Health

Brain drain of African doctors costs region over Sh200 billion

Prof. Daniel Fulkerson (right), from Indiana University in America and another doctor operate on a child who had a tumor in the face during the Indiana-Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital Neurosurgery Project 2016. Sub-Saharan African countries have ended up losing 2 billion dollars as the clinicians seek work in more prosperous nations. PHOTO | FILE
Prof. Daniel Fulkerson (right), from Indiana University in America and another doctor operate on a child who had a tumour in the face during the Indiana-Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital Neurosurgery Project 2016. Sub-Saharan African countries have ended up losing 2 billion dollars as the clinicians seek work in more prosperous nations. PHOTO | FILE 

Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiangi on Tuesday called upon African governments to curb the number of doctors moving to work abroad that has cost sub-Saharan Africa up to $2 billion (Sh203 billion) invested in training the clinicians.

He said the medical experts are emigrating to the West due to poor pay and low levels of scientific research.

"The number of qualified doctors moving abroad to work in the West has been high over the years, where nine sub-Saharan African countries have ended up losing $2 billion as the clinicians seek work in more prosperous nations," Matiangi said during the 6th Annual Medical Education Partnership (MEPI) Symposium in Nairobi.

He said Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe have suffered the worst economic loses due to the clinical brain drain while Australia, Canada, Britain and the United States have benefited the most from recruiting doctors trained in Africa.