The Federal Government is planning to double the enrollment of medical and dental schools from 5,000 to 10,000 students, beginning next academic year.
Dr. Tunji Alausa, the Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare, revealed this during the induction ceremony for foreign-trained medical and dental graduates in Abuja.
The goal is to discourage the brain drain of healthcare professionals to more developed countries by improving the healthcare environment and increasing the production of health workers. The plan also includes expanding opportunities for other health professionals like pharmacists, nurses, physiotherapists, and radiographers.
The ministry intends to advocate for more funding in the health sector, promote industrial harmony, and work towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) to ensure equitable access to essential healthcare services and reduce medical tourism.
Dr. Alausa emphasized the importance of adhering to high standards in medical education for foreign-trained medical personnel to avoid compromising healthcare quality.