President Bola Tinubu Pledges to Combat Japa Syndrome Amongst Youths And Medical Practitioners
President Bola Tinubu has expressed his deep concern over the “japa syndrome,” a term used to describe the recent surge of Nigerian citizens emigrating to foreign countries in search of better opportunities, Aso Naija Reports.
Speaking at the 2023 annual conference of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists, Tinubu’s Special Adviser to the President on Public Health Matters, Salma Anas, emphasized the President’s unwavering commitment to address this pressing issue.
“President Bola Tinubu is worried about the ‘japa syndrome’ which we inherited from previous administrations for obvious reasons,” Anas stated. “Part of our commitment is that we want to reverse that ugly trend and ensure that we sustain and retain our medical experts within the country through several interventions and measures.”
Recognizing the importance of retaining Nigeria’s skilled workforce, Anas outlined a multi-pronged approach to address the japa syndrome. This strategy includes:
- Ensuring regular payment of salaries and allowances for healthcare workers
- Providing a conducive working environment for healthcare professionals
- Equipping healthcare facilities with state-of-the-art medical equipment, particularly at the primary level of care
President Tinubu’s commitment to addressing the japa syndrome is a testament to his unwavering belief in Nigeria’s potential.
By investing in its people and fostering a thriving healthcare ecosystem, the President aims to create an environment where Nigerians can thrive and contribute to their nation’s progress.