Impact of brain drain in ORL practice in Nigeria

Yahaya ST1, Jebbin EN1*.
1Otorhinolaryngology Department, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria.
*Correspondence: Dr. Jebbin EN; +234 806 210 0771;

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Background: Brain drain simply refers to migration of workers. In the health sector, it refers to the movement of health personnel in search of an improved or better standard of living and quality of life, higher wages access to advanced technology and a more stable political climate.
Aim: The aim is to assess the impact of brain drain practice in ORL practice in Nigeria.
Materials and Methods: This is a prospective study. Questionnaire was distributed to participants of the ORLSON EKO 2019 Conference that held at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos State in November, 2019. Data generated was analysed using SPSS 20 version.
Results: Males were 57.5% and 42.5% females. Half (50%) of the participants are Consultants, 21.3% senior registrars, 26.3% Registrars. Majority of the participants agreed that there is an increase in brain drain in ENT, decrease in the number of well-trained ENT Surgeons and this had contributed to an increase in medical tourism, morbidity and mortality.
Conclusion: Brian drain exists in ENT and has its subsequent effect on the health sector at large, the surgeon and the patient.

Keywords: Brain drain, Health sector, ORL practice, Advanced technology.
Yen Med J. 2020;2(4):70 – 73.

Cite this article: Yahaya ST, Jebbin EN. Impact of brain drain in ORL practice in Nigeria. Yen Med J. 2020;2(4):70 – 73.


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