The Nigerian Mediacal Associaltion(NMA) in a series of tweets has responded to the increasing issue of fake medical reports presented by Corps Members. The following Statement was released:
“The issue of phony medical reports supposedly from health facilities across the nation purportedly signed by doctors meant to aid redeployment of youth corpers to their states of choice is lately becoming an issue of concern to the medical profession.
In the last few weeks, we have seen several of such phony letters with increasing intensity and absurdity, a careful objective scrutiny and independent verification of some of those letters will reveal that they are most likely not written by doctors.
It is in view of the above that the National committee on Medical intelligence and surveillance together with the national committee on NYSC doctors with the full blessing of the NOC are putting Mechanisms in place to put a halt to the issue or at lease bring it down to the barest minimum possible.
Several steps have been taken by the national committee on NYSC doctors including plans to pay courtesy visit to the DG of NYSC at the Abuja headquarters to intimate him of this ugly trend and propose ways of curbing such acts moving forward including apprehending the bearers of such phony letters.
The National committee on Medical intelligence and surveillance will be completing such efforts and both committees have jointly proposed that all medical reports coming to the NYSC camp should first be scrutinized by the family physician posted to the camp ( Not NYSC doctors) for authentication, if found to be phony ( to be determined by a laid down criteria) such letters should be sent to the NMA national secretariat for further actions through the National committee which tracing the source of the letters back to their origin with the help of State Chapters Chairmen/ Secretaries to either apprehend the culprit or at least put the health facilities on notice that is being impersonated; if the latter is the outcome from the findings, the offending youth corpers can then be sanctioned appropriately, this will serve as a deterrent.
The above among other measurers are put in place to checkmate the situation and we welcome suggestions in this regards, we therefore call on the state chapters to give us the maximum support and cooperation possible to achieve success and nip the issue of phony medical reports in the bud once and for all.
Dr. AbdulGafar Jimoh
Chairman Committee on Medical Intelligence
Dr. Abdulrahman Usman
Chairman Committee on NYSC Doctors.
We advise Corps Members to be sure to visit a valid hospital when presenting their medical reports.