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Shettima Urges Doctors to Stay and Help Rebuild Nigeria

Shettima Urges Doctors to Stay and Help Rebuild Nigeria

Vice President Kashim Shettima has urged Nigerian doctors to remain in the country and support the Tinubu administration’s efforts to improve the nation.

Shettima made this plea on June 11 when the National Executive Committee of the Nigerian Medical Association, led by its new President, Prof. Bala Audu, visited him at the Presidential Villa.

In a statement released on Wednesday, June 12, by his Senior Special Assistant on Media & Communications, Stanley Nkwocha, Shettima addressed the rising trend of doctors leaving the country, known as the “Japa Syndrome.” He encouraged doctors to remain in Nigeria, emphasizing that President Bola Tinubu values their contributions and has their best interests at heart.

He said;

“Remain steadfast and resist the temptation of offering their services in foreign lands. In President Tinubu, you have an ally who will stand by you at all times.

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has Nigerian doctors at heart. He has a lot of empathy for our medical doctors who have opted to stay put at home, not for lack of offers.”

On the challenges facing them in the country, VP Shettima commended the giant strides of Nigerian doctors, and their sacrifices in the service of the nation, especially in repositioning healthcare delivery.

He added;

“Let us stay back and salvage this nation together, this is our country and the greatest black nation on earth, and a promising nation that we need to invest in.

“The NMA is one of the most prestigious, preeminent associations in this country. We must commend you for the sacrifices you are making and for staying put in this nation.

“All hope is not lost because Nigerian doctors are making giant strides, recording milestones in the profession and, most importantly, making tremendous sacrifices to serve this nation.”

Shettima further asked the NMA to encourage young doctors, to specialise in key disciplines of medical practice and also check the activities of quacks in the profession.

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