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  • Updated: May 25, 2024

'Japa': FG increases medical students enrolment

'Japa': FG increases medical students enrolment

The Federal Government has announced the doubling of the number of student enrollment for medicine and nursing in the country in a bid to address the challenges posed by the migration of health professionals abroad popularly called 'japa'.

According to the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Professor Ali Pate, to address the critical shortage posed by 'japa', the Federal Government has doubled the enrolment quota for medical and nursing schools, from 28,000 to 64,000 students annually.

Prof Pate said this at the sectoral ministerial press briefing to mark the first anniversary of President Bola Tinubu in office in Abuja.

Allnews.ng reports that over the years, health workers in the country have always moved to other countries to practice, but experts say the recent increase in emigration is worrisome.

Data from the Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria showed that about 1,056 consultants left the country to seek greener pastures between 2019 and 2023.

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, also revealed that over 900 of its members left for Europe between January and September 2023.

Pate, however, said: “We have doubled the intake, the enrollment, the quotas of medical schools, nursing schools, and other health professionals’ schools from an enrollment target of 28,000 a year to 64,000 now.

"That is just the first step, the education sector will have to play its role. The states will have to play in to improve the infrastructure, the training, and the tools to produce more healthcare workforce because we need to produce more healthcare workforce given that we’re losing some so that we can serve the population of this country.”

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