Nigeria loses 21,988 doctors nurses to brain drain

Nigeria loses 21,988 doctors nurses to brain drain

Postby fw12 » Tue Apr 04, 2006 7:10 am

NIGERIA lost 21,988 health workers to brain drain in the last four years, the Minister of State for Health, Mrs Halima Alao, said yesterday in Abuja. Alao, who gave the figure during an inter-ministerial news conference for 2006 World Health Day, said.

A significant number of the workers left Nigeria for greener pastures in the United States, United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia. Giving a breakdown, she said that as at 2003, out of a total of 35,000 registered doctors,10,000 migrated, while 20 per cent of 10,364 registered pharmacists as at July 2003 also left the country.

She said that figures submitted by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria revealed that 9,917 nurses and midwives out of 210,306 on its registration list had left within the last four years.

Alao identified lack of motivation, improper placement, inadequate training, inefficient utilisation, poor remuneration, obsolete medical equipment and infrastructure as the major factors responsible for the brain drain.

To deal with the issue, she said that the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) had responded to the need for Human Resource for Health (HRH) policy by convening several stakeholders workshops that had produced a draft document.

She also observed that the right quality and mix of health personnel was critical to the realisation of millennium development goals in the health sector, though such personnel were still lacking at all levels, especially the rural areas.

Since the problem had assumed an international dimension, Alao said that the 2006 World Health Day celebration, fixed for Friday, would focus on a “cross cutting non-clinical issue such as health workforce�.

Alao recalled that the problems posed by brain drain in the health sector led to the recent introduction of a Commonwealth Code of Practice for International Recruitment of Health Workers.

She said that the code provided guidelines for the recruitment of health workers in a manner that took into account the impact of recruitment on services in the source country.

At the local level, Alao said that there were plans to establish a “National Hospital Service Agency� that would manage tertiary health institutions better.

She said that the ministry had plans to develop a national strategy for human resources in health, including “performance-based human resource management system�.

Apart from that, Alao said that the Federal Government was making efforts to put in place a framework of responsibilities for the implementation of the Commonwealth code of practice.

In his message, Information Minister, Frank Nweke, noted the exodus of health workers from Nigeria, but advised those nursing the same ambition to think twice since the Federal Government had resolved to make the sector more attractive and conducive to health workers.

Also in a message, Turner Isoun, Science and Technology Minister, said that a data base on health workers and research findings was being developed, as part of efforts to improve the health sector as well as health personnel.

For Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who was represented, government would continue to invest in areas that would ensure improvements in the health sector.

The Minister of Labour, Dr Hassan Lawal, in his message, said that guidelines would be developed to ensure safe and healthy work places for health professionals.

-Nigerian Tribune-
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Postby fairykarma » Mon Aug 20, 2007 1:05 am

Pretty depressing as health care is a lucrative field almost everywhere in the world.
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