A new safeguard list of 55 nations that are most affected by the scarcity of health personnel was recently released by the World health organization.
While the majority of these nations fall into the low- to medium-income category, 37 of them are in Africa, and Nigeria is one of them.
In Abuja, Dr. Olumuyiwa Ojo, Technical Officer Human Resource for Health at the WHO office in Nigeria, stated that the organization is concerned about the brain drain in Nigeria since it has a significant influence on universal health coverage.
He pointed out that the WHO has a code of conduct for hiring foreign medical personnel that is universally enforceable across all nations.
Dr. Ojo clarified that the afflicted nations are those where more developed nations shouldn’t actively seek out medical personnel from these nations.
He said: “It is a global market, health workers are free to move to where they will get better value for their work but we are working with governments to have policies in place for retention of health workers where they are needed most and also improve performance in terms of in-service training and other remunerations to improve their welfare. No matter how we build facilities, buy equipment, the equipment cannot do the jobs by themselves.
In the UK where most Nigerians are going to, they are also losing some of their best hand to Australia and Canada where the pay are better. It is a global concern”.
Dr. Walter Mulombo, WHO’s country representative in Nigeria, earlier declared that the organization will be in charge of Triple 25, a training program that aims to train 25% of nurses and midwives in 25 low-income countries by 2025 for better health and better well-being for all, as part of efforts to address the shortage of health workers.