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Indian doctors reveal reluctance to work in Nigeria

04 October 2013, 12:35

Lagos - Indian medical doctors cited Nigeria’s security problems as the major reason practitioners from the Asian country were reluctant to work locally.

This emerged from the India Medical Tourism and Wellness Destination (IMTD) International Exhibition and Conference that Global Health Project and Resources organised in Lagos.

Some doctors who spoke to CAJ News said the political atmosphere prevailing locally was not conducive to entice Indian practitioners to work or invest in the country.

According to one of the doctors, Rajan Khan, the incidents of terror and kidnapping of foreign nationals in the country remained a major worry for Indian medical personnel.

“Some of us want to come here and practice but we have many fears. Daily, we hear of attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram and the kidnapping of foreigners. No reasonable person can risk their life amid that,” said Khan.

Another doctor, Dilawar Sachdev said there were other issues, such as the non-availability of standard medical facilities.

“A situation where sick people are made to travel 7 000 kilometres to India and other destinations for medical reasons is inhumane,” he said.

Nigerians, particularly the elite, constitute a large number of persons who travel to Indian for medical treatment.

India is said to attract about $36 billion in “medical tourism” from countries all over the world. Its medical practitioners are said to be among the best in the world.

– CAJ News


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