Education Minister says it’ll take Nigeria 120yrs to meet demand for medical doctors


Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu

Education Minister says it’ll take Nigeria 120yrs to meet demand for medical doctors

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has said it would take Nigeria 120 years to meet its demand for medical doctors in the health sector, that is if all practitioners remain in the country.

Adamu made this known at the maiden matriculation of the Federal University of Health Sciences Otukpo (FSHUO) held at its temporary site in Otada, Otukpo, Benue State.

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The minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sunny Echono, however expressed optimism that the new university would bridge the huge gap in Nigeria’s need for medical doctors.

He 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.

“FHUSO 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.”

Also speaking at the event, Prof Innocent Ujah, the Vice Chancellor of the university, said the university was a dream come true, adding, that FUHSO was the first-ever federal university of health sciences in Nigeria.

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, in his remarks, said the State Government would partner the Federal Ministry of Health for the maintenance of the institution’s standard.

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