Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, says Nigeria have enough doctors to cater for the health needs of the people and won’t hold back any of the medical doctors that desire to travel abroad.
Speaking during ‘Sunrise Daily’ on Channels Television on Wednesday that was monitored by Theledge, the former Anambra State governor stated that the nation has surplus in the medical profession.
He also said that Brain drain would only be inimical when neurosurgeons travel and we don’t have neurosurgeons in Nigeria.
“I am not worried, we have surplus doctors, if we have a surplus, we export. I was taught Biology and Chemistry by Indian teachers in my secondary school days”.
“They are surplus in their country. We have a surplus in the medical profession in our country. I can tell you this. It is my area, we have excess. We have enough, more 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 practice 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.”