The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has said that to address the brain drain in the sector, the federal government is setting up a mechanism to engage Nigerian doctors and nurses in the diaspora and connect them with universities and hospitals in the country.
Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday at the 17th edition of the President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) Administration” Scorecard Series (2015-2023), he lamented that experienced doctors were leaving the country.
Ehanire said a lot of doctors and nurses in Nigeria felt they were not properly rewarded for the work they were doing. The minister said the federal government was trying to address the issue by improving the conditions of service for medical personnel. He, however, noted that there was high mobility of health workers globally and that Nigeria should not be seen as the only country affected.
Speaking further, the minister said the government was still vigilant and that there was a high level of preparedness at Nigeria’s entry points to prevent a fresh outbreak of COVID-19.