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 medical doctors from the country.
Dr Ekpe Phillips, the FCT Chapter NMA Chairman, mentioned this at the opening of the Annual Well being Week of the Association of Resident Medical doctors (ARD) in Abuja the place described the pay bundle of medical doctors in Nigeria as poor, stressing the want for presidency to extend the remuneration of medical doctors to handle the problem.
He famous that many medical doctors who left the country to take up international appointment did so as a result of insufficient amenities amongst different components. He listed mass unemployment, lack of placement for residency confronted by a excessive proportion of medical professionals in Nigeria as different components.
Phillips mentioned Nigeria is dropping medical doctors to international international locations, including that Nigerian medical doctors are leaving the country for greener pastures and the workload is turning into an excessive amount of on the medical doctors that keep.
“We hear medical 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’ve got inside and worldwide mind drain; Nigeria now has one physician catering for five,000 sufferers as an alternative of 1 physician to 600 sufferers.
Mind drain is now turning into pandemic and unhappy information as a result of authorities didn’t and nonetheless is just not doing sufficient; there isn’t any 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 change into one in all the 25 poorest international locations in the World as we speak,’’ he mentioned.
Dr Michael Olarewaju, the President of Association of Residents Medical doctors, FCT chapter, mentioned that mind drain was an enormous downside to Nigeria’s well being system. He mentioned that if the downside was not correctly tackled in the subsequent two to 3 years there wouldn’t be sufficient medical doctors to deal with sufferers in the country. He noticed that originally the downside in the sector was strike by well being staff “however now they are not happening strike however are exiting the country’’.