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Senate Seeks Relocation Of Medical Practitioners In Diaspora

Channels Television  
Updated March 22, 2016

Senate Committee on Health appeals to medical practitionersThe Nigerian Senate has appealed to Nigerian medical practitioners in the diaspora to return home.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Senator Lanre Tejuosho, made the call on Tuesday at a meeting with members of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas.

He said that Nigeria was in dire need of the wealth of experience by Nigerian medical practitioners in the diaspora.

Senator Tejuosho bemoaned the flight of experienced Nigerian medical practitioners to other countries and appealed to them to return home.

In his remark, the President of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas, Nkem Chukwumerije, said that they had come to meet with the Senate Committee on Health to discuss policies that would improve Nigeria’s health sector.

He added that they wanted the government to put in place, some incentives that would attract foreign based Nigerian doctors to return home.

The association also advocated for improved funding for the health sector and wanted the Senate Committee to be more proactive in its oversight activities in addition to other legislative responsibilities.

They offered to collaborate with the National Assembly and other agencies in Nigeria’s health sector in the areas of health education, advocacy, legislative support and bridging health care gaps in undeserved communities.