THE Federal Government has lifted embargo on employment of resident doctors to federal tertiary health institutions just as it announced that the residency programme will now be funded through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund.
The Minister of Health, Dr Khaliru Hassan, made the declaration at the weekend, during the 56th annual general conference of the Nigerian Medical Association in Ibadan.
Hassan, speaking through the Director of Hospital Services, Dr Patience Osinubi, said that the training of resident doctors had been increasingly challenging because of inadequate funding, adding that TETFund was also to fund the establishment of the clinical training laboratory for better postgraduate medical college education with N2.889 billion.
He explained that residency training was essential to raise the bar of healthcare delivery above the ordinary, through sophisticated health manpower development and carefully designed healthcare delivery system.
According to him, this will make Nigeria automatic choice destinations for medical tourism and declared that the unregulated situation in the health sector and underfunding were challenges to improving Nigeria’s health status.
The Minister urged members of NMA to ensure that emergency services are not interrupted at any time there is industrial unrest, saying “the overreliance on the Federal Government facilities which are saturated with obvious funding limitations had created a situation of slow progress, resulting in abysmal health indices and further contradiction in the national referral health system which is almost non-existent.”
NMA president, Dr Kayode Obembe, at the event, stated that the greatest challenge the incoming government will face is ensuring universal health coverage.


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