‘Declare State Of Emergency On Health Sector’, Medical Association Tells FG

Cholera outbreak in South SudanThe Nigerian Medical Association has advised the Federal Government to urgently address the challenges in the primary healthcare system by declaring a state of emergency on the health sector.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja on Sunday ahead of the 2015 Physicians’ week, the President of the Association, Dr. Kayode Obembe, said the Federal Government needed to tackle cases of measles and other vaccines’ preventable diseases just like it addressed and eradicated Polio.

Dr. Obembe added that since there was no specific treatment for measles, primary prevention of it and other vaccines preventable diseases remained the best option to eradicate all such diseases which have claimed the lives of many children in Nigeria.

Doctors ask for review of gun ownership policy; reject proposed N5000 note

Doctors in Nigeria under the aegis of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on Wednesday advised the federal government to liberalize the policy of gun ownership as part of efforts to effectively curb all forms of insecurity in the country.

The National President of the Nigeria Medical Association, Osahon Enabulele

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the National President of the association, Osahon Enabulele called on the government to be alive to their constitutional responsibility of guaranteeing the security and welfare of the citizens until when the concept of state police is accepted by the federal government.

“Nigeria is fast descending into a hobbesian state as insecurity remains highly prevalent in Nigeria, with the possibility of violent death lurking at every corner and at every time,” he said.

Mr Enabulele said that the security situation in Nigeria continued to deteriorate “despite the publicized past and current statements of government that they are ‘on top of the situation’ with recurrent reshufflement of the security apparatus of the country.”

He called on the “governments at all levels to truly be ‘on top of the situation’ with respect to effective address of the state of insecurity in the country”

The association attributed the problem of insecurity in Nigeria to the rising unemployment rate in the country.

“We strongly call on governments at all levels to provide, as an interim/stop-gap measure, meaningful unemployment and social security monthly allowance for unemployed Nigerians and elderly Nigerians,” Mr Enabulele said.

Cynthia’s death

The NMA president, who condemned the unfortunate murder of Cynthia Osokogu said there is a need for drugs to be sold only to persons upon the production of a medical/dental practitioners prescription.

He said the association “observed with dismay the events surrounding the tragic and unfortunate murder of a vivacious and up-coming young Nigerian lady, Miss Cynthia Udoka Osokogu, and efforts made to apprehend her killers.”

Mr Enabulele said the events surrounding murder of Miss Osokogu, “underscores the need for drugs to be sold to the citizens of Nigeria only upon the production of a medical/dental practitioner’s prescription.

“The NEC therefore calls on the Federal Government to strictly enforce Prescription Rights in Nigeria, and to duly sanction violators of Prescription Rights. We also call for speedy dispensation of justice in the murder case.”

We reject N5000 note

The doctors condemned the planned introduction of the N5000 note and the conversion of N20, N10 and N5 notes to coins saying it will have a negative implication for the nation’s economy.

Mr Enabulele advised the Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido to “review his planned introduction of the single N5000 note, and N20 and N50 coins, on account of the likely negative implications for the economy.

“The Association notes that despite several similar changes made in the past no significant improvement in the economy was witnessed. Increased inflation rate have more often than not been the lot of similar policies in the past.

“We therefore advise that rather than waste the country’s resources in such an unprofitable venture, such should be channelled into viable poverty reduction schemes to alleviate the sufferings of toiling Nigerians.”

Text of press conference by the National President of the Nigeria Medical Association.