11 January 2021 By Josiah Buzun
The Nigeria Medical Association, NMA has advised the Plateau state Government to as a matter of urgency establish an oxygen plant to carter for COVID-19 patients as the country faces second wave of the virus.
National President of the Association, Professor Innocent Ujah gave the advice when he led other members on a courtesy visit to Governor Simon Lalong at the Government House in Jos .
Professor Ujah also stressed the need to involve the Nigeria Medical Association on any decision that has to do with the health and wellbeing of Nigerians, for professional input.
The NMA National President applauded the Plateau State Government for approving the employment of 40 Doctors and other Health personnel despite the economic situation in the country as well as initiating the Construction of mega health facilities in the three Senatorial zones.
He called on the State Government to look into some issues which include the implementation of the CONMESS which is at 80% at the moment, support towards the completion of the National Headquarters of the Association as well as training of more Medical Doctors to fill the gap that has continued to widen as a result of exodus of Doctors.
Responding, Governor Simon Lalong congratulated the NMA leadership and assured of his administration’s commitment to providing qualitative and affordable healthcare to citizens , especially at the grassroots.
He said his administration was doing everything possible to ensure that the Plateau Research team comes up with home grown solutions to COVID 19 and other diseases, noting that 3 drugs developed by the team had passed preclinical stage and undergoing clinical trials before approval by relevant authorities.
Lalong commended Medical professionals for sacrificing themselves in the fight against COVID 19, which has seen some of them affected with others loosing their lives.