Ahead of the 2019 general elections, Prof. Mike Ogirima, the President, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), has advised his members to participate actively in politics.

Ogirima gave the advice on Wednesday in an interview in Abuja.

He said that it is high time NMA members engaged in politics, stressing that being indifferent while the health sector suffered incessantly is unacceptable.

The NMA president said that it is disturbing that very few health workers were actively involved in politics.

According to him, there is need for greater commitment to health sector in the country and this can only be achieved when workers in the health sector participate in politics.

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“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.

Ogirima said there is the need for professional advice and guidance before certain bills regarding the health sector are passed into law.

"You find out that when those bills pass into laws, they have some deficiencies which negatively affect the citizenry.

"If you don’t blow your trumpet, nobody will do it for you and if you don’t look after your welfare, nobody will do it for you.

"That is why we are encouraging our members to participate in partisan politics," he said.

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