Salma Anas, the Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Public Health Matters, conveyed Tinubu’s concerns regarding the ‘japa syndrome,’ characterizing the notable surge in Nigerian citizens emigrating to foreign countries for better opportunities.
Anas, representing Tinubu at the 2023 annual conference of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists, emphasized Tinubu’s commitment to addressing this trend inherited from previous administrations.
“Inheriting the ‘japa syndrome’ is a significant concern for President Bola Tinubu. Our commitment lies in reversing this pattern, retaining our medical experts within the country through various interventions,” stated Anas.
She further elaborated on Tinubu’s proposed measures, emphasizing the necessity of motivating healthcare workers in Nigeria. This includes not only ensuring timely salary payments and allowances but also creating conducive work environments. Tinubu’s plan involves providing cutting-edge medical facilities, especially at the primary healthcare level, to bolster the nation’s health sector.