The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, on Friday, October 30, revealed the Federal Government would do everything possible to tackle doctors’ “brain drain” from the country.
Ehanire made this disclosure during an inspection of the new cancer centre at the National Hospital, Abuja.
The minister said: “I have heard the challenge of doctors leaving the country. We have plans to provide better funding for our hospitals in Nigeria and make such migration unattractive.”
Ehanire further revealed the hospital performed well during the COVID-19 pandemic in the country and pledged that the government would do everything possible to ensure that doctors prefer to remain and work in the country.
On the new cancer centre, Ehanire advised the hospital management to spend wisely, properly maintain the facilities when completed and seek alternative sources of funding.
He praised the hospital administrators for its prompt services to patients and advised them to prepare for a possible resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
“Schools are resuming, people are traveling in and out the country so we must be prepared for any emergency,” the minister added.
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Friday, October 30, slammed reports by Amnesty International (AI) that police officers shot at #EndSARS protesters.
Adamu stated that the October 21 report of Amnesty International that police personnel shot at peaceful protesters was “untrue; misleading; and contrary to all available empirical evidence”.
According to the IGP, the police officers “acted professionally; exercised commendable restraints; and some paid the supreme price for peace during the recent protests; and ensuing violence in some parts of the country.”
This disclosure was contained in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.
“During the protests, officers of the Force used legitimate means to ensure that the protests were carried out in a peaceful manner; and in most cases, physically protected; and walked side-by-side with the protesters.
“Even when the protests turned violent in some parts of the country; the officers still maintained utmost restraint; and did not use excessive force in managing the situations.
“Available reports show that 22 police personnel were extrajudicially killed by some rampaging protesters; and scores injured during the protests. Many of the injured personnel are in life-threatening conditions at the hospitals.”