Despite official data stating otherwise, Ngige claims Nigeria has ‘surplus’ doctors

Despite official data showing that Nigeria ‘gravely’ lacks an adequate number of doctors, a minister has claimed otherwise.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics, as of 2013, showed there were about four doctors for every 10,000 Nigerians (one for 2,500), far below the organisation’s recommendation of one doctor to 600 patients.

Also, according to official data from the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), as of December 2017, Nigeria had over 39,000 registered medical doctors. This implies that with an estimated population of 193 million as of 2016, Nigeria had one medical doctor to about 4,845 citizens, less than 20 per cent of the WHO recommendation.

However, Nigeria’s labour and employment minister, Chris Ngige, claims the country has ‘enough’ medical doctors to attend to the needs of Nigerians.

He, however, did not provide any evidence to back his claim on this.

Mr Ngige made the declaration on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday.

Mr Ngige’s comment is coming weeks after Saudi officials stormed Nigeria to recruit medical doctors.

When asked by the presenter to comment on the brain drain in the country and if the deliberate recruitment of Nigerian doctors by foreign embassies is detrimental to the nation’s health sector, the minister said, “No, 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 here. I was taught chemistry and biology by Indian teachers in my secondary school days. There is a surplus in their country, and we also have a surplus in the medical profession in our country. I can tell you this. In my area, we have excess,” he said.

According to him, ”I know a couple of them who practise abroad but set up medical centres back home. They have a CAT scan, MRI scan which even the government cannot maintain. So, I don’t see any loss.

“Who said we don’t have enough doctors? We have more than enough. You can quote me. There is nothing wrong in them travelling out. When they go abroad, they earn money and send them back home here. Yes, we have foreign exchange earnings from them and not just oil.”

Mr Ngige said brain drain would only be inimical ”when, for instance, neurosurgeons travel and we don’t have neurosurgeons here”.



– Premium Times


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One Response to “Despite official data stating otherwise, Ngige claims Nigeria has ‘surplus’ doctors”

  1. Strange Mr. Ngige is still on his desk. That’s why we are a banana republic.

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