Nigerian Nurses in the Diaspora and other stakeholders converged in Abuja to brainstorm on how to actualize the transformation agenda of the present administration in the Health Sector and also to seek collaboration of the private sector to provide best healthcare delivery services in Nigeria.
Declaring the event open yesterday, the Minister of Health, Prof. C.O. Onyebuchi Chukwu said that partnership between Federal Government and Private stakeholders in the health sector would be the panacea to the gap that has not been filled by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“It is my hope and desire that with the collaboration of the health professionals from Diaspora, we can effectively tackle the increasing incidence of strokes and heart attacks.”
The Minister said that to underscore the importance of foreign health missions undertaken by Nigerians Doctors in Diaspora, the 55th National Council on Health has directed that standard and guidelines for the conduct of medical and foreign missions be developed.
He said that the collaborative effort is to ensure proper and effective coordination of all medical missions in Nigeria by health professionals in the Diaspora.
Furthermore, he said that the relevance of this is that it will enhance proper data generation of the medical mission, proper assessment of equipment donation and certification of all drugs medicines imported as well as on the activities of health professions from the Diaspora adding that this will ultimately improve trend and at the same time the efforts of the health professional in Diaspora get recognized and nationally appreciated”
Speaking on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Nigerian Doctors in Diaspora and Federal Government of Nigeria, the Minister said that in 2011, Federal Government signed MoU with the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA) and the Medical Association of Nigerian Specialists across Great Britain (MANSAG)
He said the relationship is yielding a fruitful result as the members of the association have been involved in various activities in the development of the sector such as education and training of undergraduates and post graduates medical students among others.
The relation will now be extended to Canadian Association of Nigerian Physicians and Dentists (CANPAD), the National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America (NANNNA) and the Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association ( NNCA) in the United Kingdom, he said.
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