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Doctors give conditions to support fuel price increase


doctorMedical doctors under the aegis of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) have given conditions, which they say must be met by the Federal Government before supporting the deregulation of the oil sector with the resultant increase in the pump price of petrol.

Top on the doctors’ demands is the release of the one per cent of the consolidated national revenue fund, which The Guardian investigation revealed is estimated to be about N60 billion.

The NMA in a statement yesterday signed by its President and professor of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery, Mike Ozovehe Ogirima, said: “The Nigerian Medical Association supports the deregulation of the oil sector but with a caveat that part of the palliatives should include the immediate release of at least five per cent of the consolidated revenue fund as the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHPF), which the National Health Act has given to Nigerians and guarantees its availability.

“This would revamp Primary Health Care (PHC) and reinvigorate the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to cover all Nigerians.

“We also press for the immediate rehabilitation and establishment of functional PHC in all the wards nationwide as a way of cushioning the harsh effects of out-of-pocket expenditure and various inequities in Healthcare delivery.”

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