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enabulele 1The President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr Osahon Enabulele, on behalf of the Association applauds the Chief Servant of Niger State, HE Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu (Talba Minna) for heeding to the wake-up call of NMA in directing the Niger State Civil Service Commission to urgently develop an effective modality of conducting an annual medical check-up for the state’s work force.
This unprecedented directive was a spontaneous response to the sudden death of Hajiya Bilkisu Mahmoud, a civil servant in Niger state, who allegedly slumped and later died at the Specialist Hospital while on an assignment at the Government House, Minna (as reported by various media organisations).The Association painfully laments the poor attitude of many Nigerians, including the elites, who place health seeking behaviour at the bottom-most parts of their priority scales of preference. The NMA notes with dismay that the cliché “health is wealth” appears to have little or no meaning among the populace.

Appraising the Chief Servant’s outbursts more closely (as quoted) “Many of us, including myself, are lousy about our health and doing exercises. “I know many people don’t want to go for medical check-ups, because they do not want to know their status. “So, maybe we will take this year as a year of (medical) test for every civil servant, no matter how much it will take us. “We must do it as a record and foundation to know who may need further medical attention and who may not”. NMA concludes it couldn’t have been timelier.
The need to reduce incidences of sudden death and Non-Communicable Diseases was partly why the NMA launched a Healthy living and Health check-up campaign last year, with a fervent call on all levels of government to make adequate provisions for free health check-up for Nigerian citizens under their jurisdiction, at least once a year. NMA therefore enjoins all Nigerians to place health related issues, especially periodic medical check-ups at clinics and hospitals, at the prime most positions of their annual plan of activity and programs.
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This, NMA notes, has become timely following the observation that it has become customary for individuals and organisations to make their New Year resolutions, prepare their strategic plans, endorse their organizational programme of activities or prepare their annual budgets at the beginning of the year, without necessary provisions for health check-up. Nigerian Medical Association advises therefore that conscious efforts should be made to accord healthcare its rightful priority place in the scheme of things. This, the Association believes, is the way forward towards creating and upholding a healthy workforce for families, communities, organisations and the Nigerian nation.Finally, while appreciating Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu and other healthcare friendly leaders at all levels, NMA prays that concrete activities and programmes including creating and funding a clear cut budget line for annual health check-up for citizens of the state, should commence at once, following the Chief Servant’s directive to forestall the repeat of Hajiya Bilkisu’s unfortunate experience in the polity.
 God bless Nigeria.
 Dr Osahon Enabulele
President, Nigerian Medical Association;
Vice President (WAR), Commonwealth Medical Association
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