Former minister calls for review of healthcare policies


Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, former Minister of Health for State, has called for the review of the healthcare policies to allow the nation to reduce some challenges in the industry.

Mamora, gave the charge at National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) May Ordinary General Meeting and Scientific Conference on Thursday in Lagos.

Mamora, also the Chairman of the occasion, said the challenges was not only associated with Nigeria, but globally.

According to him, the healthcare policy gives much protection to all healthcare professionals and those in related jobs.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the themeof the conference is “Redefining Healthcare Policies to Cater for Present Realities” and with the title; “Violence Against Healthcare Workers One too Many”.

NAN also reports that the NARD conference was hosted in Lagos by the Association of Resident Doctors, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (ARD-LUTH) chapter.

The former minister said that it was regrettable that in recent times the country had seen gruesome murder of some doctors in the course of their duties.

He also said, “it is very sad that other healthcare workers have been victims of attacks by some aggrieved family members and friends of patients that attempt to vent their anger on health personnel”.

He said that such act was unacceptable and condemnable in strongest terms.

The minister said that the rule of law must prevail, while perpetrators of such acts must be promptly apprehended and brought to justice.

He assured that the government was doing everything possible to provide the needed security of healthcare personnel to pursue their legitimate duties.

Also speaking, Dr Emeka Orji, NARD President, said that the theme was apt, well thought and such a defining moment as Nigerians welcome a new administration, led by President Bola Tinubu.

Orji said that the subtitle of the conference also explained the need for healthcare policies that would cater for the present realities.

He said that for some years, NARD and many well-meaning Nigerians had decried the poor state of health in the country.

He said that the healthcare delivery system had been ‘thoroughly battered’ and many Nigerians wondering where the country got it wrong and “how it got to this absymal state”.

He, however, assured Nigerians that hope was not lost as the nation redeemed its expectations by voting for new administration that would steer the affairs of the country.

According to him, the new administration will do the needful, especially by introducing policies that will address the challenges in the health sector.

Also, the Chief host, acting Chief Medical Director, Prof Wasiu Adeyemo, said that healthcare workers had their own challenges

Adeyemo said that with the event, healthcare workers needed to understand what the problems were and also the need to provide solutions.


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