By Tunde Oguntola, Abuja –
The Transparency Advocacy Initiative for Development (TAID) has urged the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) not to compromise on the quality of services as stipulated by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The national coordinator, TAID, Yomi David, disclosed this in an independent assessment on the just concluded examination that qualify foreign trained doctors to be licensed to practice in Nigeria which took place Abuja and made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday.
David averred that healthcare services remains one of the key measures of development, saying no nation can develop without developing the capacity to provide qualitative health services to its citizens.
According to him, ‘’Nigeria is no exception as evidenced by the global healthcare index of the WHO, which ranked nations based on personal access and quality of healthcare from 1990-2015, placed Nigeria 140th out of 195 countries assessed.
‘’While the government of the day continues to work assiduously to improve access to healthcare services, we must never compromise on the quality of services we offer our people as stipulated by WHO report which pointed out that routine treatable and preventable diseases still kill Nigerians daily.’’
The national coordinator of the initiatives, however, urged the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole to continue to stand firmly behind the council, in furtherance of the anticorruption agenda and posturing of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said politics has no place whatsoever in assessing professional competence, adding that the regulatory body saddled with the powers must be allowed to exercise such powers in a rancor free environment.
‘’For purposes of clarity, the position of a regulator in any system that serves the public is sacrosanct and it is unbecoming when supposed beneficiaries begin to cast aspersions on the impartiality of the regulator,’’ he said.
The national coordinator of the group also hailed the leadership of the council for refusing to bow to pressures mounted on it to reduce the premium it places on Nigerian lives.
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