Nigeria To Import Doctors From Europe, United States
Nigerian Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire said yesterday that Nigeria would employ the services of medical experts from Europe and America.
The disclosure came at a time that some stakeholders were expressing concern about the migration of health workers from the country.
Ehanire said officials of the ministry were in touch with foreign embassies for specialists who would work in hospitals across the country for specified periods.
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The minister, who stated this during the 2020 budget defence session, said the move would strengthen the nation’s health sector.
In reaction, president of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Francis Adedayo Faduyile, queried the plan to bring experts from abroad.
He told The Guardian: “Is it the four per cent budgetary allocation for health? Is it the equipment that is not there and is not working? Where will they work with empty seats and chairs at most hospitals? The health minister needs to tell himself some truth. No doctor in the Diaspora will want to come back under the present circumstances. The health system is not functioning optimally and we have to fix it and prevent brain drain before thinking of attracting doctors practising abroad.”