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President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that the Federal Government
will increase investment in the health sector, so that the country can
halt the loss of well trained professionals to other lands,

Receiving the executive members of Medical and Dental Consultants
Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) at State House, Abuja, Thursday, the
President appreciated the concern expressed the association on the
state of the health sector in the country, noting: “We will do our best
to work on your recommendations, and increase investment in the health

Professor Ngim E. Ngim, President of MDCAN, said the association
consists of trainers, researchers, leaders and major stakeholders in
health care, who are concerned about the well-being of the sector.

He appealed for action on the resolution of inter-professional
rivalry in health care in the country, noting that a panel had been
convened in 2014 to look into the issues, headed Alhaji Yayale Ahmed,
“but no White Paper has been issued till date.”

Among other requests brought before the President MDCAN were
better health financing, reconstitution of the Governing Board of
Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, need for a single term of five
years for Chief Medical Directors and Medical Directors of tertiary
hospitals, and the establishment of medical universities in each
geo-political zone of the country.

The association also hoped that the constitution of a Minimum Wage
Committee the Federal Government would help curb brain drain, if
medical professionals were better remunerated.
source: L.Ikeji

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