By Hassan Zaggi
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has called on the federal government to, as a matter of urgency, improve the work environment of medical and health workers and in the country and also upgrade health infrastructure to meet international standards.
The NMA which made the call in a communiquA� at the end of its Annual Delegates Meeting (ADM)A�A�in Abuja, noted that the call was necessary in order to reverse medical tourism in the country.
It however, advised the federal government to be conscious of the existence of relativity as signed between theA�NMAA�A�and the government in the collective bargaining agreement of 2014, warning that, a�?NMA will not tolerate its desecration.
a�?The ADM reaffirmed the resolution and directive of the 2014 AGM of the NMA on any distortions of relativity as agreed and signed by the Federal Government of Nigeria and the NMA.a�?
The group further appealed to the federal government to reconstitute the governing board of Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) without further delay.
The NMA in the communiquA� further resolved that the MDCN should not register any foreign medical graduate who is not registrable by the regulatory body of the country of their training.
The communiquA� which was signed by the NMA President and General Secretary,A�Dr. Francis A. FaduyileA�A�and A�Dr. Odusote Olumuyiwa Peter, respectively, however, called on the federal government to increaseA�budgetary allocation release to meet 15% of the total budget.
The group, therefore, resolved that quality healthcare delivery shall be an indicator for good governance at all levels of governments and called on the government to embrace the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for all Nigerians.
It however, applauded the federal government for their efforts in rehabilitation of Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and other health institutions in Nigeria and appealed for the accreditation of such centres as primary providers of health services in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
a�?The ADM commends the Senate for approving the inclusion of 1% of the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the federation in the 2018 budget for improved funding of primary healthcare in Nigeria as mandated by the National Health Act 2014,a�? the statement further noted.
The NMA disparaged the on-going strike action by health workers under the auspices of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) and appealed to the federal government to honour its agreements with all health workers.