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Taraba NMA elects new EXCO



From Victor Gai, Jalingo

THE Nigerian Medical Association, Taraba State Chapter, has elected, Dr Bako Ali Istifanus as the state chairman at the 2022 Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference held in Jalingo.

The newly elected chairman who is the Medical Director of the Taraba State University Medical Clinic, promised to ensure the provision of efficient and qualitative health care delivery to the people of the state.

While applauding the outgoing exco for their stewardship and ability to end their tenure successfully and very strong, he appreciated members for the vote of confidence placed on him and the new exco to pilot the affairs of the association.

He promised to ensure that the dream for Universal Health coverage for Tarabans saw the light of the day.

“It is attainable through Public-Private –Partnership (PPP), advocacy and by advising the state government to functionally and actively domesticate the Taraba State Contributory Health Insurance Agency (TSCHIA) tenets in the state.

“The collaborations and partnerships with NGOs and various health organizations (UNICEF, WHO, TACA etc) are giant strides which will be guarded and sustained, with the aim of improving the health indices of the people of Taraba State, Istifanus stated.

He promised a five-year strategic plan with the aim of consolidating on its external collaboration, promoting the profession and upgrading the financial base of the association.

“Getting a befitting NMA clinic and/or NMA guest house in our plans is attainable through contributions, goodwill donations and assistance from friends of NMA who also have the desire that our state should get the best in health care delivery.

“Let’s get it done! This is the time to deliver! This is the place to commit. And yes, there are still many obstacles. But it is up to us to overcome them. And it is do-able. Together we can,” he added.

Earlier in his remarks, the outgoing chairman, Dr. Uwemedimo Edet Nkantah, called on the state government to improve funding of the health sector for better service delivery.

According to him, the healthcare indices in the state were not good, adding that for the people of Taraba State to get access to quality healthcare services, healthcare funding must improve.

“The healthcare indices are not good at all and government needs to act fast for the good of the citizens. Again, the Taraba State Contributory Health Insurance Agency, (TSCHIA) must be functional to help citizens.

“The recent National Health Insurance Authority, (NHIA) Act should be studied and domesticated by the Taraba State government. The importance of Universal Health Coverage, (UHC) and the development of the private health sector cannot be overemphasized.

“There is a need to institutionalize our home-grown 12-Pillar Clinical Governance in all our health institutions to guarantee quality health administration and quality service delivery.

“Efforts should be made to commence the training of interns especially house officers in the Taraba State Specialist Hospital, Jalingo among others,” he said.

Others elected alongside Dr Bako were: Dr. Kara, Adamu Hamidu – Vice Chairman, Dr. Dou Baren Sambo- Secretary, Dr. Uba Gabriel Ahmed-Assistant Secretary, Dr. Hunuato Isaiah- Treasurer, Dr. Edeh Michael-Financial Secretary, Dr. Godlove Mary-Public Relations Officer and Dr. Atizwen Daniel Bitrus as Auditors.

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