The President of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Francis Faduyile has said that only 42,000 doctors out of the 75,000 registered by the association are available for 200 million Nigerians.
According to him, the remaining 33,000 already left for greener pastures, he further added that when it comes to health indices, Nigeria is one of the worst worldwide.
The NMA president said: “Nigeria is losing some of its most educated, talented and professional healthcare practitioners to countries such as Namibia, Senegal, Ghana, UK, South Africa and many others.”
“This is because the government is not interested in giving adequate priority to health, low funding, no appropriate employment, low remuneration, lack of equipment to intervene and save lives, insecurity, bad roads, among other problems.”
“Now, it is taking a toll on the country as our people are suffering due to the shortage of workers, people are dying due to lack of effective healthcare system and Nigeria has one of the worst health indices in the world,”.