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Nigerian medical doctors can leave the country-Ngige

Nigeria’s Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige earlier on Wednesday dropped a bombshell, urging Nigerian medical doctors who choose to leave the country, and practice elsewhere to leave.
Ngige spoke on Channels TV, breakfast programme Sunrise Daily, saying as a young school boy, he was taught by foreigners back in secondary school.
“I’m 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,” he noted
On whether he doesn’t find anything wrong with doctors’ leaving, Ngige said:
“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 practise 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.”

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