Mass Exodus

Nigeria is hemorrhaging doctors to countries with better infrastructure, less corruption, and bigger bankrolls for competitive salaries.

More than half of Nigeria’s 75,000 doctors practice abroad. Those who stay grapple with frequent power cuts, paltry salaries, and overwhelming bureaucracy. Even the president treks to the UK for care.

“I left to work in a system that worked and also to have a better quality of life,” says UK-based doctor Olufunmilayo Harvey.

The Ministry of Health’s 2020 funding comprises just 4.14% of the national budget, despite a 2001 pledge among African Union member nations to devote 15%. Mandatory state health insurance could help.

The Guardian

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