Medical Association decries attack on members

Gloria Essien, Abuja

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The Nigerian Medical Association has condemned incidence of attacks on its members across the country.

The president of the association, Dr. Francis Faduyile made the condemnation on Abuja.

He said in recent times, medical personnel have been targets of kidnappings and gruesome murder across the country.

Dr. Faduyile also lamented that in the cause of doing their jobs, medical doctors are exposed to various degrees of danger and deaths.

He urged the government to step up commitment to the security of lives and property of the citizens.

“People have the believe that we doctors are very rich. But it’s not true. We are ordinary citizens just like anyone else trying to save lives” Dr. Faduyile said.

On the recent National Executive Meeting of the association held in Kano state, northern Nigeria, the NMA president commended the Kano state government for bringing the gap in specialty and super specialty care.

“In this regard, NEC applauded the giant strides of the state government; its policy on specialist training and the ongoing training of 100 female medical students, the application of 16% of the total budget to the health sector, ongoing building of of a world class cancer centre and measures put in place to ensure accessible and affordable health care in Kano state,” he said.

The president also urged other states to emulate the gesture and increase their health funds.

He said that NEC observed that Public Private Partnership remained a viable funding option in healthcare financing in Nigeria.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim