NMA Partners With Stake Holders, Presents 5 Year Strategic Plan
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has presented a five years strategic plan to make the overhauling of the health sector in Nigeria possible.
This is even as the medical doctors expressed worries over the decaying state of the sector, adding that that outbreak of already established diseases happened because the right things have not been done at the right time.
Speaking to Journalist at a stakeholders meeting in Abuja, the NMA President, who was represented by his Vice, Dr Kingsley Enweremadu said the Association has deem it fit to wade into solving the challenges faced in the health sector.
He said, “the strategic plan presented is about how Nigerians, both the patients and the practitioners stand to benefit from the health sector.
“You can see that the health sector now is in shambles and every effort is being made by the Nigerian Medical Association through the CSOs and Partners to make sure the health sector in Nigeria becomes what it should be and that is the essence of the strategic plan,” he said.
The Chairman, Board of Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria (HERFON), Dr Ben Anyene, said its high time healthcare professionals who have excelled in their different fields collaborated to address the state of the Nigerian health system.
He said, “The only way we can do it is that all stakeholders bring their skills and competencies. At the end of the day, we are all producers and consumers of health…the result we want to see is that we are doing better in health and own it. Borrowing to finance our healthcare is not sustainable.”
Speaking on the outbreak of Meningitis, Ayene said, “ these diseases have been in existence and some time, we say they are endemic, the challenge is because we are not doing the work we ought to do, its not just doing surveillance but we have to do proper documentation, we have to prepare, there is some thing called emergency preparedness, we knew this was coming but we were not prepared.”
The strategic plan, which includes operationalising the National Health Act in Nigeria, clinical governance, medical education and research is meant to ensure that Nigerians are given quality healthcare.
The Nigeria Country Director, International Vaccine Access Centre (IVAC), Dr. Chizoba Wonodi, said the move by the NMA to partner with CSOs would ensure that the doctors live up to their words.
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