Nigerian doctors who are willing to leave the country for job abroad has been told by the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire that there is no such thing as ‘hazard allowance’ aside from their salary in the UK.
The Minister of Health in a speech at the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, said the government was working on ensuring better welfare for the doctors.
Ehanire reacting to the news on on the doctors that were denied boarding for the UK at Lagos Airport last week said the government was surprised to hear that they were at the airport when many of them did not have visas.
He debunked the rumour the doctors have since left the country without a visa.
The minister also said in the medical practice, doctors who have been trained by scholarship and they’re on a job have a moral responsibility to give back to the community. He added that even now, Nigeria has large numbers of Nigerian doctors in the UK, United States and in Europe, who apply to come every year to come and serve, even though they were not even trained here or they were not even trained at state’s expense.
He added that they have the obligation to come and give back to the community and that it’s just a moral obligation. He then said it happens every year and it is called the Diaspora Health Professionals Initiative.
Ehanire further said Nigeria unlike other country does not have a policy on restricting movement which is why it is easy for some professionals to be thinking of leaving the country.
He however stated that the government are trying to make sure that the remuneration of the doctors is good and added that Nigeria is perhaps one of the few countries that are actually giving what is called hazard allowance.
The Minister said the UK is one of country there’s no something like hazard allowance.
“They don’t give doctors a hazard allowance. You just get your salary, that’s all”. He said.
He also urged state governments to prioritise the employment of doctors as part of efforts to encourage doctors to stay.