At least 85% of Nigerian doctors are planning to leave the country in search of greener pastures.
This is according to data obtained from the Nigerian Association of Resident Physicians.
The report also indicates that the top countries for immigration intentions are the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
The members of the NARD are the officer of the house, the registrar, the principal registrant, and the physicians below the rank of chief physician.
Speaking to our reporter, the association's president, Dr. Emeka, said that if the government does not take measures to combat the brain drain that is taking place in the country, the situation will get worse in the medical field. economic. "When we say these things, it's like a joke." Labor mobility is accepted anywhere, and what the government should do is address the root causes of physician immigration, as long as they don't address it as they see opportunities. better society there, they'll want to go there.
"It's about the choices people make for themselves when they think the government doesn't care about them." "The government has to improve the things we've emphasized to reduce the brain drain," he said.
"The years have passed, and we have no reason to think that the number of migrant doctors is decreasing. If there is anything that should be done, it should be increased immigration because nothing has changed in terms of infrastructure." "About working conditions, infrastructure, safety, and all that," he added. By this number, this means 8,500 medical residents plan to leave the country.
The Macroeconomic Outlook for 2023, released recently by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, states that in addition to the massive shortfall in health infrastructure, Nigeria has lost many medical professionals due to the bleeding of the substance gray, leading to a shortage of human resources in the health sector.
One of the main factors hindering Nigeria's economic development is brain drain and a lack of knowledge about human capital, the report states. Knowledge as an important driver of economies of scale can be increased by investing in education and providing better health services, which is the formation of the nation's human capital.
"A well-equipped workforce, a stable economic environment, a thriving private sector, and strong social protection programs are essential to achieving shared prosperity in Nigeria."
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