By Fatima Mohammed-Lawal
Prof. Francis Faduyile, the immediate past President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), on Saturday called on Nigerian Doctors to play active part in the politics of the nation.
Faduyie made the call in his paper presentation at the Scientific Conference of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) in Ilorin.
The programme was part of activities to mark the 38th Annual General Meeting of the association with the theme: “Nigeria’s Health Sector Predicament and the Onus of Medical Doctors in Politics
Faduyile, who is a professor of Pathology, noted that that with more organisational capacity, doctors would contribute more to the growth and development of the country.
He urged doctors to engage more in partisan politics, adding that doing so will help to achieve the massive investment in health sector through provision of infrastructure and management of human resources.
The don said that the health sector as a critical sector, requires robust participation of key stakeholders, the custodian of people’s health, at political front.
“Doctors wish to save as many lives as possible, we want to inspire medical doctors to better leverage the political strength during the pandemic and beyond,” he said.
He asserted that expert can use their rich knowledge to implant reforms, which can also favour their profession.
Faduyile, therefore, advised the doctors to get registered in political parties.
Earlier in his welcome address, Dr Dr. Badmus Habeeb, the President of ARD-UITH, said that despite series of challenges, members showed resilience in the face of uncertainties.
He warned that the internal wrangling between the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) poses a threat to favourable welfarism of doctors.
Habeeb stressed theneed for doctors to occupy more vantage positions in political leadership and the healthcare system of the country, (NAN)