FG’s panel on brain drain, strikes begins sitting

The committee on health sector reform set up by the Federal Government to look into the issue of brain drain, strikes and related issues in the sector has commenced sitting.

Saturday PUNCH learnt that the committee, set up in February, was eventually inaugurated on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, and given four weeks to submit its report. Already, the members of the committee, including medical associations, regulators and other stakeholders, have started making presentations.

The Chief Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre in Abuja, Prof Saad Ahmed, in February confirmed to Sunday PUNCH that brain drain had become a matter of concern and that the committee would receive memoranda from members of the public to enrich its deliberations.

Ahmed had said, “The issue of brain drain is of serious concern which, as a committee of CMDs, we were able to raise. I can tell you that the government has already set up a committee at the moment on health sector…

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