NMA beckons on government to increase funding of the health sector

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called for improved budgeting of the health sectoron government at all levels.

NMA President, Francis Fajuyile while making this appeal during a conference over the weekend in Osogbo the Osun state capital, accused the government of underfunding the healthcare sector in the country.

“We have a myriad of problems affecting us as medical practitioners, the first one is about funding. We need the government to fund health more appropriately and the funding has a lot to do with the equipment that we need to have in the hospitals,” he said.

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Fajuyile also decried the poor state of most hospitals in the country and urged the governments at all levels to see to its improvement. He adequate working environment through proper funding will ensure better treatment for patients and also discourage migration of practitioners out of the country.

“We need to have a good working environment for the doctors and the patients to be seen and be treated properly.

“It is in this funding that you can employ the adequate number of personnel. Migration of doctors has been fingered that funding of health is one of the major reason why many of our people are leaving the shores of this country.”

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