Doctors are free to leave Nigeria, we have surplus – Ngige


Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has stated that he isn’t always worried about medical doctors leaving the country for greener pastures some place else.

Ngige said this on Channels television’s sunrise daily on Wednesday.

Ngige said: “I’m now not concerned, we have surplus (doctors), if we’ve got a surplus, we export. I used to be taught Biology and Chemistry by Indian teachers in my secondary school days.

“they may be surplus in their country. We have a surplus within the clinical career in our country. I can inform you this. It’s miles my place, we’ve extra. We’ve sufficient, greater than enough, quote me.

“There is nothing wrong, they go out to sharpen their skills, earn money and send them back home here. Yes, we have foreign exchange earnings from them, not from oil.

“Those guys go there, they are better trained because of the facilities they have there. Eventually, I know a couple of them who practise abroad but set up medical centres back home. They have CAT scan, MRI scan which even the government hospitals cannot maintain. So, I don’t see any loss.

“Brain drain will only be inimical when for instance neurosurgeons travel and we don’t have neurosurgeons here.”

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