Shortage of Healthcare Workers: FG Increases Enrollment Quota Of Medical, Nursing, Health Professionals From 28,000 To 64,000

The Federal Government has increased the enrolment quota in medical, nursing, and other health professionals training institutions from 28,000 to 64,000 annually to address the shortage of healthcare workers in Nigeria.

Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Ali Pate, spoke adding that ithe aim was to mitigate the effect of lack of health workers, particularly medical consultants and resident doctors, moving abroad due to inadequate equipment, insecurity, poor working conditions, and poor remunerations..

According to Pate, to support this increase, the government was also,  addressing infrastructure, training, and tools in the education sector and state governments. Additionally, the government has disbursed N25 billion from the Basic Health Care Provision Fund, BHCPF to 23 states through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, and the National Health Insurance Authority, NHIA, he said.

The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Tunji Alausa, also mentioned plans to increase the population of medical and dental doctors from 5,000 to 10,000 starting from the next academic year, with an expansion of opportunities for other health professionals.