Between 2019 and 2022, according to the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), approximately 11, 000 nurses departed the country for wealthy countries.
President of the group, Michael Nnachi, said the brain drain was caused by “awful working circumstances and immense suffering” of nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic during a news conference commemorating International Nurses Week this year.
Nnachi, who stated that over 5,000 nurses and midwives died worldwide during the 2020 COVID-19 epidemic, also stated that the country is experiencing a nurse shortage due to mass migration.
To address brain drain, he stated that it is necessary to invest in the nursing workforce and create a unique wage package for nurses.
Nnachi also called on the Federal Ministry of Health to regulate the migration of nurses and midwives to reduce the negative effects of brain drain in the country’s health sector.