House of Representatives challenge health ministry on brain drain

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

The House of Representatives has challenged the Nigerian Ministry of Health to develop stringent policies that would reduce brain-drain in the medical sector as well as medical tourism.
Members of the House committee on Diaspora gave the charge at an interface with the Minister of Health on the Nigerian in the Diaspora Health Initiative.
Under the initiative, the Health Ministry is liasing with Nigerian Embassies with a view to bringing on board Nigerian professionals in the medical field to come and work in Nigeria for  between 3-6 months.
While expressing concern over the huge amount Nigeria is losing annually to the Medical Tourism, the lawmakers suggested establishment of Super Hospitals in all the geo-political zones to address the issue.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire told the lawmakers that efforts are being made to address the issues while enhancing the health care delivery in the country.
He said that medical tourism is a problem the ministry of health is yearly contending with and it is about people who had lost confidence in the nation’s health system.
According to him, the problem of medical tourism bothers on equipment and skills of specialized field of medical practice by doctors and other health professionals.
Dr. Ehanire also urged the lawmakers to provide the needed legislative support for the government’s reform agenda in health sector.
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