The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has charged members of the newly constituted Medical & Dental Governing Council on achievement of developmental goals, which he described as critical to fulfilling the mandate for their selection.
Adewole gave the charge at the inauguration ceremony of the council in Abuja, at the weekend, urging the chairman and members of the council to work towards achieving the responsibilities bestowed on them.
The minister, who spoke through a press statement from the Federal Ministry of Health, made the Federal Government stance on the appointment of the council members known to them, said “as you are aware Governing Councils are creations of statutes, and their responsibilities are to give policy direction, effective oversight and strategic guidance to the management of the institutions. I therefore wish to emphasise that government expects no less from this council”.
“Your council is critical to the achievement of developmental goals of government being implementing entities of the health sector. You are all enjoined to commit to achieving this mandate and to live above board”.
He further disclosed to them some of their obligations, which comprise the determination of knowledge standard and skill to be attained by persons seeking to become members of the Medical and Dental profession and reviewing those standards from time to time as circumstance may permit
He therefore advised the council members to study and strictly adhere to the laid down laws that defined the roles and responsibilities of the council members.
The Minister explained that the council shall review and prepare from time to time a statement as to the code of conduct which the Council considers desirable for the practice of the professions in Nigeria, amongst others.
The statement reads in part: “The mission of the Federal Ministry of Health was to ensure that the Nigerian populace had universal access to comprehensive, appropriate, affordable, efficient, equitable and quality essential health care through a strengthened health system.
“I must inform you that our job is to a take our nation to a brighter future in spite of challenges that confront us”, Adewole said.