NMA Presidential Aspirant pledges Inclusivity, seeks unity among members

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By Aderogba George

Dr Kefas Zawaya, a presidential aspirant of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), has vowed to lead an inclusive government if elected in the association’s upcoming election on May 5.

Zawaya made this commitment during an interactive session with NMA-FCT members in Abuja.

He urged members nationwide to foster unity within their chapters to enable the incoming National Executive Council (NEC) to fulfill the association’s objectives.

Zawaya, a former Chairman of the Gombe Chapter of the association, emphasised his participation in various struggles for the NMA’s welfare at both federal and state levels.

He pledged to engage with the government in constructive dialogue to address key issues affecting medical professionals.

Meanwhile, the NMA Presidency has been zoned to the northeast, with the election scheduled for the Annual Delegates Meeting/Annual General Meeting in Calabar between May 5 and May 12, marking the end of Dr Uche Ojinmah’s tenure as National President since 2022.

Zawaya further outlined his vision for an inclusive NEC, with representation from diverse demographics including young men and women.

He stressed the need for a review of the NMA constitution and voting patterns to ensure fairness and equity.

Additionally, he noted the importance of renewing practicing licenses to combat quackery in the medical profession.

Zawaya also pledged to prioritise issues that would generate revenue for the NMA and uphold its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) obligations.

Another presidential aspirant, Prof. Bala Audu, Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Health Science, Azare, Bauchi state, presented his manifesto, highlighting his extensive experience and contributions to the medical profession.

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He emphasised the need for a strong team to address challenges and improve healthcare quality across Nigeria.

Audu pledged to advocate for increased residency training opportunities for doctors nationwide and to mitigate factors contributing to the “Japa syndrome” in the medical field.

He also promised to engage with the government to enhance doctors’ remuneration and introduce new allowances.

Both aspirants expressed their readiness to collaborate with NMA members to achieve their shared goals of advancing the medical profession in Nigeria. (NAN)

Edited by Idris Abdulrahman

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