Nigeria: NMA Expresses Sadness Over Worsening Insecurity

13 May 2021

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has expressed worry over what it described as the worsening spate of killings, maiming, kidnapping, banditry, arson, insurgency and other forms of violence in the country.

In a communique issued at end of the 61st annual general conference/delegates meeting, the association said it was deeply concerned that healthcare delivery had been severely affected by the security situation.

"The conference is saddened by the worsening spate of killings, maiming, kidnapping, banditry, arson, insurgency and other forms of violence with attendant socio-economic consequences in almost every part of Nigeria," it said.

NMA said it was deeply concerned that healthcare delivery had been severely affected and therefore called on all citizens to jettison dangerous unpatriotic and tendencies while urging the federal government to renew its efforts to quickly bring this humanitarian disaster under control

The association also kicked against what it described as obnoxious Establishment Circulars issued by the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF)

It said that it reviewed the report of the recent engagement between the OHCSF and the NMA.

NMA therefore requested the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation "to withdraw the said circulars, modify and insert exemption clauses that protect medical qualifications and Scheme of Service and salary status of House officers".

NMA further resolved to continue the engagement using with the office of the Head of Services of Federation using every lawful means to ensure that the profession is not short-changed on the basis of implementing any reforms in the wider public service.

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