By Chinyere Amalu
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) last week gave the rationale behind its resolution that a medical practitioner be appointed Minister ofÂ health, saying â€œit is the only wayÂ the system could deliver effective healthcare services to Nigerians
At a press briefing to mark the Associationâ€™s 50thÂ Anniversary in Abuja,Â theÂ President, Dr. Prosper Igboeli also described the decay in the sector to system failure and power play.
IgboleliÂ said politics has prevented Nigerian Government from putting the right persons at the right places adding thatÂ unless professionals are appointed NigeriaÂ may not get it right.
He furtherÂ noted that pharmacists, nurses, Lab scientists, radiographers, among others are all important in the sector as their ultimate goal is to provide quality service toÂ patients.
In his words, â€œOver the years, there have been deterioration in the health system of this nation. This is as a result of system error. Politics and cabalism, has entered into the system and has completely destroyed it. Professionals should be allowed to head ministries where they have wealth of knowledge, be it health or education etc.â€
The NMA President, however, said â€œof all the professionals in the health sector, there is one with extreme knowledge, the medical doctorâ€, adding, â€œAlthough all professionals in the system are importantâ€.
He also blamed the struggle existing between professionals in the health sector to the nationsâ€™ administration, saying, â€œIt is only in Nigeria that doctors and pharmacists do not agreeâ€. â€œWhat are we fighting for; our ultimate goal is the well-being of our patients. The management of the patents to a successful outcome is all we strive for. In Nigeria, we use politics to pollute structures on ground. The health sector is important andÂ we must makeÂ it to work effectivelyâ€
On the forth coming 50th Anniversary, the NMA said it is time for medical doctors to search their souls on howÂ far they have gone in repositioning the system which was entrusted in their care.