The Nigerian government has reaffirmed its commitment to tackling brain health issues in the nation’s healthcare system.
Joseph Ekumankama, Minister of State for Health, made the commitment on Monday at the Federal Medical Centre in Ebute Meta, Lagos, while calling with medical staff not to leave Nigeria.
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The Orthopedic and Trauma Center, Molecular Building Complex, Oxygen gas plant, Clinical Training Centre, and Ultra-Modern Theatre were all inaugurated at the same time as Ekumankama’s speech.
The minister acknowledged that the widespread transfer of physicians and nurses was an issue that they would do their best to prevent.
He also urged medical professionals to stay in Nigeria to see the government’s initiatives.
“THE GREATEST CHALLENGE FACING THE SECTOR PRESENTLY IS THE DOCTORS AND NURSES LEAVING THE COUNTRY.
“AS A SACRIFICE, I ENCOURAGE THEM TO STAY BACK AND HELP US REVITALIZE THE HEALTH SECTOR. WE HAVE WITNESSED THAT TODAY WITH WHAT IS ON GROUND IN THIS HOSPITAL,” HE SAID.
According to the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), between 2016 and 2018, the country lost almost 9,000 medical professionals to the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
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