May 29, 2024

NMA To Rally Stakeholders To Tackle Chronic Shortage Of Medical Personnel In Health Sector

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By The9JaTREND

The Edo State chapter of the
Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), said it would rally all relevant stakeholders in the health sector and the government to end chronic shortage of medical personnel in the state’s health sector.

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The State chairman of the Association, Dr. Imoisili Udoka, disclosed this while unveiling the newly elected executive members of the body in Benin City, Edo State capital.

While admitting that there are plethora challenges besetting the health sector in the nation and in the state, Dr. Udoka said the government alone cannot tackle the problems but a collaborative efforts would be needed to lay them to rest.

“We have recognized that there are plethora of challenges facing the doctors and the health care sector in Edo State and the nation at large.

“The government of Edo State ably led by Mr. Godwin Obaseki, is doing his best to solve them but unilateral initiatives by one arm will not sufficiently handle the mountainous challenges before the health sector.

“It is therefore time for Edo NMA to effectively synergize and collaborate with all stakeholders to proffer lasting solutions.

“We are ready to collaborate with all stakeholders to work out action plans to ensure the elimination of these challenges; viz: quackery, brain drain, inequitable distribution of health care facilities and chronic shortage of medical personnel in our health sector, inadequate health information, poor sanitation/refuse disposal system, ravaging preventable diseases, etcetera”, she said.

Dr. Udoka added that the State NMA under her watch, would also initiate a collaboration with other health professionals that would help foster a conducive working environment and stem health sector rivalry.

Udoka further appealed to the appropriate authorities in the state to make the environment friendly for doctors to practice in other to stem brain drain, just as she admonished the authorities to do all in their powers to end obnoxious taxes, incessant/unexplainable charges on their members (doctors) to enhance the economic frontiers of the doctors and other health professionals.

While decrying the dearth of man power in the state health sector, Dr. Udoka maintained that a situation whereby few nurses and one medical doctor will be manning a secondary health facilities should be banished to the dustbin of history.

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