Brain drain: Nigeria Has lost over 20,000 Medical Doctors

Information emerging from the Federal Government has revealed that about 20,000 doctors have migrated from Nigeria over time, with about 4,000 of that figure heading to the United States of America.

This revelation was made on Tuesday by the National Chairman, Association of Public Health Practitioners of Nigeria, Dr Obehi Okojie, during the induction ceremony for 103 graduates of foreign medical institutions and Igbinedion University, Okada, at the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).

Dr. Okojie, who lamented this trend, suggested that the government should create an enabling environment in order to encourage these medical practitioners stay. Especially as some of them have benefited from government funds to subsidise education, while some have been virtually trained free.

According to her, “it is a shame and retaining these expensively- trained professionals has been identified as an issue government has to address seriously and urgently to reverse this ugly trend.” If this ugly development is not checked as soon as possible, she said, the country will soon be in danger.