Nigerian Doctors seek easy access to CBN health intervention fund
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) N100 billion intervention fund in the health sector is difficult to access due to stringent conditions attached to the money meant to boost healthcare service delivery in the country, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) said on Monday.
In a communique issued on Monday after its National Executive Council meeting, the NMA sought the intervention of President Mohammadu Buhari and other stakeholders in the financial services industry to ensure the encouragement of more of its members to access and benefit from the fund.
“The NMA is saddened by the mounting difficulties faced by members especially the private health sector organisations in accessing the CBN’s N100 billion health intervention funds contrary to expectations.
“We call upon His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, political leaders, strategic stakeholders in the nation’s financial sector and the entire citizens to prevail upon the CBN to soften and modify the conditionalities for accessing the health Intervention loan especially given the current state of the nation’s health sector as exposed by the COVID – 19 pandemic.
“More deliberate and strategic efforts must be made by governments to ensure the return home of the Nigerian Doctors and other health professionals in diaspora to contribute their quota to the improvement of healthcare delivery services as well as national growth and development.
“Privileged Nigerians should demonstrate open confidence in the nation’s healthcare delivery system and as well as patriotism by patronising the services. We call on the Federal Government to commence negotiations with NMA on the 2019 Collective Bargaining Agreements.
“We intensify the call on the Federal Government and its security agencies to assess and evaluate the current strategies on the security situation and commit to more effective reforms in order to secure Nigerians wherever they are in the country.
“The NMA will continue to strategically engage appropriate quarters in order to achieve the implementation of the extension of the retirement age of medical and dental practitioners in Nigeria to 65 years; special pension benefits as contained in circular I of 1991; restoration of the Medical Salary System Scale; implementation of the CONMESS for Medically qualified Lecturers and its universal applicability for doctors in the employment of States and Local Government councils,” the NMA stated in the communique signed by its President, Innocent Ujah.