Survey reveals 80% of Nigerian doctors seeking jobs abroad

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Eight out of every ten medical doctors in Nigeria are considering work opportunities outside the country, according to a new survey.

According to the survey conducted by NOIpolls in partnership with Nigeria Health Watch, USA and UK top the list of countries being considered by the doctors.

The survey reveals that up to six out every 10 of the medical doctors had registered to write medical examinations in either the UK and the US, while the remaining four others had done so in Canada, Australia and Dubai.

Up to six in 10 Nigerian doctors are registered to write medical exams in either the UK or the US; the remaining four are registered for practice exams in Canada, Australia and Dubai.

Major reasons for doctors seeking work abroad is high taxes and deductions from their salary, low work satisfaction, and poor salaries and emoluments.

Respondents who participated also cited poor relationship among colleagues, inadequate opportunities for career progress, poor infrastructure, poor treatment by government and insecurity as reasons forcing doctors out of the country.

Health communicator advisor for Nigeria Health Watch, Doctor Ifeanyi Nsofor, said that 2,500 Nigerian doctors are scheduled to leave Nigeria in September alone.

Nigeria, according to the survey requires 303,333 medical doctors, or 10,605 new medical doctors every year.

At the moment, Nigeria has only 72,000 medical doctors, but only 35,000 are practising in the country.

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