EhanireBy Idowu Bankole
The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has told Nigerian doctors willing to move to international that there would possibly maybe be now not any such element as ‘hazard allowance’ with the exception of their salary within the UK.
Ehanire, in a speech on the Presidential Project Drive, PTF, on COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, acknowledged the manager modified into once working on guaranteeing better welfare for the doctors.
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Speaking on the doctors that had been denied boarding for the UK at Lagos airport final week, Ehanire acknowledged: “We had been all stunned to listen to that they had been on the airport. I concentrate on come what would possibly or the numerous, it modified into once irregular in that many of them didn’t salvage visas.
“I don’t know what evidence you are going to be wanting got, maybe it’s a hearsay that they’ve now left the nation. I don’t know. Nonetheless nobody can salvage to be leaving the nation without a visa.
“Folks which had been trained by scholarship and they’re on a job salvage a lawful responsibility to provide support. Even now, we now salvage neat numbers of Nigerian doctors within the UK, United States and in Europe, who apply to return yearly to return and relieve, despite the indisputable fact that they had been now not even trained right here or they had been now not even trained at notify’s expense.
“They salvage got the duty to return and offers support to the community. It’s factual a lawful duty. So, yearly, it is called the Diaspora Health Mavens Initiative.
“Some of them exhaust their very possess money and they attain right here, elevate instruments, materials, commodities; yearly, they attain and aid us.
“They truly owe the nation nothing, nevertheless out of a sense of duty, which is steadily commendable. We are, if fact be told, attempting to provide a purchase to on that initiative now and to examine up on that we bag the ideal out of the expertise and the decreasing-edge knowledge and talents that they elevate from in one more nation.
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“So, way more so, those which would possibly be right here, and also you are going to be wanting got been trained and also you are going to be wanting got a job, it is better to also give support to your community. And others who desire to move away, Nigeria doesn’t salvage a policy on restricting stream. Nonetheless some countries cease; some countries salvage that policy nevertheless we don’t.
“We are attempting to guarantee the remuneration is factual. I concentrate on we’re one of many few countries which would possibly be truly giving this hazard allowance.
“Now, this UK the place they will, there’s no hazard allowance. They don’t give doctors a hazard allowance. You factual bag your salary, that’s all. I’ve spoken to doctors there and they acknowledged it’s piece of their job, piece of what they’re trained for.
“Nonetheless right here, other than your salary, we level-headed strive so that that you must add something to it within the hope that we’re going to entice our other folks to cease.”
He also urged notify governments to prioritise the employment of doctors as piece of efforts to motivate doctors to cease.