Nigeria Medical Doctors leaving the country has been a major Nigeria Newspapers Headline, however the minister of labor and employment Dr. Chris Ngige has said the doctors are free to immigrate as the country has more than enough doctors.
See what some the major newspapers said about this story below:
Punch Newspaper: NMA, MDCAN bash Ngige for saying Nigeria has more than enough doctors
The Nigerian Medical Association, the National Association of Resident Doctors, the Socio-Economic Right and Accountability Project and human rights groups on Wednesday took a swipe at the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, over his comment that the country had enough medical doctors.
Ngige, had on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, said doctors who felt they wanted to relocate in search of greener pastures were free to do so as the nation had enough medical personnel. Ngige while responding to a question on brain drain and the deliberate recruitment of Nigerian doctors by foreign embassies in Nigeria, said there was nothing wrong with doctors leaving the country as they would continue to send foreign exchange home which would, in turn, grow the economy.
Ngige maintained that he doesn’t see anything wrong with doctors leaving the country as they will get better training and come back home to set up medical centers with advanced equipment that the government can’t ordinarily maintain. He also said when you produce something in excess you export it.
Meanwhile the National Medical Association President Dr. Francis Faduyile and his NARD counterpart, Dr Segun Olaopa, said Ngige did not have the knowledge of the World Health Organisation’s recommendation on doctor-patient ratio. The NMA president said Nigeria had no enough doctors, stressing the need to ensure the country retained its medical personnel.
Guardian Newspaper: Doctors can leave, Nigeria has enough, says Ngige
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, yesterday said that doctors who want to relocate to other countries in search of greener pastures are free to do so, claiming that Nigeria has enough medical personnel to cater for the population.
Ngige made the comment on a television programme while responding to a question on brain drain and the deliberate recruitment of Nigerian doctors by foreign embassies to the detriment of the nation’s health sector.The minister claimed that Nigeria has 350,000 medical doctors, far more than the 260,000 which, according to him, the World Health Organisation (WHO) prescribes for the country. He said there was nothing wrong with doctors leaving the country as they would continue to send home money which could, in turn, grow the economy.
However the President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Francis Adebayo Faduyile, and a former president of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Dr. Onyebueze John Ugochukwu, refuted Ngigie’s claim that the country has surplus doctors and can afford to export them for economic gains. Contrary to the figures rolled out by the minister, the NMA president, in his reaction, revealed that Nigeria has 75,000 registered doctors, out of which only about 40,000 are practicing in the country.
Sun Newspaper: Reps adjourn as Shi’ites storm NASS
The House of Representatives hurriedly adjourned their plenary session yesterday after members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shi’ites, reportedly broke through the first gate leading into the National Assembly.
The IMN, who were protesting the continued detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-zakzaky, were said to be advancing towards the second gate of the National Assembly when the lawmakers got wind of the development.
The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Yusuf Lasun, who was presiding over a Committee of the Whole before the adjournment, said reports had reached him that the protesters had crashed the first gate and wondered if there were enough security personnel on ground to contain them. He stated that it was imperative for the House to take precautionary measures, expressing concern if they could still continue with the day’s proceeding.
The Nation Newspaper: Buhari: we’ll improve lives with high impact facilities
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday spoke of his administration’s future plan, saying he will continue to emphasise on high impact infrastructure to “vastly improve the people’s lives.” The President whose second term in office begins on May 29, spoke in Lagos where he inaugurated five “Next Level” projects undertaken by outgoing Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
The projects are the Ayinke House at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, which has been renamed Institute of Maternal & Child Health; the 500-seater Lagos Theatre, the Oshodi Transport Interchange, 820 mass transit buses, and the rehabilitated International Airport Road, Ikeja. “Our government will continue to prioritise high impact infrastructure which will vastly improve the lives of our people,” he said, and thanked Lagosians for returning him and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to power in the last elections.