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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Over 10,000 doctors move to UK in last 7 years - NMA

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The Nigerian Medical Association ( NMA) Kaduna State chapter has said that over 10,000 doctors have moved to the  United Kingdom for greener pastures during the period under review.

The NMA while celebrating its '2022 Physicians' Week', lamented over the brain drain in the profession over the last seven years, amidst deadly deaceses in the country that required more medical doctors.

While addressing a press conference as part of activities to the 'Physicians' Week', the Chairman, Kaduna state chapter of NMA, Dr. Madaki Sheyin saud  that a Nigerian doctor is poorly paid, over worked, lacked necessary work tools and has become a target for kidnappers.

"Nigerian doctors have been rendered unimportant by successive governments for inadequate attention to the heath sector.

The one week medical activities has the theme, "Nigeria's Healthcare Delivery System and The 2023 Democratic Transition: A Time To Change The Narrative', is in tandem with the most important upcoming event in Nigeria

while the sub-themes', Mitigating The Impact Of Brain Drain On The Dwindling Human Resource For Health In Nigeria and Health Sector Reforms In The Face Of Emerging Public Health Threats', were chosen as continued reminder to our governments that things are falling apart in the health sector," he said.

"The issue of progressive depletion of human resource for health cannot be over emphasized. With the recent article from an  on-line Newspaper of 9th October 2022 titled "200 Nigerian Doctors Move to UK in One Month', the fact that checks on the website of the General Medical Council (GMC), the body which licenses and maintains the official register of medical practitioners in the UK, showed that the GMC licensed at least 200 Nigerian-trained doctors between August 31, 2022, and September 30, 2022 was revealed."

"The statistics also showed that between January 1, 2022 and September 30, 2022, about 1,307 doctors trained in Nigeria were licensed in the UK as Nigeria continues to battle one of the worst situations of brain drain in its history". '

"Overall, 10,296 doctors who obtained their degrees in Nigeria currently practise in the UK". Dispersion of the emigration data for Nigeria trained doctors to UK is as follows: 233 in 2015, 279 in 2016, 475 in 2017, 852 in 2018, 1,347 in 2019, 833 in 2020 in spite of COVID Pandemic and 932 in 2021 during recovery from COVID. "Currently, Nigeria has the third highest number of foreign doctors working in the UK after India and Pakistan." 

"While we are losing our human resource for health in geometric progression, Lassa Viral Hemorthagic fever, Malaria, COVID-19, Ebola, Marburg, etc are still very much available in the face of worsening incidences of Systemic Hypertension with or without complications, Diabetes mellitus with or without complications, osteoarthritis, etc.

"Furthermore, let me inform you all that the Nigerian doctor is poorly paid, over worked, lack necessary work tools and has become a target for kidnap.We as Nigerian doctors have been taken from the lofty heights of nobility to nothingness by the negilect and possible disdain for the heath sector by successive governments."

"The Kaduna Doctor is even worse hit by this poor welfare conditions, doctors in the State's employ as at today receive only 60% of the CONMESS salary scale, a far cry from what those in the Federal

and other States are receiving.We call on our Governments to quickly declare emergency action in Nigeria's health sector for the sake of her citizens".

 "This alongside insecurity is largely responsible for the high turnover of doctors in the state and mass exodus causing both internal and external brain drain".

The doctors therefore appealed to Kaduna state government to immediately implement the report of the Committee on Review of Medical Doctors and other healthworkers' salaries in Kaduna State and also domesticate the newly approved hazard allowance for doctors.

Dr. Sheyin advised members of NMA about the 2023 general elections, saying, "The era of blind loyalty is over. Let us all patiently wait to hear the plans of the presidential candidates for Nigeria and gubernatorial candidates in Kaduna State especialy in the Health sector before pitching our political support tent. 

"Our beloved country is passing through difficult times but I know that if we persevere and continue being the best that we can be, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Nigeria is at a turning point and we all are to stand as compatriots to obey the call of Nigeria. We must never let the labours of our heroes past be in vain. 

"All citizens must respond to the call of Nigeria for good leadership and should never for pecuniary benefits sell

or support candidates that cannot move our nation forward. May God grant us the courage to be who we ought to be by standing for equity and progress. May our loyalty be to only Nigeria and may our loyalty not be tested by any past or present commitment.

The NMA chairman also spoke on flood that ravaged some parts of the country on recent time, saying, "This is one flood too many in our recent history as a nation, we say no more floods while we watch.

"We have from our meager resources sent some rellef materials to worse hit States, we are reaching out to affected communities to roll out medical

outreach programs and send solidarity messages to the state Governors and some dignitaries in the affected states.

"I am hereby using this auspicious occasion to send a message of love and sympathy from NMA to all fellow citizens affected by the flood disaster ravaging the nation.

"We pray for a quick resolution and recovery. We call on our Governments at different levels to work together in helping victims recover quickly. We call on Federal Government to actively initiate measures to avert another flooding".

 "Let me commend the Kaduna State Government for significant infrastructural development projects especially in the area of primary healthcare but I must state that she needs to do more in the area of Human

Resource for Health to reserve the worrying trend of brain drain especially among younger generation doctors," he said.

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