Nigeria: 8 in 10 Doctors Want To Leave Country

More than 80 percent of the doctors in Nigeria want opportunity in a foreign country, according to a new study.

The survey by NOIPolls found America and Britain the top destinations for doctors leaving Nigeria.

"I think fewer people are coming in than are going out every year, so it doesn't balance out at all," said Dr Ifeanyi Nsofor, health communications advisor for Nigeria Health Watch which partnered on the survey.

"Based on the NARD figures that 2,500 are leaving by September this year, I'm not sure we have corresponding numbers coming, so it really doesn't balance out."

Major reasons for doctors seeking work abroad include poor salaries, low work satisfaction, and improper career growth.

The survey estimates that the country will need 10,605 new doctors annually to avert the health crisis.


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