Resident Doctors At FMC Lokoja Protest Poor Health Systems

Resident Doctors Threaten To Commence Strike Action In 2017The Association of Resident Doctors, (ARD) in Federal Medical Center, Lokoja, has joined the strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), to register their displeasure with the management of Nigeria’s health system.

Briefing pressmen, the Lokoja ARD President, Dr. Obohwemu Kennedy, said that his members were part and parcel of the NARD and were duty bound to comply with the directive.

The doctors, were seen carrying placards with different inscriptions to press home thier demands from the Federal Government.

On December 19, 2016, NARD gave the Federal Government up to January 2, to implement the National Health Act, 2014, while asking it to also address the lingering issues affecting the health sector, especially as it affects resident doctors.

Explaining further about the reason for the protest, Obohwemu lamented the pitiable state of Nigeria’s health system, citing the need for the Federal Government to urgently intervene and prevent massive exodus of doctors to the outside world for greener pastures.

“Apart from the fact that we are following instructions from our national body, we believe it is time to take the bull by the horn and address these persistent problems once and for all.

“Let the whole world know what resident doctors are going through- Our patients deserve the best of healthcare delivery.

“We cannot do that when we, the healthcare providers, are not in the right frame of mind.

“The medical profession is going through the toughest of times in the recent years, our black jackets and black bands, symbolise the death of our healthcare delivery system.

“We asked for resurrection, a revamping of the system, such that the average Nigerians can confidently access quality healthcare at affordable rates.”

Speaking on behalf of the Medical Director, Dr. Taiwo Olaoluwa who calmed the protesters, said their demands were not out of place.

Although he explained that the hospital was mourning as a result of the death of a Chief Nursing Officer, he then assured them that the Federal Government was working out solutions to their demands.

Ekiti Resident Doctors Demand Implementation Of 2013-2014 Agreement With FG

ekiti-resident-doctorsAssociation of Resident Doctors in Ekiti State, southwest Nigeria, is pushing the demand of its national body that the Federal Government should implement the 2013-2014 agreement between it and the association.

The demand was made at a joint media briefing on Friday at the Doctor’s Lounge of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital in Ado Ekiti.

It also had in attendance members of the associations from the Federal Teaching Hospital Ido Ekiti and the State University Teaching Hospital in Ado Ekiti.

The associations through their representatives Augustine Ibikunle and Tunji Olaoye restate their demands to the Federal Government, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to make healthcare service affordable to every Nigerians.

“We are joining our national body to demand for the implement of 2013-2014 agreement with the Federal Government and related issues in the health sector,” Dr. Olaoye, who is the president of the Association of Resident Doctor, Ekiti State Teaching Hospital, said.

“This press briefing is in accordance with the national directives to sensitise members of the public on some very important issues affecting the association.”

The doctors are also demanding for the implementation of National Health Act 2014, payment of full salaries to all our members, appropriate entry step for house officers, appropriate placement of all doctors and pension deductions and remittance.

The National Executive Council meeting of the association is expected to also hold from Friday.

Protesting Resident Doctors Request National Health Act Implementation

Resident Doctors Threaten To Commence Strike Action In 2017The Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors in Abuja have staged a protest, calling on the Federal Government to implement the 2014 National Health Act and the 2001 Abuja declaration on health financing.

According to the protesting doctors, the non-implementation of the Health Act and the Abuja declaration have led to lots of preventable deaths that are often blamed on them.

The president of the resident doctors in Abuja told reporters that the protest was part of a series of protests lined up by the national body which would culminate in a nationwide strike, if the government failed to act on their demands.

This Act provides a framework for the regulation, development and management of a health system and sets standards for rendering health services in Nigeria.

Don’t Force Us To Confront You Again, Osun Doctors Warn Government

Resident DoctorsDoctors in Osun State have appealed to the state government to ensure immediate payment of their salaries during the period they downed tools to push demands for better remuneration.

The doctors, under the aegis Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), spoke at its general meeting, held as part of the 2016 Physicians Week.

During the meeting, members of the association raised concerns over inability of the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, to commence full payment of salaries, saying the development could make them opt for more industrial action.

Under Serious Hardship

The Chairman of Osun State NMA, Dr. Tokunbo Olajumoke, accused the state government of not paying more attention to the health sector.

He expressed displeasure over the “erratic” manner of paying salaries, saying it has subjected many doctors in the state to hardship.

Dr. Olajumoke said: “The welfare of our members in employment of the state government in the last two years have been very challenging ranging from fractions and several months of unpaid salaries to victimisation and demotion among others.

“The association will continue to lobby, engage constructively and consult in other to ensure our members welfare.

“I appeal to stakeholders and respected citizens to assist on this matter for sustainability of relative peace enjoyed in the health sector in our dear state.

“Doctors are under serious hardship; there are some that are not able to pay the school fees of their children and house rent but we are still attending to patients.

“I must tell you that nobody wants to go on confrontation, but after you have tried every effort in the line of dialogue and lobbying you may recognise the last option which may be regrettable”.

He explained that the sub-theme of the week, ‘Making the National Health Act operational’, was picked in an attempt to offer a broader paradigm in tackling specific health issues by adopting measures more far reaching and enduring.

“Two years after the passage of the National Health Act, we observed that it is still non-functional. Thus if efforts are not geared towards its implementation it may go the way of other acts and perpetually prevent us from achieving global best practices,” he added.

Guest speaker of the occasion, Dr. Callistus Akinleye, of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Osogbo explained that the current recession had led to increase in non-communicable diseases.

Among the diseases, he highlighted, were hypertension, malaria, tuberculosis and diabetes.

FG Deploys Midwives To Primary Healthcare Centres Nationwide

Health, midwives FG Deploys Midwives To Primary Healthcare Centres Nationwide The Federal Government is deploying skilled midwives to Primary Healthcare Centers across the country to strengthen service delivery.

The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, (NPHDA), Dr Emmanuel Odu, revealed this at the opening of a Midwives Service Orientation Scheme in Abuja.

Dr Odu said that the scheme is a year-long mandatory service for all graduates of nursing, which is aimed at improving their skills on key aspects of primary health.

This comes after series of meetings held by key stakeholders across the nation to discuss ways by which health systems can be improved especially in a critical time when the current economic recession is being experienced in Nigeria.

At such a time, it has become increasingly difficult for the less privileged and vulnerable members of the society to assess Primary Health Care services.

The Nigerian Medical Association recently staged a walk, demanding the implementation of the National Health Act, enacted in 2014.

The association says the passage into law has been stalled as a result of the non-nonchalant attitude of the Federal Government.

In a message from the President of Nigerian Medical Association, Professor Mike Ogirima, the Federal Government was urged to immediately start the operation of the National Health Act without further delay in order to address the numerous challenges of healthcare delivery to Nigerians.

Members of the Nigerian Medical Association, Plateau State Chapter, and Abia state, joined their counterparts across the nation in a nationwide walk to call on the government at all levels to implement the provisions of the National Health Act, 2014.

Medical Association Push For National Health Act Implementation

Resident DoctorsThe Nigerian Medical Association has staged a walk, demanding the implementation of National Health Act enacted in 2014 which it says is yet to be in operation due to nonchalant attitude of the Federal Government towards the Act.

In a message from the President of Nigerian Medical Association, Professor Mike Ogirima, the Federal Government was urged to immediately start the operation of the National Health Act without further delay in order to address the numerous challenges of healthcare delivery to Nigerians.

Members of the Nigerian Medical Association, Plateau State Chapter joined their counterparts across the nation in a nationwide walk to call on the government at all levels to implement the provisions of the National Health Act, 2014.

Medical Doctors and other medical allied workers staged walked major streets in Jos metropolis, carrying placards with various inscriptions, demanding that the government should implement the National Health Act for the benefits of the citizenry.

The walk took the medical workers to the Plateau State House of Assembly where the state chairman of the association, Dr. Daniel Menshak, presented the national president’s message to the legislatures.

Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Honourable Peter Azi, assured the association of its commitment to mediating in the matter.

He also made a demand, urging the association to consider treatment of victims before obtaining police clearances.

He said the decision could save lives just as the chairman of Nigerian medical association in Plateau State explained the importance of the National Health Act.

Considering the numerous advantages that are accrued to the citizens with the implantation of the National Health Act, government’s action on the implementation will in no doubt go a long way in providing adequate healthcare delivery to the people.

NMA Decries Neglect Of National Health Act

Health, NMA, Nigerian Medical AssociationThe leadership of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has decried the non-implementation of the National Health Act by the Federal Government since the bill was passed in 2014.

The NMA President, Professor Mike Ogiri, raised the concern at a press conference in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The gathering was convened on Monday to draw the attention of the government to issues affecting the nation’s health sector.

Professor Ogiri said that members of the association would stage a nationwide protest to demand for the implementation of the health act.

He expressed optimism that the demonstration would address most of the challenges facing the sector and proffer solutions for possible implementation by the government.

He also mentioned the slow progress of universal health coverage through the National Health Insurance Scheme as a major factor facing the health sector in Nigeria.

“As part of this year’s NMA week, the NMA and her 37 branches and affiliates have agreed to stage a walk on October 26.

“This is aimed at demanding for the implementation of the National Health Act as passed in 2014 by the federal government.

“It is our belief that the implementation of that act will address some of the aforementioned challenges being experienced in this economic recession,” Prof Ogiri said.



Nigeria’s Health Council To Approve National Health Policy

Nigeria To Approve National Health PolicyThe National Council on Health is considering for approval, the National Health Policy 2016 towards a successful implementation of the recently enacted National Health Act 2014 and the achievement of the Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria.

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, said that the focus was to ensure speedy approval of the policy towards strategic inclusion in the 2017 budget for effective implementation.

He explained that its development became necessary following the trend of global health epidemics such as the Ebola virus and Nigeria’s continued need to attain a universal health coverage and accessible healthcare.

The National Health Policy, when approved, will mandate the revamping and construction of primary healthcare centres in each of the 10,000 political wards in the count
ry over the next three years.

This will give up to 100 million Nigerians access to basic and affordable health care services.

This National Health Policy 2016 under consideration by the National Health Council in Abuja, would be the third health policy to be developed and implemented in Nigeria after 1988 and 2004.

Intense deliberations are expected over issues such as the development of the second national strategic health development plan and the role of states in the operationalization of the National Heath Act.


FG Will Honour All Valid Agreements, Buhari Tells Doctors

Muhammadu Buhari - DoctorsPresident Muhammadu Buhari has urged the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to shelve its threatened strike and give the Federal Government more time to address the  doctor’s grievances.

Speaking at a meeting with the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on Thursday in Abuja, President Buhari gave the doctors an assurance that no agreements duly entered into by the Federal Government would be dishonoured by his administration.

The President called for greater understanding and support from doctors and all Nigerians in view of the present short fall in national revenue brought about by the decline of crude oil prices.

Decrying the adverse impact of the fall in oil prices on the Federal Government’s spending plans for health and other sectors, he said that his administration would continue to do its best to address issues that were of concern to doctors and other Nigerians.

The President also gave the NMA delegation an insight into his administration’s plan to establish 10,000 primary healthcare centres across Nigeria in the next two years with the objective of providing better healthcare for at least 100 million Nigerians.

He also told the delegation led by the NMA President, Dr. Kayode Obembe, that the National Health Act would soon be gazetted and a steering committee appointed to oversee its implementation.

In his remark, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, described the plan to establish more healthcare centres as “the single most ambitious health plan for the poor in the history of Nigeria”.

In his reaction, Dr. Obembe called for the implementation of the report of the Yayale Ahmed Committee on better relations among professional groups in the health sector.

He also called for fast-tracking of the implementation of the National Health Act.

At a separate meeting with the leadership of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), President Buhari promised that his administration would evolve and implement measures to curb friction and disharmony among the professional groups in the health sector.

The President urged the PSN to work more closely with the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to curb the sale of fake medicines in Nigeria.

The President of the PSN, Ahmed Yakasai, assured the President that pharmacists in Nigeria were ready to work in harmony with other professionals in the health sector to help the Federal Government achieve its objective of improving healthcare services.