By Usman Shuaibu Abuja
A lecturer in the Department of Public and International law at the University of Abuja, Dr. Uwakwe Abugu, has called on the Federal Government to deem it necessary to implement 2014 Medical Rights Act in the interest of Nigerian citizens.
Abugu made the call in an interview with newsmen during the 2018 Medical and Health Rights Advocacy Society (MAHRAS) seminar organized by the law students of the University of Abuja.
He also urged non-governmental organizations as well as civil society organizations to keep on pushing to see that the government of the day implements the medical rights act.
His words: “The National Health Act was signed by the president and that the Federal Ministry of Health was part of the signing of the bill that is now the National Health Act. Not that government does not know the law is there, just lack of political will on the part of the government”.
He therefore, expressed dismay that if the government did not take proactive measure to implement the act, the health delivery system would remain shamble.
Speaking at the occasion, the chairman of the ceremony, Barr. Omotosho Afolabi, who was represented at the event, urged Nigerians not to relent in their efforts to demand for the medical rights in anywhere they live.
Also speaking, the Keynote speaker, Dr Ifeanyi Nsofor, Nigeria Health Watch, decried the shortage of health facilities in the hospitals in the country.
Presenting a paper tagged “Nigeria’s Position in the Global Health Survey: A Prognosis of our Failing Health Care System”, the guest speaker of the occasion, Dr (Mrs) Stella Iwuagwu, appealed to Nigerian lawyers to come together to fight for the medical rights of the less privileged ones in the society.
On their parts, the Director of MAHRAS of UniAbuja, Endurance Olabisi and Chairperson organizing Committee of MAHRAS 2018, Ekeleoma Chuku, charged the medical professionals as well as health care givers should adherence to best medical practices globally.