During a press conference in Lagos, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, emphasized the need to address the deficit caused by the migration of medical doctors by expanding the capacity to train more healthcare professionals.
Dr. Hamzat highlighted the importance of increasing the training capacity in order to fill the gaps left by emigrating medical practitioners. He acknowledged that while human migration is inevitable, it is crucial for the country to prioritize training more doctors for the overall benefit of the nation.
Hamza stated, “Human migration is normal. People would leave, and people would come. But as a country, we can train more doctors.
“I am not against the brain drain of medical doctors, but what we need is to create a pipeline to train more doctors instead of complaining that medical personnel are leaving the country.
“If we train 5,000 doctors yearly, let us increase the numbers to 15,000; by doing so, the country benefits.”
Additionally, Hamzat made reference to the 2022 incident involving 197 Americans who renounced their passports to become Singaporean citizens. He argued that emigration will persist, but the Nigerian government must consistently explore new strategies to derive advantages from the countries where Nigerian doctors choose to migrate.
“The Nigerian government should rather look for a way to benefit from the countries our doctors are moving to.
“For example, if 1,000 doctors go to the United Kingdom, the UK Government must pay us something back in return.
“Therefore, our medical colleges need to increase their capacity by training more people,” he insisted.