300 doctors left Nigeria in 2016 — NMA President

File photo of Resident Doctors

Three hundred Nigerian doctors left the country in 2016,  the national president also of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Mike Ogirima, has revealed.

He said more doctors have joined the migration train this year. He did not give any statistics, although NAN learnt that 500 doctors sat for qualifying foreign medical examination preparing to move out.

Mr. Ogirima made this revelation at the association’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held on Thursday in Lagos.

An estimated 35,000 Nigerian doctors are practising abroad, out of the   72,000 registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. 

The United Kingdom and the United States are the top destinations of the migrant doctors.

In August, an  official of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Abimbola Olajide, revealed that  no fewer than 2,500 doctors  would  leave the country this year.

“Nigeria is using her resources to train doctors and professionals at the advantage of foreign countries.What are those things attracting these professionals outside?  Can we duplicate those things here?” Mr. Ogirima asked.

The NMA president said the responsibility to check the migration  lies with the government, the people and professionals to provide good working environment.

Mr. Ogirima said, “The government should provide adequate remuneration.We are not saying we should pay so much, but pay them for the job they are doing as at when due.

“We, on our part as professionals should look inward to change our attitude to patients. We should make patients as the Centre focus of why we are called doctors.”

He said the National Health Act of 2014 has not been fully implemented despite warnings of legal action and its implications from the NMA.

According to him, the act holds the key to revolutionising the health industry.

“It will encourage provision of additional fund to the system and ensure care of the vulnerable in the society.

“The present provision of only three to four per cent of our annual budget to health sector is not helping the development of our system.

“Some African countries who have voted up to 15 per cent  or more to their health systems are witnessing gradual improvement in their health sector.

“Nigerians are now patronising health facilities in our neighbouring countries,” he said.

Also, the Commissioner for Housing, Lagos State, Gbolahan Lawal, urged NMA to create sustainable policies that would make major economic impact on Nigerians.

Mr. Lawal said, “If we consider informal housing, that is, houses that do not have the approval of government and located in slum areas, and the consequences, it has a lot to do with health.

“The government already has building code that does not allow for houses not good for human habitat,” he said.


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  • Adele Uhuru

    Same as it was during the past 1983-3 criminal military junta administration of the current clueless head of state

    • marcos avelino

      You are the criminal clueless brainless moron cant comment except you trade insults miserable tortured nasty soul

  • princegab

    Nothing is going to be better without infrastructure. Good the Drs are going out to practice. They will be back when we need them most.

  • thusspokez

    An estimated 35,000 Nigerian doctors are practising abroad, out of the 72,000 registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.
    The United Kingdom and the United States are the top destinations of the migrant doctors.

    But how many of these Nigerian doctors are able to find work as doctors in these countries? I see a lot of Asian doctors, but rarely do I meet Nigerian doctors — not even in the hospital corridors. And the ones I have met are usually born in these countries to Nigerian parents. Most Nigerians, I have met in western hospitals and clinics are nurses, receptionists and others.

    • dami

      Maybe you can’t afford their services!! So they dodge you and your Nigerian poverty mentality!!

      • thusspokez

        You are unintelligible and not making any sense.

        • dami

          Talking like as if your the only Nigerian abroad! maybe the janitor work you’re doing is clouding your judgement!!

          • thusspokez

            I din’t know what hospital janitors do, so I looked it up. Well, since you seem to know about job, maybe it is what you do – not that I would criticise what another person does to put food on the table.

            Anyway, I don’t know why you are so angry with my comment. Is this personal frustration? Maybe you are one of those Nigerians who thought that the grass must be greener in the West, only to end up in dead-end menial jobs.

            Unlike the Nigerian doctors whom you say are ubiquitous in the west, I see many Nigerians working as security officers; and some tell me that they have law degrees.

            If you made a wrong decision and is now causing you much frustration, you have yourself to blame, but it is never too late to make corrections. It is, however, not a good idea to take your frustration at other people on Internet forums.

          • dami

            It’s also not good to disparage others, your sour grapes is obvious so remove the log in your eye before worrying about the speck in others…and also get off your high horse as u must be a janitor or the like to think like this…maybe going abroad didn’t work out for you…hence why other Nigerians avoid you.

          • thusspokez

            It’s also not good to disparage others


            …u must be a janitor or the like

            Talk of disparaging others. Your response shows muddled thinking process. Let’s say that I am even a street sweeper, does this disqualify me from expressing my views about Nigerians contemplating leaving Nigeria?

            You are clearly very frustrated with your own life, hence your persistent anger. It is important for Nigerians to know that the grass is not always greener in the West. There are many hurdles to jump.

          • Tony Ani

            Knock it off!!! Learn to be respectful Sir.

      • Tony Ani

        Stop being abusive Sir.

        • dami

          Shove off sir!!
          Read his own comments disparaging Nigerians cos his own experiences have been poor or just not there…or is he the only one abroad (if he really is abroad)
          Exhibiting look Down syndrome…he should get off his high horse.

    • El Patron

      Go to places like New York, Texas where Nigerians are plenty, I assure you there’s almost no hospital you will go you won’t see Nigerian doctors and nurses

      • Tony Ani

        Not correct Bro. America has no shortage of Doctors. Most Universities in America have Medical Schools.Let them go abroad if they are not happy working in Nigeria. They are just blackmailing to negotiate better conditions of service.

        • thusspokez

          They are just blackmailing to negotiate better conditions of service.

          You might be right. Those Nigerians who think that any doctors, particularly from the third-world can just work into to a work in western hospital are deluded.

  • marcos avelino

    Let them go , much more are on the assembly line at least they can send their remittances back to nigeria