To Improve Nigeria Health Indices, Politicians Have To Take Right Health Decisions- MDCAN President

Medical And Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria, National President, Prof. Ngim .E. Ngim made made this remark on thursday at the Public Lecture and Awards Organised by the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), he says, ” if politicians will be to take right health decision, the health indices in Nigeria will improve”.

During side chat with the press, Prof. Ngim says,   “The purpose of this public lecture is to bring all health stakeholders together to discuss health matters in the country. As you aware this is a season of politics, and Nigeria are about to make a political choice on who their next leaders will be, and that’s informed the topic of discussion- Politics and Health, and how their interactions affect Nigerians.  We hope from discussion held today, people will key into it, to influence health discussions of politicians as it affects the health care of Nigerians”,  he said.

The event has as its theme “Politics and Health: Implications of the nexus to the Nigerian citizen.”

Prof. Ngim. E. Ngim, MDCAN President

Prof. Akin Osibogun, immediate past Chief Medical Director of Lagos University Teaching Hospital, presented maiden lecture. He profered that the personal health issues can be financed through a mix of mechanisms that includes out of pocket payment and in small part government subsidy as an investment towards economic productivity, growth, social cohesion and solidarity.

He implied that government needs to work toward some mandatory health insurance scheme for all Nigerians. He urged Nigeria economists and politicians to unlearn to relearn, that with closer look at health sector financing and provisioning functions, solutions would be reached.

In recognition of health providers who have contributed immensely to the development of the Nigeria health sector, members whose actions have impacted positively not only in health related matters but also areas of culture and tradition were honoured and given awards at the event.

The Awards ran in three categories- Star, Merit and Service. Prof. Isaac Adewole was honoured with ‘Service Award’ for his recorded landmark in terms of revitalising Nigeria Primary Health Care System and improving Reproduction health sector.  Not less than twenty distinguished Nigerians was honoured.

The high point of event was the observation of ‘a minute silence’ in honour of late Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, the medical doctor who died in the efforts at containing the spread of Ebola in the country, was honoured with post-humous ‘Star award’.

HRH Prof. Itam receiving Service Award

HRH Prof. Itam Hogan Itam, Muri Munene of the Efuts, Paramount Ruler of Calabar South was also honoured, a publisher of over 45 papers in prints and electronics in scientific and lay journals, and had lectured in school most of the practioners present. Giving his acceptance speech, say, “It is a great honour being recognised by colleagues as well former students. People I taught are the one teaching me now. With my now,  position as traditional ruler, I am well positioned to play advocacy roles, pushing for health policy adjustments, to contribute more through political representation, lobbying government, politicians to increase votes for health care sector, knowing how powerful  health care institution are now. We are really, ready to do more”. Prof. Muri Itam said.

Prof.Onyebuchi Chukwu giving award

Chairman of the event, Former minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, in his statement, revealed how former President, Goodluck Jonathan was stopped from recognising late Stella as ‘National Hero’.

According to him, the plan by former President, Goodluck Jonathan to immortalize late Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, the medical doctor who died in the efforts at containing the spread of Ebola in the country, was frustrated.

Awardees Group pictures taken after the event.

Chukwu, noted that former president had planned a national broadcast to announce her and some people as national hero but was advised against the move by some people.

He, however, promised to reveal those behind the plot in his book.

“There are people who told Mr. President that this woman cannot be a national hero. Yes but sometimes people just write. Let me tell you it is part of what the guest speaker is going to tell us today on how health mixes with politics.

“So when someone becomes Mr. President, pity him because he does not take all the decisions but receives blames for what he did not say,” he remarked.

Pamela Ogwata Reports.

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