On Wednesday 2nd of December 2020, the President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Prof Dr Innocent AO Ujah, FNMA, FNAmed, mni led a delegation of stakeholders from the association for a courtesy visit to the Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, Rt Hon Femi Gbajabiamila.
During the visit, the President appreciated the Speaker for his continous support to the association and the profession. He also commended the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Health Care Services, Hon Dr Tanko Yusuf Sununu for making the association proud.
Furthermore, the NMA Preident specifically talked about the roles played by NMA in partnering with the government to control COVID-19 and hoped that the lessons learnt from the response to the pandemic will be used to strengthen the health systems.
Some of the issues brought to the attention of the Speaker included; involvement of NMA in health policy legislation, prompt payment of allowances and other remunerations to Doctors and health workers to reduce brain drain, increase in retirement age for members, improvement in the budgetary allocation for health, establishment of a health bank, enactment of legislations to promote interprofessional harmony, expansion of employment opportunities for Doctors, commencement of the central pooling and posting of House Officers, full Implementation of the National Health Act, Release of the Yayale Ahmed Report, full Implementation of the Residency training Act, support to the association in enforcing the use of Doctors stamp and Investigation of the approval of the consultant Pharmacist cadre in the scheme of Service by the national council on establishment.
In his response, The Speaker thanked NMA for the courtesy visit.
While congratulating the President and members of the NOC on their election, he promised to sustain his support to the association.
He commended the association and her members for the great work done in response to the COVID-19 pandemic despite the difficult working environment.
He promised to look into the issues raised by the NMA President in his address and particularly mentioned that he liked the idea of the Health Bank and requested a synopsis from the NMA President.
Also, he said the Government had appropriated about N1.1 trillion naira to the health sector in the current Federal budget and that the central posting of House Officers will begin early next year.
Other highlights of the courtesy visit included presentation of souvenirs to the Speaker and group photographs.
Dr Aniekeme Uwah JP
National Publicity Secretary