Prof. Mike Ogirima, the President, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) yesterday called on the members of the association to join active politics ahead of the 2019 general elections.
He said the need for them to engage in active politics became necessary to enable them make enhanced contribution to the health sector.
Ogirima stated this in a chat with reporters in Abuja.
“We have found out that we have few medical workers in politics and bills concerning the health welfare are not receiving adequate attention,” he said.
The President, who noted that not many health workers were involved in active politics, said the development was disturbing and raised serious concern for them association and the health sector.
“If you don’t blow your trumpet, nobody will do it for you and if you don’t look for your welfare, nobody will do it for you.
“That is why we are encouraging our members to participate in partisan politics,” he stated.
The president said that there was need for advice and guidance before certain bills regarding the health sectors would be passed.
Ogirima said though not all NMA members might be interested in active politics, a sizeable number should get involved.