As Nigeria marks its 62nd independence, the Nigerian Medical Association has entrusted the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retd.), with proper budget allocation to the health sector and universal health coverage.
The NMA also urged the president to turn the tide of medical brain drain among other pertinent issues in the health sector.
The association made this known in a congratulatory message signed by its president, Dr. Uche Ojinmah to Buhari on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of Nigeria’s independence.
Ojinmah also urged Nigerians to press for credible polls ahead of the 2023 general election.
The statement read in part: “Mr. President, on behalf of the National Officers’ Committee and all the members of the Nigerian Medical Association, I offer you my warmest greetings on the 62nd anniversary celebration of our dear country, Nigeria. Therefore, I congratulate our great citizens here in Nigeria and the diaspora.
“Nigeria is a blessed nation endowed by God with abundant human and material resources. Our greatest asset is our people and our diversity. I thank God for holding us together despite the turbulence and upheavals we have experienced as a nation. I pray to God to grant us the nation of our dreams.
“As the umbrella for all medical and dental practitioners in Nigeria, the NMA is the guardian of people’s health and the leading professional association well placed to continue to involve our governments at all levels to make adequate provisions for the health of the people. our people. This advocacy is inherent in our ongoing call for appropriate budgetary allocations for health care, universal health coverage, and stem the tide of medical brain drain, among other relevant issues in the health sector for which the NMA has championed.
“As we approach the next general election in 2023, I urge Nigerians to be determined to make 62 the best for Nigeria by pushing for credible polls. Pushing for credible polls begins with participating in the electoral process by registering and obtaining a permanent voter card, setting an agenda for the candidates, and demanding accountability from elected officials. I am pleased that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, has reiterated his determination to leave behind a legacy of transparent, free and fair polls.
“Congratulations, Mr. President, for your efforts in governance, and may God crown your efforts with success.
“God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”