THE IMPLEMENTATION OF NATIONAL HEALTH ACT BY CMA PRESIDENT

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The President of the Commonwealth Medical Association, CMA, Dr Osahon Enabulele, has called on the Federal Government and stakeholders in the health sector to play their respective roles in the full implementation of the National Health Act, NHA, for the good of all.

Enabulele made the in call a keynote address themed: “Implementation of the National Health Act: The Bedrock for Improving the Nigerian Health Sector”, during the opening ceremony of the National Executive Council meeting of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, in Abuja.

THE IMPLEMENTATION OF NATIONAL HEALTH ACT BY CMA PRESIDENT
THE IMPLEMENTATION OF NATIONAL HEALTH ACT BY CMA PRESIDENT

Acknowledging the efforts of non-state actors, the 8th National Assembly, and the Federal Government, that ensured the allocation of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund in the 2018 Appropriation Act as well as it’s subsequent however stated that there were still many other significant provisions of the National Health Act yet to be given concrete expression

These include the provision of the prescribed quality requirements and Certificate of Standards aimed at quality regulation and standardization of operation in the health sector; the development of an appropriate and strategic health human resource development plan; adherence to the provisions restricting the utilization of public funds for unwarranted foreign medical travels by public officers; the practical activation of the prescribed functions of the National Tertiary Health Institutions Standards Committee; as well as the establishment of the Emergency Medical Treatment Committee and activation of its prescribed functions, amongst other provisions yet to be implemented.

THE IMPLEMENTATION OF NATIONAL HEALTH ACT BY CMA PRESIDENT
THE IMPLEMENTATION OF NATIONAL HEALTH ACT BY CMA PRESIDENT

Going down memory lane on what led to the prescription of 5 per cent of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund for Emergency Medical Treatment during the Senate Public hearing held on Monday, February 11, 2013, Enabulele who played a major role in the push for the enactment of the National Act, regretted the misapplication of this provision of the NHA, which he averred was specifically meant for the reimbursement of healthcare providers who offered emergency medical treatment to clients/patients.

He stated that it was never meant to promote procurements and purchases of ambulances which ordinarily ought to be budgeted for by the Federal Ministry of Health and its relevant agencies. He, therefore, called for an urgent review of the implementation framework of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund. While urging NARD and other non-state actors and stakeholders to play more active roles in the implementation of the NHA, Enabulele informed that the first requirement needed for them and other stakeholders to play their acquisition of appropriate information and knowledge on the contents of the NHA.

THE IMPLEMENTATION OF NATIONAL HEALTH ACT BY CMA PRESIDENT
THE IMPLEMENTATION OF NATIONAL HEALTH ACT BY CMA PRESIDENT

He called for capacity building and information dissemination on the basic provisions of the National Health Act. This will empower the citizens to demand the expression of their health rights as well as accountability and transparency in the implementation of NHA. You can only demand accountability and expression of your health rights if you know what is contained in the National Health Act. You cannot for it if you lack knowledge of its contents. So, to prevent NHA from going the way of the Child Rights Act and the Freedom of Information Act, it is important that you get to inform and build your capacity to engage those in government.

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