2020 Budget: Health Ministry wants N234.6m to engage diaspora doctors, nurses

The Federal Ministry of Health has proposed the sum of N234.620,402 million in the 2020 budget for hiring of Nigerian medical doctors, pharmacists, medical academics and other professionals in the sector from the diaspora.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this at the weekend, while defending diaspora-related parts of the budget before the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs, also revealed that the ministry in addition proposed the sum of N173,020,401 million for the establishment and operationalisation of diaspora professional healthcare initiative, provision of logistics and implementation of diaspora professional healthcare activities.

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The minister further added that N24 million was being proposed for “participation of Federal Ministry of Health’s delegation at the annual scientific sessions and trainings of the association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA), National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America (NANNNA), Medical Association of Nigerian Specialists Across Great Britain(MANSAG), Canadian Association of Nigerian Physicians and Dentists (CANPAD), Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association in the United Kingdom (NNCA-UK), Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas (NAPPSA) and the International Conferences on Public Private Partnership for Supportive Capacity Building.”

The Federal Ministry of Health has proposed the sum of N234.620,402 million in the 2020 budget for hiring of Nigerian medical doctors, pharmacists, medical academics and other professionals in the sector from the diaspora.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this at the weekend, while defending diaspora-related parts of the budget before the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs, also revealed that the ministry in addition proposed the sum of N173,020,401 million for the establishment and operationalisation of diaspora professional healthcare initiative, provision of logistics and implementation of diaspora professional healthcare activities.

The minister further added that N24 million was being proposed for “participation of Federal Ministry of Health’s delegation at the annual scientific sessions and trainings of the association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA), National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America (NANNNA), Medical Association of Nigerian Specialists Across Great Britain(MANSAG), Canadian Association of Nigerian Physicians and Dentists (CANPAD), Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association in the United Kingdom (NNCA-UK), Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas (NAPPSA) and the International Conferences on Public Private Partnership for Supportive Capacity Building.”

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