• Friday, September 22, 2023
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Medical, dental consultants task Tinubu on healthcare reform

MDCAN wants full implementation of National Health Act

The Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) has urged the president-elect, Bola Tinubu to urgently embark on reforms in the healthcare sector to redeem it.

The council decried that the health system is currently facing challenges of funding gaps, infrastructure deficits, and a demoralised workforce among others.

It expressed concerns that the poor motivation of healthcare workers has resulted in the ongoing emigration of our scarce health care workforce to more developed countries.

It made the call yesterday in a congratulatory message signed by Victor Makanjuola, its president and Yemi R. Raji, secretary general.

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MDCAN said urgent attention from the new administration would be required for any meaningful hope of redemption.

“As the body of medical and dental specialists in Nigeria, we call on the president-elect’s attention to the needed reforms in the country’s health care delivery system”, it stated.

The Council further noted that committed operationalisation of the existing health-related laws such as the National Health Act 2014 and the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) Act 2022 has the potential to significantly close the existing funding gaps needed for expanding access to care by the majority of Nigerians pursuant to the attainment of the lofty goal of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

The medical and dental consultants said they looked forward to seeing Tinubu’s tenure usher in an era of exponential growth and development for Nigeria.

“Your Excellency, we wish to assure you of our associations’ availability for constructive and patriotic engagement with your administration over most of Nigeria’s health system challenges.

“We look forward to working with your government along with other groups with similar goals towards transforming our health sector into a model for other countries to copy.”