The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has advised Nigerian doctors against emigrating to the United Kingdom, adding that they will not be paid hazard allowance if they do so.
Ehanire said this during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 on Thursday, while responding to a question regarding the failed attempt of 58 doctors to travel to the UK last week.
Ehanire said, “I think we are one of the few countries giving hazard allowance. This UK where they are going, there is no hazard allowance, they don’t give doctors hazard allowance but you just get you salary, that is all because I have spoken to the doctors there.
“They say it is part of your job and that is what you are trained for. They don’t pay you anything but here apart from your salary we try to add something to it with the hope that you will stay. We also appeal to state governments to prioritise employment of doctors some of whom have not been employed.”
The minister said Nigeria would not stop doctors who wanted to emigrate but they must ensure that they have visas.
He however argued that Nigerians who became doctors through subsidised education and scholarship ought to remain in the country and give back to their community.
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