Prof. Usman Ahmed, Provost, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Federal University Dutse, revealed that Nigeria needs no fewer than 155,000 additional doctors at the ratio of one doctor to 1000 people to achieve the Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Ahmed, who is also a professor of health sciences, University of Manchester, UK has made this known to News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said: “Even if we take it as one doctor to 4000 people and we want to have UHC, meaning a minimum of one doctor to 1000 people, we will need to have at least 200,000 doctors in Nigeria today.
“It also means that we will need nearly a million nurses because for each doctor we need several other nurses, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, audiologist etc. and we don’t have them complete in Nigeria.”
According to World Health Organisation (WHO), Universal Health Coverage aims to ensure that all people have access to the needed services of sufficient quality without exposing persons (recipients) to financial hardship.
He added: “If we want to look after ourselves, we need to be serious about UHC through remodelling the National Health Insurance Scheme Act and the National Health Act 2014.’’