How Brain Drain Is Affecting Our Mandate — Osibogun

The President, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, Prof. Akin Osibogun, says the major threat to the college’s mandate of producing more specialist medical manpower is the ongoing brain drain in Nigeria.

Osibogun made the assertion at the 40th convocation ceremony of the medical college, on Thursday, in Lagos.

“This has resulted in the decline in the number of candidates applying for our fellowship examinations.

“This will also affect the availability of medical specialist manpower as well as the availability of medical teachers in the country.

“If we do not address the problem urgently, it may create a spiral in which the inadequate manpower will be compounded.

“We need to put in place mechanisms to train more and mechanisms to retain manpower through improved work climate and conditions of service. including financial and non-financial incentives, “he said.

Osibogun said that there were 8,453 resident doctors in various federal accredited training centres who were at different levels of training.

“If we add another 1,500 in accredited state and private centres, we will have a total of about 10,000; after factoring in the average duration of the training, we with realising that we need to train more.


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