Put an end to ‘Japa’ syndrome, Defence Permanent Secretary begs medical doctors


*Photo: Dr Kana*

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Dr Ibrahim Abubakar Kana,  has made a  passionate appeal to doctors and other health workers to remain in Nigeria and carry out their professional callings, saying that the Federal Government was doing its best to reposition the health sector of Nigeria.

Henshaw Ogubike, Director (Press and PR) of the Ministry said in press statement on Friday that Dr. Kana made the appeal when he was speaking as the Chairman of the opening ceremony of the Nigeria  Medical Association ( NMA) National Executive Council Meeting in Abuja.

Speaking on the current ‘japa’, syndrome of Nigerian Doctors and other health workers, Dr Kana called on his colleagues not to leave the country to other countries to practice their professions, assuring that the present government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR was committed to the improvement of the health sector.

“On japa syndrome, please I am appealing to our Doctors and other health workers not to leave our dear country. We don’t have another country. When you leave Nigeria now, you will still come back home, so let’s stay and salvage it together,” he said.

“Government will continue to recruit Doctors and prioritise health care as part of its social responsibility,” he added.

He said that the essence of the meeting was to plan and strategize on how to manage the health care system in Nigeria.

Earlier, the President of the Nigeria Medical Association, Dr Uche Rowland Ojinmah said that the theme of this meeting: “Achieving Universal Health Coverage in a Depressed Economy” was deliberately chosen to reflect the desire of the Nigerian Medical Association for a Nigeria where the citizens experience zero out of  pocket expenditure for healthcare services.

Dr Ojinmah said that the kidnapping of doctors and other healthcare workers was a major security menace that need to be addressed.


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