Brain Drain: FG Convince Health Workers to Remain in Nigeria

Osaretin Balogban

Minister of State for Health, Joseph Ekumankama, assures that measures are set in place by the government to reduce the issue of brain drain in Nigeria, especially in the health sector.

The Minister spoke with reporters on Monday as he inaugurated the Orthopedic and Trauma Centre, Molecular Building Complex, Oxygen gas plant, Clinical Training Centre, and Ultra-Modern Theatre at the Federal Medical Centre, Ebute Meta, Lagos.

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He said that the issue of the mass migration of health personnel out of the country was worrisome and problematic.

“The greatest challenge facing the sector presently is the doctors and nurses leaving the country”, NAN quoted him saying.”

The Minister assured health workers that the government is working to revitalize the health sector, as he urged them to remain in the country.

“As a sacrifice, I encourage them to stay back and help us revitalize the health sector. We have witnessed that today with what is on ground in this hospital,” he said.

Ekumankama also added that the government had disbursed 100% of the health budget into the health sector in the last three years.

Source: Daily Post

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