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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Nigeria at 53: NMA Laments Ineffective Health System

THE president of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr Osahon Enabulele, in his assessment of the health system in Nigeria on Monday, lamented the poor state of health system in the country in the 53 years of Nigeria’s independence.
Dr Enabulele observed that Nigeria would have achieved universal health coverage with all its citizens having access to quality and affordable health care following the Walter-Harkness Ten Year Development Plan, as well as the enunciation of the first National Health Development Plan in 1960.
He noted that there were many factors that had continually worked against the realisation of the laudable objective, listing the factors as poor governance at most levels of government, political instability, policy inconsistency and evident lack of political commitment to health by most state and local governments in Nigeria, Monumental corruption and infrastructural decay.

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