The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has said the Federal Government will do all it can to prevent medical doctors from leaving the country.
The minister stated this on Friday in Abuja after inspecting work on the new cancer centre at the National Hospital, Abuja.
Ehanire revealed that the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration will provide the necessary incentives to make migration unattractive for the doctors.
The Health Minister admitted that medical doctors leaving Nigeria to foreign countries has become a challenge.
“We have plans to provide better funding for our hospitals in Nigeria and make such migration unattractive,” he said.
According to Ehanire, hospitals performed well during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country
He, therefore, pledged that the government will do everything possible to ensure that doctors will prefer to remain and work in the country.
Ehanire advised hospital managements to spend wisely, properly maintain the facilities when completed and seek alternative sources of funding.
He praised the hospital administrators for its prompt services to patients and advised them to be prepared for a possible resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic as other countries are now experiencing.
“Schools are resuming, people are travelling in and out the country so we must be prepared for any emergency,” he warned.