Medical professionals including Pharmacists, Medical laboratory Scientists and Nurses in Ondo State have rejected some aspects of the State Contributory Health Scheme bill pending before the State House of Assembly.
At a news conference in Akure, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) and the National Association of Nurses and Midwives of Nigeria (NANMN) said membership and chairmanship of the proposed the Board of the Health Insurance Scheme should be opened to all health professionals rather than only medical doctors as proposed in the bill.
Speaking on behalf of the Health Professional Representatives, Pharmacist Samuel Adekola noted that the health professionals’ bodies equally demanded prohibition of global capitation as a means of payment in the implementation of the Scheme.
Adekola who is also the National Vice Chairman of PSN, they had made their position known to the state House of Assembly and the Speaker, Bamidele Oloyelogun through a paper presentation at a public hearing on the bill.
He called on the lawmakers to make necessary correction to the bill before passage.
His words”We strongly advocate for the deletion of the Mis-leadings definition of Medical Practitioner as captured in the draft bill.
Since, the decree 10 of 1985 which stipulates that only medical practitioners are medically qualified to be heads of medical institutions in Nigerian is well known to be highly discriminatory, sectional, oppressive and limiting the right of individual health professional in attaining administrative positions, and in any case the obstinate decree is currently being challenged in court”
Adekola said, “We equally recommend that the board as stipulated in the draft bill be changed to Agency and be headed by chairman who must be a person of proven integrity and a professional in any field of Health”.
“The composition of the board must reflect representatives of the four major health Services professional bodies namely NANMN, AMSLN, NMA and PSN”.