BENIN – The newly-elected President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr Kayode Obembe, has called for adequate security for its members, to curtail the incessant kidnapping of doctors in the country.
Obembe made the call at a news conference on Sunday at the end of the NMA’s 54th Annual General Meeting and Delegates Conference held in Benin.
“It is common knowledge that doctors are the most vulnerable group when it comes to kidnapping.
“We want government at all levels to provide police protection for doctors in the course of their duties, including in their various health institutions.
Obembe said that by ensuring the safety of doctors, it would also be beneficial to the public, stressing that when doctors are kidnapped, patients would also feel the pains.
On the decadence in the Primary Healthcare centres, he said that the passage of the National Health bill (NHB) would proffer the needed solution.
The new NMA president said that the bill allowed for a certain amount of money to be geared towards primary healthcare development in the country.
The NMA President said that with the Health Insurance coverage in place, every citizen would have access to “promotive, curative and rehabilitative health services”.
He also called for more cooperation from the media in the coverage of the association’s assignments.