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Nigeria’s political terrain difficult for medical practice – Abia NMA boss

Abakaliki – Doctor Bernard Orji, Abia State Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) says the nation’s political terrain makes it difficult for doctors to put in their best in practice.

Orji made the remark in a paper entitled, “Doctors in Contemporary Nigerian Politics’’ which he presented in Abakaliki at the weekend at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Ebonyi Chapter of the NMA.

The guest speaker said the volatile nature of Nigerian politics had made it difficult for doctors to utilise their full potentials.

According to Orji, the nation’s political terrain is a rough and tumble play ground.
“The terrain only favours the coarse gladiators, who are always the regulars. It is where ethics and reputation do not matter and where Marchiavelli’s doctrines are the catechism,” he said.

Orji, a two-term member of the Abia House of Assembly, said that “as Nigerian doctors were not attuned to this sort of philosophy, they found the terrain difficult to tread.”

Prof. Onyekachi Chukwu, former Chief Medical Director of the Ebonyi State University Teaching Hospital (EBSUTH), said doctors were immensely equipped to transform the society politically.

Dr Ezeora Achi, a former Commissioner for Health in Ebonyi, said that for doctors to gain political relevance, they must be united and avoid being used as disintegration tools by the government.


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