Doctors fault Health Minister for dismissing brain drain

The National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP) have faulted the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire’s remarks that Nigeria has enough doctors.

The association, while describing the statement as irresponsible, claimed that since 2019, the number of migrating doctors in search of greener pastures has tripled, leaving a huge gap in the number of available specialists to attend to patients across the country.

Recall that Ehanire, during a briefing two weeks ago, stated that the country has enough doctors because between 2,000 to 3,000 doctors are churned out yearly. He also said plans are underway for a policy to ensure that each doctor or nurse that leaves is replaced immediately.

However, the association’s President, Dr. Dokun Noel, said: “We need to sit down and make the environment right for people. Insecurity and poor pay are making people go out. Even with the scarce resources, we have here, the emphasis is on curative, and we’re not talking about the preventive aspect. All over the world, the emphasis is on the preventive aspect because we know curative is very expensive, but you can spend so little to work on the preventive to get a very good result.

“Concerning the statement by the Minister, I do not know where they manufacture those doctors that he said they will replace the traveling ones with. If you look at what happened between 2019 till now, we have had more than triple the number of doctors that used to go out of this country that are going now.

“Are they (doctors) manufactured in a workshop or somewhere? People should stop making irresponsible statements to say that the doctors are there”. 

“The hospitals are suffering and there are no doctors. The Government is saying there is not enough money. The question is: how many doctors are walking the street if we have enough? I think Nigerians need to call our leaders to question for their utterances which may be inflammatory”, he stated.

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