- Calls on Buhari to Request His Resignation
A Former Chairman of Nigerian Medical Association, Edo State Dr Philip Ugbodaga has described the Minister of Labour and Employment Dr. Chris Ngige’s statement as reckless, unguarded and disingenuous.
Dr. Ugbodaga, who is also the Medical Director, Central Hospital in Benin, Edo State said Ngige’s statement was a height of ignorance.
The Minister had spoken on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday where he said he was not bothered that medical doctors are leaving Nigeria in droves, saying that the nation has a surplus of them and must therefore “export” to other countries.
Asked if he was concerned that the nation could be facing a medical crisis with the number of doctors leaving Nigeria, Ngige said, “We have more than enough, quote me.
Reacting, the MD said a serving Minister should be concerned about retaining manpower in a country where unsavoury health indices are still paraded.
He said “I consider the comment as reckless, unguarded, disingenuous and unprofessional.
“For a medical practitioner who rose to the level of a director in the Federal Ministry of Health and served as governor, I consider his comment as the height of ignorance taken to embarrassing levels.
“Nigeria still parades very unsavoury health indices in the world and what must be uppermost in the mind of a serving minister of labour and productivity is how to retain our trained specialist manpower and improve on the training of more specialists with a view to guaranteeing the health welfare of our people.
Dr. Ugbodaga called on President Muhammadu Buhari to request Ngige’s resignation, adding that he has become a “liability to his government”
“I hereby call on President Buhari to immediately request Ngige to resign his appointment or in the alternative relieve him of his position in his cabinet. He is a liability to this government rather than an asset.
“He has become far removed from reality and needs to come down from his high horse before he inflicts incalculable damage on the credibility of the government.
A similar response originated from the Nigeria Medical Association and the National Association of Resident Doctors.
The Associations described the Minister’s statement as unfortunate.
NMA President, Dr. Adedayo Faduyile said only 40,000 doctors take care of over 200m Nigerians, stressing that the country had no enough doctors.
He said, “That is an unfortunate statement which shows that he has done nothing in medical practice.
“The World Health Organisation stated that, for optimal healthcare to be achieved, we need doctor/patient ratio of one to 600.
“In Nigeria, we have 40,000 doctors taking care of 200 million people.
“It’s unfortunate, we do not have enough doctors. Maybe he is looking at the monetary part, but there is an opportunity cost.