Friday, December 15

300 doctors left Nigeria in 2016 due to lack of facilities - NMA

About three hundred Nigerian doctors left the country in 2016, the National President, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Prof. Mike Ogirima has revealed. He said more doctors have joined the migration train this year.

Ogirima made this revelation at the association’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held on Thursday in Lagos.

The meeting had as its theme, “Exodus of Healthcare Professionals, Time to Act is Now. ”

According to some reports an estimated 35,000 Nigerian doctors are practising abroad, out of the 72,000 registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. The United Kingdom and the United States are the top destinations of the migrant doctors.


In August, an official of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Dr. Abimbola Olajide, revealed that no fewer than 2,500 doctors would leave the country this year.

“Nigeria is using her resources to train doctors and professionals at the advantage of foreign countries.What are those things attracting these professionals outside? Can we duplicate those things here?, ” Ogirima asked.

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