The Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) has enjoined government at all levels to increase funding for healthcare delivery and health worker capacity development in the country.
President of the association, Dr Victor Makanjuola, made the appeal while speaking to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday.
MDCAN is a group of medical specialists in different fields of medicine and dentistry. Consultants are those practitioners that have the highest qualifications in medical practices.
Their responsibilities include training medical doctors, offering specialist services to patients and also conducting research in medical fields.
MDCAN has membership in government and non-government hospitals, tertiary and secondary health facilities across the country.
Makanjuola said the call came at the MDCAN National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Rivers state, were it was unanimously resolved to make the plea.
“The NEC advises the Government to be wary of actions that could result in loss of remunerations to the health workers, especially in the face of worsening inflation in the country.
“We call on Government to immediately resolve the issues of the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)’s strike, to allow students to return to school.
“State Governments owing our members several months of salaries and other emoluments are enjoined to pay the arrears of what is owed to the medical and dental consultants working in their hospitals and continue payment of their monthly emoluments as at when due, with particular reference to Abia and Ondo State Governments,” he appealed.
According to him, government at all levels is encouraged to prioritise allocation of resources to the health sector for infrastructure and human capacity development.
Makanjuola said the association demanded the immediate implementation of hazard allowance for workers in the hospitals without further delay.
He said that the association also called for the speedily address on the issue of the shortfall in remunerations of its members without further delay, especially that of the clinical lecturers.
He, however, appealed for government to put all processes in motion to stop the mass exodus of the Nigerian doctors to other countries.