The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has displeasure over the inability of President Muhammadu Buhari to re-constitute the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) board.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja,signed by the NMA President,Dr. Francis Faduyile that the National Executive Council Meeting of (NMA) held between 26th August 2018 and 1st September, 2018 in Osogbo gave an ultimatum to the Federal Government to reconstitute the board of MDCN on or before 30 September 2018 .
HERE IS THE STATEMENT BELOW:
The National Executive Council Meeting of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) held between 26th August 2018 and 1st September, 2018 in Osogbo gave an ultimatum to the Federal Government to reconstitute the Council of the MDCN on or before 30th September 2018 being six weeks after His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, promised to set up the Council ‘soon’ during our courtesy visit to him.
Despite the expiration of the ultimatum on 30th September 2018, in our Independence message on 1st October 2018, in the spirit of the celebration, the Association decided to extend the ultimatum for another two weeks ending on the 14th October 2018.
We wish to state that despite our communications with the Federal Government, the Council that regulates Medical Practice in Nigeria still remains unconstituted.
The Nigerian Medical Association feels pained that the healthcare delivery of the Nigerian Citizens is being gambled with.
The Association expresses her displeasure over this development despite repeated appeals to re-constitute the council of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) over three years after its dissolution.
It is worthy of note that the act setting up MDCN reiterated that “the council shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession’’ as clearly stated in the Medical and Dental Practitioners Act Cap M8.
Over the years, we have been alerting the public on the increasing rate of brain drain and medical tourism, coupled with the fact that the health sector is not regulated. In view of the foregoing, and following our earlier notice to the Government to set up the MDCN council on or before 14th October 2018, we wish to state that the Nigerian Medical Association may not be able to guarantee the calmness that the health sector has been experiencing.
The NMA as the custodian of the peoples’ health believes that a sector that is not well regulated is prone to quackery and this has a debilitating effect on the health care of our citizenry.
The NMA wishes to also call on our political gladiators to endeavour to make health a key agenda in their political manifestoes as a nation’s strength can only improve when the health indices of the nation is improved.