FG Move To Ban Private Practice By Government Doctors

To begin mass yellow fever vaccination December

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The Federal Government says it has resolved to ban its medical personnel, including doctors nationwide from private practice.

Health minister, Professor Isaac Adewole disclosed this at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday.

According to the minister, the law of the land does not allow any public officer to do anything other than farming.

He says already a committee had been set up to advice government appropriately on the matter.

The minister states that the Council also looked at the issue of residency training programme and decided that the training should last for a fixed time of seven years.

According to him, after the seven years training period, individuals should exit from the programme so that other people can come into it.

“In addition council also considered an important memo on industrial relations particularly in the public sector, that report dealt extensively with several issues but for us the health sector the most important is the need to do comprehensive job evaluation.

So, government has decided to set up a committee that would evaluate what exactly do we do as individuals.

”How much should we be paid in a way that we can really pay appropriately across board through the entire country.

“Council also looked at the issue of residency training programme and decided that the training should last for a fixed time of 7 years after training for 7 years individuals should exit from the programme so that other people can come into the programme.

“Council has also decided to look into the issue of private practice by medical doctors in the public sector and a committee has been set up to look extensively into that issue because we want to resolve the issue of what does the law of the land state and what the rule of professional ethics say,’’ he says.

To begin mass yellow fever vaccination December

Meanwhile, Professor Adewole also announced that the federal government would embark on a nationwide vaccination against yellow fever following the reported outbreak of the disease in some part of the country.

The minister, while giving the report on the public health situation in the country said so far, the country has recorded ten cases of yellow fever this year: four cases in Kwara state, two in Kogi, two in Plateau, one in Abia and one in Edo state.

He said the ministry will start a campaign in Kwara and Kogi starting from Friday 13 of this month.

“We have also decided to start a nationwide vaccination against yellow fever, we are going to bring that forward to December because of what is currently ongoing.

”We quite recognise the fact that we have a large number of Nigerians who are not immune to yellow fever and so we want to do a nationwide vaccination against yellow fever, he says.

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