NMA President urges govt on better working condition

From Arinze Gideon, Enugu

The president of Nigeria Medical Association, (NMA) Dr. Mike Ozovehe Ogirima has called on the government to address the welfare of its members in order to reposition the association and Nigerian' health system.

He made the call recently in Enugu during the opening ceremony of the National Executive Council meeting of the Nigerian Medical Association which held at Villa Toscana Hotel.

In his speech, Dr. Ogirima said that the NEC meeting provides an opportunity to discuss professional and contemporary issues that have impact on the health sector and welfare of members.

"We shall use this meeting to review our strategies in tackling the various challenges facing the association he said," he said.

He added that a lot is being done to launder the image of the medical practitioners through advocacy visits and courtesy calls on stakeholders of the medical industry.

He noted that most political leaders have yet to appreciate the strong relationship between health and development.

"Our patients are left with very narrow range of treatment options because of high cost of imports of drugs and equipments," he stated.

He therefore called on government to introduce cushion remedies to ameliorate this stress on the populace.

Dr. Ogirima also stressed the need for strict adherence to ethics and duty schedules.

"We advocate the restoration of professional dignity with implementation of good clinical governance and prosecution of war on unethical healthcare practice's," he stated.

He however promised that the association will continue to sustain collaborations with both government and non-governmental organisations in improving the poor health indices in the country.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman Nigerian Medical Association Enugu State chapter, Dr. cajetan Onyedum said that the theme: "Making the National Health Act Operational" was carefully chosen.

"Making the National health at operational is an effort to adopt a holistic approach towards the resolution of the myriads of problems confronting the health sector," he said.

He further added that part of the attraction for the selected theme and other sub- themes is that they address the core of the Bridge Agenda of the president.

He applauded the efforts of NMA in the state for their sacrifice and unflinching support for the venture.

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