The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has reacted to a recent TV interview by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige where the minister said in the United States of America (USA) and other developed countries, resident Doctors pay for their residency training abroad, whereas in Nigeria, the government pays them.
In a statement signed by th President of NMA, Innocent Ujah and the General Secretary Phillips Ekpe, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) said it will like to clarify the misinformation by Minister in the television interview, which the NMA viewed as a hate speech capable of bringing down the health system of the country.
NMA said In the United States of America and other developed countries, Resident Doctors work as they are being trained and they are paid by their employers. The statement said in the United Kingdom, the employer of Resident Doctors is the NHS, which is similar to what is obtainable in Nigeria, while Residents doctors also pay to take their postgraduate Medical examinations in the developed countries, which is what also obtains in Nigeria.
The NMA said it is totally in disagreement with the way and manner some government functionaries carry out their duties’ which is completely insensitive to the plight of the masses.
The NMA urges the government to prioritise and improve the healthcare delivery to Nigerians and at the same time improve the welfare of Medical practitioners and other health workers, which is considered the most sustainable means of delivering quality health care to the people who in the first place elected them.
The NMA assure Nigerians that it is willing to partner with the governments towards enhancing quality health care delivery in Nigeria, despite the persistent provocation from its functionaries.