By Demola Akinyemi
ILORIN—National president of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Dr. Lawrence Kayode Obembe, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to increase funding of the health sector, particularly government hospitals to ensure the desired efficient and effective health care delivery to Nigerians.
Obembe, who made the call in Ilorin, Kwara State, while featuring on a Radio Kwara personality interview programme, “Playing Host”, regretted that the present funding in the health sector was highly frustrating, stressing that some government hospitals were also equally poorly funded and lacked the required drugs and equipment.
The NMA President also urged the government to implement the agreement of fifteen percent budgetary allocation to the health sector which the government entered into in 2000 against the current five to six per cent allocated to the sector by the Federal government.
Obembe also identified epileptic supply of power as another big problem confronting healthcare in the country and stressed the need for the government to urgently address the problem of power.
The NMA President further warned against self-medication and disclosed that the Medical and Dental council is working in collaboration with herbal medicine practitioners on how to monitor and check the use of local herbs which he said might be poisonous for personal consumption more so, that it has no quantifiable pattern.
According to him, plans had almost been completed to ensure that strikes in the health sector were completely abolished as a ten man elders consultative forum of medical personnel had been constituted to provide solution to the frequent causes of strike and prefer a solution.
Doctor Obembe also urged Doctors and other medical personnel to ensure that patients’ satisfaction were their utmost concern and that they should do a follow up to monitor the health condition of their patients.
Speaking on the National Health Act which has been passed into law, the NMA President disclosed that what the association was now pursuing was full implementation of the act.
According to him, Nigeria as a nation had succeeded in fighting Polio and said the next challenge is eradicating measles from our society.
Doctor Obembe appealed to all members of the NMA holding political offices not to abandon the association adding that presently the association has about fourty thousand membership in the country and almost the same number outside the country.
He said the Medical and Dental council has commenced investigation on some Doctors working in government hospitals and still operate their private hospitals and clinics for twenty four hours which according to him was against the rules and regulations of the council.