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How to halt the brain drain

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 13 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:921

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Conducive environment to avert brain drain

The submission by Loefler is balanced and mature. Halting brain drain
from Pakistan which is strategically a significant country of Asia may not
be possible under the present circumstances of lawlessness, suicide
bombings, car snatching, kidnapping for ransom and rampant killing of
doctors who have become soft targets, in addition to other social
atrocities which are in gross violation of the declarations of human
rights. Brain drain by the developed countries appear to be safe haven for
these doctors. I believe that it the responsibilty of the individual
states to provide security and create an atmosphere where these medical
professional can breathe safely and be able to work for the benefit of the

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18 April 2006
Amin Muhammad Gadit
Professor of Psychiatry
Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, A1B 3V6, Canada