The mass exodus of skilled medical practitioners in Nigeria’s medical sector has continued unabating as the Registrar of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria, Dr Tosan Erhabor, has said a total of 10,697 medical laboratory scientists had left the country.
According to punchng.com, Erhabor, speaking on Sunday, however, noted that a policy is being put together by the Federal Ministry of Health to address the problem.
“The total number of medical laboratory scientists that have migrated is 10,697,” he said.
He added that the policy, when launched, would regulate the migration of Nigerian health workers.
Erhabor said that the government has reviewed the hazard allowance of health professionals to boost their productivity.
“The government is considering reviewing the minimum wage and certain peculiar allowances for health professionals.
“A safe and conducive work environment can be a panacea to reducing the pace of brain drain amongst medical laboratories,” he said.
According to him, more than 4,504 medical laboratory scientists left the country in 2023.
Erhabor attributed the migration of medical scientists from the country to different reasons.
“Some are leaving as a result of poor remuneration and uncertainties in their career progression in teaching hospitals.
“Others are leaving in order to study abroad, acquire new skills, and enhance their professional status.
“Good numbers are also leaving because of the security situation in the country, poor infrastructure, and lack of modern equipment to work with.
“Above all the rising cost of living is making it practically impossible for an average medical laboratory scientist to provide basic care and quality education for their children,” he said.
According to him, the scientists’ preferred destinations are the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.