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Nigerian Doctors Make Fresh Demands From President Buhari

Austin Papi

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has issued fresh demands from the Federal Government, calling on the responsible bodies to commence the implementation of the 'Emergency Medical Treatment Fund' which was provided by the National Health Act 2014 to reduce highway mortality rate.

Dr. Francis Faduyile, President of The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA)
Dr. Francis Faduyile, President of The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA)

Dr. Francis Faduyile, president of the association, made this assertion in a signed statement, which was read and presented by the Secretary General of the association, Dr. Olumuyiwa Odusote, in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the National Health Act 2014 was made to provide for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) for emergency situations like road accidents and disease outbreak.

Other countries like the United States of America have implemented a policy similar to the BHCPF which covers cases like, teen abortion, juvenile delinquency and rehabilitation, road/highway accidents and major disease outbreak.

In Nigeria, the BHCPF was programmed to allocate 2.5 per cent (2.5%) of their fund to the Federal Ministry of Health as Emergency Medical Treatment Fund and 2.5 per cent (2.5) to the Centre for Disease Control to strengthen the response programmes of the Disease Control Bureau.

NMA, which is under the jurisdiction of the National Labour Congress, would be willing to embark on an indefinite strike should their pleas fall on deaf ears.