Nigerian Medical Association in Taraba Takes Firm Stand Against Quackery in Healthcare

The Nigerian Medical Association in Taraba State is steadfastly addressing the issue of unqualified medical practices by establishing a specialized committee to regulate and combat quackery in healthcare. Despite a shortage of physicians, the association remains resolute in upholding stringent standards within the profession. Dr. Bako Ali, the association's Chairman, emphasized the severe disapproval of unregulated clinics that often pose risks to society. The initiative aims to enhance healthcare standards, encourage ongoing education for medical practitioners through the state's tertiary institutions, and prioritize the welfare of healthcare workers. Commending the proactive steps taken by the state's governor to restructure the healthcare system, the association also advocates for vaccinations against the Human Papilloma Virus for girls aged 9 to 14, as a preventive measure against cervical cancer. This concerted effort signifies a significant step in safeguarding community health and combating substandard medical practices in Taraba.

Combating Unqualified Practices: NMA Taraba's Resolute Initiative.

The Nigerian Medical Association in Taraba State has taken a proactive step by establishing a specialized committee aimed at regulating the activities of unqualified practitioners within the profession. Dr. Bako Ali, the association's Chairman, announced this initiative during a press conference held to commemorate the Nigerian Medical Association week in Jalingo.

Despite the scarcity of doctors in Taraba, Dr. Ali emphasized the association's strong disapproval of unqualified medical practices and the alarming increase in clinics operating without adhering to established standards. "The proliferation of such clinics often poses more risks than benefits to society, and the NMA Taraba is unwavering in its zero-tolerance stance against this trend," Ali affirmed. He asserted the commitment to upholding standards in the face of a limited number of physicians.

Dr. Ali urged medical professionals to utilize the resources available at various tertiary institutions in the state, including the Federal University Wukari Teaching Hospital, Federal Medical Centre Jalingo, Specialist Hospital Jalingo, and the Orthopedic Hospital, for ongoing education and skill enhancement.

Furthermore, he called upon both the government and healthcare providers to address the sector's challenges by enhancing the welfare packages for healthcare workers and implementing standard infrastructures to alleviate work strain and prevent burnout.

Commending Governor Agbu Kefas for taking significant steps to restructure the state's healthcare system, Dr. Ali also encouraged parents and guardians to ensure that girls aged 9 to 14 receive vaccinations against Human Papilloma Virus, a preventive measure against cervical cancer in women. This move aligns with the association's commitment to prioritizing public health.

The Committee on Monitoring and Anti-quackery unit, established by the Nigerian Medical Association, stands as a significant measure in curbing substandard medical practices and safeguarding the well-being of the community.

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