2019: Healthcare must top political discourse – NMA

He insisted that achievements in healthcare were a huge milestone with which to score any government as health is closely tied to wealth creation and poverty reduction.

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the President of the Nigeria Medical Association, Prof. Mike Ogirima, has said that the issues of healthcare must top political agenda and campaigns.
Ogirima told the News Agency of Nigeria that scorecards on health sector must be examined to determine the successes or failures of governments at all levels.
He insisted that achievements in healthcare were a huge milestone with which to score any government as health is closely tied to wealth creation and poverty reduction.
The NMA chairman said that the association understood the nexus linking governance, politics and healthcare delivery.
He said: “It is for the aforementioned that our association is modifying our ADM this year with the introduction of a multi-stakeholder advocacy and interactive roundtable or Town Hall meeting.
“The meeting will involve member-organisations of the association of professional bodies in Nigeria, CSOs/NGOs in the health development and governance space, registered political parties, NLC, the media and the National Association of Nigerian Student.
“The objectives of the town hall meeting are to interrogate issues, trends and opportunities general election pose to healthcare delivery in Nigeria.
“To collate, appraise and integrate inputs in stakeholders towards the drafting of the Abuja Declaration of Commitment towards integrating healthcare delivery issues in the epicentre of national politics for development.
“Let us continue to raise voices for the improvement of healthcare delivery in Nigeria.”
Ogirima added that the challenges of the health sector were enormous but insisted that the NMA would not give up.
He added: “We will not keep quiet till the right things are done for the well-being of every Nigerian.”