NMA, Health reform coalition urge FG to reverse Nigeria’s poor health indices
The coalition warned that talks about Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of the present government would just be an empty noise, if no serious attention is paid to improving the health of Nigerians.
Meanwhile, about 120 Nigerian doctors and dentists left the country in May, 2018 for greener pastures overseas, as Zamfara state in two months lost more than 20 doctors in her employment despite the acute shortage of human resources for health in that state.
Chairman of the Coalition, Dr. Ben Anyene who disclosed in Abuja at the Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Medical Association (FCT Chapter), insisted that the National Health Indices are very bad, and argued that only full implementation of the 2014 National Health Act (NHA) across the country and not piloting as being proposed holds the key to improving health indices in Nigeria.
He said, “Without the full implementation of the 2014 National Health Act, Nigeria’s health sector and services will remain in the doldrums.
Nigerians need an effective, efficient, available, equitable, affordable, culturally acceptable and accountable healthcare delivered as at when needed and in a courteous manner.
“Nigeria is no longer in need of legislations or policy instruments to have an accountable and acceptable healthcare delivery in Nigeria,” he added.
In his address, FCT Chairman of NMA, Dr. Chiedozie Achonwa said that NMA has a critical role to play in reversing the poor health indices in the country, adding that the association has trained over 100 health workers from 100 Primary Health Centres in FCT on neo-natal resuscitation as part of the associations’ intervention towards reducing infant mortality in FCT.