The Oasis Reporters
March 29, 2020
According to US based rights lawyer, Emma Ogebe, he was alarmed to see the following notice from the US government:
“We encourage medical professionals seeking work in the U.S. on a work or exchange visitor visa (H or J), particularly those working on #COVID19 issues, to contact the nearest U.S. Embassy/ Consulate for a visa appointment.
It seemed like further ravaging Africa’s already limited medical capacity by this seeming avaricious poaching of its critical medical professionals.
It is said that for every 100 doctors of African origin in the US, 70 or more of them would be Nigerian.
If Nigerian medical workers in Atlanta, Georgia were to leave work abruptly, the health Care system would collapse immediately. But they are not leaving because the US gives them an unbelievable work experience. Their financial packages are a dream.
Yet they have family at home where governments over the years have neglected the health sector. Officials have often taken for granted their perks of visiting hospitals all over the world at government expense for minor treatments.
Without warning, the Covid-19 pandemic seems to overwhelm Europe, Asia, the Americas and other flashpoints where the pandemic is ravaging and hospitals are stretched to the limits. There’s hardly any room to spare for any Nigerian politician anymore, as death toll keeps mounting.
European hospitals are no longer an attractive option for Nigeria’s political class and their families. They are now forced to patronize the hospitals they failed to equip in their country.
The US President that placed Nigeria among other countries on visa ban has tactically reversed it by openly encouraging Nigeria and other country’s medical personnel to move to the US.