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FCT NMA Faults Gov’t Over Present Condition of Health Sector   

In wake of ongoing strike by Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), the Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), FCT chapter, Dr. Charles Ugwuanyi has faulted the government for the state of health sector.

He said certain actions or inactions of the government contributed to the present state of affairs in the country.

According to him, “Leadership and healthcare financing are the two top pillars in the traditional six pillars healthcare delivery systems in any developed clime. It is also worthy of note that a working healthcare delivery system is a prerequisite for sustainable and meaningful healthcare services, which is a major component of the sustainable development goals that our dear country subscribes to.

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“Unfortunately, the minimum requirement on health systems funding according to the AU convention, has never been met since 2001.

“It is, therefore, not surprising that the health systems presently in operation have failed all tiers of government, especially in the primary tier, the local government areas which host more than 70 per cent of more than 200 million people in Nigeria.

“The mass exodus of highly trained and resourceful healthcare providers for greener pastures abroad is not unrelated to these issues. There is no doubt that certain actions or inactions on the side of the government at all levels have cont ributed to the present state of affairs with regard to the emigration crisis.”