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Brain Drain: Nigeria Has 315,426 Doctor Deficit, Says NMA

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THE Nigerian Medical Association has revealed that the country has a deficit of 315,426 medical doctors to cater to the health needs of its 215, 266, 984 population.

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This was revealed by the NMA President, Prof Innocent Ujah, during the association’s annual lecture with the theme “Brain drain and medical tourism: The twin evil in the health system in Nigeria.”

The NMA noted Nigeria’s ratio of one doctor to 5,000 patients falls short of the World Health Organisation’s recommended ratio of doctors to patients in the country, which should be one doctor to 600 patients.

Using the latest United Nations population data for Nigeria, which is pegged at 215,063,351, the NMA revealed that there are 43,013 doctors available to attend to all Nigerians, leaving a huge deficit of 315,426 medical doctors.

This, the medical body attributed to a massive brain drain, adding that between 2016 to 2018, not less than 9,000 doctors left Nigeria for better work environments, safety and security in three countries – the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America.

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Ujah said relevant stakeholders in the health sector, government and private sector must come up with lasting solutions to the problem.

He said, “We all should know that human resources for health, which represents one of the six pillars of a strong and efficient health system, is very critical to the improvement of health quality for our health system. Unfortunately, Africa and our country, Nigeria are faced with a disturbing shortage of health workforce.

“According to the World Health Organisation, sub-Saharan Africa has about three per cent of the world’s health workers while it accounts for 24 per cent of the global burden of disease. Nigeria has a doctor-to-population ratio of about 1: 4000-5000 which falls far short of the WHO recommended doctor-to-population ratio of 1:600. Nigeria is still grappling with disturbingly poor health indices.”

Continuing, he said, “Available records show that between 2016 and 2018, Nigeria lost over 9,000 medical doctors to the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America. The loss left Nigeria with only 4.7 per cent of its specialists to service the healthcare needs of the most populous black nation in the world. This does not paint the country in a good light at all.”

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The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said the Federal Government has already put in place a health reform committee to reverse and combat brain drain.

“The health system cannot be what it should be without fixing the political system. We are not here trying to point accusing fingers. What we are here to do is to find pragmatic solutions that will get us to where we want to go,” he said.

 

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“I Am Extremely Proud Of You” – MC Oluomo Congratulates Son On Bagging First Degree

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Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo, the Chairman of Lagos State Parks and Garages Management, has expressed his utmost pride for his son following his graduation from ESGT University, Dream Campus, Benin Republic.

MC Oluomo took to his Instagram page to congratulate his son for bagging his first degree while also reaffirming how proud of him he is.

It was gathered that the son bagged his first degree in International Relations from the university in Benin Republic.

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“Congratulations on your graduation, as you bagged your first degree in International Relations, faculty of social sciences at ESGT UNIVERSITY, DREAM CAMPUS, BENIN REPUBLIC.

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“I am extremely proud of you, the fruit of your years of toiling is plain for all to see. Your life is a huge inspiration to everyone around you, including us, your parents. So much has been committed into your education but none of them is as important as seeing you excited to walk up the podium of success.

“May your every wish and desire come true. Today, we are so grateful and proud of all the best things you did. I Love you and I pray to God to give you the ability to do more great things in life.”

Several people have gone on the post to congratulate MC Oluomo and his son for this new feather added to his cap.

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“Banana Island Straight! I Dey Go Buy House” – Lady Declares As She Flaunts Cash Saved In Piggy Bank (Video)

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A lady has broken her piggy bank after some months of saving patiently in it.

The lady took to social media to share a clip showing the moment she broke her saving box.

In the viral video, the lady, after saving diligently, broke open the box to see the proceeds of her months of assiduous savings and repeated denial of the impulse to break it at some point.

When she opened the box, it was filled with many 1000 naira notes which were counted out to be about 700,000 naira.

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The lady then jokingly declared that she would be heading straight for Banana Island to get herself a house there.

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