Wednesday 25th January, 2017
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UniAbuja NARD protests unfair services

UniAbuja NARD protests unfair services

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.
 

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