7,000 nurses leave Nigeria for greener pastures annually ― Registrar

The Secretary-General/Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, Dr. Faruk Abubakar, has said that over 7,000 professional nurses leave the country for greener pastures.

Dr. Abubakar stated this when he led members of the council to the Delta State Commissioner for health, Dr. Mordi Ononye, in Asaba shortly before a 5-day workshop for examiners engaged in nursing and professional examinations held in the State recently.

According to him, this was a clear testimony that Nigeria has competent, efficient and hardworking professional nurses, which he said are among the best in the world.

Recall that Nigeria has witnessed increased migration of nurses to developed nations due to push factors such as low remunerations, poor governmental policies, poor working conditions and pull factors such as good working conditions, better pay which is offered by developed countries.

The Delta State Health Commissioner, Dr. Ononye, however, decried the high rate of migration of Nigerian nurses to developed countries as worrisome which he said must be urgently looked into with the view to check its threat to Nigeria’s health system.

He said, “We have a situation where human resource experts, who were trained and skilled at great cost to the nation, are lost to our health system by migration to already developed countries. This is worrisome to stakeholders in the health sector and we welcome practical suggestions for finding solutions to this problem.”.

Dr. Ononye commended the Council for the good job it has been doing through its rigorous training programmes for nursing students and professionals, which he said is the reason behind the competence displayed by Nigerian nurses in and outside the country.

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