Special Adviser to the President on Public Health Matters, Salma Anas has said that President Bola Tinubu is worried about the ‘japa syndrome’ inherited from previous administrations.
Japa syndrome can be referred to as the recent high rate of emigration of Nigerian citizens to foreign countries in search of greener pastures.
Anas who represented Tinubu at the 2023 annual conference of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists, stated that her principal has promised to do everything within his capacity to reverse the ugly trend which he noted was inherited from his predecessors.
“President Bola Tinubu is worried about the ‘japa syndrome’ which we inherited from previous administrations for obvious reasons.
“Part of our commitment is that we want to reverse that ugly trend and ensure that we sustain and retain our medical experts within the country through several interventions and measures.
“Part of the efforts is the motivation of our health sector workers within Nigeria, not only through regular payment of salaries and allowances but also in terms of provision of a conducive working environment.
“We will do this through the provision of state-of-the-art medical facilities at all levels, especially the primary level of healthcare.”