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Measures proposed to resuscitate ailing health sector

23 March 2016, 21:52

Abuja - Creating an atmosphere conducive for increased investments has been encouraged to revive the country’s health sector.

Coinciding with economic decline, the sector is facing its worst crisis in years.

The latest national accounts provided by the National Bureau of Statistics show that the human health and Social services sector grew by 2,6% percent year-on-year in 2015, a major decline from the previous year when it grew 10,5 percent year-on-year.

Also read: Katsina governor seeks improvement in health sector

The sector has been among the key issues addressed during the just-ended National Economic Council (NEC) Retreat has been held in Abuja.

First Bank National, the local financial institution which also analyses local sectors, noted the so-called brain drain had been cited as one of the chief reasons for underperformance in Nigeria’s health sector. Based on industry sources, approximately 33 percent of graduates trained in Nigeria’s state medical schools migrate to the US, Canada or the UK within ten years of graduation.

FBN said in addition to this, statistics from the British Medical Council highlights Nigeria as one of the countries with the greatest number of non-UK qualified doctors registered to work in the UK.

- CAJ News

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