The Nigerian Medical Association has expressed worries that quacks may take over their profession if the health sector was not adequately funded.
The doctors stated this on Tuesday in Port Harcourt during the opening of the 2016 Physicians’ Week, tagged, ‘Health care in a frail economy: Challenges and way forward.’
Speaking, the chairman of the ceremony, Dr. Bernard Aprioku, lamented that lack of adequate funds for running of hospitals may also cause patients to go about patronising quacks, stating that the government must give due attention to funding.
Aprioku said that challenges of poor funding of the health sector might lead to further deterioration of health care facilities.
Aprioku said, “The challenges are both for the providers and the consumers. On the side of the providers, there will be further deterioration in the health care infrastructure with lack of consumables and equipment.
“On the part of the consumers, lack of funds will drive our clients to patronise other forms of health care providers, including quacks, where the cost of care is relatively cheaper.”
However, the Rivers State Chairman of NMA, Dr. Datonye Alasia, said that insecurity and funding were among the major challenges confronting the health sector in the state.
Alasia stated that medical doctors and health facilities had been attacked by hoodlums in the state on several occasions, noting that the attacks were putting health services in danger.
He called on the government to implement the National Health Act, NHA, which was enacted in 2014, adding that the Act would improve the health sector.