NMA advocates for establishment of National Institute for Orthopedic Research

The Nigeria Medical Association, NMA has advocated for the establishment of National Institute for Orthopedic Research which would enhance the


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NMA advocates for establishment of National Institute for Orthopedic Research
From left, Dr. Osiatomeh & others at the conference

The Nigeria Medical Association, NMA has advocated for the establishment of National Institute for Orthopedic Research which would enhance the productivity of orthopedic medical practice in the country, Our Delta North Correspondent reports.

 

The President of the Association, Prof. Mike Ogirima, who made the call in Asaba at the “40th Annual general meeting and scientific conference”, expressed satisfaction that the bill which is currently before the National Assembly was already receiving attention even as he urged governments at all levels to improve the care of road traffic accident victims.

 

He also stressed the need for the establishment of more trauma centres along the major highways in Nigeria. 

 

He said, “as an association we also want government at all levels to develop robust and 24 hours emergency ambulance coverage for our major highways, I encourage colleagues and members of the public to invest in this business of emergency ambulance services and trauma care in Nigeria. 

 

On the Degenerative Disease of the spine, the NMA president explained that it was carefully chosen to preview the spectrum of burden of the aspect of the spine of the pathologies, adding; “I hope all the presentation on this will add value to the emerging spine subspecialties in the country, and of recent, there is collaboration between the NOA, and the Arab spine.”  

 

He said that some members of the association were already exploring the partnership by attending the annual workshop on various disease of the spine in UAE, and also establishing networks across the world. 

 

Noting that the sub theme of the conference; “Financing Orthopedic Practice in Nigeria”, Professor Ogirima disclosed that  the theme would provide opportunities to the medical orthopedic practitioners in both public, and private sectors on how best funds can be sourced, and utilized to improve practice in a resource poor setting, adding that orthopedic services just like any other medical specialty, is heavily dependent on out of pocket spending, social health insurance scheme as mandatory if only the country can achieve Universal Health Coverage UHC for her Populace. 

 

“Private entrepreneurs must be encourage to compliment the public health institutions to improve health care facilities at single digit interest rate must also be provided for us to stem down negative medical tourism” the NMA president added . 

 

He however, called on members address the growing tide for medical tourism in the country by establishing world class medical practices in strategic location and called for more of such in the establishment of group practices and diversification into other fields. 

 

In his remarks, while declaring the event open, the state governor Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, represented by Dr. Benjamin Nkechika, Director of the Delta State Health Insurance Scheme, noted that orthopedic services has greatly enhanced medical services, disclosing that the state government  procured enough medical means  to carter for the well-being of Deltans.

 

He said that the state government had also signed into law the state Contributory Health Insurance Scheme to enable all Deltans have access to medical services.

 

On his part, the Chief Medical Director, Federal Medical Center (FMC) Asaba, Dr. Victor Osiatomeh commended the state government for its commitment to the AGM, and assured that the conference will provide the opportunities to know more in the orthopedic.                

 

 


Amaechi Inneh Prosper
Delta North Correspondent of Fresh Angle International Newspaper
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