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Kidnappers now targeting health workers – NMA

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President, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Uche Ojinmah, says health workers have been targeted in some communities with some of them kidnapped while discharging their duties.

Speaking during a news conference at the end of its National Executive Council meeing in Gombe, he urged government at all levels to address the insecurity in the country.

He urged said extension of doctors’ retirement age was the easiest way to stop brain drain in the profession.

Ojinmah called for proactive measures to control worsening health indicators with a view to tackling brain drain in the sector.

He urged the National Assembly to review the Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Board Bill to guard against ambiguity in the Act.

“We wish to point out that complementary and alternative medicine is different from traditional medicine and these are domains controlled by dental and medical council.

“And the bill, if passed, would conflict with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) Act.

“We, therefore, call on government and the National Assembly to quickly amend the title and the functions contained in that bill.

“Let it be Control of African Traditional Medicine, but not complementary and alternative medicine which mean a different thing,” he said.


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