The Registrar, Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria, MLSCN, Dr Tosan Erhabor, has said that so far, a total of 10,697 medical laboratory scientists have left the country.
Erhabor said that a policy was being put together by the Federal Ministry of Health to address the problem.
“The total number of medical laboratory scientists that have migrated is 10,697,” he said.
He stated that the policy, when launched, would regulate migration of Nigerian health workers.
Erhabor said that the government had reviewed the hazard allowance of health professionals to boost their productivity.
“Government is considering reviewing the minimum wage and certain peculiar allowance of health professionals.
“Safe and conducive work environment can be a panacea to reducing the pace of brain drain amongst medical laboratories,” he said.
According to him, more than 4,504 medical laboratory scientists left the country in 2023.
Erhabor attributed the migration by medical scientists from the country to different reasons.
“Some are leaving as a result of poor remuneration and uncertainties in the career progression in Teaching Hospitals.
“Others are leaving in order to study abroad, acquire new skills and enhance their professional status.
“Good numbers are also leaving because of the security situation in the country, poor infrastructure and lack of modern equipment to work with.
“Above all, the rising cost of living that is making it practically impossible for an average medical laboratory scientist to provide basic care and quality education for their children,” he said.
According to him, the scientists preferred destinations were United Kingdom, U. S. and Canada.