The Minister for health, Osagie Ehanire said yesterday 27th October 2019 that Nigeria would employ the services of medical experts who will be brought into the country from Europe and America. The information came at a time when some stakeholders are expressing their deepest concern about the migration of health workers from the country as a result of the poor economic condition of the nation.
The Health Minister, Ehanire stated that officials of the ministry were in touch with some foreign embassies for specialists who would work in hospitals across the country for a specified period of time. The minister also stated this during the 2020 budget defence session and he further enlightened that this move about to be taken would strengthen the nation’s health sector.
The President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Francis Adedayo Faduyile, however, queried the plan to bring experts from abroad into the country.
He said:“Is it the four per cent budgetary allocation for health we should talk about? Or is it the equipment that we don’t have and the ones available are not even working properly? Where will these so-called doctors work? with empty seats and chairs at most hospitals? The health minister needs to tell himself some proper truth. No doctor that have travelled out of the country and those in diaspora will want to come back under these present conditions of most of our so-called hospitals. Our health system is not functioning optimally and properly, hence, we have to fix it and prevent brain drain before thinking of attracting some doctors practising abroad.”