Dr Shakuri Kadiri, Head of Human Resources for Health in the Federal Ministry of Health, has disclosed to newsmen that Nigeria currently has 1 doctor to 2,753 patients.
This, he said is clearly a deteriorated ratio unlike the World Health Organization’s standard of one doctor to 600 patients.
Kadiri made this disclosure at the launching of the Nigeria Health Work Force Country Profile and handover of the Nigeria Health Workforce Registry by the minister.
The event saw a welcomed collaboration between Nigeria, the World Health Organisation and other partners.
“The country has recorded a progressive increase in migration of medical doctors from 2005 to 2018, 59 per cent of the registered medical practitioners were in good standing with 35 per cent being females.
”The number of medical doctors registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria is 74,543, which means there are 36.3 medical doctors per 100,000 population in Nigeria,” Kadiri stated.
The WHO Nigeria Officer in Charge, Clement Peter, revealed to those in attendance that the current National Health Workforce Registry had health workforce information for 10 states only. Hence, he called on the federal government to support the scaling up of the registry to cover the remaining states as well as the federal departments, agencies, parastatals and the private sector.
Mr Clement Peter claims that Nigeria can only improve its health records by ensuring that the health workforce is easily accessible and distributed equally amongst the 36 states in the country.
The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, who was also in attendance, announced:
”We have been working to obtain accurate data on the existing health workforce in the country, to facilitate human resource for health planning and thereby deliver efficient, effective and high-quality health services to citizens.”