National President, Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN) Dr Joyce Barber, made this known at ‘The Nigerian Woman and Health care Symposium 2019’ held in Abuja, this Tuesday.
She said that women were among the 45,000 newly registered doctors with the association presently, that atleast, 15,000 women have been registered so far with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria this year, to practise medicine.
It is of note that Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN) is a non-governmental umbrella body (affiliated to the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA)) of all registered female Medical Doctors and Dentists in Nigeria, also affiliated to the Medical Women International Association.
Group oup photo after the event.
Dr. Barber who is also the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Markfema Nigeria Limited, in an interview with the press went further to emphasize that the event was organised to commemorate with the “International Day of Action for Women’s Health”, which was aimed at giving women the opportunity to be advocates for Universal Health Coverage.
“This year alone, over 15,000 female doctors and dentists registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. There were a total of about 45,000 doctors that registered for their licences, of which 15,000 are female.
There is a great need to increase the uptake for UHC in the country. The uptake so far is very low and we believe that the women have not been involved in the execution and implementation of this UHC as in other place,” she said.
Pamela Ogwata reports