Brain Drain: NMA wants retirement age of doctors extended
Following the inadequacy of medical professionals in Nigeria, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), has suggested the extension of retirement ages of doctors.
Speaking shortly before the end of 2022 National Conference in Gombe, with the theme Healthcare delivery in the face of insecurity, the President Dr. Uche Ojinmah, suggested extension of retirement as immediate response to the impact of brain drain.
According to him, other measures geared towards improving the condition of security of doctors may be long-term solution, stressing that there was need to extend the services of those available.
He said, “While we appreciate that the Government has realised in the face of ongoing brain drain, upward extension of retirement age of Nigerian Doctors is one of the easiest way of retaining some useful service while we are trying to sort out the issue of brain drain.
“Call on government to quickly expedite the process get extension of retirement age for fast for doctors.”
Ojinmah added that over 1,525 persons have so far benefitted from its medical outreaches, he stressed that the Association identified challenges of poor infrastructure especially obsolete equipment across facilities.
“1,525 patients benefitted in our outreaches in various medical conditions, and they were offered free medical consultations, free laboratory test minor and major surgical procedures
“Nigerian Government should quickly intervene to safe Nigerians and also make it easy for people to move around and do their business, but for high flight cost, Ticket should be brought down.
“In every part of Nigeria, poor infrastructure, insufficient and obsolete equipment inadequate manpower, insecurity are major threat affecting health care delivery in the country,” Ojinmah said.