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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Appointing A Minister Of Health Should Be Guided By Professionalism Rather Than Politics - MDCAN President

The President, Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), Dr Steven Oluwole, in this interview with Vanguard, explains the expectations of his members from the president – elect, General Muhammadu Buhari. See excerpt:
 


Appointment of the Minister of Health
The position of MDCAN regarding appointment of the Minister of Health is unchanged. This should be guided by professionalism rather than politics. As stated before, the Minister of Health  must not merely be a medical doctor, but must minimally possess the following:
Basic degree in medicine and surgery; postgraduate qualification, not necessarily  in public health; proficiency in public and international health; considerable skills in administration and leadership; must show equanimity towards all professionals in the health team without ethnocentricity

Staff training and development
Training and development of staff in all fields in the Health Services should continue to make the Nigerian system competitive and attractive such that foreigners will seek health care in Nigeria. Government policies must promote harmony among all professionals in the Health Services.

Research
Government should initiate and support research to develop local areas of interest that international agencies will usually ignore.

Training of undergraduates and postgraduates
Curriculum of training undergraduates  and postgraduates should not be motivated by politics. Training that should not  last more than three years or less should not be stretched to six years to attain  contrived status or achieve dubious skills that expose patients to incompetent care givers.

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