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BRAIN DRAIN IS A DIMINISHING FACTOR IN THE HEALTH SECTOR -NPMCN

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By Fawziyyat Yusuf.

The National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare brain drain a national emergency and take immediate steps to reverse it by increasing job opportunities and improving medical practitioners’ working conditions.

The College President, Dr Musa Muhammed Borodo, speaking to journalists before of the College’s 39th Convocation event on September 16, 2021, expressed sadness that the desired influence is swiftly being lost to developed climates due to migration of doctors outside.

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“This year’s graduation ceremony brings to almost 7,000 the number of fellows by examination that this College has graduated since its inception thereby saving Nigeria billions of hard currencies was these highly specialised doctors to be trained abroad as was the practice before the inception of this College.

“However, it is sad to note that the intended impact of this effort in our national healthcare delivery system is rapidly being lost to other, often more developed climes, due the escalating monstrous phenomenon of brain drain we are experiencing in our dear country. 

“We accordingly urge government to urgently reverse it while we also dispassionately urge the trained doctors as well as those in training leaving the country to show more patience and understanding about the situation at home as things improve.”

Borodo criticized the level of vaccination acceptability in the country during the third wave of COVID-19, stating that the pandemic was still disrupting the world’s socio-economic life to varied degrees from one region to the next.
He claimed that studies presented at the College’s recently concluded ASCAF in Kaduna revealed that the COVID19 vaccine’s acceptability in Nigeria is far from satisfactory, especially among health personnel.

He encouraged the federal government to ramp up the issue’s public awareness campaign.

According to him, the convocation will award one distinguished fellowship, two honorary fellowships, and 15 foundation fellowships from the Faculty of Emergency Medicine, as well as 88 postgraduate MDs by publication. Among the awards will be a posthumous award to Late Dr Stella Adadevoh, a fellow of the College of Internal Medicine, for her dedication to medical duty that cost her life but saved Nigeria.

Two distinguished personalities, Alhaji (Dr) Aminu Alhassan Dantata and Dr. Babagana Zulum, the Executive Governor of Bornu State, will also be honored for their achievements in leadership, administration, captainship of industry, and philanthropy, which have positively impacted the educational, socio-economic, and health status of a large number of people in Bornu State.


On residency training in Nigeria, he revealed that the College, as the regulator of the Residency Training Act in Nigeria, has also been tasked with preparing annual budgetary estimates for all residents in recognized training in Federal government-owned teaching hospitals and medical centres.

Borodo expressed the hope that the mandate, which they are now following aggressively, would allow the government to fully pay for these allowances on an annual basis, lowering the sector’s unrest.

“I urge our sister West African Postgraduate Medical Colleges to be more forthcoming in turning in to NPMC all relevant data on residents enrolled in their training programs including the progress they are making in the exams.  We appeal to residents to pay more attention to their training so that they can complete the program within the period approved for funding by government as spelt out in the Residency Training Act. 

“We further appeal to government to continue to upgrade the training institutions consistent with College’s Accreditation criteria.  At the moment there are many training institutions with partial rather than full accreditation for training due to this and other reasons which curtails the number of residents for training in the institutions at any material time.”

Borodo expressed the hope that the mandate, which they are now following aggressively, would allow the government to fully pay for these allowances on an annual basis, lowering the sector’s unrest.


He added that simulation laboratories are now encouraged in training institutes to supplement real-life clinical scenarios, and expressed hope that the different efforts would speed up residency training in Nigeria, allowing more younger residents to join the program when they are ready.


In response to the ongoing standoff between the government and resident doctors, he urged strikers to return to work, noting that the recently formed health Sector reform committee will address the issues in the sector.

Borodo also expressed the expectation that the government will provide financial assistance to the College in order to enhance its six zonal simulation laboratories and other facilities.

While praising Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike for providing them with a plot of land for the construction of their Simulation Centre, he urged the government, Fellows of the College, and other well-meaning Nigerians and organizations to generously donate to the College simulation program endowment fund, which will provide additional clinical skills to Nigeria’s aspiring consultants.

“Donations can be tied to further development of our central simulation laboratories here in Ijanikin Lagos or Abuja.  They could also be targeted for the development of any of the designated zonal simulation centres referred to above,” he said.

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