De­clare emer­gency on health sec­tor, NUAHP urges Buhari

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - From Dele Ogun­yemi, Ibadan

The Nige­rian Union of Al­lied Health­care Pro­fes­sion­als (NUAHP) has called on Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari to de­clare a state of emer­gency on the health sec­tor.

NUAHP com­prises phar­ma­cists, phys­io­ther­a­pists, med­i­cal lab­o­ra­tory sci­en­tists, ra­dio­g­ra­phers, di­eti­cians, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pists, clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gists, med­i­cal so­cial work­ers, op­tometrists, med­i­cal physi­cians as well as or­tho­don­tists and pros­thetists, among oth­ers.

Field­ing ques­tions from news­men in Ibadan, the Na­tional Pres­i­dent of NUAHP, Dr. Obinna Chimela Og­bonna, said the sec­tor was be­dev­iled with poor health ser­vices, unchecked med­i­cal tourism and avoid­able deaths.

The union also called on well-mean­ing Nige­ri­ans and stake­hold­ers to pre­vail on Pres­i­dent Buhari to im­ple­ment the May10, 2012 agree­ment with the union.

Ac­cord­ing to the union, “The present state of an­ar­chy” in the coun­try’s teach­ing hos­pi­tals and Fed­eral Med­i­cal Cen­tres could be at­trib­uted to per­sist­ing dishar­mony in the sec­tor which had arisen from lack of op­por­tu­ni­ties and equal treat­ment of all mem­bers of the health team by the gov­ern­ment.

Og­bonna called for ur­gent re­struc­tur­ing of the Fed­eral Min­istry of Health to ac­com­mo­date other qual­i­fied health­care pro­fes­sion­als at the direc­torate lev­els while the po­si­tion of Chief Med­i­cal Direc­tor (CMD)/Med­i­cal Direc­tor should not be the ex­clu­sive right of the mem­bers of the Nige­rian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (NMA).

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