Nigerian Medical Association, NMA says the Nation’s skyrocketing brain drain wave may culminate in the country resorting to hiring medical doctors to treat local patients in the future.
NMA also warned that if urgent steps were not taken to fix the deteriorating situation, it may lead to total collapse of the health system in the country.
The alarm was raised by Oyo State NMA Chairman, Ayotunde Fasunla, in Ibadan at the official opening of the 2022 scientific conference, titled: ‘National Health Authority Act – The Sound Bites’.
The body also called for a state of emergency in the health sector with a view to holistically addressing the menace of pull and push factors, responsible for mass migration of health personnel to Europe, America, Middle East and other African countries.
He noted that the budgetary allocation to the health sector in 2022 was approximately 4.2 per cent of the national budget.
The event has as a sub-theme: ‘Industrial Harmony in the Health Sector A Necessity for Health Sector Growth.”