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10,697 Medical Laboratory Scientists Left Nigeria in 2023 — MLSCN

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The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), has said that 10,697 members have left Nigeria in 2023.

Registrar of MLSCN , Dr. Tosan Erhabor, explained that out of the 10,697 Medical Laboratory Scientists that migrated 4,504 relocated to the United Kingdom, United States and Canada.

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Erhabor acknowledged the significant exodus and stressed that the Federal Ministry of Health is actively developing a policy to address the issue.

Erhabor explained that the upcoming policy aims to regulate the migration of Nigerian health workers, ensuring a more sustainable healthcare workforce. He also highlighted recent government efforts to improve conditions for medical professionals, including reviewing hazard allowances and considering revisions to the minimum wage and specific allowances.

“Safe and conducive work environments can be key to reducing brain drain among medical laboratories,” Erhabor said..

Erhabor attributed this exodus to a combination of factors, including poor remuneration and uncertainties in career progression, particularly in Teaching Hospitals; a desire to study abroad, acquire new skills, and enhance professional standing; concerns about the security situation, poor infrastructure, and lack of modern equipment; as well as the rising cost of living, making it challenging for many to provide basic care and quality education for their families.


Source: NAN

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