The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, says he is not bothered about doctors decision to leave the country in search of greener pastures as Nigeria has enough medical personnel.
Ngige was responding to a question on brain drain and the deliberate recruitment of Nigerian doctors by foreign embassies in Nigeria to the detriment of the nation’s health sector on Sunrise Daily monitored by Africa News24 this morning.
The minister said the practice is not alien to Nigeria, because he was taught by Indians in secondary school.
He said, “No, I am not worried (about doctors leaving the country). We have surplus. If you have surplus, you export. It happened some years ago here. I was taught chemistry and biology 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.”
When asked if brain drain was not hurting the health sector, he said, “Brain drain will only be inimical when for instance neurosurgeons travel and we don’t have neurosurgeons here.”