October 9

Analysis: An Exodus of Nurses Has Caused a “Medical Brain Drain” in Nigeria. Are Rich Countries to Blame?

By Aurora Almendral with additional reporting by Ibanga Isine

T. spent the many waves of covid-19 working at a pediatric care facility in Lagos, the largest city in Nigeria and the country’s epicenter of the pandemic. The work was exhausting and stressful, particularly after the government required healthcare workers to put in 24-hour shifts, as a way of minimizing movement in the locked-down city. “We didn’t kick against it,” said T., who asked that her full name not be used, for fear of retaliation from her employer or the public. “We saw it as a means to protect patients.”

Photo courtesy of sergio santos.

Source: Quartz (link opens in a new window)

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