Nigeria may need to import medical doctors in the future — NMA
According to the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), with medical doctors leaving the country for greener pastures abroad, there may be a need to hire doctors from foreign countries.
The NMA also stated that if urgent steps are not taken to fix the deteriorating situation, the country’s health system will collapse.
Dr. Ayotunde Fassila, Oyo State NMA Chairman raised the alarm in Ibadan, Tuesday, August 16th, at the official opening ceremony of the 2022 scientific conference titled: “National Health Authority Act – The Sound Bites”.
It also called for an emergency in the health sector, as Nigerian doctors continue to migrate to America, Europe, and other African countries.
He pointed out that the budget allocation for the health sector in 2022 is only 4.2 percent of the national budget. This was considerably lower than the minimum 15 percent recommended by the African Union (AU), in the Abuja Declaration.
He said: “The infrastructure deficit is such that some of our hospitals spend a significant amount of their internally generated revenues on diesel to ensure power supply.
“There is scarcity of funds to apply for equipment upgrade, workforce development or even recruitment of new staff.
“Many of our hospitals are grossly under-staffed. A rigid and insensitive government bureaucracy bogs down even the process of replacing migrating staff.
“It is our plea to the government to commit more funds to the health sector so that the system does not collapse or Nigeria may begin to import medical doctors.
“Only healthy people can have the will and strength to contribute to the growth and development of a nation’s
“Therefore, I call on well-meaning Nigerians, philanthropists, and non-governmental organisations to join hands with the government to improve the conditions of the health system in the nation, especially Oyo state. It is obvious that the government cannot handle it alone.”
Also present at the event was Oyo State Commissioner for Health, Dr.Taiwo Ladipo, who represented Gov. Seyi Makinde. He noted that the state recruited about 530 medical and health personnel from 2021 to 2022.