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Health News of Thursday, 11 November 2021


Doctors govt train should sign a bond to serve for 9 years before relocating abroad - Chris Ngige

Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has suggested that medical practitioners who have been trained by the government should be made to sign a bond to serve the country for minimum of nine years before they relocate outside the country.

Chris Ngige made this known on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 during the 2022 Budget Defence of his Ministry held at the House of Representatives.

It was reported few months ago that some medical personnel opted to travel outside Nigeria for better pay and better working conditions.

During the event, the minister proposed that after receiving free medical training from the government, the personnel should be made to work and use their skills within the country for a period of nine years.

“Medical education in Nigeria is almost free. Where else in the world is it free? The Presidential Committee on Health should come with a proposal for bonding doctors, nurses, medical laboratory scientists and other health workers, so that they don’t just carry their bags and walk out of their country at will when they were trained at no cost.

In London, it is 45,000 pounds a session for medical education in cheap in universities. If you go to Edinburgh or Oxford, you pay 80,000 dollars. If you go to USA you pay 45,000 dollars but if you go to the Ivy leagues, you pay 90,000 dollars for only tuition, excluding lodging. You do it for six years. So, people in America take loans.

We can make provisions for loans and you pay back. If the government will train you for free, we should bond you. You serve the country for nine years before you go anywhere'' he said.

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