The President Of National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) Dr. Olusegun Olaopa has said ” Dr. Chris Ngige’s statement on having enough doctors and not been bothered about those leaving to find greener pasture show he is not abreast in the medical field.
Ngige, who spoke on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, said he was not bothered that medical doctors are leaving Nigeria in droves, saying that the nation has a surplus of them and must therefore “export” to other countries.
Asked if he was concerned that the nation could be facing the medical crisis with the number of doctors leaving Nigeria, Ngige said, “We have more than enough, quote me.
“They (doctors) go out, sharpen their skills, earn money and send them back home here.
“We have foreign exchange earnings from them. Indians are doing it.”
NARD president, said “Ngige spoke as a politician, who does not know what is happening in the country”.
“The doctors we are losing are not fresh doctors but specialists. That means that Nigeria will continue to battle with the shortage of specialist doctors,”
He said, “That is an unfortunate statement which shows that he has done nothing in medical practice.
“The World Health Organisation stated that, for optimal healthcare to be achieved, we need doctor/patient ratio of one to 600.
“In Nigeria, we have 40,000 doctors taking care of 200 million people.
“It’s unfortunate, we do not have enough doctors. Maybe he is looking at the monetary part, but there is an opportunity cost.
“We have the maternal mortality that is about the highest in the world. To correct it, we need health professionals around.”