By Kolade Adeyemi, Jos
President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the resilience of Nigerian medical doctors despite the country’s fragile healthcare system, noting that the doctors have continued to rise up to the challenges any time there was an outbreak of diseases as witnessed in the recent outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
He implored the support of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) as his government works towards rehabilitating the healthcare sector to deliver a health system that is responsive to the needs of Nigerians.
Buhari, who was represented on Friday by the Minister of Health, Professor Osagie Ehanire, at the 61st Annual General Conference and Annual Delegates meeting of the Nigerian Medical Association, held in Jos, Plateau State, observed that the country’s health system has a long way to go in meeting the demands of Nigerians.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, said his administration has employed over 412 doctors and other health workers in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak.
“We employed more than 412 doctors and other health workers into the Plateau State health sector to boost the capacity of the system to respond to the needs of the people in both rural and urban areas. We shall continue to employ more, especially as we complete the new hospitals under construction,” he said.
Chairman of NMA in the state, Dr. Innocent Emmanuel, said Nigerians delight in the soothing euphoria of surviving the scourge of ravaging COVID-19 which has claimed so many lives.
He explained that the theme of the conference, “Nigeria and the Global Health Agenda 2030” was carefully selected to brace up with where the country stands and to speed up to where it should be in the struggle for a healthy Nigeria society, despite COVID-19.