Doctors in Part of Nigeria Appeals Tax Reduction

Doctors in Part of Nigeria Appeals Tax Reduction. The Society of Family Physicians of Nigeria (SOFPON), Kwara State chapter has impelled the state government to cut down the alleged huge tax imposed on private medical practitioners in the state.

The group has requested the government’s help in the areas of provisions of logistics, meeting the crucial needs of the people of the state.

On the 21st of May, which happened to be World Family Doctors Day, state SOFPON Chairman, Dr Bode Ogunjemilua stated that the requirements of good health care extend beyond what an individual can carry.

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Depicting Governor AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq’s policies on the healthcare sector as humane and novel, Ogunjemilua urged the governor to reduce the alleged huge tax imposed on private medical practitioners in the state to aid them in perpetually making positive contributions to the health needs of the people of Kwara.

He advised the physicians using a quote from William Osler, a Canadian physician and one of the four founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital, “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease”.

He mentioned that these words should guide their daily activities.

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Ogunjemilua urged the state government and privately endowed heads of industries to aid them in the treatments of the patients rather than the disease.

He also requested assistance in different forms, including the donation of a vehicle to ease movement, an appropriate secretariat building, and an encouraging tax reduction.

He revealed that the group plans to ensure that good health is naturally accessible to everyone in the state.

The doctor stressed the importance of cooperation among all healthcare workers, noting that it increases encouragement, diminishes errors, raises efficiency and reduces the frailty of professional performance.

Also, Dr Anthony Itopa Joseph, the Head Of Department (HOD) Accident and Emergency (A/E) General Hospital Ilorin, urged the members of SOFPON to uphold the five principles of a physician by being a care provider, a decision maker, a communicator, a community leader and a manager.


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