NMA seeks Na­tional In­sti­tute for Or­thopaedic Re­search *At N’assem­bly, urges govt to im­prove care for road traf­fic ac­ci­dent vic­tims

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THE Nige­ria med­i­cal as­so­ci­a­tion (NMA) has sought speedy pas­sage in the es­tab­lish­ment of na­tional in­sti­tute of or­thopaedic re­search cur­rently at the Na­tional Assem­bly, say­ing that the pas­sage would en­hance the pro­duc­tiv­ity of or­thopaedic med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers. The pres­i­dent of the as­so­ci­a­tion, Prof. Mike Ogir­ima who made this known Thurs­day in As­aba at the “40th An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing and Sci­en­tific Con­fer­ence”, ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion that the bill was al­ready re­ceiv­ing at­ten­tion at the house of rep­re­sen­ta­tives and urged gov­ern­ments at all lev­els to im­prove the care of road traf­fic ac­ci­dent vic­tims, as well as es­tab­lish more trauma cen­tres along the ma­jor road net­works in Nige­ria. He said; “as an as­so­ci­a­tion we also want our gov­ern­ment at var­i­ous lev­els should de­velop ro­bust 24 hours emer­gency Am­bu­lance cov­er­age for our ma­jor high­ways, I en­cour­age col­leagues and mem­bers of the pub­lic to in­vest in this business of emer­gency am­bu­lance ser­vices and trauma care in Nige­ria with the name of the AGM” “De­gen­er­a­tive Dis­ease of the spine” the NMA pres­i­dent ex­plained that it was care­fully cho­sen to pre­view the spec­trum of bur­den of the as­pect of the spine of the patholo­gies, adding; “I hope all the pre­sen­ta­tion on this will add value to the emerg­ing spine sub­spe­cialty in the coun­try, and of re­cent, there is col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the NOA, and the Arab spine.” He said that some mem­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion were al­ready ex­plor­ing the part­ner­ship by at­tend­ing the an­nual work­shop on var­i­ous dis­ease of the spine in UAE, and also es­tab­lish­ing net­works across the climes Not­ing that the sub theme “Fi­nanc­ing or­tho­peadic prac­tice in Nige­ria”, Pro­fes­sor Ogir­ima dis­closed that the theme would pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties to the med­i­cal or­theo­peadic prac­ti­tion­ers in both pub­lic, and pri­vate sec­tors on how best funds can be sourced, and uti­lized to im­prove prac­tice In a re­source poor set­ting, adding that or­tho­peadic ser­vices just like any other med­i­cal spe­cialty, is heav­ily de­pen­dent on out of pocket spend­ing, so­cial health in­surance scheme as manda­tory if only the coun­try can achieve UHC for her Pop­u­lace. “Pri­vate en­trepreneurs must be en­cour­age to com­pli­ment the pub­lic health in­sti­tu­tions to im­prove health care, fa­cil­i­ties at sin­gle digit in­ter­est rate must be pro­vide for us to stem down neg­a­tive med­i­cal tourism” the NMA pres­i­dent added . He com­mended mem­bers or the trend at the emerg­ing re­viser of med­i­cal tourism in the coun­try by es­tab­lish­ing world class med­i­cal prac­tices in strate­gic lo­ca­tion and called for more of such in the es­tab­lish­ment of group prac­tices and di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion into other fields. In his re­marks, the state gover­nor Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, rep­re­sented by Dr Ben­jamin Nkechika, Direc­tor of na­tional health in­surance scheme, noted that or­theo­peadic ser­vices has largely provided for the im­po­tence of health in med­i­cal ser­vices, dis­clos­ing that the state gov­ern­ment pro­cured enough med­i­cal means to carter for the well be­ing of Deltans.

Owen Aken­zua, As­aba

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