NMA calls for urgent steps to reverse brain drain

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called on the Federal Government to take urgent steps to reverse the increasing level of brain drain affecting the medical profession.

Prof. Mike Ogirima, President NMA, who made the call at a news conference on Sunday in Lagos.

He said there should be more vacancies in health institutions for doctors to fill, while their welfare should also be improved upon.

“Over the last 10 years, there have been isolated cases of migration, but it has become pronounced in the last five years that doctors cannot be absorbed into the system.

“This is a country where our health indices are very poor, yet we do not have vacancies for our specialists, doctors and other health professionals.

“Government must improve the capacities to absorb these hands,’’ he said.

The NMA president also expressed concern over the challenges facing residency…

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