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Doctor-to-patient ratio now 1 to 21,000 in Jigawa State – NMA 




The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has voiced its concerns regarding the low number of doctors in Jigawa, where the current doctor-to-patient ratio stands at one doctor for every 21,000 patients in the state. 

Dr. Aminu Abdullahi, the NMA Chairman in Jigawa, brought this issue to light in a statement released on Saturday as part of the 2023 Physicians Week observance. He highlighted that “Jigawa has the highest record of brain drain in the country.” 

The NMA chapter in Jigawa has 350 doctors catering for seven million people in the state. 

ThePressNG learnt that according to the standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO), the ideal doctor-to-patient ratio is one doctor for every 600 patients.

The chairman therefore expressed his dismay at the adverse impact of brain drain on the state, despite its allocation of 16 percent of its 2023 annual budget to the health sector.

The NMA is therefore deeply concerned about this unfortunate situation. 

Speaking on brain drain, the NMA Chairman said, 

 The NMA chairman said that the theme of the 2023 Physicians Week  “This is our chance to get it right in the health sector” and the sub-themes “The Abuja Declaration 22 years after” and “Ethical issues in human organ donation”  are in tune with the current realities in the health sector.