Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Rivers State branch, Dr. Furo Green, has expressed willingness to partner Governor Nyesom Wike toward achieving his goals in the health sector.
Green, who made the declaration yesterday in Port Harcourt at the opening ceremony of its Annual General Meeting, AGM, appreciated the government’s efforts in cleaning the state, partnering with the private sector to accomplish huge tasks, the resolve to renovate and equip dilapidated general hospitals, repairs of abandoned road projects, the resolution of inherited labour conflict in the primary health care sector and efforts to improve traffic flow in Port Harcourt.
The doctors demanded for the privatisation of the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital, BMSH, to be administered as an autonomous health institution, with its own board.
On the health care delivery system, the NMA boss feared that doctors and health workers were specifically targeted due to the nature of their job which requires movement at odd times.
“The spectrum of our clients predisposes us to frequent harassment and attacks by robbers, kidnappers and hoodlums.
10 of our colleagues were kidnapped in the last eight months, several doctors and other health workers were robbed and their cars snatched.
“Many health centres have been invaded and vandalised. The Potts Johnson Health Centre attack is still fresh. Our members who live and work in rural communities are the worst hit.”
Green called for the implementation of the approved salary structure for doctors, regretting that in the state, they were being paid 70 percent of the approved 2009 structure and urged government to honour the agreement it reached with it, in respect to the retirement age from 60-65 years as is obtainable in the judicial sector.
The association urged the state government to improve sanitary standards as was the case during the ‘Ebola’ outbreak, while warning against bird flu epidemic, even as it urged the government to reactivate the infectious disease centre in Emohua Local Government Area.
Responding to questions, the President, Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria, Rivers State branch, Dr. Adebiyi Obelebra, urged citizens to maintain discipline in waste disposal and advised them to bag their refuse for easy disposal.
She flayed the indiscriminate dumping of refuse and urged residents to appreciate government’s effort in reactivating the Rivers State Waste Management Agency, adding that very soon; the state’s incinerator would be expanded in size and functionality.