TOPSHOT - A nurse from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) surgical unit in Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, on November 19, 2022 speaks with Rebecca Nzengi, 22, while receiving medical care after being wounded with a machete to the head. - Since October 2022, fighting, sometimes in populated areas, has resumed between the army and the M23 rebellion, accused by a United Nations report of being supported by the Rwandan army. People wounded during the conflict managed to reach the city of Goma and are cared for by the ICRC. The international organisation denounces the absence of a humanitarian corridor that allows the wounded to cross the front line, some 20 kilometers north of the city. (Photo by ALEXIS HUGUET / AFP) (Photo by ALEXIS HUGUET/AFP via Getty Images)

On Sunday, the Federal Government revealed that 55,000 licensed physicians are currently practicing in the nation to care for the burgeoning patient population as a result of the migration of medical professionals to hospitals and clinics overseas.

It stated that approximately 17,000 doctors had been transferred and between 15,000 and 16,000 doctors had left the nation due to the Japa syndrome in the previous five years.These were revealed by Prof. Ali Pate, the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, during his appearance as a guest on Politics Today on Channels Television.According to Pate, the brain drain syndrome has taken the best talent out of the health sector. However, he also stated that the government is making every effort to encourage those who have made the decision to stay behind and support their country to grow the training program.An entire generation of young physicians, healthcare workers, tech entrepreneurs, and other professionals has left Nigeria in search of better opportunities overseas, a phenomenon known as “Japa” or brain drain.However, the minister reaffirmed that only 55,000 of Nigeria’s 300,000 health professionals are doctors.

He declared, “Today, Nigeria employs roughly 300,000 health professionals across all specialties. Physicians, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, laboratory scientists, and other professionals come to mind. We conducted an assessment and found that there are between 85,000 and 90,000 Nigerian doctors on our database. They are not all within the nation. A portion of them are diasporic, primarily in the US and the UK.

However, the nation has 55,000 licensed physicians.”In general, the problem with health professionals is their scarcity. They do not have the right combination of skills. Is it not surprising that the majority of highly qualified medical professionals reside in Lagos, Abuja, and a few other cities? A significant distribution problem exists.”There are about 7,600 doctors in total—4,700 or so in Abuja and 7,600 in Lagos. In Abuja, there are 14.7 doctors for every 10,000 people. It is possible for you to verify these numbers. Although it is 2.2 by 10,000 on average, it is approximately 4.6 in Lagos.”There are significant problems with distribution, and there are, of course, opportunities for some people who have received market training. Therefore, you need to approach it from a holistic standpoint. Not just physicians, but also other key players in the provision of healthcare.

We are losing a lot of highly qualified doctors.Going on, Pate emphasized that Nigeria cannot afford to keep losing its brightest minds to developed nations because human resources are the lifeblood of any significant health sector.But he acknowledged that the Japa syndrome is a worldwide occurrence that also affects nations like Pakistan and India.He claims that in the last five years, the nation has lost roughly 16,000 doctors due to brain drain.Regarding the Japa you mentioned, it is not exclusive to Nigeria. It occurs all over the world. There is not enough in other nations.

They want to be given more. It is not limited to Nigeria. It is taking place in Africa, the Philippines, and India. We have lost between 15,000 and 16,000 in the past five years, and approximately 17,000 have been transferred. We are barely getting by. Increasing their training will therefore make sense. The same is true for midwives and nurses—both groups are departing.

To guarantee that those who remain are properly trained, it is crucial to increase the scope of training.But, as I was trying to suggest, there are thousands more people present. And even though we do not value them, the chance to travel overseas persisted. I will explain with an example. The very intelligent gentleman who oversees the intensive care unit at Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

When I first met him in December, he told me, “Four of my colleagues have left.” I questioned why he had stayed. “See, this is my nation,” he declared. I want to work in the health sector because people who choose to work there are naturally motivated.

Not everyone enters there merely looking for work. They go because of their innate motivation, which we must acknowledge and capitalize on.We are starting to implement measures to broaden the scope of training and work environment.

We are also encouraging commissions and salaries to take specific actions that will make them feel more at home. However, even the more recent problem of working hours—especially for junior doctors—is being addressed.We are starting to implement measures to broaden the scope of training and work environment.

We are also encouraging commissions and salaries to take specific actions that will make them feel more at home. However, even the more recent problem of working hours—especially for junior doctors—is being addressed.

This is due to the fact that the workload does not lessen when some of their coworkers depart and they stay at home. And so they put in a ton of overtime.

We have heard that. We are investigating ways to lessen that, and in collaboration with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, we are investigating ways to ensure that physicians are treated as valuable assets and do not burn out by providing some safeguards in accordance with the code of ethics and guidelines.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *