The Healthcare Federation of Nigeria has appealed to the Federal Government to implement policies that will create enabling environment for doctors in the diaspora to return to Nigeria and revamp the healthcare system.
The President, Healthcare Federation of Nigeria, Dr. Pamela Ajayi, who made this call at the Doctors For Change convention held in Lagos lamented that the loss of skilled healthcare personnel was a major crisis facing the health sector.
“It is absolutely critical that the government signs off the National Policy incentivising the Health Industry as soon as possible thereby creating an enabling environment for the skills and talents of doctors and other healthcare personnel in the diaspora returning home and also encourage Direct Foreign Investments in the sector,” she said.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, emphasised that the problems in the healthcare sector could only be tackled effectively through government collaboration with the private sector.
On his part, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos, Dr. Aderemi Desalu, while addressing the convention remarked that the diaspora doctors could provide the same high standard and quality healthcare that cost Nigeria so much yearly.
He said, “The astronomical cost of medical tourism can be reduced drastically by engaging them.“
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