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Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has criticised the high rate of brain drain in the health sector, claiming that if all Nigerian doctors leave the nation, it will take 120 years for the country to have the number of doctors it requires.
On Friday, November 5, the Minister said this at the first matriculation ceremony of the Federal University of Health Sciences Otukpo (FUSHO), which was conducted at its temporary site in Otada, Otukpo LGA, Benue State.
Represented by a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Arc. Sunny Echono, the Education Minister lamented that the quality of training, competence, and skills needed in the medical profession has remained problematic in the country as a result of a combination of inadequate personnel and facilities. He said statistics shows that doctor to patient ratio in Nigeria at 1:6000.
“Statistics have shown that doctor-patient ratio in Nigeria falls far short of the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, which stipulates ratio of one doctor to every 600 patients. This contrasts with the current 1:6000 ratio in Nigeria.
This was further exacerbated by the outbreak of of the global COVID-19 pandemic which exposed the weak institutional capacity for disease control and surveillance in the country.”he said
The Minister added that it was for this reason that the Federal Government established FUHSO, the first in the country, to bridge the huge gap with the benefit of a clear vision, strong leadership, an outstanding academic body, an innovative pedagogical model and management framework.
Adamu added that the institution was established to provide specialized training, research and facilities in the field of medical and health sciences that will reverse the brain drain in the education and health sectors of the nation’s economy.