Nigeria's Medical Brain Drain

Western countries pluck many of Nigeria’s best doctors for plum jobs, leaving retired nurses, community health workers, and newly graduated doctors do the heavy lifting in public hospitals.
 
African countries have spent $4.6 billion to educate doctors hired by the UK, US, Canada, and Australia, a Mo Ibrahim Foundation report says.
 
While Nigerians fault a poorly structured medical residency program and a dysfunctional health sector roiled by strikes, blame-deflecting officials minimize the problem. “It might sound selfish, but we can't all be specialists. Some [doctors] will be specialists, some will be GPs, and some will be farmers,” said health minister Isaac Adewole in a (widely derided) video.
 
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