HealthLabourNewsAbout 10,296 Licensed Nigeria Physicians Now Practice In the UK

About 10,296 licensed Nigerian physicians are currently practicing in the UK, with about 1,307 of them leaving the country for the UK between January-September 2022.

Dr. Solomon Gideon Bulus, Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) Adamawa State Branch disclosed this Tuesday during the opening ceremony of Adamawa State Physician’s Week 2022 held in the Banquet Hall, Government House Yola.

“Government should come out with positive measures that will motivate the state Doctors and even reduce the rate of brain drain which Nigeria is currently battling with,” he said.

Bulus stated that Physician Week is a period to celebrate the contribution of individuals and communities and give back to society through medical outreach among others.

In a remark, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa state explained that the present administration has revolutionized the healthcare system.

“Government has built and rehabilitated 40 healthcare centers, built 6 new cottage hospitals, procured medical facilities and introduced health insurance scheme,” he said.

Represented by Adamawa State Commissioner of Health, Professor Abdullahi Isa, Fintiri said the government has set up a committee to look into the new salary structure of medical doctors in the state to improve their remuneration.

Also, the Provost College of Medicine, Modibbo Adama University, Yola, Prof. Adamu Bakari Girei expressed concern over the exodus of medical doctors in the country describing it as a source of concern.

Physician’s Week which has the theme; “Nigeria’s Healthcare Delivery System and 2023 Democratic Transition: A Time to Change the Narrative”.

Hassan Umar Shallpella (Regional Correspondent)

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