Salaries of unpaid Nigerian medical interns

Salaries of unpaid Nigerian medical interns

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Jason Henry started this petition to Nigerian Ministry of Health

As a norm in the Nigerian system, every health professional has to undergo paid internship for one year after graduating from the university. This is a criteria to get their practicing licenses, and also proceed to national service. It is compulsory and has been a smooth process until now.

Graduates who are struggling to make ends meet are stranded in foreign lands in the name of internship, unable to even pay their bills. Some can’t even feed while others have resorted to doing whatever they can to survive. All these because they are being owed for 5 months and counting. What is their crime?

I am affected in this and it’s no secret how difficult things are in the country. I’m doing my internship in my state of residence and it’s difficult for me. I therefore wonder how others who have no one in their respective places of assignment are coping. There have been reports of medics fainting while on duty because of hunger. We have been made to look like beggars even after toiling day and night in school to graduate. It’s a treatment interns don’t deserve and we are requesting that we get what we have worked for. We are not asking for pity, no! We are asking for what is rightfully ours as we have worked for it. 

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