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Doctors Trained In Russia, Ukraine Are Returning To Nigeria To Work – FG

It has been reported that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has stated that as a developing country, Nigeria is unlikely to meet the recommendation of the United Nations and the World Health Organisation’s ratio of one doctor to 600 patients.

Disclosing this at the two-day quarterly meeting of the Nigeria Health Commissioners Forum, on Friday, in Abuja, Ngige stated that, Nigerian-born doctors trained in Russia, Ukraine and other countries are returning to Lagos, Abuja, other cities for work.

According to him, “We’re not a United Nations’ country, we are a developing country. So, when such figures are given I will tell them every rule has an exception. We are not yet there.”

He stated: “So, we shall make do with what we have. Surplus doctors. We have surpluses I keep on telling them that we have not deployed our medical manpower proportionately, and adequately as we should do.”

He added that, “How many doctors do we have in the rural areas and in the suburbs since everybody is in the townships, with a medical and dental council data showing 4,000 doctors every year. Before, it used to be 3000, before the private universities came a lot of them are not doing medicine, including Afe Babalola and others.”

Ngige made it known that, “We are now in about 4000 plus, the people even trained abroad are coming back from Russia and Ukraine, and the rest of them all. Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria is registering them.”

He continued that, “So, almost everybody has come to Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt to stay. And we have 10,000 primary care centres that are unmanned as at the last count.”

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