NIGERIA CONSULATE DISCUSSES NIGERIAN IMAGE WITH DOCTORS

NIGERIA CONSULATE DISCUSSES NIGERIAN IMAGE WITH DOCTORS

The Consulate General of Nigeria in South Africa wishes to inform that South Africa is replete with many Nigerian professionals who are contributing to the economic development in both public and private sectors in the country. Unfortunately, this has been either not reported at all or grossly under-reported. It is in this light that Nigerian professionals in South Africa have determined that they will no longer sit by and allow their numerous contributions undermined and eroded by negative publicity.

In this regard, the representatives of the Nigerian Doctors’ Forum in South Africa, led by its Secretary-General, Dr. Emeka Ugwu, was at the Consulate on 20th July 2018 to interface with the Hon. Consul General, Godwin Adama and his colleagues and inform about their activities and the need to continue to render improved services in the South African health sector. The President of the Forum, Prof. Olaleka Ayo-Yusuf could not make it due to exigencies of duty. Prof. Ayo-Yusuf is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Sefako Makgatho Health Science University, South Africa.

Consul General. Hon. Godwin Adama , Consulate Officials and the members of the Nigerian Doctors' Forum in South Africa

Consul General. Hon. Godwin Adama , Consulate Officials and the members of the Nigerian Doctors’ Forum in South Africa

The meeting afforded the Consulate the opportunity to confirm its finding, which shows that virtually every hospital in South Africa has a sizeable number of Nigerian Doctors; and this includes Teaching, Public and Private hospitals. What this means is that Nigerian Doctors and other professionals are constantly adding value to the system and this cannot be over-emphasized. It is also noteworthy that the number of Nigerian Medical Practitioners in South Africa is estimated to be about 5000 personnel.

Furthermore, Nigerian Doctors in South Africa have been involved in medical outreaches, where they rendered health services to the less privileged members of the society, particularly the Nigerian nationals. The Forum is currently planning to expand this gesture, in partnership with the Nigerian Missions, to cover as many South Africans as possible to foster good neighborliness between the two countries,. The Doctors also expressed satisfaction with the current improved service delivery at the Consulate and urged the Consul General not to relent on his efforts.

As we celebrate Nigerian Medical Doctors and other professionals in South Africa, we wish to reiterate that the Consulate will continue to partner with all Nigerians Associations in South Africa to advance the well-being and welfare of our citizens. We, therefore, use this medium to call on all our nationals to emulate the professionals and continue to be law abiding.

David O. Abraham
Vice Consul ( Information & Culture )
For: the Hon. Consul General

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