GOV. Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has decried worsening brain drain in Nigeria’s health sector amid post-COVID-19 challenges.
Obaseki stated this when he hosted members of the Association of Nigeria physicians in the Americas (ANPA) who were in the state for a medical mission to launch a New Festival Hall, Edo Government House, Benin City.
According to him, brain drain among healthcare professional is affecting healthcare delivery in Nigeria.
“You are doing something quite revolutionary. This is the first physical mission post-COVID-19. Post-COVID-19, the world has changed particularly in healthcare system. The pressure COVID-19 has put on our healthcare system is unimaginable, the amount of brain drain in our healthcare system is frightening. This mission is one response to this brain drain crisis. Healthcare is all about the people and we are blessed as a state as we have many health professionals and we are happy for the partnership,” he said.
Obaseki urged the medical practitioners not to listen to political detractors during their one week of free medical services in Edo.
Earlier, President of ANPA, Dr Christopher Okunseri said it would go on advocacy mission to National Assembly soliciting increased healthcare budget for Nigeria.