The President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Prof. (Dr.) Innocent A.O. Ujah, FNMA, FNAmed, mni, was a Guest Speaker, yesterday, Monday 25th October, 2021, at the National Institute for Security Studies in Abuja.
He made a presentation on Brain Drain in the Health Sector: Implications for National Health Security. The migration of health professionals for better opportunities, both within countries and across international borders was noted as being of growing concern worldwide because of its impact on the health system.
Issues of poor remuneration and insecurity as key factors for brain drain were discussed in the lecture.* Poor work environment and obsolete equipment, amongst other factors were also discussed. The continuous migration of medical personnel in Nigeria continues to pose greater risk for national health security. There is indeed the need for the Nigerian government to do the needful by creating the enabling environment with improved remuneration in order to reverse this negative human capital flight to brain gain in Nigeria.
A plaque was presented afterwards to Mr President by the institute in recognition of the superlatively presented lecture.