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FCTA inaugurates 15-member emergency medical C’ttee

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA has inaugurated a 15-member committee for the disbursement and monitoring of emergency medical treatment facilities that would cater for the health needs of the poor and most vulnerable persons in the FCT.

Inaugurating the committee in Abuja, the acting secretary, FCT Health and Human Service Secretarial, Dr Mohammed Kawu, said the committee, had been constituted to ensure optimal coordination of the emergency medical treatment in the FCT.

Kawu stated that, with the basic health care provision fund, the resilience of Emergency Medical Treatment had been tested on several occasions and that the efficiency and effectiveness of the Emergency Medical Treatment required a lot of improvement.

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While stressing that the FCT Administration was committed to ensuring the wellbeing of all residents, Kawu noted that measures were being put in place to enhance the optimal operationalisation of emergency medical treatment.

“The inauguration of the FCT Emergency Medical Treatment Committee (FEMTC) today is a step in the right direction and I hope all hands will be on deck to achieve the 2030 SDGs,” he said.

He implored members of the committee to put in their best for the task.

Speaking after the inauguration, the chairman of the committee, Dr Ahmadu Abubakar, who is also the director, Medical and Diagnostic Department, FCT Health and Human Service Secretarial, assured the secretary that members of the committee will work hard to ensure the success of the project.

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Abubakar identified inadequate resources to fund desired health projects and inadequate trained manpower as some of the factors militating the provision of basic healthcare system in the society.

According to him, “because the National Health Act is a law, it is binding for the government to give an annual grant of not less than one percent of its consolidated revenue to the BHCPF. The 2014 National Health Act ensured the provision of basic minimum package of health services (BMPHS) and Emergency Medical Treatment (EMT) to all Nigerians.”

The concept of the Universal Health Coverage was adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2005, it is aimed at providing a specific health care benefit package to all members of a defined population by providing financial risk protection in the course of accessing necessary health care services.

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He added that members of the committee had been carefully selected to be representative of relevant stakeholders and to deploy available resources, both human and material, in line with international best practices.

By Ben Adoga

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