Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has said doctors are free to leave Nigeria, as we have more than enough in the country.
Chris Ngige who was a guest on Channels TV Sunrise Daily stated that he is not bothered about the decision of medical doctors who choose to leave Nigeria to practice outside the country.
He also added that the practice is not alien to Nigeria, pointing out to the fact that he was taught by Indians in secondary school. He said;
“I’m 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.”
The minister also added that the exodus of medical doctors from the country does not amount to brain drain. He said;
“Those guys go there, they are better trained because of the facilities they have there. Eventually, I know a couple of them who practise 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.
“Brain drain will only be inimical when for instance neurosurgeons travel and we don’t have neurosurgeons here.”