By Ismail Auwal
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu said it will take Nigeria about 120 years to have the number of doctors it needs if all Nigerian doctors remain in the country.
Adamu stated over the weekend on Friday at the maiden matriculation ceremony of the Federal University of Health Sciences Otukpo (FUSHO).
Adamu also said that the Federal University of Health Sciences (FUHSO) Otukpo in Benue State would bridge the huge gap in Nigeria’s need for medical doctors.
“Statistics have shown that doctor-patient ratio in Nigeria falls far short of the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, which stipulates ratio of one doctor to every 600 patients. This contrasts with the current 1:6000 ratio in Nigeria.”
The minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sunny Echono, said, “based on the existing production rate, it will take Nigeria about 120 years to have the number of doctors she needs, assuming all our doctors remain in the country.”
But, with the establishment of FUHSO, the minister said, “it will act as a catalyst, through training, research and innovation for the effective utilisation, exploitation, and conservation of Nigeria’s natural, economic and human resources.”