On 14/Jul/2014 / In Medical News
BENIN CITY- The association of General and Private Medical Practitioners o Nigeria (AGPMPN) has prayed the Federal Government to provide the enabling environment for its members to provide qualitative acceptable and affordable health care delivery for Nigerians, saying they have the human capacity to deliver
President of the association, Dr Frank Odafe who addressed newsmen at the end of the association's National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Benin City said the associtation has members "that can offer the best in medical services as obtained anywhere in the world, if we are encouraged by government",
Expressing the association's commitment to ensureing qualitu health care delivery, he disclosed that AGPMPN is made up of private medical practitioners either in practice or with government but also in private practice
Dr Odafe listed the enabling enviornment to include incentive fo private medical practitioners, provision of infrastructure, empowering if infrastructure, empowering the macro-economic environments as well as addressing the issue of multiple taxation in te form of tenements rate and registration fee, adding, "We want government to make all this rates affordable."
Addressing them, he noted, are part of government policies that are favorable to medical entrepreneurship. He said they have the capacity to reduce 'medical tourism' and capital flight among Nigerians which he said cost the nation between $500million and $1billion annually.
"We, as private practitioners can do something to help this capital flight if government empowers us in every way possible; we are going to ensure that the entire Nigerian citizens enjoy robust quality health care delivery", he added.
According to him, government role is central to providing quality health care delivery in any nation, as "We have the human capacity; what we need as a boost is infrastructural development",
Expressing the association's collaboration with President Goodluck Jonathan transformation agenda in the health sector, he said members of the association provide 70 percent of the health care delivery in Nigeria.
As part of activities for the NEC meeting, he said the association provided free medical services to 500 indigent Nigerians while they have at various times partnered with government in attending to victims of bomb explosions in Abuja.
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