The Nigerian Medical Association has advised the Federal Government to take proactive steps in opposition to rising infections, among which is the continued COVID-19 pandemic.
It additionally advised the authorities to take steps to address the hassle of non-communicable sicknesses, which it defined as a “ticking time bomb”.
The NMA came up with these resolutions in a communiqué issued at the end of its Annual General Conference and Delegates Meeting in Jos, with the theme, ‘Nigeria and the Global Health Agenda 2030’, signed by President, Prof. Innocent Ujah, and Secretary-General, Dr. Philips Ekpe.
The NMA stated that the FG needs to take the lead in mobilizing governments to re-equip their health emergency plans, preparedness and response strategies.
While requesting for the renewing of local vaccine manufacturing in Nigeria, the NMA appealed to the Federal Government to make certain moves to ensure the renewed initiative with the inauguration of the Biovaccines Nigeria Limited, which became a joint enterprise with May & Baker Nigeria Plc.
The conference is saddened by the worsening spate of killings, maiming, kidnapping, banditry, arson, insurgency and different kinds of violence with their attendant socio-economic results in nearly each a part of Nigeria.
The NMA is keenly concerned that healthcare services have been significantly affected.
The NMA similarly appealed to grown-up Nigerians, specifically scientific and medical experts and people with co-morbidities to move for COVID-19 vaccination because it has been clinically validated to be secure and powerful in lowering contamination rates.
The conference, taking cognizance of the fact that Nigeria had demonstrated capacity in vaccine production against Yellow Fever in the past through the Federal Vaccines Production Laboratory, Yaba, but stopped in 1991 for several reasons, strongly appealed to the Federal Government to spare no efforts at ensuring the success of the renewed initiative with the inauguration of the Biovaccines Nigeria Ltd., a joint venture between the FG and May & Baker Nigeria Plc”, the NMA said.