The Nigeria Medical Association,NMA, and other health professionals in the country have been urged to collaborate with government in alleviating the sufferings of internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, occasioned by insurgence in the North Eastern part of the country.
The Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmad gave the appeal in Ilorin while receiving the leadership of the State chapter of the NMA who paid him a visit in his office.
Dr Ahmad, who described the current insurgence pervading the North Eastern part of the country as unfortunate, expressed confident that the nation would soon triumph over the insecurity in view of the political will demonstrated by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and called on the NMA and other corporate organisations to join hands with the government in stabilising the IDPs, to enable them live a normal life.
The lawmaker however, assured that the State House of Assembly under his leadership would continue to collaborate with NMA and other health professionals in the bid to provide a platform for the state government to consolidate on its performance in the health sector.
Dr Ahmad expressed delight that the state had become a reference point in Community Health insurance Scheme and called for continued support of the NMA to ensure the passage of enduring and acceptable laws that would guarantee quality and affordable healthcare delivery system for the people of the state.
He also praised the state chapter of the association for making the state proud and assured that the legislature would give necessary support to ensure successful hosting of its forth-coming National Executive Council, NEC, meeting holding in the state.
The Speaker expressed the readiness of the House of Assembly to support the passage of a law that would ensure that only health professionals emerge as Commissioner for Health in the state, pointing out that the law would benefit the people and the health system in the state.
Earlier, the Chairman of the state chapter of the NMA, Dr. Abubakar Ayinla had expressed confidence in the ability of the Speaker to consolidate on the performance of the 7th Legislature in view of his pedigree in the national assembly and law profession.
Dr Ayinla, accompanied by other members of the executive, explained that they were in the state House of Assembly to solicit the support of the House towards the success of the NMA’s NEC meeting holding in Ilorin later in the month.
He said the NEC meeting themed: “National Health Agenda purpose, means and Target” would examine the numerous challenges confronting the health sector in the country.
The NMA, according to him, would also embark on community services like surgeries, dental and eye operations for more than 2,500 Kwarans ,consultations, distribution of drugs, glasses and health talks on how to stay healthy and prevent diseases as well as Banquet dinner in honour of the nation’s Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

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