Brain Drain: Nigeria Needs 363,000 Doctors But Has Only 24,000

Nigeria currently has only 24,000 licensed medical doctors available in the country, less than 10 per cent of the number needed to meet a WHO recommendation.

The President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Uche Rowland, disclosed while speaking at a symposium to discuss ‘the brain drain in Nigeria’s health sector and its implications on health service delivery’ in Abuja on Wednesday.

Mr Rowland said a large number of Nigerian doctors emigrated to seek greener pastures in developed countries, noting that 5,600 of them have migrated to the United Kingdom (UK) in the last eight years.

He said a country requires a mix of 23 doctors, nurses, and midwives per 10,000 population to deliver essential health services, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

He, however, lamented that only one doctor is available to treat 30,000 patients in some Southern states, while in the North, it is one doctor to 45,000 patients.

“In some rural areas, patients have to travel more than 30 kilometres from their abodes to get medical attention where available thus making access to healthcare a rarity,” he said.

Given the fact that there are only 24,000 doctors available, the current doctor-patient ratio is 1:9,083, a stark contrast with WHO’s recommendation of One doctor to 600 patients.

With 218 million people to cater for, Nigeria requires at least 363,000 additional doctors to meet this target.

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