President Bola Tinubu expresses concern over the increasing number of healthcare professionals leaving the country for better opportunities abroad, according to his Special Adviser on Public Health Matters, Salma Anas.
Anas made this statement during the annual conference of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists in Abuja, which focused on the importance of medical laboratories in achieving universal health coverage in Nigeria.
Anas stressed that the President is committed to enhancing the country’s healthcare sector.
She said, “President Bola Tinubu is worried about the ‘japa syndrome’ which we inherited from previous administrations for obvious reasons.
“Part of our commitment is that we want to reverse that ugly trend and ensure that we sustain and retain our medical experts within the country through several interventions and measures.
“Part of the efforts is the motivation of our health sector workers within Nigeria, not only through regular payment of salaries and allowances but also in terms of provision of conducive working environment. We will do this through the provision of state-of-the-art medical facilities at all levels especially the primary level of healthcare.”
She added that the government is striving towards producing more health workers in all fields.