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NMA PRESIDENT says: 58 Years After, Nigeria Still Low in Global Health Indices

As Nigeria celebrates 58 years as an independent nation, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), has lamented the inability of the country to make headway in the health sector. In its message to commemorate the day,

As Nigeria celebrates 58 years as an independent nation, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), has lamented the inability of the country to make headway in the health sector. In its message to commemorate the day, NMA President, Dr. Francis Faduyile, also lamented that besides government’s failure to fully implement the 2014 National Health Act, which was signed in 2014, other setbacks confronting the sector were reasons why 58 years after independence, the country was still ranked low in Global Human Development and Health Indices.

“In the three years of this administration, the nation has faced difficult times in an attempt to reposition the nation. We observed that these efforts have not yet brought the required results that will ease the suffering of Nigerians. “58 years after we became independent, Nigeria has not made an impressive mark, which accounts for its low ranking in the Global Human Development and Health Indices.

We also observed that the country has never lacked effective recommendations to mitigate our crippling socio-economic, political and developmental woes; rather poor and lackluster implementation, including the absence of the needed political will, have been responsible for the uninspiring status of the nation in the global development circle. “In particular, the failure to fully implement the National Health Act 2014, which we believe will guarantee Nigerians Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

It is important to reiterate that Universal Health Coverage shall not only increase access to healthcare delivery, but also make it affordable through the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) with the Community- Based Health Insurance Scheme (CBSHIP) as an integral component and will be complemented by the Basic Healthcare Provision fund and other sources of fund from luxury items and ‘sin’ taxes.

“The Nigerian Medical Association in her recent visit to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, restated the urgent need for the government to release the white paper of the Alhaji Mahmud Yayale Ahmed led Committee on Inter-Professional Relationships in the Public Health Sector and to speedily commence the implementation of its recommendations as a way to arrest the tide of disharmony in the health sector,” he said.

Faduyile, who noted that the NMA had extended its ultimatum to the Federal Government to reconstitute the Council of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) by two weeks, sought the intervention of President Buhari to ensure MDCN would never be dissolved again in order to safeguard the health of all Nigerians.

“Despite the expiration of our ultimatum to the Federal Government to reconstitute the Council of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, which elapsed on September 30, 2018, the Nigerian Medical Association wishes to extend it by two weeks, in good faith.

korede.f@bertatechsolutions.com.ng

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