The Chairman of the Committee of Chief Medical Directors of Federal Tertiary Hospitals, Prof Emem Bassey, has said other African countries are now poaching Nigerian medical doctors and other health professionals. Adding that countries like Sierra Leone and Gambia were offering them up to $3000(#2. 3 million) to $4000(#3 million) which is more than they earn back home.
Prof. Bassey, who is the CMD of the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital also stated that the health sector is currently undergoing a major crisis in terms of manpower as health professionals are leaving in droves and doctors often go on strike because the government often fails to meet unrealizable promises.
He mentioned this when he appeared before the House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee to probe employment racketeering in Federal Government agencies alongside the heads of other health institutions in the country.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Ad hoc Committee, Hon Yusuf Gagdi, urged the doctors to be patriotic by staying back to contribute to the development of the country, even if they have better options abroad while assuring that the committee would work towards addressing the need to balance compliance to the spirit of federal character and filling up urgent vacancies in the health sector.