COVID-19: FG warns doctors trying to relocate to UK
Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has warned doctors planning to move to countries like the United Kingdom, to rethink such plans as they would lose out on receiving hazard allowance.
Ehanire stated this while speaking at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) daily briefing on Thursday in Abuja.
According to him, there is no need for doctors to flee the country, as the government was working on better benefits for them.
Reacting to the report that 58 doctors prevented from leaving Nigeria for the UK recently over visa issues,
Ehanire expressed his surprise, noting that the movement was irregular as many of them were without visas.
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“Now, this UK where they are going to, there’s no hazard allowance.
They don’t give doctors a 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 hoping we will attract our people to stay,” Ehanire said.
The Minister further stated that doctors owe Nigeria nothing, but it was important they bring
“the experience and innovative knowledge and skills they bring from abroad.”
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