NMA advocates Universal Health Coverage

Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has attributed poor health service delivery in the country to inadequate attention given to the development and sustainability of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS.

Chairman of the NMA , Enugu State Chapter, Dr Ike Okwesili made the assertion at a dinner held in Enugu as part of the activities marking the 2018 Physicians’ Week with the theme: “Universal Health Coverage; Leaving No One Behind”.

Dr. Okwesili commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for giving his assent to the Enugu State Health Sector Reform Law and Social Health Insurance Scheme, as well as activation and development of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency to insure that every nook and cranny of the state has access to quality health care services.

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The medical expert, who described this year’s theme as apt, noted that universal health coverage is about access to quality and affordable health care to everyone around the world.

He further said the aim cannot be achieved if federal and state governments continue to show apathy to social health insurance.

“Universal Health Coverage summarily is about access to quality and affordable health care to everyone around the world.The expectation is that no one is left behind”. He said.

Some members of the NMA including a neurosurgeon, Dr Samuel Ohaegbulam and Dr Sunny Okafor said it is the right of every individual to have access to quality and affordable health care services which is the sole responsibility of every caring government.

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They attributed defection of physicians from state to federal health institutions to poor remuneration existing in the states, thereby making primary health centres less attractive to providers of quality health care services.

The dinner was attended by stakeholders in the health sector with their families and friends, as well as medical experts from the state and beyond.

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