The House of Representatives Committee on Health has been mandated to wade into the industrial crisis pitting the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) against the Federal Ministry of Health.
The committee, which has a week to accomplish its task and report back to the House, is expected to find amicable ways of resolving the impasse.
The House, acting on a motion on ‘urgent need to resolve the crisis in the health sector’ moved by the Minority Whip, Hon. Samson Osagie (APC, Edo), urged the NMA and its members to call off the strike they embarked upon on Tuesday.
The lawmakers also appealed to the federal government “to do everything possible as a matter of utmost urgency to have the crisis resolved in the interest of the citizens of this country.
“From the NMA perspective, a number of issues, including the appointment of surgeon-general for the federation, payment of hazard allowances to doctors, retirement age of doctors, expansion of the NHIS (National Health Insurance Scheme) to cover a wider spectrum of the society among others are also some of the issues that the National Assembly (has) passed resolutions on,” he noted.
He expressed worry that the citizens stand a very high risk during emergencies, if medical services are not made available, given the very critical state of insecurity in Nigeria.
SaharaReporters Unveils News Website
SaharaReporters has launched the new Saharareporters.com, a move that predicates the news platform’s rebranding. The new site, which features a slick minimalist design, is visually engaging.
According to the organisation, “a featured stories carousel showcases news, reports, and opinion across a breadth of new content categories: business, sports, entertainment, lifestyle, education, finance, technology, and more. Such media as videos, photos, and documents (which are now downloadable), also have their own dedicated categories.
“Below this, each story is now highlighted with a featured image, enriching the story it accompanies. An infinite scroll allows readers to effortlessly view all stories right from the homepage.”
It said outside the aesthetic advancements, the launch also features several new elements designed to enrich user experience.
“Unwaveringly committed to its mission of citizen journalism, the platform now allows you, the reader, to submit stories directly to the editorial team for review and possible inclusion.
“The site’s comment platform is now powered by the social engagement element Disqus, providing a drastic modernisation to the comment platform. Users will now get notifications via email for replies and likes on their comments.
“As Sahara Reporters continues to grow, the brand continues to promise its readers a premium experience, a wide reach of engaging and relevant content, and the opportunity to ‘Report Yourself.’”