Physicians’ Week: NMA Katsina calls for more funding of health system during COVID-19 pandemic
Physicians’ Week: NMA calls for more funding to recover the health system during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has today called on the government to pay more attention to health system recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NMA Chairman of the Katsina State branch, Dr. Abubakar Dahiru, MNIM made the call at the 2020 Physicians’ Week in Katsina with the theme “Strategies for Health System Recovery During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Nigeria”.
The Physicians’ Week is celebrated annually by doctors all over the world.
Dahiru said the activities of the week will include a seminar, courtesy visits, young doctors’ conference and visits to the COVID-19 isolation centres, Orphanage and IDPs.
The Chairman said “the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a significant toll on the entire health system globally. The situation is even worst in some parts of the developing countries, including Nigeria, where the meagre budgetery allocation to the health sector has to be diverted to contain the disease”.
Dahiru noted that the “Abuja Declaration” by African governments on the 27th of April, 2001 to allocate at least 15% of their annual budgets to the health sector is far from being realised. It is in this regard that the NMA calls for more funding and strategic planning to urgently recover the health system.
He pointed out that despite the numerous challenges, Nigerian Physicians have relentlessly continued to offer healthcare services to the populace.
He commanded doctors that have been working tirelessly to ensure that the citizens are healthy.
The Chairman called on Katsina State Government to pay all doctors and other health workers the 3-months COVID-19 inducement allowance as was done for their contemporaries in the federal hospitals.
He also urged the state government to continue the good work it has started in renovating the hospitals across the state.
At the end, he appreciated the leadership of the National Officers Committee of the NMA, ably led by the President, Prof. Innocent A. O. Ujah mni.