Brain drain: Yemi-Esan asks NMA to counsel young Resident Doctors

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BRAIN DRAIN: NMA ADVISED TO COUNSEL YOUNG RESIDENT DOCTORS – HoS

*Photo:Dr Yemi-Esan *

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By M. A. Ahmed

As a panacea to the perennial brain drain occasioned by young Medical Doctors seeking greener pastures abroad, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan has advised the Nigerian Medical Associations (NMA) to ensure that young resident doctors are counselled, stressing that they need to be reminded that it is not a bed of roses out there and that Nigerian government has done a lot for them for sponsoring their education. Dr Yemi-Esan stated this during the courtesy visit by the Nigerian Medical Association, in Abuja.

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She expressed that the rate at which resident doctors travel abroad to practice without serving the country is a cause for concern, stating that the Nigerian Medical Association is a good platform to counsel them. She added that Nigerian Doctors, abroad, are underpriced, when compared to their counterparts from other countries due to their large numbers.

While responding to their demands of increased hazard allowances, Dr Yemi-Esan, enjoined them to be reasonable and enquired if the Resident Doctors, who are in public corporations are also doing hazardous work. She added that government has done a lot for them, cautioning that they should be considerate in their demands, having in mind  dwindling government revenue and, most importantly, value addition to the polity.  

Earlier, the President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Uche Rowland Ojinmah, commended the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan for her reformative contributions in positively repositioning the Federal Civil Service for greater performance and national economic growth.

*M. A. Ahmed is Deputy Director, Communications, OFFICE OF THE HEAD OF CIVIL SERVICE OF THE FEDERATION

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