The Nigerian Medical Association has faulted the stringent conditions given by Central Bank of Nigeria for its members to access the N100 bn health intervention funds. The NMA expressed its stand in a communiqué on Monday after its National Executive Council meeting in Awka.
The document was signed by NMA President, Prof. Innocent Ujah; and Secretary, Dr Philp Ekpe. The communique reads partly, “The NMA is saddened by the mounting difficulties faced by members, especially the private health sector organisations, in accessing the CBN’s N100bn health intervention funds contrary to expectations.
“We call upon His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, political leaders, strategic stakeholders in the nation’s financial sector and the entire citizens to prevail upon the CBN to soften and modify the conditionality for accessing the health intervention loan especially given the current state of the nation’s health sector as exposed by the COVID – 19 pandemic.”
The association called for deliberate efforts to ensure the return of Nigerian doctors and other health professionals in diaspora to contribute their quota to the improvement of healthcare delivery services in the country.
“Privileged Nigerians should demonstrate open confidence in the nation’s healthcare delivery system and as well as patriotism by patronising the services. We call on the Federal Government to commence negotiations with NMA on the 2019 Collective Bargaining Agreements,” it added.
The NMA also urged Nigerians should take the COVID – 19 prevention advisories seriously in order to interrupt the transmission, reduce ill-health and deaths from the dreaded disease.