2,701 doctors trained in Nigeria have left the country to other countries to work in the last four years, Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi C.O. Chukwu, has said. Nigeria currently posts a poor doctor-patient ratio of 1:3500 against the World Health Organisation (WHO) standard of 1:600. Currently, all the medical schools graduate between 3,500 and 4,000 new doctors annually.
The minister disclosed this in Lagos yesterday while delivering a lecture titled “Medical Education in Nigeria; The Quest for World Standards and Local relevance,” held at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). He said only 5 percent of applicants gained admission to read medicine. He said the demand for Nigerian doctors abroad shows the quality of learning in Nigeria is acceptable globally.