Federal and state governments have been called upon to explore different models to improve the work environment for medical practitioners in Nigeria.
ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) made the call a virtual meeting by its general assembly members to review the State of the Nation on Saturday.
In a press release signed by Yusuf Ogwuzebe, AAN expressed worries that medical doctors across the country have embarked on strike for the fourth time since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, with some of them complaining that they are being owed salaries for several months.
According to the press release, “many Nigerian media outlets are reporting that patients – some with COVID-19 symptoms – are being turned away at short-staffed hospitals.
“Government must ensure that, there are more funds to upgrade health care infrastructure, clinical equipment and therefore improve the welfare and work climate of medical practitioners to induce job satisfaction.”
ActionAid Nigeria stated that health insurance must be made mandatory with sound mechanisms to prevent corruption for universal health care coverage.
The 44th meeting of the AAN Board of Trustees which was held alongside the General Assembly elected Dr. Jummai Umar-Ajijola, Imoni Mac Amarere and James Dyesle Milaham as chairperson, vice chairperson and treasurer respectively to pilot the affairs of the Board for the next three years.