The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has warned doctors planning to relocate to countries like the United Kingdom, to reconsider such plans as they would lose out on getting paid their hazard allowance.
Ehanire stated this while speaking at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) daily briefing on Thursday in Abuja.
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According to him, there is no need for doctors to leave the country, as the government is working on getting better welfare for them.
“Now, this UK where they are going to, there’s no hazard allowance. They don’t give doctors 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.
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“But here, apart from your salary, we still try to add something to it in the hope that we’re going to attract our people to stay,” Ehanire said.
The Minister further stated that doctors owe Nigeria nothing, but it was important they bring home “the experience and cutting-edge knowledge and skills they gained abroad.”