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NARD claims 2,000 medical doctors left Nigeria for greener pastures abroad in 2-year

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The President of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Orji innocent at the weekend said the association has lost over 2,000 of its members to migration in the last two years as many doctors went in search of greener pastures.

He said if the situation is not tackled, it may degenerate to a point where Nigerians would wake up one day and discover there are no more doctors in the hospitals.

Innocent, who spoke in Uyo on Saturday said a survey conducted in December revealed that over 2,000 members left for greener pastures.

Also, in a communiqué issued at the end of the association’s conference in Uyo, NARD called for increased budgetary funding of the healthcare sector in the country, to the tune of 15 percent annual budgetary allocation to improve the quality of healthcare delivery.

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“The National Executive Council welcomes the committee set up by the Federal Government to mitigate the brain drain in the health sector.

“The association urges a speedy conclusion of the task and immediate implementation of their recommendations to improve healthcare service delivery and reduce the emigration of skilled healthcare workers from the country.

“NEC calls for increased funding of the healthcare sector in the country, to the tune of 15 percent annual budgetary allocation in line with the 2001 Abuja Declaration for healthcare financing in Africa and global best practices as well as the digitalisation of the healthcare services to improve the quality of healthcare delivery to Nigerian citizens.”

He said the NARD NEC urged the Chief Medical Directors of tertiary hospitals in the country to take responsibility for security in their various hospitals as NARD would no longer continue to watch her members being assaulted by staff members, patients, relatives or security operatives.

He said the association called on the Inspector General of Police to investigate and arrest the perpetrators of the shooting of one of its members in Delta and to ensure they are adequately punished to serve as a deterrent to others.

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