40,000 Nigeria’s registered doctors have left for greener pasture abroad – NMA

Resident doctors allege being short-changed

Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), said 40,000 out of 75,000 registered Nigerian doctors have left the country to seek greener pasture abroad, due to rising workload, poor facilities and working condition.

Lagos State NMA chairman, Dr. Olumuyiwa Odusote, who made this known, said the 35,000 doctors left in the country are making plans to join their colleagues abroad.

Nigeria, according to him, urgently requires 303,333 doctors, to reduce the heavy workload of doctors in public hospitals, and recruitment of 10,605 new doctors every year.

According to him, over 100 doctors quit the University College Hospital, Ibadan, this year, and about 800 in Lagos public hospitals, in the past two years.

The NMA chairman also said Kebbi State government is unable to recruit doctors, despite advertisement for the past two years, while over 200 doctors had resigned from the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, this year alone.

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