Nigerian Vice President, Kashim Shettima has urged the Nigerian medical doctors to reside in Nigeria, collaborate with Tinubu administration in the ongoing efforts to salvage the nation’s healthcare.

Shettima noted this during a courtesy visit by the new elected leadership of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) led by Prof. Bala Audu in Abuja.

The Vice President implored doctors to remain steadfast and resist the temptation of offering their services in foreign lands.

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has Nigerian doctors at heart. He has a lot of empathy for our medical doctors who have opted to stay put at home, not for lack of offers”.

He commended the giant strides of Nigerian doctors and their sacrifices in the service of the nation, especially in repositioning healthcare delivery.

“The NMA is one of the most prestigious, preeminent associations in this country. We must commend you for the sacrifices you are making and for staying put in this nation.”

VP further asked the NMA to encourage young doctors to specialize in key disciplines of medical practice and also check the activities of quacks in the profession.

NMA President, Prof Audu stated that: “NMA came as a partner to the government and a patriotic group of Nigerians dedicated to the success of the Renewed Hope Agenda of the government and to ensure that government delivers quality healthcare to all Nigerians.”

“This committee will work closely with this government, in delivering and implementing the policies of the administration in the healthcare sector. The NMA wants to assure and reassure you that it will play a key role in ensuring stability in the health sector and by extension, stability for this government to deliver on its promises to Nigerians as it has already started doing,” he added.

Applauding the health policies of the Tinubu administration, Prof. Audu noted that when fully implemented, the programmes and projects will “increase the training spaces for specialists in the country known as the residency training programme as well as quality of the postgraduate medical training.