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Resident doctors blame political leaders for worsening health sector


• Demand Rehabilitation Of Nation’s Hospitals, Health Facilities

Members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have blamed the nation’s political leaders for the worsening health facilities across the country. They also decried medical tourism by a few privileged Nigerians.

The group blamed President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for not proffering a lasting solution to exodus of doctors to foreign countries due to poor welfare and deteriorating health facilities in Nigeria.

The President of NARD, Dr. Aliyu Sokomba, who spoke at the association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), with the theme: ” Human Resource Challenges of Residency Training: The Nigerian Situation in the Global Mix,” said it was disheartening that after watching the dilapidation of Nigeria’s health sector, leaders still found it convenient to travel abroad and seek medical attention, while abandoning millions of helpless Nigerians to patronise the nation’s poor health facilities.

According to Sokomba, unless the government pays attention to the comatose hospitals, health facilities, welfare of resident doctors and discourage medical tourism among privileged Nigerians, the country’s health sector will continue to nosedive.

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