Doc­tors blame govt for fail­ing health sec­tor

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ruby Leo

The Nige­rian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (NMA) has ac­cused the three tiers of govern­ment of toy­ing and play­ing pol­i­tics with the health of Nige­ri­ans.

It said the govern­ment lacks the po­lit­i­cal will and com­mit­ment to im­ple­ment poli­cies to im­prove the sec­tor.

The NBA pres­i­dent Dr. Osa­hon Enab­ulele ex­pressed re­grets that Nigeria has cel­e­brated its 100 years in ex­is­tence as a coun­try but was still grap­pling with lots of chal­lenges heighten by the non­cha­lant at­ti­tude of its gov­ern­ments.

Enab­ulele who was speak­ing at his vale­dic­tory press con­fer­ence said: “af­ter 100 years of ex­is­tence, Nigeria’s pub­lic health­care in­dus­try is bereft of in­ter­na­tional best prac­tices; it has be­come an all comer af­fairs with ev­ery one vir­tu­ally ac­count­able only to him­self, with lit­tle or no co­or­di­nated reg­u­la­tion and su­per­vi­sion by the em­ployer of labour’.

He said the elites only re­mem­ber the im­por­tance of health when they fall ill and have need for the ser­vices of med­i­cal doc­tors, most of whom daily ex­it­ing the shores of the coun­try as a re­sult of un­sat­is­fac­tory govern­ment poli­cies and poor workplace con­di­tions of ser­vices.

Ac­cord­ing to him, most pub­lic of­fice hold­ers do not think it is their re­spon­si­ble to fix or in­vest in health fa­cil­i­ties nor pro­vide an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment to safe­guard the lives of the people.

He ad­vised the govern­ment to es­tab­lish the of­fice of the Sur­geon Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion to ad­dress the bur­geon­ing rise in med­i­cal tourism as a re­sult of in­dis­creet ap­provals for for­eign med­i­cal tours by pub­lic of­fi­cers with the use of tax payer’s re­sources.

Enab­ulele also urged Nige­ri­ans to vote only “health con­scious Nige­ri­ans who ap­pre­ci­ate the ver­i­ta­ble re­la­tion­ship be­tween health and de­vel­op­ment and who truly ap­pre­ci­ate the need to pro­mote their health and fun­da­men­tal hu­man rights”.

PHOTO: GOD­SWILL AYE­MOBA

From right: Na­tional Chair­man, Peo­ples Pro­gres­sive Party, Damian Og­bonna; Na­tional Chair­man, Peo­ples Re­demp­tion Party, Ab­dulka­dir Balarabe Musa; Na­tional Chair­man, Peo­ples Sal­va­tion Party, Hamza Yusuf; and Na­tional Chair­man United Na­tional Party for De­vel­op­ment, Se­gun Ola-Oyedeji, dur­ing their visit to Me­dia Trust Head­quar­ters in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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