Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, has reacted to the case of the 58 doctors who tried to leave Nigeria for the UK, sometimes ago.
Speaking at the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, he said there is no need for doctors to exit the country as the government was working on ensuring better welfare for them.
On the 58 doctors who were prevented from leaving the country recently over visa issues, Ehanire said the news came as a surprise but noted that the movement was irregular as many of them were without visas.
He added that Nigeria is one of a few countries worldwide that pay hazard allowance, and the government is trying to improve salaries for medical personnel in the country.
“We are trying to make sure that the remuneration is good. I think we are one of the few countries that are actually giving this hazard allowance,” he said.
“Now, this UK where they are going to, there’s no hazard allowance. They don’t give doctors hazard allowance. You just get your salary, that’s all. I’ve spoken to doctors there and they said it’s part of their job, part of what they’re trained for.
“But here, apart from your salary, we still try to add something to it in the hope that we’re going to attract our people to stay.”