Resident doctors in Nigeria are seeking international experience to help reduce the spate of ‘medical tourism’.
The Federal Government has resuscitated the post-clinical attachment scheme for medical doctors, the President, National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD), Achonwa Chiedozie, has announced.
Disclosing this on Saturday in Gombe, Mr. Chiedozie said the scheme commenced with a first batch of 56 doctors to be sponsored for overseas training to build the capacity of Nigerian doctors.
He described the overseas clinical attachment as a scheme where Nigerian resident doctors are exposed to happenings outside the country, to enable them compete with their foreign colleagues.
“This will reduce the medical tourism out of the country and save Nigeria a lot of millions of naira in foreign exchange that people siphoned when they go for medical tourism,” he said.
Mr. Chiedozie said the association has made contributions toward the development of healthcare delivery in the country, and cited the modernisation of university teaching hospitals as a result of consistent agitation by the association.
He said the rural health missions, which the association started two years ago, are aimed at providing free medical services to rural communities.
On capacity building, he stated that the association trained 90 doctors in Abuja on extension of obstetric and neonatal care.
“We will train four primary healthcare workers in each of the 774 local government councils in the country on obstetric care and neonatal resuscitation to improve indices in infant mortality and maternal morbidity,” he said.
The NARD president is in Gombe for the 2012 Medical Week, organised by the Gombe State chapter of the association.