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Online media channels went viral particularly twitter as
against the outburst of the minister of labour and productivity Dr Chris Ngige
who was quoted as saying Doctors can leave Nigeria claiming that the country
had enough to contend with in terms of its needs and demands!
Ngige made this comment on a channels television platform sunrise Daily, while responding to question on brain drain and the deliberate
recruitment of Nigerian Doctors by foreign  embassies to the detriment of the nation’s
health sector.


The minister in response claim that Nigeria has 350,000
medical doctors, far more than the 260,000 which according to him, the world
health organisation (WHO) prescribes for the country.
Ngige
said there was nothing wrong with doctors leaving the country as they would
continue to send home money which could, in turn, grows the economy.
“I
am not worried about doctors leaving the country. We have a surplus. If you have a surplus, you export. It happened some years ago. I was taught chemistry and
biology 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,” he said.
When
asked why Nigeria is not having doctors to man rural areas, Ngige said: “Who
said we don’t have enough doctors? We have more than enough, they go out, and
they sharpen their skills. You can quote me. There is nothing wrong with them
travelling out. When they go abroad, they earn money and send them back home
here. We have foreign exchange earnings from them and not just oil. Those guys
go there, they are better trained because of the facilities they have there.
“I
know some of them who have come back home and opened medical centres here. I
know a doctor from America who left in the 80s, we were in medical school
together. Now he has a facility in Imo State. He has about four facilities in
Maryland where he’s practising, and so you tell me that it’s a brain drain.
“They
set up medical centres back home, and in their centre, they have CAT scan, MRI
scan which even the government cannot maintain. So, I don’t see any loss.”.
When asked if brain drain is not hurting the health sector, the minister said:
“Brain drain will only be inimical when, for instance, neurosurgeons travel and
we don’t have neurosurgeons here.”Nigeria is believed to be one of the country’s
most affected by emigration of medical professionals, with about 12 doctors
leaving the country every week.
But
reacting on social media, a twitter handle @toku says the  claim that the country has
surplus Doctors and that it should be exported for economic gains is nothing
other than faking up reality, while he urges the minister to do more research in
other to get some facts that the country may work with.
Others respondents  believe the minister of labour should do more of findings before coming to national television to give what they describe as questionable claims
“There should be more researches that should be done at the ministry of labour  periodically particularly about the level of unemployment that the country is being raved with and to enable Nigerians to know how governments at all levels are been able to solve those challenges  and not coming out to reel fictitious claims”

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