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Good healthcare delivery essential for poverty reduction

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The Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) has been urged to be considerate of the poor in the management of health issues that the less privileged in the country face.

The Acting Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN), Dr. Anthony Okwuosah made the call at the 3rd Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the association held at the Federal Medical Center, Jabi, Abuja. He said that as the leading service provider in the tertiary health institutions, MDCAN is well positioned to provide the leadership that will usher the era of good health care delivery that is essential for poverty reduction and sustained economic and social development of the country.

imagesDr Okwuosah, the IHVN Senior Technical Adviser, Prevention, Care and Treatment, said that the conference, which focuses on Universal Health Coverage and the role of institutions, is timely because health is a large financial burden on those who need it most. “Many Nigerians today are being deprived access to healthcare because of shortage of funds,” he added.

Every year, the Federal Medical Center Jabi Abuja branch of MDCAN sets aside a week-long activity in July to offer its members special opportunities to have a critical appraisal of its activities, the professional practices, health care system and other important contemporary national and global issues. The week-long activities also offer members the opportunity to socialize and give back to humanity as part of their corporate social responsibility.

imagesChairman of MDCAN FMC – Abuja, Dr. Muftau Bioku in his address stated that “it has been proven that out of pocket payment for health cannot provide adequate and qualitative health care for the populace, thus, we have to been pushing for the review of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Act so that health insurance is made mandatory for all Nigerians. This will not only make it a duty for every citizen to enroll and access adequate health care, it will also ensure availability of fund to purchase equipment and improve health facility infrastructure.

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