Minister Says FG Working Toward Improving Doctors' Condition Of Service – News Today December 7, 2022 – NNN NEWS NIGERIA

Health Minister Dr. Osagie Ehanire says the Federal Government is working to improve conditions of service for Nigerian doctors to control the migration of medical personnel.
The minister revealed this when he appeared at the Nigerian News Agency ministerial forum in Abuja.
He also said that the federal government had been working to recruit experienced Nigerian doctors living abroad so they could offer health care services to Nigerians virtually. to improve conditions of service.
“The established health reform committee is working and analyzing that; we have been talking with the Ministry of Labor about how to do it.
“We are also talking about involving those who have been abroad for many years who are highly specialized specialists who know a lot about high-tech medicine to work with us even if it is virtually so that they can do virtual consultations.
“They can come here every three to six months for a few weeks and do practical work so we can gain some of their experience and knowledge.
“This is so that we can harvest the knowledge and skills that they developed after working for many years in highly developed countries.”
Describing the problem of migration of health workers, especially doctors and nurses, as a global phenomenon and not unique to Nigeria, Ehanire added that people in those professions were becoming a highly mobile professional group.
He said: “I have spoken to the health authorities in the UK and they have told me that their doctors are also leaving for Canada, New Zealand and other countries where the pay is better.
“So the movement of doctors is not unique to Nigeria, Ghana has the same experience. I spoke to the Egyptian Minister of Health; they have the same experience in mobility of doctors and even in Europe, European doctors move to where the salaries are better.
“As far as we are concerned, we have problems with the very experienced ones leaving.”
Ehanire explained that Nigeria produces about 3,000 doctors every year and the number that goes is about 1,000, “so in fact there is a surplus of doctors.”
He added that many doctors were still looking for where they could do their internship or serve their residency, saying that “once they get some training, the younger ones could be quickly replaced.”
According to the minister, the Federal Government is also working on the civil service rules so that the replacement is fast, so that once a doctor leaves, he can be replaced within a week. and this makes it difficult to immediately reinstate those who leave public hospitals.
“So once that’s possible, it will be done, but at a much higher level than those with postgraduate training, we’re doing everything we can to improve the condition of the service,” he added.
reports that the migration of doctors and other health personnel from Nigeria to other countries around the world has increased astronomically, and the story
is that there are better working conditions and remuneration abroad.
Following such reports, many stakeholders in the health sector, including the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the Nigerian Resident Physicians Association (NARD), have lent their voices to the brain drain issue.
They said that unless drastic measures are implemented to stem the wave of brain drain, national health indices may spiral out of control, leaving Nigeria at the bottom rung among the courtesy of nations.
Source Credit: NAN

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