The former Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Senator Lanre Tejuoso, said Nigeria has one doctor to 40,000 patients as against the one to 400 doctor-patient ratio recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Tejuoso, a doctor by training, stated this in an interview he granted This Day where he bemoaned the situation.
“Nigeria is a country with about 200 million people, and of course, you must know the density of patients to doctors which the WHO has already prescribed the minimum expectation as one doctor to about 400 or 600 patients.
“However in Nigeria, we have a doctor to about 40,000 patients. Most of our doctors; very educated and skillful, are operating in the United States and United Kingdom, as well as in Dubai. So Nigeria is left with virtually few doctors,” he told the paper.
The former Senator added that the way forward to bridge the gap is to embrace virtual clinic.