Imafidon Osama Agbonile, a medical practitioner, has said research has indicated that more than 35, 000 doctors have left Nigeria for Europe, America and Asia in the last 20 years.
Agbonile made this known while delivering a lecture in Benin over the weekend at a conference organised by the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria, Edo State Hospital Management Board branch.
According to him, brain drain is on the increase in Nigeria and that over 40 to 60 percent of the nation’s medical doctors practise abroad.
“Also, the United Kingdom register of doctors revealed that Nigerian are fourth largest doctors in the country since 2017,” he added.
He attributed the trend to un-conducive working environment, poor remuneration, inadequate opportunities for research, poor governance/leadership, lack of adequate government policies and implementations.
Urging governments at all levels to improve healthcare delivery, he said Nigeria had a dismal mortality rate for communicable and non-communicable diseases.
Edo State Commissioner for Health, Dr David Osifo, assured of the government’s commitment to developing the health sector for effective healthcare delivery.