Wednesday, the 25th of August, 2021 will down in the annals of our history as one of the finest moments of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) as the highly revered monarch, His Royal Majesty, Omo N’ Oba Nedo Uku Akpolokpolo, The Oba Ewuare II, The Great, The Oba of Benin showered royal blessings on the President and the entire association.
The auspicious occasion was during the visit to pay royal homage on His Royal Majesty by the President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Prof (Dr) Innocent A O Ujah FNMA,FNAmed, mni and other National Officers, Elders and the Edo State Chairman and members of the association.
During the visit, the President thanked His Royal Majesty profusely for the warm reception accorded him and members of his entourage.
He also notified and extended an official invitation to His Royal Majesty to the opening ceremony of the NMA- NEC meeting holding in Benin City, Edo State.
The President also used the opportunity provided by the visit to intimate His Royal Majesty on critical issues militating against qualitative health care delivery in the country.
Some of these issues included poor welfare of Medical and Dental Practitioners, poor working environments, brain drain, the insecurity in the country etc.
He further called on His Royal Majesty to use his good offices to impress upon the policy makers and relevant stakeholders to intervene to save the Nigerian health sector from imminent collapse before it’s too late.
In his response, His Royal Majesty appreciated the association for the visit and for the invitation to the opening ceremony of the NEC meeting.
He decried the deteriorating health care delivery system in the country and re-echoed the need for policy makers to act urgently to salvage the situation.
He further requested for the communique of the NEC meeting to aide in his advocacy to policy makers aimed at solving the numerous challenges our health system is currently facing.
Dr Aniekeme Uwah JP
National Publicity Secretary
Nigerian Medical Association