Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) says the integrity of the medical profession and societal confidence in medical and dental practitioners are critical to healthcare delivery in the country.
The President of the association, Dr Francis Faduyile, said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja.
He called on Nigerian Universities Commission, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, National Post Graduate Medical College, West African Postgraduate Colleges and other
stakeholders, to work toward broadening the scope of medical
education and training to meet current professional and academic realities.
He said that although there was nothing wrong with the core content
of the medical curriculum, there was need to review areas where inadequacies exist.
This, according to him, will be in line with current professional and academic realities, while expressing dissatisfaction with the slow pace in the implementation of the Residency Training Act.
He called on the Federal Government and other stakeholders to work in
unison to fast track the implementation of the Act.
He added that the federal and state ministries of health should ensure uniform implementation of the Act in post graduate training institutions in the country.
He observed that most practitioners were yet to fully appreciate the need for consciousness of ethical requirements and regulations at all times.
Faduyile said there was need for legislators to provide the appropriate legal frameworks that would facilitate quality healthcare delivery in the country.