The Nigerian Medical Association wants Alake to intervene in the health sector

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The Ogun State Branch of the Medical Association has called on the Alake of Egbaland to help the poor people of Ogun State by prevailing on the government to jump-start Community Health Scheme.

The chairman of the Branch Dr. Lawal Ismail Akinlade, made the plea today in Abeokuta when he led a delegation of the Association to the Alake to brief him on the activities of the Association week which started on Monday.

Dr. Akinlade said that the health of the common man in Ogun state and Nigeria in general, was in serious danger because many people, needing urgent and long  term medical care, were dying  or getting their illnesses aggravated because they could not afford to pay medical bills.

He explained further that the Federal government-organized health insurance scheme, covered only about 1% of the Nigerian population.

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Dr. Akinlade explained further that since nobody planned illness, there was the need for Ogun and other governments to encourage the public to contribute small amount of money monthly, towards their community health insurance scheme for mutual benefits to themselves and the government.

He therefore begged the Alake to intervene with the government and health authorities to take community health insurance scheme as a priority in governance.

The NMA chairman also told the Alake that the Association, which was celebrating its annual week, would lecture and sensitize people on the dangerous issue of quack doctors and other fake health workers, as well as the return of polio myelitis.

The doctor explained that the World Health Organization had declared that Nigeria was polio-free some years ago, the discovery of a case in Maiduguri, seems to suggest that the disease was back in the country and the public must be educated against it.

In his response, the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, congratulated the Nigerian Medical Association for being a responsible organization as well as working selflessly for the better living condition of the people.

Oba Gbadebo promised to intercede with all those concerned with the health sector to take the Health Insurance Scheme more seriously because it was a preventive and cost-effective way of managing the health of the public.

Oba Adedotun Gbadebo also appealed to the Ogun State Branch of the Association to go into cooperation with other health and pharmaceutical bodies in order to organize free medical tests for people as a way to encourage preventive, rather than curative health system.

Present at the occasion were Oba Muftawu Akindele the Olu of Oke-odo, Chief Lawrence Bankole the Adaranijo and Aare Baroyin, Chief Layi Labode.


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