President NAMED (4th from left) and Council Members
The pioneer President of the Nigeria Academy of Medicine (NAMED), Professor Samuel Ohaegbulam has urged presidential and gubernatorial candidates contesting the 2023 general election to inform Nigerians of their plans to revamp the health sector.
Professor Ohaegbulem said candidates should unveil before Nigerians their plans for health and how they intend to implement and make them successful.
The professor was delivering an acceptance speech after his investiture as the pioneer President of NAMED at the third Annual lecture and induction Ceremony of the Academy in Abuja.
The new President also spoke on the need to improve and equip the existing Primary Health Centers across the country, instead of constructing new ones, and the need to address proliferation of Medical schools and Universities.
Professor Ohaegbulam described the theme of the lecture “2023 and Beyond: Setting the Health Agenda” as apt, not least to prepare incoming leaders in 2023 to focus on rebuilding the health sector.
He said NAMED would work with Government to reposition the health sector for efficient and effective healthcare services.
” I love the theme of this Conference. I have this fascination for advancing the health Sector and every opportunity I have had to give a public lecture, I address this issue,” he told his audience.
“We have a long way to go, and what do we do? We recognise these by introducing Health Insurance, but up till now, it has not covered 10% of the Nigerian population.
“I’m happy that The Nigerian Academy of Medicine has come on board and we have the responsibility to make it work.”
Delivering the Annual Lecture, the Guest Lecturer, Emeritus Professor of the University of Port Harcourt and Chairman, Committee of Pro-chancellors, Nimi Briggs, said 2023, as an election year, offers Nigeria a unique opportunity to rejig all the sectors of the economy, including the health sector and every facet of national life.
Professor Briggs said setting a health Agenda for 2023 and beyond involves strengthening and consolidating the public healthcare system.
High point of the event was induction of 59 new fellows of the Academy and unveiling of the maiden edition of the journal of the Academy.
Reporting by Maureen Eke; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor