The Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to avoid appointing health ministers from the same segment of the medical profession in his new appointment of ministers.
MHWUN National President, Com. Biobelemoye Josiah noted that the two ministers of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and Dr. Osagie Ehinare are both medical doctors, therefore he urged the president not to appoint only Medical Doctors as Ministers of Health, instead one of them can be a medical doctor while the other can be from any other professions within the medical sector.
The MHWUN advised for the return of the management of health institutions to hospital administrators who have the capacity to manage the institutions. He observed that the last four years is the worst for health delivery in the country.
He said, “As long as the appointment of ministers of Health, Directors in the ministry of health and the Chief Executives of health institutions remain the birthright of one profession, to the exclusion of other health professionals in the team, turbulence and inefficiency shall continue to thrive as they are not trained for such duties, their discriminary approach would continue to invite protestations from other members of the health team who are in the majority. As long as government does not make conscious efforts to break this monopoly by the medical doctors, a monopoly that is self-serving, Nigerians would continue to suffer for it”