The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has called for increased budgetary allocation to the health sector to improve the quality of healthcare delivery in the country.

The President of NARD, Dr Innocent Orji, made this statement at the end of the three-day National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the association in Uyo.

Orji, who at the meeting said the increase should be to the tune of 15 per cent annual budgetary allocation, added that it would be in line with the 2001 Abuja declaration for healthcare financing in Africa and global best practices.

According to him, the NEC of NARD urged the Federal Ministry of Health to expedite action on checking brain drain by implementing the one for one policy on replacement of the doctors and clinical staff that have left the country.