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   WHO says Nigeria among 55 countries with most pressing shortage of health workers

Written by on March 16, 2023

 the World Health Organization, WHO, has included Nigeria and 54 other countries on its Health Workforce Support and Safeguards List 2023.

The global health body says the countries face the most pressing health workforce challenges related to universal health coverage.

The organization says in particular, these countries have a density of doctors, nurses and midwives below the global median, that is; 49 per 10 000 population; and a universal health coverage service coverage index below a certain threshold.

The threshold for the universal health coverage service coverage index for the WHO health workforce support and safeguards list 2023 has been increased from 50 to 55.

The aim is to account for the disruptions caused to health services by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the effects on health worker mobility and migration.

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