The United Kingdom has suspended the recruitment of health workers from Nigeria and 46 other countries.
In its updated Code of Practice, the Government noted that the suspension would help meet the UK’s target of delivering 50,000 more nurses by 2024.
Aside from Nigeria, the affected countries include Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon and the Central African Republic.
The suspension also affects Chad, Congo, Congo Democratic Republic of, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon and Gambia.
Others are Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kiribati, Lesotho, and Liberia.
UK Halts Recruitment Of Health Workers
According to the UK government, the Code of Practice provide safeguards against active recruitment from 47 countries on the WHO Health Workforce Support and Safeguards list.
Everyevery.ng gathered that the code aligns with the World Health Organisation’s advice on ethical recruitment to promote effective, fair and sustainable international recruitment practices.
Africa Check had earlier reported that over 5,000 Nigerian-trained doctors are on the UK books as of April 2018.