Saturday, 12 December 2015

Nigerian Doctors Call for Taxes to Aid Health Care Access

At a meeting held last week, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) called for the government to use one percent of taxes accrue-able from breweries, tobacco and telecommunication companies operating in Nigeria to fund the health sector.

During the meeting tagged Ekiti 2015, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) president Dr. Kayode Obembe said the funds gotten from the taxes could pay for a national health insurance plan, so poor people can afford preventative medical care.

He also said Nigeria’s doctors are overstretched and estimated that there is one doctor for every 6,000 patients in Nigeria — a ratio far and above World Health Organization recommendations.

In addition, Dr. Obembe called on the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria to accredit more public health facilities for the training of interns. He said the upgrading of some of the state and federal hospitals and their subsequent accreditation by Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria would help in promoting residency training for more experts to be available in the hospitals.

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