There have reportedly been over 500 specialists who have left the country to seek employment elsewhere.
Some hospital departments have reportedly been shut down due to a lack of specialists as a result of the situation, as reported by The Guardian.
According to Dr. Ibrahim Sumaila, chairman of the MDCAN chapter at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Umuahia, Abia State, 500 people attended the opening of the MDCAN Biennial General and Scientific Meeting (BDSM) and Distinguished Medical Specialist’s Lecture held at the FMC yesterday. The meeting’s theme was “JAPA Syndrome, Depleting The Famished Workforce in Niger.”
In addition to understanding that the Abia State Health Sector was in near total collapse not too long ago and that the current state government is seen to be making efforts to resuscitate the sector, he characterised the sub-theme, “X-Raying the Health Status of Abia State: The Past, Present, and The Way Forward,” as very critical and in need of robust discussions.
To prevent the complete collapse of the Health Sector, he called for immediate and urgent interventions by government at all levels, citing MDCN as the source of the 500 migrant doctors figure and citing poor remuneration, insecurity, and working conditions as the causes of the migration, which he called japa (going away).