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Nigerian doctors fourth highest in United Kingdom – medical practitioner

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Edo based medical practitioner, Imafidon Osama Agbonile, said Nigerian are the fourth highest doctors practicing in the United Kingdom.

Agbonile, made the disclosure while delivering lecture with the theme, “panacea for brain drain in Nigeria”, at a conference organised by the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), Edo State Hospital Management Board, branch.

He said the record was contained in the United Kingdom register of doctors since 2017.

He also disclosed that over 35,000 doctors have emigrated from Nigeria to European, United State of America and Asia countries for medical practice.

The medical practitioner said the development made the country to has less than one doctor to 5,000 population contrary to the World Health Organisation (WHO) requirement of one doctor to 600 population

According to him, the United Kingdom register of doctors revealed that Nigerian are fourth largest doctors in the country since 2017.

“From the various researches carried out, it is estimated that over 35,000 doctors have emigrated from Nigeria in the last 20 years. The rate of migration has tripled since 2015.

“Brain drain is on the increase in Nigeria and that over 40 to 60 percent medical graduates of Nigeria practice abroad”, he said.

While calling on the government all levels to improve healthcare delivery, he noted that Nigeria has a dismal mortality rate for both communicable and non communicable diseases.

He however, hinged non- conducive working environment, poor remuneration, inadequate opportunity for research, poor governance/leadership, lack of adequate government polices and implementations as some of the problem responsible for mass exodus of doctors out of the country.

Earlier, chairman of the association, Alex Oko, said the conference was part of the professional training for doctors aimed at bringing them up to date with development  in the medical profession.

“Professional development is a prerequisite for renewal of our license to practice. As a responsible association, we organised conferences, get a resource person to give lecture and speak on dynamic issues that affect medical profession directly or indirectly to enhance service delivery”, he added.

 

IDRIS UMAR MOMOH, BENIN