The University of Abuja Teaching Hospital chapter of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Tuesday embarked on a protest at the hospital premises over what they described as failure of Federal Government to implement policies that would help the sector function better.
The protesting resident doctors requested the 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, Dr. Ifeanyi Ucha told journalists 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 failes 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.”
He said in 2017, the sum of N304 billion has been proposed as the national health budget accounting for 4.7 per cent while other countries budget up-to 15 per cent.
According to him, the poor funding for health sector has prevented access of the vulnerable Nigerians (Children and women) that needed much health care services.
Meanwhile, efforts to hear from the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the UATH failed as he was nowhere to be found for comment.