Niger State Loses 839 Health Workers To Overseas Jobs.
39 doctors and another 800 medocal staff have left the employ of Niger state for greener pasture offshore.
The health sector, like the education and the information, communication and technology sector has been troubled by inadequate funding, frewuent industrial action and lack of attentiin by the goverment, forcing the practitiiners to abandon the country for better work condition outside thr country.
Currently, universities in the coutry are under locks and keys owimg to a strike action by the lecturers that has defied resolution.
Now, Niger Hospital Management Board (NHMB) has raised alarm over the mass resignation of medical practitioners, with a ratio of a doctor to 800 patients.
The board said
the state was facing a serious health personnel crisis including resignation of 85 nurses.
Executive Medical Director of NHMB, Ibrahim Abdullahi, said were medical workers enticed by the stronger foreign currencies.
Abdullahi explained: “The developed countries are seriously poaching our doctors and health workers.
“This year alone, we have lost 39 doctors and in the last three years, we have lost about 790 health staff including 85 nurses. The loss of health workers are either by retirement, abscondment or resignation.”
He noted that the state had a 450 doctors in its general hospitals, private hospitals and Federal Medical Centres.
The executive medical director, however, expressed optimism that the medical human resources gap in the state would soon be addressed, noting that the state government was making plans to recruit about 400 health workers in 2022.