The Chairman of the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, Tosan Ideh, has urged the Federal Government to address the recent surge of brain drain in the health sector, which has affected health service delivery.
This was as he lamented that scores of health practitioners were leaving the country for other countries.
The chairman made this known when the management team of the FMC, Jabi, paid a courtesy visit to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, in Abuja, on Friday.
He said, “The surge of brain drain in the health sector has affected health service delivery as scores of health practitioners are leaving the country to other countries.”
He also appealed to the SGF to assist the health sector in removing some bottlenecks in the recruitment processes, to enable the sector to recruit more personnel for improved health service delivery for all Nigerians.
“We appeal to the government to assist the health sector in removing some inherent bottlenecks in the recruitment processes, this will enable the sector to recruit more personnel for improved health service delivery for all Nigerians.”
In his response, Mustapha reaffirmed the government’s commitment to providing improved health service delivery to all Nigerians.
He said, “The government is committed to providing improved health service delivery to all Nigerians through the enactment of the National Insurance Authority Act and it would go a long way to making basic health service delivery accessible and affordable to all Nigerians, thereby, reducing out-of-pocket expenses among the poor.
He also acknowledged the role the FMC played in complementing government’s efforts in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, and promised that the Federal Government would assist the Centre toward the realization of its lofty goals.