Sunday, May 14, 2017

USA Africa Dialogue Series - What does it take to be a doctor in Nigeria? Being a doctor in Nigeria: Challenges and opportunities for change

Dear colleagues

Over the past few years, there have been many anecdotal reports about the challenges that doctors and by extension, other health workers face working in Nigeria. Most Nigerians are familiar with the lack of equipment, the heavy workload, the absence of opportunities for development and poor infrastructure that can be seen in the health sector.

Less widely appreciated are some of the specific challenges that individual doctors face in training and achieving their career goals.

This week, a Twitter user who has chosen to remain anonymous, in a series of tweets told the story of her brother, who is a doctor. Her tweets caught the attention of Nigerian Twitter, and of Nigeria Health Watch as well. In the process of her candid outburst, she highlighted several pertinent issues that we believe merit further attention.

We highlight some of these issues in the blog below and are keen to hear from colleagues of their own experiences and ideas for change

best wishes


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