Doctor Osahon Enabulele, former president of the World Medical Association (WMA)
5.3m Personnel Needed to Bridge Healthcare Workers’ Gap in Africa

The immediate-past president of World Medical Association (WMA), Dr. Osahon Enabulele, yesterday, charged leaders across the globe on improved healthcare workforce, stating that Africa has a deficit of about 5.3 million professionals, while 10 million more workers are needed globally.

Addressing newsmen on arrival in Benin City, Edo State, after completing his one-year tenure, Enabulele pleaded with world leaders to build resilient health systems.

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He said: “Africa, today, has a deficit of about 5.3 million healthcare workers. Globally, we need 10 million more workers. I want to appreciate all those who supported my tenure and our inroad into global affairs.

“More importantly, what we have been preaching over time in terms of building resilient healthcare systems has now been accepted as a reality. So, all nations of the world are now committing themselves more than ever before as a result of the very strong advocacy that we advanced to ensure that they get committed to building resilient healthcare systems.

“That’s more important to us in Africa, where we have very fragile health systems. Along with that, is the issue of building a resilient health workforce. You cannot have a healthcare system that does not boast of the requisite number of workers.”