Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has claimed that the nation is a developing country that can not meet up with the "one doctor to 600 patients ratio" as recommended
Speaking at the two-day quarterly meeting of the Nigeria Health Commissioners Forum on Friday, in Abuja.
He said, “We’re not a United Nations’ country, we are a developing country. So, when such figures are given, I will tell them every rule has an exception. We are not yet there.
“So, we shall make do with what we have. Surplus doctors. We have surpluses; I keep on telling them that we have not deployed our medical manpower proportionately, and adequately as we should do.
“How many doctors do we have in the rural areas and in the suburbs since everybody is in the townships, with a medical and dental council data showing 4,000 doctors every year.
“Before, it used to be 3,000; before the private universities came, a lot of them are not doing medicine, including Afe Babalola and others.
“We are now in about 4,000 plus, the people even trained abroad are coming back from Russia and Ukraine, and the rest of them all Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria is registering them.
“So, almost everybody has come to Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt to stay. And we have 10,000 primary care centres that are unmanned as of the last count.
posted 2021-09-04 12:34:41