NMA urges FG to ban foreign medical trips
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called for a ban against medical trips abroad by government officials, saying it was one of the major causes of low political commitment killing the health sector.
NMA president, Dr Osahon Enabulele in his statement to commemorate democracy day said frequent travels abroad to seek medical care by political and public office holders, coupled with the poor healthcare funding/ poor sectoral allocation to the health sector was a major setback.
“Institution and enforcement of a policy restricting travels abroad for medical care by political and public office holders, especially for medical conditions that can be readily treated in Nigeria is what is needed,” he said.
Other areas of concern, he said, include poor security and safety of healthcare workers and other Nigerians, infrastructural deficits in the healthcare sector and poor constitutional and legal framework for health in Nigeria.
He said “the absence of justice-able health rights for Nigerians and the absence of a National Health Act that clearly defines the roles and responsibilities of the Local, State and Federal Governments with respect to the three levels of healthcare; as well as the roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals.”
“Huge funding gaps and unsatisfactory budgetary provisions for health; far less than the stipulated 15% of the National budget as stipulated in the 2001 Abuja declaration of African Heads of State” he said.