By Hassan Zaggi
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has warned that it would not accept any further delay in the reconstitution of the Council of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) beyond October 14.
The NMA earlier gave an ultimatum to the federal government to reconstitute the MDCN Council which elapsed on September 30. It has therefore, extended it by two weeks.
In a statement to mark the Nigeria’s 58th anniversary signed by its President, Dr. Francis Adedayo Faduyile , the NMA noted that the extension of the ultimatum “is to allow government to complete the process of its reconstitution, which we believe has reached an advanced stage. However, we will not accept any further delay beyond 14th October 2018.”
While lamenting the magnitude of damage the lack of constitution of the MDCN Council has caused to medical practice in Nigeria, the NMA said: “the dissolution of the Medical Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has caused a lot of damages to medical practice in the country. The collosal damage brought about by the absence of the regulatory body is almost irreversible.
“Nigeria perhaps could be the only country that allows the practice of medicine to go on without regulation, even for one day.
“The Nigerian Medical Association further call on Mr. President to direct that henceforth, the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) should never be dissolved, to safeguard the health of all Nigerians.”
The NMA therefore, applauded its members and other health workers for what it described as the unparalled patriotism , “most especially those in areas bedeviled by insurgency, who kept faith with their patients and stood back to save lives.
“May God’s providence reward your stewardship, as we pray that this act of unwarranted killings stop soon.
“We remember all Nigerians affected negatively by recent flood disasters and call on government to do all within her powers to ease their pain and adequately resettle them.”
The NMA, therefore, advised its branches within and outside the affected states to contribute all at their disposal “to assist all our displaced compatriots.”
Commenting on Nigeria at 58, the NMA noted that irrespective of lapses and setbacks, “We believe there is hope for a greater Nigeria.”
It therefore called on all Nigerians to keep faith with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government and diligently contribute their quota to the ‘change mantra’ of the administration.
“Our religious and ethnic diversities should be a source of strength and unity rather than weakness and division. This is the time for all Nigerians to meditate on the present state of affairs in the country and resolve to contribute their quota sacrificially towards our nation’s building,” the NMA further said.