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Three hundred Nigerian doctors left the country in 2016, the National President, Nigerian Medical Association, Prof. Mike Ogirima has revealed.

He said more doctors have already joined the migration train this year. He did not give any statistics, although_ NAN_ learnt that 500 doctors sat for qualifying foreign medical exams to move out.

Ogirima made this revelation at the association’s National Executive Council meeting held on Thursday in Lagos.

According to some reports, an estimated 35,000 Nigerian doctors are practising abroad, out of the_ _ 72,000 registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria_._ The United Kingdom and the United States are the top destinations of the migrant doctors.

In August, an official of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Dr. Abimbola Olajide, revealed that no fewer than 2,500 doctors would leave the country this year.

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