The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige has disclosed to the medical doctors who want to leave Nigeria, that they are at liberty to do so as to have accommodating atmosphere in the country, has a lot of medical personnel.
Ngige noted this when he appeared at the scene on Channels TV Sunrise Daily, saying he was not bothered and moved about the enormous number of medical doctors deciding on leaving the country to other.
The minister was giving verbal feedback to questions about brain drain and deliberate recruitment of Nigerian doctors by foreign embassies in Nigeria.
He elaborated that, “I am not worried, we have surplus doctors, if we have a surplus, we export. I was taught Biology and Chemistry 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.
“There is nothing wrong, they go out to sharpen their skills, earn money and send them back home here. Yes, we have foreign exchange earnings from them, not from oil.”
He also contend that the number of doctors leaving the country does not amount to brain drain when asked.
“Those guys go there, they are better trained because of the facilities they have there. Eventually, I know a couple of them who practice abroad but set up medical centres back home. They have CAT scan, MRI scan which even the government hospitals cannot maintain. So, I don’t see any loss regarding this matter.
He also posited that, “Brain drain will only be inimical when for instance neurosurgeons travel and we don’t have neurosurgeons here.”