Many Nigerians have taken to social media to express their concerns about what will happen to the people’s health if all Nigerian doctors leave the country as a result of Saudi Arabia’s ongoing recruitment of Nigerian doctors for senior registrar positions, which are higher than house officers but lower than consultants.
Hundreds of Nigerian physicians arrived to the Ladi Kwali Hall of the Sheraton Hotels in Abuja on Tuesday to be questioned by Meeds Consultancy on behalf of the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health, according to sources.
The specialists on hand include experts in a variety of specialties, including anesthesia, intensive care, paediatrics, surgery, and family medicine, among others.
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According to a document obtained by PUNCH on Tuesday, the interview on Thursday would be conducted on behalf of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health by another employment business, On Y Va Concept.
“Senior registrars are invited for interview for opportunities in Saudi Arabia; only senior registrars with their membership certificates are invited,” according to the document marked ‘Addendum, Vacancies in Saudi Arabia.’
Bring all of your paperwork, including certifications and copies, two passport photos, a letter demonstrating work experience, a chronological description of years of experience, a full CV, and forms of identification.”
The brain drain comes as a result of a strike by Nigerian resident doctors over inadequate working conditions. Following a standstill in negotiations, the Nigerian government recently won a court order forcing the physicians back to work.
“I am heartbroken about the amount of doctors here,” a medical doctor named Vivian Okolo told the newspaper. I was ready to cry as I walked in. Over 90% of the folks in this room are consultants.
Consultants are in charge of educating resident doctors. Who will train the next generation of doctors when they leave? But you can’t blame them; we’re all striving for improved service circumstances.
“I graduated from medical school in 2011; my medical school professor, a seasoned paediatrics consultant, is here.”