The Plateau State Chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, has called on the state Government to take steps towards ensuring quality, effective and affordable health care for all its citizens.
Chairman of the Association in the state Dr Titus Dajel, who stated this in a statement to mark this year’s Physician week, said this can be achieved through health insurance scheme that will cover Civil servants and the unemployed in rural communities.
Dr Dalel called on Government to make health care a priority by increasing budgetary allocation to the sector to enhance manpower training, infrastructure and facility upgrade as well as improve workers welfare.
The state NMA chairman stressed that there should be no embargo on employment of Doctors and the recruitment of health workers should be given serious priority.
Dr Dajel expressed worry over violent conflicts in the state, which he said puts unnecessary pressure on the weak and ineffective health care system in addition to preventive health care services such as routine immunization.
He emphasised that the current harassment and intimidation going on in some communities by security agencies in the state should be stopped , as there are better mechanisms for intelligence gathering, tracking and arrest of criminals.
The theme for this year’s physician week is ‘ universal health coverage : leaving no one behind’.