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“Post-Election Violence Will Collapse the Health Sector” – NMA Warns

by Folake Olagunju

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has warned that the currently fragile healthcare sector might be further damaged if the country experiences another round of elections violence such as the 2011 post elections crisis.

Speaking to journalists recently, the NMA President, Dr Lawrence Obembe stated that the debate on the 2015 elections had not taken into recognition health agenda for the entire citizens of Nigeria.

Stressing the importance of a health agenda in the coming elections, the NMA said considering the current security situation in the country, it would amount to a double tragedy should there be elections violence.

“The security situation in the country is also of a serious concern to NMA. The number of casualties from insurgency kept multiplying by the day.  We are once more sounding a note of warning that should there be any form of large scale electoral violence, the fragile health system which has collapsed in parts of the nation bedevilled by insurgency would not be able to cope with management of casualties,” Obembe said.

The association therefore urged politicians and other stakeholders and the entire citizenry to avoid violence and play politics without bitterness so that Nigeria could continue to exist after the elections.

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