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A Public Health expert ,Dr. Opeyemi Adeyemi has disclosed the reason many Nigerian Doctors leave the country in droves for foreign jobs .
Adeyemi said the condition of the facility in Nigeria is not adequate, contrary to the situation in foreigh countries .
Adeyemi said this on Sunday while featuring on PLATFORM TIMES HEALTH TALK .
She spoke on Sundry health isuses such as recruitment of Nigerian doctors by foreign counties and the Crate Challenge .
According to her, the jobs in overseas have better incentives .The pay is many times better . The environment both in and out of the hospital are better. There’s job security.
She added “Anyone in their shoes would take it. Not everyone is even waiting for residency.”
Reacting to a question on why the choice of strike as a means of fighting the government , Dr. Adeyemi said the doctors had used partial strikes as warnings, before it commenced the full strike .
Dr. Adeyemi who said she joined the Nigerian workforce officially in 2015 , disclosed that she had participated officially in two National strikes and one state strike .
She however warned that health sector may continue suffering until the government addresses the issues .
She added ” if the foundation of healthcare isn’t addressed by the government, there would be a number of back and forth.
“There are three key players here ;The Government ; Healthcare workers and Clients (Patients).”
“The strike action is based not just on money .The truth is the healthcare is overwhelmed
“The doctor- patient ratio is bad WHO currently puts it at four doctors to 10,000 patients.
She blamed the government for not playing its role, denying that doctors gave a preference to money more than lives .
She however said ” Private healthcare wouldn’t be patronised if the public is well funded and managed
“In other countries, majority of the citizen go to public hospital .There’s also what we call public private relationships
Here it’s the opposite because of time, cost and comfortability of the client
” So a client would rather go to private because they do not need to wait to be seen and they feel comfortable which they prefer even if it costs extra .The jobs overseas have better incentives.”