Many have complained about the consistent ‘brain drain’ Nigeria is suffering from, with health professionals nals, medical doctors especially trooping out of the country in heavy numbers. While this has been blamed on the Nigerian health sector, which doesn’t encourage these doctors like their counterparts in more developed countries, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has said he is not losing sleep over the trend.
The reason, he said on Sunrise Daily on Channels Television, is because Nigeria has enough doctors.
Ngige, who is himself a medical doctor compares the situation with what happened in the past. He said it’s not a new thing, because he was taught by Indians.
He observed that most of the doctors who travel abroad improve their expertise, and come back to Nigeria to build medical centres.
“I’m Not Worried, We Have Surplus (Doctors), if we have a surplus, we export. I was taught Biology and Chemistry by Indian teachers in my secondary school days.
“They are surplus in their country. We have a surplus in the medical profession in our country. I can tell you this. It is my area, we have excess. We have enough, more than enough, quote me.”
“There is nothing wrong, they go out to sharpen their skills, earn money and send them back home here. Yes, we have foreign exchange earnings from them, not from oil.”
“Those guys go there, they are better trained because of the facilities they have there. Eventually, I know a couple of them who practise abroad but set up medical centres back home. They have CAT scan, MRI scan which even the government hospitals cannot maintain. So, I don’t see any loss.
“Brain drain will only be inimical when for instance neurosurgeons travel and we don’t have neurosurgeons here.”