By Chioma Obinna
AS Nigeria prepares for the 2019 elections, the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has called on politicians, political parties, and aspirants to elective offices and other relevant stakeholders to play by the rules even as it urged law enforcement agents to demonstrate unambiguous loyalty to their calling and the constitution of the country.
Making the call in a press statement jointly signed by the National President, Dr. Francis Faduyile and the National Secretary, Dr. Olumutiwa Odusote, the medical doctors also advised Nigerians to be law abiding and resist the luring of politicians as ready tools to destroy human lives and property in the name of political support and loyalty to politicians.
The medical doctors further expressed worry over what they described as ‘certain developments’ in the political circles in the country in recent times.
“Of note majorly are the overtly inflammatory statements by top ranking political leaders which have the real potentials of incensing partisan conflicts which could degenerate into communal clashes and attendant mass casualties worsening the already cheerless level of insecurity and violent conflicts in the country.
“Our worry is based on the fact that the country’s health system is still bedeviled by various incapacities ranging from chronic underfunding, poor governance, very poor service delivery to lack of political will to implement extant laws, regulations, and policies.
“These have manifested in poor health worker population ratio with escalated emigration of medical and health workers, low carrying capacity of existing health facilities, absence of basic equipment, consumables, reagents, modern effective drugs and other tools needed to deliver efficient, effective, prompt and culturally acceptable medical care to the people of Nigeria.”
“NMA as a foremost professional Association and the custodian of the health of the Nigerian people see this as a patriotic duty to call politicians and some state operatives to order. The Association encourages the spirit of politics without rancour and bitterness and one that is strictly based on constructive engagements, factual debates, and constitutionality.”
“If by acts of omission or commission the nation is thrown into serious political chaos, the poor and vulnerable including women and children will bear the greatest brunt,” they warned.