Out of 65,000 doctors registered in Nigeria, only 25, 000 are currently practising in the country. The President, Nigeria Medical Association, Dr Osahon Enabulele, made this known in Lagos during the association’s world press conference on Sunday. Dr Enabulele explained that the rate at which doctors travelled out of the country to practice was alarming and a clear pointer to Nigeria’s deficiency in healthcare system.
According to Dr Enabulele, there was a braindrain phenomenon of producing for other country’s benefit in the country in which Nigeria kept producing qualitative doctors but for other country’s benefit. He said that it was not that we produced too much doctors but that the working condition of the country was the main factor responsible for this, adding that there was no nation with too many doctors.