WE HAVE 680 REGISTERED NIGERIAN DOCTORS IN SOUTH AFRICA NOT 5,000 – HPCSA

WE HAVE 680 REGISTERED NIGERIAN DOCTORS IN SOUTH AFRICA NOT 5,000 – HPCSA

There have been lots of controversies and false report around the number of Nigerians living in South Africa. It is not a surprise that media agencies reported that there are 5,000 Nigerian Doctors in South Africa. We do not only find the statistics to be outrageous but also to be misleading.

Our correspondents contacted the Health Professions Council of South Africa and South Africa Medical Association regarding this claims. We were able to confirm that as at 2nd July 2018, there are 680 Registered Nigerian Doctors in South Africa and not 5000 as widely reported.

“We do not know where they got this numbers from,” a Nigerian doctor based in Johannesburg, told our reporter.

Last year, Nigerian Union South Africa (NUSA) spokesman, Emeka Ezinteje told Africa Check that the 800,000 figure is an “approximated figure based on projections from current data”. This figure was controverted by Statistics South Africa’s estimate of 30,314 people – or roughly 2% of foreign-born people living in South Africa – are from Nigeria.

“The Nigerian government should look into the lack of accuracy of data about Nigerians in the diaspora, ” said a Nigerian Business analyst based in Pretoria.

 

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