The Nigeria Medical Association(NMA) has urged the Federal Government to establish a National Health Bank that would provide single-digit interest loans to entrepreneurs that want to establish world-class health facilities in the country.
The President of NMA, Prof. Innocent Ujah, made the call while addressing newsmen on Tuesday in Jos.
Ujah said that the establishment of the bank would particularly reduce the spate of medical tourism in the country and increase its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
He said that while the provision of quality health care delivery was a very expensive project, the proposed health bank would enable the private sector to get funds at reduced interest rates to construct world-class health care facilities in the country.
Besides, Ujah called for the establishment the Office of the Surgeon-General of the Federation, which would provide Nigerians with the best scientific information available to improve public health and reduce the risks of contracting illnesses.
He stressed that the major task of the Surgeon-General would be to promote and advance the health of the nation.
Similarly, he urged the federal and state governments to provide a good working environment for health workers, especially doctors, so as to reduce the menace of brain drain in the health sector.
He also called on the government to constitute a team of experts to critically address the issues of brain drain and medical tourism in the country.