Published On: Fri, May 12th, 2017

AHAPN Flays NMA, Urges FG on Rotational Headship of FMoH

National Chairman of AHAPN, Pharm. Martins Oyewole

Infuriated by the alleged stand of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) against the implementation of the planned harmonisation of salaries of health workers in the country, the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN) has berated NMA on her opposing stand to the progress of others, asking her to desist from undermining and denigrating other professionals in the health sector.

According to a statement, jointly signed by the National Chairman of AHAPN, Pharm. Martins Oyewole, and the Secretary, Pharm. Jelili Kilani, the association absolutely condemned the statement credited to NMA that “although health workers faced many hazards in the discharge of their duties, their output could not be compared to doctors who performed the bulk of the medical services.

AHAPN noted that every profession in the healthcare sector has its scheme of service which clearly stipulates job description and corresponding remuneration as approved by the relevant regulatory agencies. “The NMA cannot continue to undermine and denigrate other professionals in the health sector, by virtue of the privileges her members enjoy as ministers of health and headship of federal governmental agencies in the health sector, including federal tertiary health institutions”.

Citing the examples of practices in other developed climes, with the patient as the centre of attraction, the body maintained that every professional has a role to play to ensure optimum patient care. There is nothing fantastic about Nigeria’s healthcare sector today under the leadership by coercion of NMA.  It is an open secret that our healthcare sector is in shambles today, due largely to undue territoriality that is the hallmark of Nigerian doctors as against the need to strengthen professionalism.

On the alleged pride of NMA over the professional status and relevance of her members, as allegedly stated, “medical doctors are highly skilled and few in the country, the cut- off mark for medical students is 280 and above”, the hospital pharmacists said that virtually every professional in the healthcare sector, especially the pharmacist, is highly skilled. Pharmacists are even fewer than the medical doctors (compare 40,000 doctors to 20,000 pharmacists) because of the extensive and rigorous training they undergo.

“We state emphatically that cut-off mark is only a relative method of assessing level of intelligence or academic brilliance, and that is why it varies from year to year and from school to school. The true yardstick for measuring intelligence remains Intelligent Quotient (IQ) Test, which remains constant. Some pharmacy schools have same, lower or higher cut-off marks than medicine. Cut off mark is not a guide or indicator of who will be a successful professional. It is easier to change course from Pharmacy or any other science to medicine than to change to Pharmacy – only the best and the toughest survive Pharmacy training”, the statement reads.

It was in this regard that AHAPN called on the Federal Government to go ahead with the implementation of the planned harmonization of healthcare workers’ salaries, adding that it should be based on the outcome of a Job Evaluation Committee Report of 2008 by the Federal Ministry of Health, Federal Ministry of Labour, and National Salaries Income and Wages Commission.

The body also beseeched the Federal Government to review her policy on appointment of the headship of the Federal Ministry of Health and Federal Tertiary Health Institutions to be rotational among all qualified professionals in the health sector, rather than the statutory selection of only medical doctors as it has been for a while now.  “This will engender healthy competition among the healthcare team for the overall good of Nigerian patients. Enough is enough”.



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  1. Dr Kelly Nwagha, PhD, FPSN says:

    This is an issue that requires serious restructuring, else the health sector will keep getting stunted.
    Need I state here that the Pharmacist is the most dangerous and riskiest healthcare professional, and should be handled more honourably, cautiously and carefully.
    I can present a keynote paper on my hypothesis.

  2. Owoicho Christian Adole says:

    Kudos to AHAPN for this wonderful move. But as a young pharmacist i’ve observed with dismay that it is we the pharmacist that constitute the bulk of our own problems. The various heads of pharmacy department/directors of pharmaceutical services in de hospitals should do what they are suppose to do. They are usually timid in especially when they are to encounter the hospital management on issues concerning the pharmacy department. Pls lets wake up from our slumber,enough is enough.

  3. Fawole George says:

    Well done my brother. I remember your active days @ Focus Press Club. I can see the fire and vibrancy in your write up. Pls keep it up. I’m feeling you.

  4. Pharm Adekoya Abdulganiyu says:

    A head or leader who is always insular in approach to issue concern the welfare of his subordinates is nothing but a fool .
    i have never see this type of self-centered homo sapiens who sees not good in progress of other people. Lead they can’t lead, all their activities are full of administrative failure, yet they claim they are the head. Let them come and analyse the bulk of work they are doing which other healthcare providers are not doing multiple.
    i think we should watch and see if it NMA that will tell Federal Government on what do.
    Politics of health care system in Nigeria is to the benefit of Physician in detriment of other health care providers.
    Pharmacist Should rise up towards full participation in politics at all levels. We are not second nor deputy to anybody.

  5. Amibor Kingsley says:

    This write up has aptly captured the true position of the healthcare sector in Nigeria today. It is up to the Federal Government to heed the advice of AHAPN, to save the healthcare sector from imminent, but avoidable collapse. Kudos AHAPN.

    • A tree can not makes a forest thus goes an adage and by extension Medical Doctors were not trained to do the jobs of other members of health care professionals Thus to achieve quality health care delivery to our patients it requires a mult disciplinary approach As stipulated by international best practices.

    • Medical Doctors were not trained to do the jobs of other members of health care professionals Thus to achieve quality health care delivery to our patients it requires a mult disciplinary approach As stipulated by international best practices.

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