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Health News of Tuesday, 7 December 2021


Buhari laments brain drain of doctors from Nigeria, other West African countries

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Nigeria’s President, Muhamamdu Buhari, has lamented the brain drain the country’s health sector, saying the exodus of doctors and nurses from West African countries was detrimental to the health needs of citizens.

Mr Buhari spoke at the virtual groundbreaking ceremony of the African Medical Centre of Excellence, a hospital project in Abuja that is expected to significantly transform the healthcare sector in the West African sub-region.

“This problem (of inadequate health facilities) is further exacerbated by the significant brain drain experienced by the continent.

“The flight of doctors and nurses to other continents has resulted in a significant gap between the required treatments for NCDs and the available treatments and care,” Mr Buhari was quoted as saying in a statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, Tuesday.

Hundreds of Nigerian doctors leave the country annually to practice abroad due to poor working conditions in their home country. COuntries of choice for Nigerian doctors include the U.S., UK. Canada, UAE and Saudi Arabia.