- The Nigerian Medical Association has given the federal government an ultimatum to constitute the Board of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria
- The president of the association, Francis Faduyile, said it is saddening that the government was yet to constitute a new one after the last board was dissolved
- Faduyile said the action of the government has badly affected health delivery in the country
The Nigerian government has been given till the end of September by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) to constitute the Board of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) or face its wrath, Premium Times reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that Francis Faduyile, the president of the association, who announced the ultimatum on Thursday, September 6, said the association was prepared to approach the court on the issue.
Faduyile speaking at a press briefing in Abuja, said it is saddening that three years after dissolving the last board, the government was yet to constitute a new one.
He said the action of the government has badly affected health delivery in the country, as the profession has gone unregulated.
Faduyile reading from a communique issued at the end of the National Executive Council of the association said: “The NEC call on the Federal Government to immediately re-constitute the Council of Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).
“The NEC also directed the National Officers’ Committee (NOC) to approach the court of law to seek for the interpretation of the statement ‘the Council shall be a body corporate in with perpetual succession’ as clearly stated in the Medical and Dental Practitioners Act Cap M8.
“NMA has decided to defend the health of Nigerians and by the 30th of September if the council is not constituted, we will take decisive steps that will make people know that we are serious about it.
“For your information, all what the Nigerian government needed is to just give only one nominee because every other member of the council are statutory member. I don’t know why it is difficult.”
”NMA is looking at how we can have harmony within the health sector. What we are doing now is to have our own dispute resolution with some of the critical members of JOHESU so that we can solve our problems ourselves. We are looking at and we are seriously working on that.
“Not minding their request and our position, it is certain that the two of us must be able to work synergistically within the sector for the benefit of the patient."
However, he stated that both parties are still before the National Industrial Court (NIC), where they are undergoing the Alternative Dispute Resolution.
On the delay of the implementation of the health fund, the NMA president said the association was working with the Primary Health Care Development Agency on the policy guidelines for the implementation of the fund.
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NAIJ.com previously reported that Emeka Anyaoku, an elder statesman and third secretary-general, of the Commonwealth, has disclosed that over 4,765 doctors in the UK constituting 1.7 percent of the total workforce in the country’s medical sector are Nigerians.
Anyaoku made the disclosure during the celebration of the 110th anniversary of the Iyi-Enu Mission Hospital and the launching of an ultramodern Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in Ogidi, Idemili North local government area of Anambra state.
Anyaoku said the hospital has been no exception from the general decline of institutions throughout the country.
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