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NMA decries fake adverts, medicines

22 October 2013, 08:30Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) appealed to the Edo State Government to ban all forms of indiscriminate advertisements as well as  claims regarding  the curative abilities of some drugs on local media.

National President of the organisation, Osahon Enabulele, bemoaned the prevalence of such advertisements in both the print and broadcast media.

This according to him, looking into the issues, would help mitigate the complications which follow the patronage of fake doctors among unenlightened citizens of the state.

“The Nigerian Medical Association which is the umbrella body for all medical and dental practitioners in Nigeria with the objective to ensure protection and defense as well as ethical conduct of her members,” said Enabulele.

Meanwhile, NMA is set to commence free medical check-up to citizens of Edo State as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.

Enabulele confirmed such moves during an event in Benin City.

“The free medical check-up will improve the health seeking behaviour of Nigerians and ensure a healthy policy. NMA is working to advance the frontiers of healthcare and awareness in the country. NMA has been able to offer free medical and dental care to over 15 000 Nigerians,” he said.

NMA is the largest professional organization of physicians in the country and in Africa. It has  has more than 35 000 members.
Established in 1951, NMA's membership spans all six major specialties of Internal Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Public Health and Laboratory Medicine/Pathology.  

– CAJ News


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