By Fatima Mohammed-Lawal
Ilorin, Oct. 22, 2020 Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazak of Kwara, on Thursday in Ilorin commended the collaborative efforts of members of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in combating the COVID-19 Pandemic.
AbdulRazaq gave the commendation at the 2020 Physicians Week Symposium held in Ilorin, with theme as:“Strategies for Health System Recovery During the COVID-19 Pandemic Era’’.
The governor, who was represented at the occasion by Dr Raji Razaq, Commissioner for Health, Kwara, said that the NMA had greatly impacted health care delivery in the state especially in battling COVID-19.
He charged members of the association to sustain their impactful roles and cooperate with the state government in the bid to reposition the health sector.
According to him, Kwara is rated number four in the preparedness and proactiveness during COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
“We are playing active roles and parts in the medical re-engineering programme of this government which is aimed at reshaping the state health sector,’’ he said.
Abdulrazaq expressed satisfaction and assured that all front line health workers are generously remunerated for putting their lives on line for the safety of people in the state.
He also pledged the sum of N2.5 million for the necessary facilities for NMA sporting centre.
In his remarks, Prof Baba Issa, the Chairman of NMA, Kwara Chapter, appreciated the governor for identifying with medical doctors and revamping the state’s health care system.
Issa also thanked the state government’s commitment at ensuring that required sporting equipment were provided for members and interested members of the public at the recently completed NMA Sports Hall in Ilorin.
The NMA Chairman also commended the medical personnel, describing them as frontline health workers, for their immeasurable contributions in making the association a part of the success story in the health sector of the state.
Also, Dr Abdulwaheed Olanrewaju, who spoke on “Medical Quackery in Nigeria’’ said that medical quackery had become an ugly trend which could lead to a long chain of terrible consequences for the health sector, if not decisively addressed.
According to Olanrewaju who is a family centered medical practitioner, quacks demand for your money as well as your life.
“There is need for concerted efforts by various stakeholders including government and professional bodies to address quackery in Nigeria,” Olanrewaju said.