NMA laments 3 years with­out MDCN

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Judd-Leonard Okafor

Nige­rian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion says it “may not be able to guar­an­tee calm” in the health sec­tor after the Buhari Ad­min­is­tra­tion failed to re­con­sti­tute the board of the Med­i­cal and Den­tal Coun­cil of Nige­ria it dis­solved three years ago.

NMA had ear­lier is­sued an ul­ti­ma­tum for the board to be re­con­sti­tuted by Septem­ber 30 six weeks the pres­i­dency promised it would be re­con­sti­tuted “soon”.

On In­de­pen­dence Day, the as­so­ci­a­tion ex­tended its ul­ti­ma­tum for an­other two weeks.

MDCN reg­u­lates doc­tors and den­tists and their prac­tice na­tion­wide. With­out a board, it can­not put its mem­bers on trial or probe pe­ti­tions against their prac­tice.

NMA said it feels pained that health­care de­liv­ery to Nige­ri­ans is “be­ing gam­bled with.”

“The As­so­ci­a­tion ex­presses her dis­plea­sure over this de­vel­op­ment de­spite re­peated ap­peals to re­con­sti­tute the coun­cil of the Med­i­cal and Den­tal Coun­cil of Nige­ria (MDCN) over three years after its dis­so­lu­tion,” NMA pres­i­dent Fran­cis Faduy­ile said in a state­ment.

Doc­tors have gone to court to seek le­gal in­ter­pre­ta­tion of “body cor­po­rate with per­pet­ual suc­ces­sion” in the act set­ting up the MDCN.

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