Federal government says Nigeria lost 16,000 doctors in five years to Japa syndrome

 Federal government says Nigeria lost 16,000 doctors in five years to Japa syndrome
Federal government says Nigeria lost 16,000 doctors in five years to Japa syndrome.

 

 

The Federal Government yesterday disclosed that 55,000 licensed doctors are in the country to attend to the growing population of patients following the exodus of health professionals to hospitals and health facilities abroad.

It said in the last five years, the country lost about 15,000 to 16,000 doctors to the Japa syndrome while about 17,000 had been transferred.

The Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof Ali Pate, disclosed these when he featured as a guest during a televised interview.

Pate, who said the brain drain syndrome has robbed the health sector of its best hands, affirmed that the government is doing its best to expand the training scheme and motivate others who chose to stay back and serve their fatherland. 

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