As the whole world celebrates the World Health Day 2016, the custodian of the health of Nigerians, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), sent out a message of solidarity and a call to action for all Nigerians.
In accordance with the theme of this year, the NMA empathizes with all those living with diabetes, whether diagnosed or not, including those who have died from the disease due to inequality in access to efficient and effective health care services. Also noting that although quite a lot has been done by the NMA to curb diabetes as a non-communicable disease, very little has been done in national response to halt the rise of diabetes. As a call to action, the NMA advised that a global action plan be implemented to stop the rise of diabetes by 2025. Also noting that the celebration of the World Health Day is an opportunity to take concrete steps on advancing Universal Health Coverage, the NMA advised the Federal Government to harness contributions from all stakeholders in the sector, civil society, and professional bodies to achieve affordable treatment and care.
Furthermore, emphasis was placed on the importance of Public Private Partnership for the health effectiveness. The NMA seized the opportunity to commend the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and to encourage them to increase their vigilance on importation and manufacturing of fake drugs.
Finally, the NMA stressed the importance of prevention. Nigerians are therefore advised to inculcate the habit of periodic medical check-up, avoid self-medication, avoid abrupt stopping of medication and also avoid the mixing of orthodox medicine with herbal mixtures.