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Universal Health Will Address Medical Tourism

   The President of National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, Professor Opubo da Lilly-Tariah has expressed optimism that with a proper and well implement Universal Health Coverage, Nigerians will be discouraged from travelling out of

   The President of National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, Professor Opubo da Lilly-Tariah has expressed optimism that with a proper and well implement Universal Health Coverage, Nigerians will be discouraged from travelling out of the country to seek medical health. Lilly-Tariah who spoke ahead of the College 36th Convocation slated for 20th September said that the coverage of National Health Insurance Scheme still remains low.

He regretted that due to lack of job security, poor facilities for practice, general insecurity and poor pay, most experienced hands and brightest minds are draining away thus losing both the present and future of this country. He blamed the government for the inability to create enabling an environment for the practice of medicine that will be conducive, “an expanded national insurance scheme is one way of making healthcare more robust.

It will give hope to the practice of medicine and retain our best. The College President urged the Federal Government to reconstitute Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCN which is saddled with the regulation of medical practice in the country.  “most of the other boards and councils have been reconstituted of which MDCN is not one of them.

Non-reconstitution of the board is leaving a big void in the areas of regulations of medical education and practice. Disciplinary issues in medical practice are unattended to.

korede.f@bertatechsolutions.com.ng

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