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Nigeria needs 237,000 Medical Doctors, but has only 35,000

Nigeria needs 237,000 Medical Doctors, but has only 35,000

If like me you have always wondered why Medical Doctors are hot cakes in Nigeria, then here you go!

Medicine is not only the most respected profession in Nigeria today but one of the wealthiest, however it's only a few Nigerian youths that are ready to go through the seven years rigour in school and that's why Medical Doctors are few in the country today!

Nigeria needs no fewer than 237,000 medical doctors to meet World Health Organisation (WHO) standard, a professor of medicine and chairman, Association of Colleges of Medicine of Nigeria, Folashade Ogunsola, has said.

Mrs. Ogunsola disclosed this at the opening of a three-day Capacity Development Programme for Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Academic Staff in Nigerian Universities organised by National Universities Commission on Monday in Abuja.

According to her, WHO's ratio for any country to have enough doctors for its population is 1:600 (one doctor of every 600 persons).

"We will need about 237, 000 medical doctors and we have about 35,000 working in the country today.

"We have trained more than that, many of them have left the country while many others are in different professions - banking, music and so on.

"Medicine is about life; it is the duty of the medical schools to produce people with competences; skills to manage patients.

"Assuming no doctor leaves this country after being trained; going by the number coming from our medical schools every year, it will take us about 100 years to have the number of doctors we need."

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