Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson has reiterated the determination of the Restoration Administration to provide functional general hospitals in all the local government areas of the state.
He stated this during the 19th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Nigerian Medical Association, Bayelsa State Branch, Yenagoa.
Speaking through his deputy, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah(rtd), the governor noted that the state government in its zeal to provide quality health care delivery services, has also built a world-class diagnostic centre, where all kinds of medical tests could be carried out.
While stating the state government’s determination to provide quality health care for its citizenry, he decried the attitude of some doctors that refuse postings to rural areas for purely unprofessional reasons.
According to him, the character and attitude of a medical doctor was as important as his or her professional disposition, stressing that beyond professional knowledge, it is character and attitude that differentiates between those that will rise to the pinnacle of their career and those that would not.
Earlier in his welcome address, the State Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr. Israel Jeremiah stated that the Annual General Meeting cum Scientific Conference was an annual event, packaged for purposes of introspection and assessment of the practice of the profession, with a view to improving knowledge for service to humanity.
He also said that the theme for this year’s AGM, “promoting health care quality and safety through attitudinal change and clinical governance”, was chosen to discuss how best practices in clinical governance could be achieved in health care delivery.
In her remarks, the chairperson of the occasion, Justice Kate Abiri, Chief Judge of Bayelsa State who was represented by Justice Doris Adokeme, appealed to all stakeholders in the health sector to support the NMA in its efforts to provide health care, as health is very critical in human existence.

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