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NMA protests non-implementation of Health Act today

By Chioma Obinna & Daniel Oduvwu

The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, will today protest the non-implementation of the 2014 National Health Act, NHA, even as it demanded extension of the anti-graft war to the health sector.

Disclosing these yesterday, Lagos State Chairman of NMA, Dr. Olumuyiwa Odusote, explained that the implementation of the Act would address most of the challenges in the health sector.

Odusote said the peaceful protest became necessary, following current ethical challenges arising from the Act, since it was signed into law a few years ago.

He listed some of the challenges faced by the country due to the non-implementation of the Act to include non-provision of certificate of standards and the non-provision of not less than one percent of the consolidated revenue for Basic Health Provision Fund as provided in the Act.

Odusote, who spoke at the opening ceremony of NMA 2016 Physicians’ Week, with the theme Healthcare Delivery in a Frail Economy: Challenges and Way Forward, said the implementation of the Act will reduce out-of-pocket payment by Nigerians for healthcare, which is over 70 percent.


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