By CHIOMA OBINNA

The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has urged Nigerians to give priority to routine medical check up in their scheme of things even as it applauded the Niger State Government for directing its Civil Service Commission to urgently develop an effective modality of conducting an annual medical check-up for the state’s work force.

President of the NMA, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, regretted that many Nigerians are yet to imbibe the culture of going for routine medical checks.

He commended the directive by Governor Muazu Aliyu of Niger State  for routine checks by civil servants, following the  sudden death of Hajiya Bilkisu Mahmoud, a civil servant  who allegedly slumped and later died at the Specialist Hospital while on an assignment at the Government House, Minna.

“Nigerian Medical Association advises that conscious efforts should be made to accord healthcare its rightful place in the scheme of things. This, the NMA believes, is the way forward towards creating and upholding a healthy workforce for families, communities, organisations and the Nigerian nation.”

Stating that the directive couldn’t have been better timed, Enabulele  recalled that the need to reduce incidences of sudden death and Non-Communicable Diseases was partly why the NMA launched a healthy living and health check-up campaign last year, with a fervent call on all levels of government to make adequate provisions for free health check-up for Nigerian citizens under their jurisdiction, at least once a year.

“NMA enjoins all Nigerians to place health related issues, especially periodic medical check-ups at clinics and hospitals, at the prime-most positions of their annual plan of activity and programmes.

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