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Brain drain: 100 Nigerian doctors relocate abroad every month — NARD confirms

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A study by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has revealed that at least 2,000 doctors have left the country within two years.

The study further disclosed that 800 of those who left the country departed within the last eight months, averaging 100 doctors leaving monthly for greener pastures.

National President and Senior Registrar, Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery, Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Umuahia, Abia State, Dr. Emeka Innocent Orji, said: “We did a study among our members to find out why they are leaving even though we have always known that when you are engaging the government without facts and figures, they may not understand the gravity of what you are talking about. So, this study showed that in the last two years, up to 2,000 doctors have left this country and in the last eight months, January to August, about 800 doctors left. When you do the matrix, it is about 100 doctors per month.”

Orji said also interested in leaving are about 4000 persons.

The NARD boss observed that major causes of the emigration were poor remuneration and welfare. He continued: “The economy is bad for everybody. But the truth is that these doctors are putting in their best and even putting their lives on the line.

“Also, the issue of insecurity, and of course, poor job satisfaction. We do not have enough equipment in hospitals to work with. You see a patient that you can help, but because of the dearth of infrastructure and medical equipment, you are not able to help, and this leads to depression for some people.”

“So, we are trying to draw the attention of the government to these, not forcing the Nigerian government to stop paying us like they do in America and other big economies of the world. But we know that even when you compare what doctors are paid in Nigeria to what obtains in some other countries with comparable economic status, you will see that those countries actually pay better. The root of all this is poor funding.”

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