Illuminating MDCAN’s role and transformative journey in uplifting Nigeria’s healthcare standards

Embarking on a journey through the intricate corridors of Dr. Makanjuola’s life, we uncover a remarkable journey that traces his path from a medical student to the apex of the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN). Guided by unwavering determination and the power of a visionary drive, he emerges as a beacon of transformation. With expertise rooted in psychiatry, his impact resonates across the walls of hospitals and the platforms of academia, healing not only minds but also the fabric of the medical fraternity itself.

Dr. Makanjuola’s connection with MDCAN was destined to shape his professional narrative profoundly. “I actively chose to engage with the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria,” he asserts. This association, a bulwark for the rights of medical and dental professionals across the nation, became the canvas upon which he painted his aspirations.

For him, ascending the ranks within MDCAN and achieving specialist status was more than accolades; they epitomized a lifelong dedication to his craft. “Attaining specialist status holds global significance for doctors,” he notes, emphasizing how the journey from medical school to specialization weaves the story of every medical professional.

“In the realm of medical politics, particularly in Nigeria, assuming the presidency of MDCAN holds unparalleled importance,” he declares with resolute conviction. “It stands as the ultimate aspiration for specialists in the country.” His rise to the esteemed position of MDCAN’s President signifies not just a personal triumph, but a testament to his dedication, expertise, and the trust of his peers.

In his own words, Dr. Victor Makanjuola encapsulates this chapter of his life as an era of leadership and mentorship. “I take pride in having achieved this goal,” he asserts, the weight of his responsibilities infusing his words. Steering an association that champions medical and dental consultants’ cause across Nigeria, his tenure as President is defined by a desire to inspire, reform, and drive progress.

Champions of care: MDCAN and the quest for excellence in Nigerian healthcare

“In Nigeria, our purpose transcends mere healthcare—it’s about upholding and enhancing the very fabric of our medical realm,” declares Dr. Makanjuola, his words embodying a solemn promise. He speaks not for himself alone, but as the voice of a coalition of medical leaders committed to a sacred duty—a duty to their nation and its people.

“At the core of our mission lies a dedication to engaging in dialogues that illuminate the health challenges our nation confronts,” he continues. With each utterance, he unveils the heartbeat of MDCAN—an entity devoted to steering the healthcare narrative towards brighter horizons. During critical junctures, like the unrelenting COVID-19 pandemic, they do not merely observe from the sidelines; they plunge into the midst of the struggle.

“We convene meetings to dissect pressing issues,” he states, urgency etched onto his countenance. The room where these discussions unfold becomes an alchemical vessel of ideas, a crucible where the proficiency of medical leaders blends with compassion to formulate solutions. The outcome: pronouncements that echo with the wisdom of countless doctors, every word striving to direct the government towards policies that genuinely confront the challenges besieging the healthcare sector.

“Medical education is our guiding star,” Dr. Makanjuola asserts. It encompasses more than just treating patients—it encompasses nurturing the upcoming generation of healers. Numerous members of MDCAN are educators, entrusted with molding the medical intellects destined to steer Nigeria’s healthcare future. They toil relentlessly to ensure that the flame of knowledge burns ever brighter, introducing inventive concepts that breathe fresh vitality into medical training.

Nevertheless, amidst their herculean exertions, Dr. Makanjuola acknowledges the battle being fought on another front—the well-being of their members. “Our members grapple with a distinctive challenge within a developing nation,” he reveals, his apprehension palpable.

As developed countries dangle enticing enticements of better remuneration and enhanced working conditions, MDCAN emerges as a bulwark against such allure. They champion without rest, urging the government to recognize the commitment of these healers and to invest in their welfare.

And the vigor of their purpose does not exist in isolation. “We embark on this journey together,” Dr. Makanjuola underscores. MDCAN stands shoulder to shoulder with other organizations that share their aspirations.

MDCAN’s quest for medical excellence and integrity

“In Nigerian medicine, the code of Medical ethics finds its haven under the watchful eye of another association organization,” Dr. Makanjuola reveals. The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDC), a governmental agency, assumes the mantle of regulating the ethical conduct of medical professionals—a task of monumental significance that cannot be underestimated.

A seasoned professional himself, Dr. Makanjuola emphasizes the role of the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) in upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct. “We, being the top echelon of medical practitioners in Nigeria, are equally invested in the realm of medical ethics and codes,” he explains. The weight of their position demands nothing less than excellence, and they strive to be the torchbearers of ethical practice, illuminating the path for others to follow.

“At the forefront of our mission is the promotion of ethical practices and the epitome of medical ethics in Nigeria,” he affirms. It’s a call to action that resonates deeply, a testament to the unrelenting commitment of Dr. Makanjuola and his colleagues to ensure that the practice of medicine remains a sanctuary of compassion, dignity, and trust.

Yet, as the captain of the ship, Dr. Makanjuola acknowledges the delicate balance that must be maintained. “Our intention is not to encroach upon the territory of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria,” he clarifies. “We support the MDC and we call it the Medical Data Council,” he adds with a hint of humor, revealing that they humorously refer to it by an acronym that aligns more with the digital age.

But the jest aside, the support MDCAN provides is anything but trivial. “We actively support them in delivering their duties,” Dr. Makanjuola states with a sense of camaraderie. It’s a partnership rooted in a shared goal—to safeguard the ethical fabric of the medical profession. It’s about creating a harmonious symphony where each entity plays its distinct role to perfection, resulting in the masterpiece of medical practice that the nation deserves.

MDCAN’s vision to curb brain drain in Nigeria

With an unwavering gaze and a voice that resonates with conviction, Dr. Victor Makanjuola addresses a pressing concern that has plagued the nation’s medical landscape: the relentless exodus of skilled doctors and nurses, often referred to as the ominous “brain drain.”

“Presently, our organization is actively addressing a significant challenge that has become increasingly prevalent: the issue of brain drain,” he begins. “This pertains to the migration of specialized doctors and nurses from Nigeria to developed countries, leading to a shortage of skilled medical professionals in our own nation.”

As the President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr. Makanjuola spearheads a movement that seeks to reverse the tide of brain drain and ensure the vitality of the healthcare system. He shares, “To tackle this crisis, we have engaged in various initiatives and advocacy efforts.”

His vision takes the form of carefully crafted proposals, each a piece of the intricate puzzle to rebuild Nigeria’s medical landscape. “We have formulated position papers outlining recommendations for the government to consider,” he elaborates. “These suggestions are aimed at curbing the brain drain phenomenon and ensuring the sustainability of the healthcare system.”

“One key proposal that has gained traction is the ‘one for one’ policy,” he explains. “This policy suggests that for every doctor or nurse who leaves the country, an immediate replacement of equal expertise and qualification should be hired to maintain seamless service delivery and uninterrupted medical education.”

But progress often requires patience, and Dr. Makanjuola is no stranger to the convoluted corridors of bureaucracy. “While the government has acknowledged this policy, its execution has not been as swift as desired,” he admits. “We are actively engaging with the government to ensure the effective implementation of this policy.”

With the tenacity of a lion, Dr. Makanjuola marches forward, unwrapping another proposal that holds the potential to redefine Nigeria’s healthcare landscape. “Another proposal we have put forth involves extending the retirement age of medical professionals,” he shares. His words paint a picture of wisdom preserved and experience cherished. “To retain experience and expertise within the country, we advocate for raising the retirement age from 60 to 65, particularly for consultants and senior medical practitioners. By doing so, we aim to preserve the workforce and prevent the loss of younger professionals who are more prone to leaving the country.”

The challenge is multifaceted, and Dr. Makanjuola’s approach is nothing short of comprehensive. “Furthermore, we have advocated for an increase in the remuneration of medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and others,” he proclaims. “Improved compensation is crucial to motivate healthcare workers to stay and contribute to the Nigerian healthcare system. Our efforts encompass a holistic approach that considers the entire medical ecosystem.”

Dr. Makanjuola’s endeavors, however, are not confined to the present. His legacy is a tapestry woven from the threads of past triumphs. “In the past, our organization has tackled various challenges in the healthcare sector,” he recalls. “Notably, we lobbied the National Assembly to pass legislation aimed at securing sustainable funding for tertiary hospitals.”

The road to change is paved with obstacles, and Dr. Makanjuola acknowledges the uphill battle. “Although progress was made when the bill was passed by the Senate, it encountered obstacles in the House of Representatives,” he reveals. “However, we remain committed to advancing this cause and continue to work toward its realization.”

Architects of change: MDCAN’s battle to secure funding for Nigeria’s tertiary hospitals

“The initiative to draft the bill for funding tertiary hospitals originated within our association approximately eight to ten years ago,” Dr. Makanjuola shares. “A small group of us collaborated to rapidly create an initial draft of the bill. The primary objective was to establish a comprehensive funding framework for all teaching and tertiary hospitals under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government in Nigeria.”

This was no ordinary endeavor; it was a monumental quest to secure a stable and sustainable lifeline for the very institutions that held the health and hope of millions. “The essence of the bill was to provide a stable and sustainable source of funding for these vital healthcare institutions,” Dr. Makanjuola elucidates. “Our approach involved identifying potential funding sources to ensure the effective operation of these hospitals.”

With a clarity of purpose that comes only from unwavering dedication, Dr. Makanjuola unveils a masterstroke—a daring proposal that had the power to redefine the financial landscape of healthcare. “The bill proposed that 1% of the profit tax generated by companies, particularly those engaged in medical supplies, medical equipment, and medical construction, be directed towards funding the hospitals.”

But his visionary plan did not rest on a single pillar. “In addition to this, the bill considered alternative sources of funding such as taxes on harmful products like sugar and tobacco,” he reveals. “With the intention of redirecting the revenue generated from these sources towards healthcare.”

The journey through the tortuous halls of governance was far from easy, yet Dr. Makanjuola’s commitment and the power of his vision propelled the bill’s progress. “The bill successfully passed through the senior legislative council and received approval,” he recounts. “Largely due to the diligent efforts of an active senator who was also the chairman of a committee within the National Assembly.”

A triumph in the Senate—a milestone that would shape history. “This accomplishment was a significant milestone as it demonstrated the legislative body’s recognition of the importance of funding for healthcare institutions.”

Yet, as with any epic saga, challenges remained. “However, the momentum and success achieved in the Senate did not translate to the lower house,” he admits. “Known as the House of Representatives, this is the aspect of the legislative process that we are currently engaged with and intend to address in the upcoming months.”

With a heart aflame with purpose and a spirit unyielding, Dr. Makanjuola’s gaze is fixed on the horizon. “Our efforts will focus on advocating for the bill’s passage through the House of Representatives,” he declares, the promise of change carried in his words. “Aiming to replicate the success experienced in the Senate.”

Bridging the gap: Championing for universal healthcare coverage

In the realm of healthcare transformation, aspirations converge with practicality, forming a bridge toward a profound goal—universal healthcare coverage. Dr. Makanjuola’s resounding declaration resonates: “One of our primary objectives is to achieve universal healthcare coverage in Nigeria. This profound vision transcends financial barriers, aiming to ensure that every Nigerian gains access to healthcare, regardless of their economic standing.”

But as dreams are often tethered to the pragmatic, Dr. Makanjuola delves into the heart of the matter. “However, this vision requires a sustainable funding mechanism, and that’s where health insurance comes into play,” he shares, unraveling a critical piece of the puzzle. “Currently, the rate of health insurance coverage in Nigeria is quite low, with only around 5% of the population having some form of health insurance.”

Amid this dynamic interplay of purpose and action, Dr. Makanjuola chronicles steps taken to bridge this disparity. “Recognizing this challenge, our association has taken proactive steps to address the issue,” he reveals. “Leveraging our strengths, such as having members across all states of the Federation and in every tertiary institution, we have established a Health Management Organization (HMO).”

This HMO orchestrates a symphony of harmony between healthcare seekers and providers. “The role of this HMO is to serve as an intermediary between individuals seeking healthcare and the healthcare providers,” he explains, unveiling its essence. “Its primary function is to ensure a transparent and mutually beneficial relationship between both parties: patients receive quality care, and care providers are adequately compensated.”

Transparency emerges as a cornerstone of this vision. “We’ve observed that some of the current players in the healthcare system lack transparency in their operations,” he concedes, an impassioned call for change. “Even with transparency, coverage remains limited.”

But winds of change are blowing, and Dr. Makanjuola points to a turning point on the horizon. “As luck would have it, the government shares our goal of increasing healthcare insurance availability for Nigerians,” he reveals. “A significant step in this direction was taken last year when the president signed a bill making it mandatory for Nigerians to have some form of health insurance coverage.”

In this legislative wave of transformation, the potential for progress is profound. “This legislative move is expected to lead to a substantial increase in coverage, potentially from the current 5% to as high as 80-90% of the population,” he envisions a glimpse of a transformative future.

In this symphony of change, a new instrument enters the scene—the ETHNOMICS Health Management Company. “To support this initiative, our organization has established a health management company called ‘AtNOMICS,'” he announces, the birth of a catalyst for transformation.

“With strategic placement within the healthcare ecosystem, ETHNOMICS is poised to manage the relationship between individuals in need of healthcare and the various care providers,” he elaborates.

But the crescendo of progress is yet to reach its peak. “Our next crucial step is to secure accreditation from the National Health Insurance Organization for ETHNOMICS,” he reveals, the future painted with promise. “We anticipate this accreditation to be granted in the near future, bolstered by the political will to ensure the success of this important initiative.”

With the curtain drawing on this chapter of change, Dr. Victor Makanjuola’s voice resounds, a testament to a journey that inches closer to a grand vision. “This effort represents a significant stride toward achieving our goal of universal healthcare coverage in Nigeria,” he concludes.

We , being the echelon of medical practitioners in Nigeria, are equally invested in the realm of Medical Ethics and Codes

Dr. Makanjuola – President, MDCAN

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Guardians of healing: MDCAN’s fight for doctors’ rights

In the intricate tapestry of Nigeria’s healthcare landscape, an unsettling trend has emerged—one that has caught the attention of Dr. Makanjuola and the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN). “Within our existing healthcare system, there has been a noticeable increase in the frequency of lawsuits against doctors,” he states, his words a somber reflection of a harsh reality. “These lawsuits, often alleging negligence or misconduct, can stem from genuine concerns as well as misconceptions or misinformation.”

In a world where the line between perception and reality can blur, Dr. Makanjuola unravels a narrative that speaks to the heart of doctors’ struggles. “Regardless of the validity of the claims,” he continues, “these lawsuits not only impact doctors’ professional reputation but also have financial implications. Legal proceedings and associated costs can be burdensome for doctors who need to defend themselves.”

But in the face of adversity, a phoenix rises—a vision that seeks to shield the healers from the storm. “In response to this challenge, our association is actively working to establish an organization dedicated to defending doctors when such cases arise,” he declares. “The primary aim of this organization is to address cases of alleged negligence or misconduct in a fair and efficient manner.”

This endeavor is a symphony of compassion and practicality, as Dr. Makanjuola sheds light on a path that could redefine justice. “It will seek to resolve issues out of court whenever possible,” he shares in a tone resonating with a sense of humanity. “Avoiding protracted legal battles that can be emotionally and financially draining for both doctors and patients,” he adds.

With each sentence, the story weaves intricate threads of support, forging an alliance between doctors and a just cause. “Moreover, in situations where legal action becomes necessary,” he emphasizes, his words imbued with resolve, “this organization will provide financial support to cover the costs of legal representation.”

It’s a lifeline, a bridge between the oath of healing and the pursuit of truth—a promise to stand by those who stand by life. “By doing so, we hope to alleviate some of the burdens that doctors currently face when defending themselves against lawsuits.”

In the heart of his narrative lies a testament to a greater vision—a vision that goes beyond defense and delves into the heart of healing. “In essence, the goal of this initiative is to provide doctors with a more supportive environment in the face of legal challenges,” he declares. “Ensuring that they can focus on their medical practice without the added stress and financial strain caused by legal proceedings.”

Through this initiative, the heartbeat of medicine pulses with resilience, and the spirit of justice becomes an ally, not an adversary. “By establishing this organization,” he says, “we aspire to create a system that benefits both medical professionals and patients, promoting fair resolutions and maintaining the quality of healthcare services.”

Bridging the healthcare divide: MDCAN’s battle for a fuller flock of healers

“There is a significant healthcare workforce shortage in Nigeria,” Dr. Makanjuola says, depicting the weight of a nation’s need. “It has been exacerbated by recent events.” The stage is set—a stage that will bear witness to a story of supply and demand, of doctors and destiny.

In the corridors of numbers, Dr. Makanjuola unveils a stark reality—”Even before the recent exodus of professionals in the last three to four years,” he states, his words etching the contours of scarcity, “the doctor-to-population ratio in Nigeria was around 1 doctor for every 4,000 people.” This ratio, he points out, falls far short of the recommended standard—a deficiency that demands attention.

He sets the scene—painting the portrait of an equation unbalanced, a divide that stretches between health and illness. “This ratio is well below the recommended standard, which is about 1 doctor for every 600 people,” he explains. “This indicates that even prior to the exodus, there was a notable scarcity of healthcare professionals in relation to the population.”

As the narrative unfolds, Dr. Makanjuola unveils a shadow cast by recent history—”Considering the recent departure of many professionals, including doctors and other healthcare practitioners, the shortage has become even more acute,” he reveals.

The numbers change, the equation tilting—”The current doctor-to-population ratio is estimated to be around 1 doctor for every 8,000 to 10,000 people,” he states, the reality stark, the gap undeniable. “This is grossly inadequate for meeting the healthcare needs of the population effectively.”

Yet, in this tale of scarcity, it’s not just doctors who are the protagonists—other healers, nurses, and specialists, also take center stage. “It’s not just doctors who are affected by this shortage,” Dr. Makanjuola underlines, his words a call to attention, “other healthcare professionals, including nurses and specialists, are also impacted.”

The narrative crescendos—a cacophony of unmet needs. “The exodus of these professionals has created a considerable gap in the healthcare system,” he states, the magnitude of the problem echoing in his voice, “leading to challenges in providing timely and quality healthcare services to the population.”

“Addressing this healthcare workforce shortage is crucial for ensuring that Nigerians have access to the medical care they need,” he declares, his words a clarion call.

But the solution is not simple—it’s a multifaceted challenge that requires united action. “It requires concerted efforts,” he emphasizes, “to retain professionals within the country and to attract those who have left to return.”

MDCAN’s odyssey to fortify Nigeria’s medical frontline

“To address the pressing issue of brain drain and the shortage of medical professionals in Nigeria, the association took proactive steps,” the distinguished doctor unveils. The spotlight shifts to an organization in motion—an organization that doesn’t just acknowledge challenges but dares to face them head-on.

The narrative pivots to an Educational Summit—a gathering of minds, a confluence of ideas. “The summit yielded several resolutions and recommendations,” he reveals, “aimed at increasing the pool of medical professionals in Nigeria.”

Here, the stage is set for transformation—transformation not just in quantity, but in approach. “One key suggestion,” Dr. Makanjuola continues, “is the implementation of compassionate programs for individuals who already hold first degrees in chemical and biological sciences.”

In the landscape of possibilities, he unveils a strategy that redefines time. “These individuals could undergo an accelerated medical training program,” he explains, his words like a river of innovation, “that is shorter than the conventional six-year duration, thus enabling them to become doctors in a shorter time frame.”

The narrative takes another turn, another strategy emerging from the canvas of ideas. “Another strategy proposed involves expanding the intake capacity of existing medical schools,” he shares. But here, the complexity is acknowledged—expansion tied to infrastructure. “However, this expansion is contingent upon ensuring suitable accommodation for students,” Dr. Makanjuola emphasizes, “as medical education often involves demanding and extended hours of study.”

Yet, amidst the challenges, there’s a glimmer of progress—a nod to governmental initiatives. “The government has also played a role in addressing the shortage by establishing new medical schools across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria,” he acknowledges.

As the story unfolds, the strategy becomes clear—an orchestra of engagement and collaboration. “The recommendations from the Educational Summit continue to guide the association’s efforts to collaborate with key stakeholders,” he declares, his words a testament to unity and shared purpose.

“By maintaining these engagements and advocating for the implementation of the summit’s recommendations,” Dr. Makanjuola states, his voice a pulse of hope, “the association aims to significantly increase the number of medical graduates produced by Nigerian institutions.”

The journey towards technological transformation and global collaboration

Dr. Makanjuola unveiled an ambitious and transformative vision that is set to reshape the landscape of healthcare and medical education in Nigeria. The renowned doctor, speaking on behalf of the medical association, shed light on a series of revolutionary initiatives poised to catapult Nigerian healthcare into the realm of cutting-edge technology and international collaboration.

At the heart of this evolution is the integration of technology, with telemedicine and video consultations emerging as central components. Dr. Makanjuola revealed that the medical association has embarked on an unprecedented journey to incorporate these advancements into its services. Notably, the organization’s national executive committee meetings have seen the convergence of experts and tech companies, engaging in captivating discussions to craft a new era of medical consultations and education.

The path to this technological horizon, however, hasn’t been devoid of challenges. Dr. Makanjuola highlighted the absence of clear national guidelines and policies as a significant hurdle. Undeterred, the association acknowledges the vital importance of establishing a policy framework that will safeguard the responsible and effective utilization of these emerging technologies.

“While the desire to embrace innovation is strong, the association remains cautious about endorsing specific apps or solutions without proper guidelines,” Dr. Makanjuola stated. This sentiment emanates from the prevailing lack of a national standard for navigating these groundbreaking technological leaps.

A beacon of hope shines in the form of collaborative efforts between the medical association and the Ministry of Health. Dr. Makanjuola emphasized that this partnership aims to craft comprehensive guidelines for the utilization of telemedicine and other tech solutions. “These guidelines are projected to provide healthcare professionals with a structured approach, upholding quality, ethics, and patient safety,” he notes.

In this era of interconnectivity, education too has embarked on a transformational journey. The medical association, in collaboration with stakeholders in medical education, envisions a platform that bridges the gap between doctors who have left the country and the burgeoning medical talent within Nigeria. Dr. Makanjuola passionately discussed this initiative, highlighting its potential to tap into the wealth of knowledge and experience possessed by doctors abroad.

“The goal is to enable doctors abroad to engage in teaching and training activities remotely, facilitated by platforms like Zoom and Google Meet,” Dr. Makanjuola shared. This innovative approach seeks to leverage the expertise of international medical professionals, enriching the educational experience of medical students and residents within Nigeria.

While steering this visionary course, the medical association remains acutely aware of the need for balance. Dr. Makanjuola empathetically acknowledged potential concerns from doctors within the country, underscoring the importance of managing the relationship with sensitivity.

“The ultimate aim,” Dr. Makanjuola affirmed, “is to elevate the standard of medical education by harmonizing the expertise of local and international medical professionals.” This approach, seen as pivotal for sustaining the quality of medical education and ensuring the finest training for students, is undoubtedly poised to cement Nigeria’s position as a global frontrunner in healthcare and medical education.

Charting the course through legal landscapes for healthcare excellence

In a world where healthcare touches every facet of human existence, the legal frameworks that underpin its operation are nothing short of pivotal. The narrative opens with a declaration—a declaration that sets the tone for a journey into the heart of healthcare legislation.  “It’s important to address any legislation that could impact the healthcare sector, professionals, and the overall healthcare system,” Dr. Makanjuola states, his voice carrying the weight of conviction.

The stage shifts and the spotlight turns to a proposed law—an idea that sparks concern, an idea that Dr. Makanjuola confronts head-on. “The proposed law that aims to restrict doctors from traveling abroad after graduating and binding them for a certain period is a concerning issue,” he reveals.

With every sentence, the narrative expands—unveiling the repercussions of such measures. “Such measures could have adverse effects on fundamental human rights, labor laws, and professional mobility,” he asserts, the stage now set for a battle that transcends borders. The reader becomes an observer, a witness to a fight for ethical boundaries.

The tone shifts, and the narrative embraces a note of optimism. “On a positive note,” Dr. Makanjuola interjects, the rhythm changes, “the signing of the National Health Insurance Act and the provisions within it, such as mandatory health insurance for all Nigerians, is a significant step forward.”

Here, the tale touches on progress—a progress that promises improved access and protection. “This can potentially improve access to healthcare services and provide financial protection for vulnerable populations,” he explains.

But the journey is far from linear—there are challenges and provisions that hold promises yet to be realized. “The National Health Act of 2014,” he continues, a different chapter of the story opening, “which includes provisions for basic healthcare funding and emergency care, also holds promise for enhancing healthcare delivery.”

Yet, with every promise, there’s a responsibility—an obligation to ensure operationalization, to turn words into actions. “Ensuring the operationalization of these provisions nationwide,” he emphasizes, “is essential to provide timely and quality healthcare services to individuals in need, particularly during emergencies.”

As the narrative unfolds, the threads of advocacy and change interweave. “Collaboration between the government, healthcare professionals, and stakeholders,” he concludes, his words a symphony of unity, “is vital to address these legal matters and ensure that healthcare policies and regulations are in line with international standards, human rights, and the overall well-being of both healthcare professionals and the population they serve.”

MDCAN’s blueprint for an organized association

In the ever-evolving landscape of professional organizations, the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) stands as a shining example of structured governance and graceful succession. This narrative unfolds the blueprint that MDCAN employs to foster unity, discipline, and sustained progress through its strategic approach to tenure and leadership transitions.

“Tenure and Term Limit,” Dr. Makanjuola states. “Each tenure within our association lasts for a duration of two years.” His words paint a picture of fleeting time, a choreographed interplay of transition within the corridors of power.  “According to our constitutional provisions,” he continues, “no individual is allowed to run for a second term in the same position immediately after their first term.”

The result is a meticulous choreography of leadership, designed to ensure a perpetually changing tableau of perspectives and voices. This dance of democracy forms a cornerstone that reinforces the vitality and vibrancy of the executive body.

It’s a dance of democracy—an intricate choreography that ensures a continuum of perspectives and voices. “This rule ensures a turnover of leadership and the involvement of fresh perspectives in the executive body,” Dr. Makanjuola adds.

As the layers of governance unfold, he unveils the threads that tie leaders to the legacy they leave behind. “Limitation on Running for the Same Position,” he adds. “Members of the National Officers Committee (NOC) are generally not allowed to run for the same position they currently hold in the next executive body.”

Yet, within this arrangement, there are exceptions—two roles that bridge the past and the present. “This rule applies to most positions except for two: the President and the Secretary-General,” he clarifies. “These two keystones of the association allowed to run for another term as ex-officio members in the next executive.”

But what of the future? Here, Dr. Makanjuola unveils a bridge—a bridge that extends from one leadership cycle to the next. “Continuity and Institutional Memory,” he states, his words bearing a sense of purpose. “To provide continuity and institutional memory, the First Vice President (President-Elect) is also included in the next executive body. This individual is poised to become the President after the current term ends.”

With every revelation, the tapestry takes shape—a mosaic of rules that guide the election process. “Election Process,” he narrates, a roadmap unfolding. “New members of the National Officers Committee are elected from the chapters.” The scene is set—chapters, each a node in a network of influence and change.

The rhythm of change continues, as he introduces “Zoning of Positions.” This is a symphony of strategy—a melody that harmonizes leadership and geography. “To streamline the election process and reduce potential conflicts,” he explains, “certain positions are zoned to specific regions of the country.”

The picture is clear—a methodical procession towards a future shaped by organized leadership. “This structured process contributes to a smoother and more organized electioneering process. It enables the association to maintain continuity while allowing new members to take on leadership roles and contribute their perspectives.”

Weaving global threads

“We engage in collaborative efforts with colleagues from other countries, particularly those in the diaspora.,” Dr. Makanjuola reveals. The stage is set—a stage where geographical distances are mere footnotes in the narrative of partnership.

“We’ve had the privilege of inviting members from various organizations,” he reveals, his words like brushstrokes that paint a portrait of unity, “such as Nigerian physicians in diaspora groups like the Association of Nigerian Physicians in America and its UK counterpart.”

Dr. Makanjuola reveals a treasure trove of enrichment—”These invitations have enriched our programs,” he continues, his voice carrying the warmth of collaboration, “and we continue to maintain connections and partnerships with them.”

But the story doesn’t stop at enrichment—it evolves, taking a bold leap into uncharted territory. “One notable initiative we’re working on involves engaging recently relocated professionals from our country,” he shares. A novel concept emerges—a concept that could revolutionize the dynamics of engagement.

“We’re exploring a novel approach of establishing diaspora chapters within our association,” he reveals, the intrigue deepening. The concept takes shape—an avenue for connection, a bridge that transcends time zones. “This would enable them to stay connected with our association, contribute to our educational efforts, and participate even when they’re visiting the country,” he explains.

The reader’s imagination soars—a network spanning continents, professionals uniting despite oceans. “We’re in the process of formalizing this concept,” he admits, his excitement palpable, “and while it’s not finalized, we’re excited about the potential it holds.”

The narrative turns, focusing on a singular chapter in this story—a chapter that resonates with promise. “We’re also in the early stages of establishing a diaspora chapter specifically for those in the United States,” he reveals, a prospect that sparks curiosity. The vision comes alive—an avenue for mutual growth.

This vision, however, isn’t confined—it’s expansive, reaching beyond borders and horizons. “While we’ve been successful in collaborating with Nigerian professionals in the UK and the US,” he admits, his words echoing possibility, “we recognize the need to expand our collaborative efforts to encompass other African countries.”

Here, the stage widens—a tapestry that stretches from Nigeria to Kenya, Ghana to South Africa. “This means exploring partnerships with associations in countries like Kenya, Ghana, and South Africa,” he states, the potential for mutual growth and empowerment evident.

The story nears its crescendo, and Dr. Makanjuola’s words emerge as a beacon—a beacon for the future, for the next chapter in this tale of unity. “As we look ahead,” he concludes, “I encourage the next President to prioritize these efforts. Strengthening African collaborations can significantly enhance our collective growth and impact.”

This feature appeared in the June 2022 issue of Healthcare Middle East & Africa. You can read this and the entire magazine HERE