The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has proposed a five-year strategic plan focusing on improving healthcare delivery across the country.
The NMA President, Professor Mike Ogirima, made the appeal on Tuesday in Abuja, at a conference to present a draft copy of the strategic plan to stakeholders in the sector.
Professor Ogirima noted that the strategic plan, which pushes for the operationalisation of the 2014 National Health Act, if implemented would help to reduce the burden of diseases among rural dwellers in Nigeria.
The Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Health, Mohammed Usman, admitted the failure of government to implement some policies targeted at improving the healthcare system.
On the sideline of the event, Chairman of the National Immunisation Financing Task Team, Ben Anyenele, urged the NMA to harness its potentials and save the health sector.
The Federal Ministry of Health’s facility census for 2011 indicates that over 80 per cent of Nigeria’s 34,173 health facilities are located in the cities. In 2014, the NMA puts the ratio of hospital beds to a patient at 10,000 patients to a bed.
Experts believe that the implementation of a national strategic plan aimed at strengthening the health sector will reduce the challenges in the sector.