shortage of medical workers in Nigeria

THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN ADVISED TO DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY ON SHORTAGE OF HEALTH WORKERS IN NIGERIA

This is as a result of the migration of Health Care workers to foreign countries in recent years with focus on Clinical Oncologist that is cancer doctors.

This call was made at a press briefing in Abuja organised by the project pink blue with support from the ACT Foundation.

The Executive Director of the project Pink Blue Runcie Chidebe in his submission said by 2030, Nigeria will have a shortage of over 50 thousand doctors and over 137 thousand nurses due to the stark realities of report of migrating health workers.

According to him, 9 in 10 Nigeria physician are seeking opportunities abroad and these has had impact in Nigeria in diverse ways.

He called on the government to do all it takes to ensure that our health care workers remain in the country.

The brief also served as an opportunity to launch the upgrade Oncology.

The Upgrade Oncology according to the organisation is aimed at supporting the Federal Government’s effort in Cancer control.

A Cancer survivor and programme Cordinator Project Pink Blue Gloria Okwu who spoke on the upgrade Oncology, in her remark said the primary focus is on training of Oncology pharmacist, cancer doctors and cancer nurses.

She said the organisation is seeking the support of the U.S Mission in Nigeria and the Oncology Pharmacy Association of Nigeria to bring two U.S board certified Oncology-Pharmacist from the United States to Nigeria to provide the training.

A consultant Hematologist at the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Uche Nwokwu on his part, disclosed some of Federal government efforts in tackling the scourge of cancer in the country.

He further said the government will do all it can to tackle the menace of Cancer in Nigeria.

With the high number of health workers leaving the country we hope that the Federal government will give full attention to this aspect of our health sector in order to stop the trend.

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