In recent times, Nigeria has seen a huge number of its doctors and medical practitioners leave the country in search of greener pastures.

Nigeria’s minimum wage for doctors is not anything to reckon with even with a more taking job. 

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This is becoming so disturbing and is a matter of great concern to Nigerians, especially those who don’t have the capacity to travel out of the country for health care.

Appeal To Nigerian Doctors Abroad

Now, the Nigerian government wants these doctors to return home.

President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday appealed to Nigerian medical practitioners in the diaspora to return to Nigeria.

He wants them to come and contribute their quota to the development of Nigeria’s medical sector, and also to serve Nigerians.

The President made the call at the unveiling of Nigeria’s Health Sector Renewal Investment Initiative at the State House, Abuja, on Tuesday, December 12.

Health As Fundamental Human Right

Describing health as a fundamental human right, President Tinubu announced plans for a comprehensive revamp of physical infrastructure and equipment and the re-training of frontline health workers starting in 2024.

Additionally, the President boasted that Nigeria remained a rallying point for the best minds in the medical profession.

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According to him, this has prompted his administration to allocate a substantial sum for the sector in the 2024 budget currently before the National Assembly.

He went on to beg Nigerian medical practitioners in the diaspora to return home to serve their people.

“We encourage those Nigerian health professionals in the Diaspora, just like Professor Ali Pate and Tunji Alausa have done, to sacrifice their time to come back home and serve their people.

“Consider your contributions here at home; as we say, ‘Charity begins at home’.

“For the developed countries that have benefited from the amazing talents of Nigerian health workers, we’ll really encourage them to consider how to support the expansion of training facilities in Nigeria to replace those that they have recruited from here.

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“You should also look at the short- and long-term opportunities that we offer.

“Yes, we have a vibrant, well-educated society, but we need Nigeria to rise on one side with climate change and drop the health system to decay. We will rise.”

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