The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called for improved budgeting of the health sector.
NMA President, Francis Fajuyile made this appeal during a conference over the weekend in Osogbo the Osun state capital.
He said that government is giving less attention to healthcare and added that the introduction of Universal Health Coverage is needed to improve healthcare delivery of the country.
“We have a myriad of problems affecting us as medical practitioners, the first one is about funding. We need the government to fund health more appropriately and the funding has a lot to do with the equipment that we need to have in the hospitals,” he said.
Fajuyile also decried the poor state of most hospitals in the country and urged the governments at all levels to see to its improvement.
“We need to have a good working environment for the doctors and the patients to be seen and be treated properly.
“It is in this funding that you can employ the adequate number of personnel. Migration of doctors has been fingered that funding of health is one of the major reason why many of our people are leaving the shores of this country.”
On the issue of fake medical practitioners across the country, the NMA President wants security operatives to collaborate with the association to expose culprits.
According to him, quackery is one of the bane of appropriate treatment in this country and should be addressed immediately.
The NMA President believes that fake doctors are not being properly persecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.
He, therefore, wants the association to assist the police in tackling the menace of quacks.
In doing this, Fajuyile said, Nigerians would get the best treatment by skilled workers.