The Head of Human Resources for Health, Federal Ministry of Health, Shakuri Kadiri says Nigeria currently has 1 doctor to 2,753 patients, a situation which is abnormal.,
This is against World Health Organization’s standard of one doctor to 600 patients as reveal by Kadiri at the launch of the Nigeria Health Work Force Country Profile 2018 and handover of the Nigeria Health Workforce Registry by the ministry in collaboration with the World Health Organisation and other partners.
He also revealed that the number of medical doctors registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria is 74,543, suggesting there are 36.3 medical doctors per 100,000 population saying the last health workforce profile of the country was done in 2012.
The WHO Nigeria Officer in Charge, Clement Peter who revealed that the current National Health Workforce Registry had health workforce information for 10 states, called on the federal government to support the scaling up of the registry to cover the remaining states as well as the federal departments, agencies, parastatals and the private sector.
However, Minister of Heath, Osagie Ehanire who was also present said they’ve been working to obtain accurate data on the existing health workforce in the country, to facilitate human resource for health planning and thereby deliver efficient, effective and high quality health services to citizens.