The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has attributed poor remuneration and insufficient well being amenities as a few of the main causes for mass exodus of medical doctors from the country.
Dr Ekpe Phillips, the FCT Chapter NMA Chairman, mentioned this at the opening of the Annual Health Week of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) in Abuja the place described the pay bundle of doctors in Nigeria as poor, stressing the want for presidency to extend the remuneration of doctors to deal with the problem.
He famous that many doctors who left the country to take up international appointment did so attributable to insufficient amenities amongst different elements. He listed mass unemployment, lack of placement for residency confronted by a excessive proportion of medical professionals in Nigeria as different elements.
Phillips mentioned Nigeria is shedding doctors to international international locations, including that Nigerian doctors are leaving the country for greener pastures and the workload is turning into an excessive amount of on the doctors that keep.
“We hear doctors collapsing as a result of the workload is an excessive amount of as a result of their colleagues have left to discover a greener gesture. We have inner and worldwide mind drain; Nigeria now has one physician catering for five,000 sufferers as an alternative of 1 physician to 600 sufferers.
Brain drain is now turning into pandemic and unhappy information as a result of authorities didn’t and nonetheless will not be doing sufficient; there isn’t a severe dedication to stemming this syndrome. Nigeria which was one in all the richest 50 international locations in the early 70s has metro greased to develop into one in all the 25 poorest international locations in the World at the moment,” he mentioned.
Dr Michael Olarewaju, the President of Association of Residents Doctors, FCT chapter, mentioned that mind drain was a large drawback to Nigeria’s well being system. He mentioned that if the drawback was not correctly tackled in the subsequent two to a few years there wouldn’t be sufficient doctors to deal with sufferers in the country. He noticed that originally the drawback in the sector was strike by well being employees “however now they are not happening strike however are exiting the country”.