By Job Osazuwa
The President of National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN), Dr. Musa Muhammed Borodo, has urged the Federal Government to declare a national emergency on the brain-drain syndrome among doctors and other health workers, which is having negative impact on health care delivery.
He stated this, yesterday, in Lagos at a briefing to announce the college’s 39th convocation holding September 16.
The president said that it was worrisome that after spending huge financial resources to train medical students, and thereafter losing them to advanced countries.
He, therefore, pleaded with the government to urgently reverse it through improving job opportunity, as well as improving the work environment of medical workers,
On the other hand, Borodo also called on the trained doctors as well as those in training, but leaving the country, to show more patience and understanding about the situation of things in Nigeria hoping that things will improve.
According to him, the working conditions for doctors and other medical practitioners are not ideal.
“A very significant number of fellows from this college have migrated from Nigeria. Even those who are not fellows are also jetting out of the country. It is sad and must not be allowed to continue,” he said.
The president said that this year’s graduation brings to almost 7,000 the number of Fellows by examination that this college has graduated since its inception, thereby saving Nigeria billions of hard currencies were these highly specialised doctors to be trained abroad as was the practice before the inception of the college.
“I must therefore congratulate and commend all organs of college for their commitment to this national assignment.
“However, it is sad to note that the intended impact of this effort in our national health care delivery system is rapidly being lost to other, often more developed climes, due the escalating monstrous phenomenon of brain drain we are experiencing in our dear country,” he lamented.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for recently constituting a committee to carry out a holistic assessment of the issues bedeviling the health sector.
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