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NIGERIAN DOCTORS ABROAD ON THE RISE....5,000 in South Africa, 5,250 in UK

Doctors attending to patients used to illustrate the story


  • 5,000 in South Africa
  • 5,250 in the UK

The number of Nigerian Doctors working and practising abroad is on the rise.  The Consul-General of Nigeria in South Africa, Godwin Adama says about 5,000 Nigerian medical practitioners are contributing to the development of the health sector in South Africa.
Mr Adama made this known in a statement issued by the Vice Consul, Information and Culture, David Abraham, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.
The consul-general, who made this known when Nigerian Doctors’ Forum South Africa, led by its Secretary-General, Emeka Ugwu, visited him the Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg said the medical practitioners were in various teaching, public and private hospitals in South Africa.
“This shows that virtually every hospital in South Africa has a sizeable number of Nigerian doctors; and this include teaching, public and private hospitals.
“What this means is that Nigerian doctors and other professionals are constantly adding value to the system and this cannot be over-emphasised,’’ he said.
“South Africa is replete with many Nigerian professionals who are contributing to the economic development in both public and private sectors in the country.
Meanwhile, An average of 12 Nigerian medical doctors get registered in the United Kingdom every week, according to a report by Africa Check, a fact check website.
The report showed that as at April 25, 2018, the number of Nigerian medical doctors practising in the UK stood at 5,250.
So far in 2018, 190 Nigerians have received their UK licenses, bringing the number to 5,250, or an average of 12 every week.
“The increase in Nigerian doctors migrating reflects the poor working conditions and low remuneration in the country, says John Onyebueze, former president of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD). 


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