The National Health Summit organised by the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) is to hold in Abuja.
The President of the Association (NMA), Dr Francis Adedayo Faduliyi, made the disclosure at a press briefiing to herald the 2nd NMA National Health Summit which will hold on the 5th of November.
He said the National Health Summit (NHS), was conceptualized by the Nigerian Medical Association at a time when the health sector was yearning for a total revamp in order to improve and meet the health needs of Nigerians.
“The NMA decided in 2013 to walk the talk for the resolutions of the myriad of problems bedeviling the health sector and the urgent need to reposition the medical profession and especially the medical doctors and dentists in order to empower them to embark on the arduous task of catalyzing the much needed changes in the healthcare delivery sector, with the overall positive impact on national development.” Dr. Faduyile said.
Summit in Focus
The theme of the summit, according to the NMA President is “Patient Centred Care”.
He added that the summit will have sub-themes to include:
.Improving the Nigerian Health indices
· Inter-Professional Relationship in the Health sector·
Brain Drain and Brain Gain
· Universal Health Coverage
· Public-Private Partnership, and
· Reversing Medical tourism.
“The NHS will play host to over 67 speakers and panelists as well as over 700 delegates as at the last count including Medical and Dental professionals from the 36 states, the FCT, Diaspora and other health care practitioners who will be discussing the theme and sub-themes in the form of plenary, panel discussions and parallel sessions with a view to proffering ideas and solutions to the challenges”. The NMA President said.
He also noted that the health summit hopes to address the manner in which doctors attend to patients in hospitals.
“We are now putting a lot of emphasis on our patients. Before we thought Doctors, nurses, Pharmacist other health workers are the king within the health sector. But now we have come to the realization that the patients are the king. Patients are at the center piece of the healthcare in Nigeria. So, we should be able to work ckosely together and make sure that we take care of our patients”. He said.
Dr. Faduyile also noted that Nigeria is hosting for the first time the 25th Triennial Delegates Conference of the Commonwealth Medical Association (CMA) with the theme “Fast tracking the attainment of the Universal Health Coverage in the Commonwealth: the place of the CMA social health enterprise.
He said that the highpoint of the CMA conference will be the investiture of Dr Osahon Enabulele as the new President of CMA and he will be the first Nigerian to head the Commonwealth Medical Association.
On the issue of doctors brain drain in Nigeria, Dr Faduyile says the NMA is at a way to change it to Brain gain, for the benefit of Nigerians.
He said that states also need to open employment opportunities to accommodate more doctors in their states.
Adding that most Nigerian doctors are over stressed as they attend to more patients than they should.