads are bad etc but if the country manages to train you to become a doctor it behoves on you to manage to practice there.


The nurses leaving in droves and the bank IT staff who don’t even need to write any exams leaving and making our banking system less secure we’re not trained with tax payers money yea? You people make me laugh.
Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by baralatie(m): 1:11pm On Apr 07, 2023
donbenie:
There are many Private Universities and Hospitals,who have been graduating hundreds of Medical students for years..
And there have been no particular complaints about them..
So,that assertion doesn't fly..
If you want your Medical Professionals not to be poached,then make the environment conducive for them..
Anything other than that is a waste of time..
Labor will always migrate to where conditions are better..
You don't want to keep frustrated and ill motivated workers in your payroll..
You are not understanding my point
How many medical students in the government teaching hospitals can afford those private teaching hospitals.
It the government teaching hospitals decided to withdraw it's support for medical education .how many can the private accomodate
Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by Spandau: 1:11pm On Apr 07, 2023
DesChyko:
The Nigerian Medical Students' Association @NiMSA_Nigeria strongly opposes the recently proposed bill to mandate Nigerian-trained medical or dental practitioners to practice in Nigeria for a minimum of five years before being granted a full license to practice.

This bill, sponsored by Rep. Ganiyu Abiodun Johnson is unpatriotic, ill-timed and a breach of the fundamental human right of doctors as enshrined in the 1999 constitution of Nigeria as amended.

This bill is aimed at strangulating the medical profession and making mockery of her autonomy.

The reason given by Rep. Johnson for sponsoring this bill will end up achieving the direct opposite as the bill seeks to enslave Nigerian trained doctors and paralyze the health care system. The search for greener pastures abroad can be reduced by making our land and pasture green, properly equipping our hospitals, better treatment for doctors and the brain drain will be adequately controlled. Rep. Johnson at this point should be steering conversations on medical tourism and not doctor slavery.

We firmly believe that this bill is not the solution to the problem of brain drain, and we stand against it in its entirety in the strongest possible terms.

The intention behind the sponsorship of this bill does not take into consideration the root causes of brain drain in Nigeria. The issue of brain drain is multifaceted and requires a more comprehensive approach to tackle it.

Instead of trying to forcefully take doctors as slaves, the lawmakers should be focusing on creating an enabling environment that encourages doctors to stay and work in Nigeria. The lack of infrastructure, inadequate and inappropriate remuneration, and poor working conditions are some of the major factors driving medical professionals away from Nigeria. These issues need to be addressed if we want to attract and retain our healthcare professionals; make our land green.

We also believe that the bill is a violation of the fundamental human rights of medical professionals and should not see the light of the day. The government has no right to force doctors to work in a particular location against their will- it is an affront to their autonomy and choice. We also unequivocally state that this bill will discourage students from pursuing medical education in Nigeria, which will further exacerbate the problem of the shortage of healthcare professionals.

A better way to bring up the issue of being trained with “tax payer subsidies” would be to have it optional, the option of paying for medical education at the real cost value, the option of obtaining student loans and also the option of going for the subsidized medical education with the caveat of staying behind for a certain number of years to “pay back”. Besides, not all Doctors in the country are trained on subsidy; one thing the bill failed to capture. Doctors need to have a choice, even before they start their training so they can make better informed decisions.

Additionally, we strongly believe that the bill is arbitrary in nature and totally unconstitutional- it deprives the Nigerian-trained medical and dental practitioners of their fundamental right to freedom of movement by arbitrarily imposing restrictions on their movements against the provision of Section 41 the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In conclusion, @NiMSA_Nigeria vehemently opposes this bill in part and in one whole. We call on the sponsor of the bill to withdraw it with immediate effect and seek better ways of finding a lasting solution to the problem of brain drain by consultative collaboration with relevant stakeholders in the health sector coupled with the government's willingness to address the root causes and underlying issues that drive healthcare professionals away from Nigeria.

The Nigerian medical students’ association, is eager for a better health system hence, our willingness to work with the government, as we have always done, to find lasting solutions to the issues plaguing the healthcare system.

The health sector is essential to the growth and development of our nation, and we must take steps to ensure that our healthcare professionals stay and contribute to the growth of our country.

We say *NO* to this bill,
Rather, make our land and pasture green.

Ejim Egba,
NiMSA President

https://twitter.com/NiMSA_Nigeria/status/1644103703643791360?t=0RcYbEkErW8YYUIVFZktgQ&s=19

Previous thread https://www.nairaland.com/7643700/bill-prevent-medical-doctors-getting

I don't know why our leaders are thinking like North Korean leaders. Very soon, when they discover that people are no longer studying medicine, they will pass a bill making it mandatory to study it. Yeye people.
Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by Masterito(m): 1:12pm On Apr 07, 2023
The people who supported that bill are very selfish people who care about them selves only. I wonder how Nigerians keep voting sorry rigging this people in.
DesChyko:
The Nigerian Medical Students' Association @NiMSA_Nigeria strongly opposes the recently proposed bill to mandate Nigerian-trained medical or dental practitioners to practice in Nigeria for a minimum of five years before being granted a full license to practice.

This bill, sponsored by Rep. Ganiyu Abiodun Johnson is unpatriotic, ill-timed and a breach of the fundamental human right of doctors as enshrined in the 1999 constitution of Nigeria as amended.

This bill is aimed at strangulating the medical profession and making mockery of her autonomy.

The reason given by Rep. Johnson for sponsoring this bill will end up achieving the direct opposite as the bill seeks to enslave Nigerian trained doctors and paralyze the health care system. The search for greener pastures abroad can be reduced by making our land and pasture green, properly equipping our hospitals, better treatment for doctors and the brain drain will be adequately controlled. Rep. Johnson at this point should be steering conversations on medical tourism and not doctor slavery.

We firmly believe that this bill is not the solution to the problem of brain drain, and we stand against it in its entirety in the strongest possible terms.

The intention behind the sponsorship of this bill does not take into consideration the root causes of brain drain in Nigeria. The issue of brain drain is multifaceted and requires a more comprehensive approach to tackle it.

Instead of trying to forcefully take doctors as slaves, the lawmakers should be focusing on creating an enabling environment that encourages doctors to stay and work in Nigeria. The lack of infrastructure, inadequate and inappropriate remuneration, and poor working conditions are some of the major factors driving medical professionals away from Nigeria. These issues need to be addressed if we want to attract and retain our healthcare professionals; make our land green.

We also believe that the bill is a violation of the fundamental human rights of medical professionals and should not see the light of the day. The government has no right to force doctors to work in a particular location against their will- it is an affront to their autonomy and choice. We also unequivocally state that this bill will discourage students from pursuing medical education in Nigeria, which will further exacerbate the problem of the shortage of healthcare professionals.

A better way to bring up the issue of being trained with “tax payer subsidies” would be to have it optional, the option of paying for medical education at the real cost value, the option of obtaining student loans and also the option of going for the subsidized medical education with the caveat of staying behind for a certain number of years to “pay back”. Besides, not all Doctors in the country are trained on subsidy; one thing the bill failed to capture. Doctors need to have a choice, even before they start their training so they can make better informed decisions.

Additionally, we strongly believe that the bill is arbitrary in nature and totally unconstitutional- it deprives the Nigerian-trained medical and dental practitioners of their fundamental right to freedom of movement by arbitrarily imposing restrictions on their movements against the provision of Section 41 the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In conclusion, @NiMSA_Nigeria vehemently opposes this bill in part and in one whole. We call on the sponsor of the bill to withdraw it with immediate effect and seek better ways of finding a lasting solution to the problem of brain drain by consultative collaboration with relevant stakeholders in the health sector coupled with the government's willingness to address the root causes and underlying issues that drive healthcare professionals away from Nigeria.

The Nigerian medical students’ association, is eager for a better health system hence, our willingness to work with the government, as we have always done, to find lasting solutions to the issues plaguing the healthcare system.

The health sector is essential to the growth and development of our nation, and we must take steps to ensure that our healthcare professionals stay and contribute to the growth of our country.

We say *NO* to this bill,
Rather, make our land and pasture green.

Ejim Egba,
NiMSA President

https://twitter.com/NiMSA_Nigeria/status/1644103703643791360?t=0RcYbEkErW8YYUIVFZktgQ&s=19

Previous thread https://www.nairaland.com/7643700/bill-prevent-medical-doctors-getting
Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by IIdamuAdugbo(f): 1:12pm On Apr 07, 2023
tamdun:
They should go and sch in UK/US then,majority of the medical students can't afford to sch abroad,fed govt is subsidising education for them for the betterment of NIG citizens not UK/US/Saudi
you are an idiiiot, they cant pass the bill to stop government officials to stop going abroad for treatment but want to pass a bill to stop young blood in seeking greener pasture. you be original Mummmu
Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by Spandau: 1:13pm On Apr 07, 2023
Is04970:
There are arguments for and against the bill but I'll tilt towards the Reps.
If you desire to practice in UK or US as a medical practitioner why not school there and pay huge fees for your training?
Why get your education in Nigeria with taxpayers money and end up not being useful for Nigeria?
The hospitals in Nigeria aren't equipped ;Yes. So also the airports, seaports, the roads are bad etc but if the country manages to train you to become a doctor it behoves on you to manage to practice there.

When a man is born into a dysfunctional system, he thinks dysfunctionally. That is the summation of your life

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Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by Spandau: 1:14pm On Apr 07, 2023
austinvsb:
An important bill! The US does the same through the 7 years RESIDENCY programme that is Mandatory for anyone that wants to be a practicing doctor.

Looks like most people now want to go study medicine in Nigerian universities so as to be able to run away the next year after graduation!

That's not to take away from the need for the Government to provide proper financial compensations and facilities for our doctors!!!


You make me laugh
You dare to compare a functional system to a dysfunctional one?
Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by grandstar(m): 1:15pm On Apr 07, 2023
The Bill has some legitimacy.

Nigerian trained doctors in public universities paid peanuts for their education, and now dash abroad at the slightest opportunity, depriving Nigeria, the country that trained them the benefits. In the US, doctors take out huge student loans to pay for their education.

The arguments of the NMA are also strong. Nigerian public owned hospitals should be well funded and doctors better paid.

Unfortunately, unless something critical is done regarding the poor tax collection as a percentage of GDP, the government lacks the funds to fund the hospitals and pay doctors better. Nigeria does not collect up to 7% of its GDP as tax. This is probably among the 5 lowest rates in the world, if not the lowest.
Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by Spandau: 1:16pm On Apr 07, 2023
TheOldGods:
Nigeria that don't have Hospitals to treat kidney infection which is suddenly pandemic, no equipment that even pregnant women still die in hospitals. Instead of them to pass a bill to reform the health sector they do the opposite, they would rather reform their large salaries and allowances. Nigeria and APC government is a joke. So instead to treat the root cause of the problems, they want to force medical doctors five years. Wait is it the same medical doctors that can't find jobs in Nigeria or is there something new going on? The same doctor's that are paid peanut even when they rush out midnight for emergencies. I like what is happening, when we told they to remove APC they claimed LP is a tribe party. By the time APC finishes with you people, you will understand it's not about tribes again, but vote someone who has your interest at hand grin grin grin

It is not APC alone. It is all politicians. They all cross carpet if one party is not working for them. They are all one and the same.
Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by donrexhibites(m): 1:16pm On Apr 07, 2023
The Nigerian university system employs the same criteria in the training of her students. Why did the sponsor of this bill single out doctors, but leave out the nurses, lab. Scientists, pharmacists, lawyers, engineers, programmers etc
All those courses have astronomical costs abroad compared to what ensues here.
You want to enslave graduates within the country and not guarantee prime jobs and placements alongside, where dem dey do that one?
This zoo sef.
Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by austinvsb: 1:17pm On Apr 07, 2023
lulufaj:


Stop saying what you don’t know. Better to be quiet. I am a senior doctor myself. No such rules exists in the us. Most of the colleagues in the gulf states are American trained. Very few specialties have 7 residency programmes(neuro, trauma and orthopaedics) in the us. Most are 3 to 5 years. Go get your facts right first.

Up to 7 years I mean. Some like radiology reconstructive surgery are even required to make additional fellowship training after residency.


The point is, it helps to mitigate brain drain from the US in an essential field like medicine. Same will help Nigeria too.

We have the brightest minds on earth but we loose them rather easily after subsidizing their trainings.
Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by ken6488(m): 1:17pm On Apr 07, 2023
MotiveU:

Mumu nah you they pay their school fees.
All this apc supporters have little or no brain.
Common man we know how government help the medical students do you know how much USA medical students own as loans
Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by Spandau: 1:18pm On Apr 07, 2023
TheGoodJoe:
We ordered Obi but they gave us Bala Blue.

Last time I checked, Buhari is still president.
Re: NIMSA Opposes The Brain Drain Bill (Official Statement) by panpan(m): 1:18pm On Apr 07, 2023
No person should bother to study medicine or dentistry in Nigeria with such a bill being contemplated.
The bill should be rejected from start to finish.
The bill is discriminatory against newly qualified doctors and dentists.
The bill encourages slavery in the employment of doctors and dentists.

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