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42,000 nurses have left Nigeria in three years, says FG

THE Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) Faruk Abubakar says 42,000 nurses have left the country in the last three years.

Faruk’s comment came on the heels of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) protest against the new certification verification guidelines issued by the Council.

NMCN had issued a circular saying applicants seeking verification of certificates to foreign nursing boards and councils must have two years of qualification experience and also pay a non-refundable application fee.

But speaking about why the Council issued the guidelines, he said the development is in line with international best practices, adding that so many nurses in the country have left in the past few years.

“Let me make it clear today, in the last three years over 42,000 nurses left this country and the country needs them,” he said.

“Government policies especially the present Renew Hope Agenda, a lot of policies are coming onboard, the Federal Ministry of Health came up with so many policies where Nigerian healthcare system will be improved.”

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