President Muhammadu Buhari has asked state and local governments to play stronger roles in complementing the efforts of the Federal Government, especially in getting Almajiri children into classrooms.
He stated this when executive members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) led by the President, Dr Francis Adedayo Faduyile, paid him a visit at the State House.
According to a statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Femi Adesina, quoted President Buhari; “The issues of health and education are constitutional. If there are too many Almajiris in a state, then the government is not following the constitution.
“The states also have elites who are educated enough to remind their governments about their responsibility to Almajiris,’’ he said.
President Buhari also spoke about security challenges, adding that successes recorded in degrading terrorists in the North East will be extended to various parts of the country experiencing challenges.
“If you cannot secure a country or institution, you cannot manage it.”
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.
The 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.
Members of the Medical Profession in Kaduna State, have stressed the importance of effective laboratory services in the development of the nation’s health sector.
At the annual conference of the state’s branch of the Nigerian Medical Association, held in Kaduna, the state capital, medical experts lamented the common practice of doctors administering treatment without laboratory diagnosis.
The guest speaker at this occasion, Dr Adebola Olayinka reminded participants that laboratory testing is important for screening, diagnosis and monitoring.
For the outgoing chairman of the NMA, Dr Mohammed Ibrahim, quackery in laboratory service delivery is top among the problems begging for attention in the health sector.
The chairman of the occasion and Managing Director, Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, Kaduna, Dr Taiwo Sheikh, wrapped it up by calling for a change of attitude to provide a more holistic and patient-centered delivery of service.
Beyond a negative work ethic, it was a consensus that other factors militating against effective laboratory services in Nigeria include the absence of a national reference laboratory and being slow to pick up on new methods and technology.
A road accident along Abuja-Kaduna expressway has claimed the lives of seven medical doctors traveling from Ekiti to Sokoto State.
The accident which claimed the life of the driver of the bus, also left seven others severely injured.
The Kaduna State Chairman of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr Muhammed Ibrahim, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent in Kaduna on Monday, said that the accident occurred around Doka area along the expressway, when one of the tyres of the 18-seater bus they were traveling in busted.
The vehicle hit the side breakers and somersaulted several times before it stopped.
He disclosed that the doctors left Ekiti on Saturday to attend the Nigeria Medical Association delegates’ conference in Sokoto State before the incident occurred.
He attributed the death of the six medical doctors to lack of proper medical attention at Doka General Hospital where they were rushed to, stating that there was no single doctor and first aid facilities to attend to the victims.
He also disclosed that the seven surviving medical doctors were receiving treatment at Saint Gerald’s Catholic Hospital in the state capital.
The accident occurred very close to the spot where the late Minister of State for Labour and Employment, James Ocholi, his wife and son lost their lives in a similar road mishap.
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has appealed to the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, to urgently address the ongoing impasse between the government and the striking doctors.
Addressing reporters at the NMA House in Ibadan on Monday, the Chairman of Oyo State chapter of NMA, Dr. Babatunde Olatunji, stressed the need for urgent resolution of the crisis before it degenerates to a national problem.
Condemning the avoidable loss of life occasioned by the strike, Dr. Olatunji urged Governor Aregbesola to reconsider his stance to avoid more loss of lives and degeneration of public medical facilities in the state.
He added that if the bailout from the Federal Government had been faithfully utilised to settle outstanding wage bills as ordered, the crisis would have been averted.
The body also condemned the recent advertisement issued by the state for applications from interested medical doctors to fill the void left by the striking workers.
It described the request as callous and autocratic.
The doctors had embarked on an industrial action after a disagreement with the State government over unpaid salaries and other welfare packages continues.
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has asked doctors in Federal Hospitals in Osun State to join their striking counterparts working for the state government to demand for the payment of their salaries.
Rising from an emergency meeting in Osogbo, the state capital, the State Chairman of the NMA, Dr. Suraj Ogunyemi, said that the 3-day warning strike scheduled to commence on February 17 would help the striking doctors press for October till December salaries, a reduction of their tax deductions and implementation of the CONTISS salary scale.
Dr. Ogunyemi, who stressed that the doctors in the course of negotiations have had to shift grounds on many of their demands, insisted that the doctors would only resume duty if government is committed to paying up their salaries and acceding to their other demands.
In reaction to this, media aide to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Semiu Okanlawon, claimed that the government has also sacrificed to ensure both parties arrive at a logical end.
He said that the state government has agreed to pay the doctors their outstanding salaries upon resumption.
Giving the assurance that good reasoning would prevail at the end of the dialogue, Okanlawon appealed to the striking doctors to reason with government, especially in the face of the current financial status of the state.
The Kaduna State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has raised an alarm over the activities of quacks who disguise themselves as medical doctors.
The association disclosed that a group of professional fraudsters parading as medical doctors is on the prowl in various parts of the state, practising and promoting quackery at exorbitant prices and great risk to people’s health.
The state NMA Chairman, Dr. Muhammed Ibrahim, raised the alarm at a news conference ahead of the association’s 2015 Physicians’ Week and Scientific Conference coming up in one week.
Dr. Ibrahim said that the activities of quack doctors were gradually tarnishing the image of the profession and therefore needed urgent attention to address.
According to him, tackling the complaints about cases of malpractice and quackery received by the association on weekly basis, requires the cooperation and commitment of the public, the practitioners and the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).
Dr Muhammad called on the public and practitioners to report suspected cases of quackery to the Nigerian Medical Association, the Kaduna State Ministry of Health, the regulatory council and also the Police.
The 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.
The Nigerian Government has been challenged to evolve and expand an enduring policy framework on health care delivery as an impetus to the sustenance of other sectors of the nation’s economy, to reduce medical tourism and improve the health of the people.
The advice was contained in messages at the Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Ogun State chapter, held in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Medical practitioners asked government to improve on the National Health Insurance Scheme to ensure its spread across the nooks and crannies of the country.
They demanded more funding, modern equipment and necessary political will to drive the sector.
Representing the State Governor, the Deputy Governor, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, restated the commitment of the State Government towards improving the sector.
Mrs Onanuga said that the state had developed comprehensive strategies which include allocation of more funds, free community based health and maternity programmes, establishment of the emergency and ambulance service, all aimed at effectively developing the health sector.