The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Kano Chapter has disclosed that doctors and other medical personnel are leaving the state every week in search of greener pastures in foreign nations.
It disclosed that a total of 162 medical doctors and 789 nurses have relocated to foreign countries from the state in continuation of the “Japa syndrome".
Dr. Abdullahi Sulaiman, the chairman of the association, stated this to newsmen through a press statement he signed.
"It is a bad situation and this is across almost all healthcare workers, not only doctors. They are leaving for Gambia, Somalia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, and many others every week,” he said.
Meanwhile, resident doctors in the Federal Capital Territory Administration also lamented the alarming trend where five to ten members of the association migrate to other countries weekly in pursuit of improved welfare packages and a conducive working environment.
However, as a way of addressing the shortage of manpower in the health sector, the Federal Government has directed universities to begin to admit more students into Medicine and Surgery departments.